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Shadow of War gets a free, chunky demo to go with its 66% price cut

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You can now play a decent chunk of Middle-earth: Shadow of War (opens in new tab) for free thanks to a new demo released by Monolith Productions.

It'll let you play through all the missions in the Núrn region, in which you build an army of orcs and kill off warchiefs. Once you've amassed a strong force, you can march to the area's massive stronghold for a full-on fortress assault complete with siege machines.

After laying waste to the fortress, you can challenge its overlord, and once they're defeated you can install one of your own loyal followers as the new big boss. It's a pattern that repeats throughout the game, so the demo will give you a good idea of whether you could get into the rhythm.

If you play past the demo, which you can download from the game's Steam page (opens in new tab) (warning: it’s nearly 50GB, which seems silly), your new overlord will carry over, and to encourage you to do just that the full game is on sale for 66% off for the next 24 hours or so, making it $20/£15. If you just want to buy the full game from the start, it's on sale even cheaper over at Green Man Gaming (opens in new tab).

Andy gave it a solid score in his review (opens in new tab), and its controversial loot boxes were recently ditched entirely (opens in new tab), so now seems a good time to jump in and swing your sword.

And also, f**k this one particular orc (opens in new tab)

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.