Game – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
RELEASE DATE: 30/09/2014
PLATFORMS: PC(WINDOWS/LINUX/MAC) | XBOX | PLAYSTATION
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is an Open World third-person action role-playing video game developed by Monolith Productions with an association of Warner Bros. The game was released on 30th Sept 2014 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 18, 2014.
The game is set to fill the gap between The Lord of the Rings & Hobbit. It is a story of revenge, slaughter, and mystery set entirely in Mordor, the Land of Shadows. At its center is our main character in a story Talion, a ranger who loses everything, including his mortal life. Possessed by an immensely powerful wraith, Talion becomes a revenant, rising from the grave to avenge the murder of his family. Meanwhile, the wraith inside him struggles to remember his forgotten past, which will allow him to increase in power.
System Requirements –
Operating System: 64-bit: Vista, Win 7, Win 8
Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 | AMD Radeon HD 6950
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 25 GB available space
Operating System: 64-bit: Win 7, Win 8
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 | AMD Radeon HD 7970
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 40 GB available space
Here are some Tips & Tricks to give you an edge over the game or simply just help you out-
1. Play the story
This seems obvious, but in open world games, players can get easily distracted by collectibles and side missions. In Shadow of Mordor, you’ll get to all of them eventually, but try to be on the path for the first few hours and play the storyline. That’s because you are still new to all the powers and the most interesting system of the game called ‘Nemesis System’, and you’ll want to make sure to know a few tricks before diving into the real missions which could be difficult to clear. By the time you have killed your first Warchief, you’ll be ready and start going wherever your heart takes you.
2. Sell the drops
When you kill a captain from Sauron’s army, they will drop a Rune which can be applied to your weapons for extra benefits. They have a range of effects, from restoring health and focus to giving you a burst of extra speed. However, the variety in the runes isn’t extreme; during your playthrough, you will undoubtedly get duplicates. If you already have the Health rune that is level 17, you do not need your Health rune that is only level 10. From the rune screen, you can cash in these extra runes for currency that you use to buy upgrades that will do you more good.
3. Running is not that bad you know
Mordor is a big place, and it is crawling with enemy forces. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to move like Frodo and Sam, sneaking and hiding every step of the way. Caution is great in missions that require a delicate touch, but if you’re just moving from point A to B on the map, don’t be afraid to run at full speed without regard for your surroundings. Any enemies that you alert in your mad dash are going to lose interest quickly, and all of your foes’ awareness is reset once you start a mission, so you don’t need to worry about a parade of enemies following you into a critical moment.
4. Always stock up on Intel
This is a basic element of the Nemesis system, but it can be easy to overlook if you are on a roll. Intel allows you to identify specific strengths and weaknesses. You can find the intel on the minimap – it might be some papers sitting on a table, a slave with valuable info, or an orc who can be interrogated. However, you get it, be sure to use it, since Intel can transform tough fights into easy-peasy battles. For example, a high-level captain might have a weakness for stealth finishers. No matter how good his combat prowess may be, that means that you will be able to drop down on him from the shadows and kill him instantly. Intel also lets you know an orc’s immunities, so you can see if your favorite strategy will work – and if not, adjust accordingly. No matter what other stuff you’re doing in Mordor, be sure to make time to hunt this info down.
5. Don’t retry endlessly
Even though he is always resurrected after falling in battle, Talion’s death has consequences. Losing a fight means that orcs in Sauron’s army have time to grow in power; they may get promoted, kill rivals, or get killed themselves between Talion’s demise and return. If you want to keep that in check, don’t keep banging your head against sidequests. If a mission seems too difficult early on – especially the few that build the legend of your weapons – you might be better off waiting until you have better abilities and runes. This saves you from continually fueling the power of your enemies.
6. Let some orcs advance
Seemingly contradicting the last bit of advice, you also don’t want to stop the advance of Sauron’s forces entirely. A more powerful orc has a better chance at dropping a more powerful rune, so you want some of them to move up the ranks. Also, if it’s an orc that you hope to eventually dominate (like a warchief’s bodyguard), you’ll want them to be strong for the inevitable moment when they fight for you instead of against you. In short, don’t view the advancement of the enemy army as a punishment; you want it to happen – you just don’t want to throw unnecessary fuel on the fire.
7. Take them on an open field
Sometimes multiple captains might congregate in a small area of the map, making it nearly impossible for you to achieve your goals. You can’t engage one without attracting all of their attention, and enslaving a particular bodyguard is tough when every fight in a region turns into a four-captain pile-up. To get around this, keep an eye out for power struggles (or create them yourself) with orcs in other areas of the map. These events can pull orcs out of their current regions for a special scenario, which gives you easier access.
8. Buy super-moves
Each of your three weapons has an exclusive power. These are expensive but worth picking up. You probably won’t be able to afford all three before the endgame (unless you neglect other useful upgrades), but here’s some useful info: Despite the fact that these moves appear under the ability trees that unlock runes for the individual weapons, they are not tied to that progression. In other words, you don’t need to unlock every rune slot for your sword before you can buy the sword’s super-move.
9. Stun & Slash
If all subterfuge and strategy have failed and you end up in a straight-up fight with orc captains, you might discover that they are immune to some of your favorite combat tricks. For instance, many of them are unaffected by attacks from your bow, and from instant-death stealth kills. Thankfully, you can usually fall back on one combo: Use your wraith stun ability, then hit the attack button repeatedly to unleash a special sword combo on them while they are dazed. For all of the captains’ different traits, immunity to this maneuver (though possible) is rare. It isn’t very effective in large groups since it’s easy to interrupt, but it practically guarantees victory in a one-on-one fight.
10. Kill the Bodyguards or Dominate them
Yes, the game emphasizes this a few times, but it bears repeating. When you’re going after a warchief, you really want to neutralize those bodyguards. In the first half of the game, that involves killing them. In the second half, you want to dominate them instead so they fight for you. Even though you are technically able to initiate the warchief fights as soon as they are identified, you will save yourself frustration by removing these powerful allies from the equation.