'Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor' Released; DLC Revealed

New 'Lord of the Rings' game is out. Watch the trailer at STACK.com.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor was released last Tuesday for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and is scheduled to reach Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles Nov. 18. Check out the first post-release trailer below! The clip offers gamers a chance to view gameplay from the orcs' perspective and learn what makes them tick.

Reviews of the Monolith title have been positive despite early concerns that the game appeared incredibly similar to the Assassin's Creed series. Lead designer Bob Roberts addressed that issue while talking to IGN recently, saying that the developer knew the issue would be cleared up once people actually played the game.

"I don't know if 'vindicated' is the right word, because we always knew what it feels like to play," said Roberts. "Once people get their hands on it, they stop worrying about the comparisons, and it totally feels like its own thing. So we never really got that criticism once people had a chance to play it. As soon as we started showing it, it became clear we had nothing to worry about."

A DLC pass was announced for the game back in August, but Warner Bros. only recently revealed what fans would get in exchange for their $25. The pass includes early access to the "Trials of War" and three story missions: the "Guardians of the Flaming Eye Orc Warband Mission" pits gamers against Sauron's Defenders, "Lord of the Hunt" lets you hunt the monsters of Mordor, and "The Bright Lord" puts you in the role of the great Elven king of the Second Age, Celebrimbor, and lets you tangle with Sauron himself and his forces.


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