Shadow of Mordor Season Pass Lets You Fight Sauron

Shadow of Mordor Season Pass Lets You Fight Sauron

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's season pass lets you fight orcs, tame monsters, and challenge the evil Sauron himself.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was already shaping up to be an impressive take on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. So how exactly, does Monolith Productions up the stakes for a DLC season pass? How about the opportunity to face the great Necromancer himself?

That's right: The story content of an upcoming DLC expansion will let you fight the evil Sauron. More specifically, "The Bright Lord" mission takes players back in time as Celebrimbor, the Elvish king who fought Sauron's humanoid form during the Second Age. According to Lord of the Rings canon, this period saw the creation of the Rings of Power, which were kind of a big deal in the opening of The Fellowship of the Ring.

Also bundled into the season pass is "Guardians of the Flaming Eye", which challenges players with the elite Black Gate guards. The final story mission is "Lord of the Hunt", where players hunt and tame creatures of Mordor to collect powerful new runes. The Season Pass also provides early access to "Trials of War", a special challenge mode with arena-based missions, along with skins, runes, and other future add-on content.

The full range of season pass content costs $24.99, assuming you decide not to buy the DLC separately. As for the core game itself, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor launches on Sept. 30 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions are due out on Nov. 18.

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Hmmm, interesting, I had wondered if they were going to find some way to work in a direct confrontation. I guess time travel makes more sense than having you fight him during the time of the trilogy since it wouldn't have worked in the spirit of the story unless you got badly curb stomped which would defeat the purpose of really having a fight in the game.

I haven't followed much of the information about the game to avoid spoilers, but I was guessing that the spirit behind the new hero was going to be Gil Galad (since I had heard it was an elf). One of the heroes who fought and defeated Sauron. Unlike the movie where Isildur beat him more or less by luck, as Gandalf told the tale at one point I believe he apparently got jumped by three heroes, Isildur, Gil Galad, and I can't remember the third one, who all fought him together. Gil Galad (I think that was the name) died in the battle but distracted Sauron allowing Isildur to strike the final blow using Narsil. While debatable by some things in the similrilion, the basic idea was that Narsil was a huge artifact on it's own, and arguably the battle could even be seen as sort of "Narsil Vs. The One Ring" and Narsil did indeed overcome it but was in the process shattered. This is why it was originally such a big deal that the sword was reforged as Anduril, but it was debatable whether the sword had enough power in it's weakened form to do it again. Anduril Vs. The One Ring was pretty much the "last chance" when they went to Mordor, but it was doubtful they ever
would have made it or that it would have worked. Of course The Simirilion didn't really play up the glamour of Narsil even if it gave it's history, which is a bit different from some side-stuff I had read before. Basically the lack of things like Narsil was a big part of why it was doubtful there was doubted that there was enough power left in the world to beat Sauron again despite there "still being strength in men". Previously they pretty much did it by curb stomping him when he got out of line. The current heroes were not supposed to be so strong or well armed.

At any rate I'm guessing this Celbrimbor guy makes sense too, as I'm guessing he's the animating force, and probably conceptually more powerful than Gil Galad was.

So that's a thing. I'm kinda interested in the game's DLC now. Certainly not enough to pay for the season pass until the stuff comes out, but I'll be keeping an eye out for it at least.

I really hate when they gate-off content like this from single player RPG's.

I mean, the arena mode is not a big deal, but the content involving the hunting side quest sounds like something that could have been included with the base game. They should be making content that expands on top of the existing game, not leaving holes in it to fill later. Especially so considering most people will probably only play the game through once or twice and be done with it and thus never bother to experience it.

This season pass thing needs to die also. We are already increasingly saturated with hype and pre-order incentives as it is.

Screw that. I'm waiting for telltale to do the downfall of numenor.

Heck, while we're at it lets fight Morgoth as Fingolfin. Until he steps on you, of course.

Now I'm wondering exactly what the core game climax is going to be, since I figured Celebrimbor has personal gripe with Sauron directly and Talion certainly wouldn't mind. I remember the The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age video game they let you defeat the Nazgul on the Pelennor Fields before battling the Eye of Sauron (Seriously). I wonder just how for this game will deviate from the original texts.

That stuff sounds awesome but the fact that its in a season pass really makes me upset. Part of me is really getting sick of this DLC culture the game companies seem to be breading these days.

I read the title and thought it sounded stupid. I was afraid they were going to try and squeeze Sauron into the main game, which would just be stupid. But I see they're not slacking off like that. Nice to know they found a way to make it work. I'll keep an eye on the DLC...after I get a PS4 and the actual game.

Fox12:
Screw that. I'm waiting for telltale to do the downfall of numenor.

Heck, while we're at it lets fight Morgoth as Fingolfin. Until he steps on you, of course.

Methinks the gamification of anything in the Silmarillion would be depressing as heck to the "good guys come up trumps" mindset. How about a game of the life of Turin, Son of Hurin? Now THAT is Depression Quest. DLC: play as his three year-old sister Lalaith as she dies a slow death of pestilence brought on by Morgoth.

Welp, season pass DLC. You know what that means: hold off on buying the game until the inevitable "GOTY edition" with all DLC included comes out at a reduced price. I'm a patient man, I can wait.

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Cleanthes:

Neverhoodian:
Welp, season pass DLC. You know what that means: hold off on buying the game until the inevitable "GOTY edition" with all DLC included comes out at a reduced price. I'm a patient man, I can wait.

Yep, me too. I switched to PC a year or so ago and took the opportunity to settle into a one or two year lag with games - largely because of DLC. It's great. I get games cheaply, they run easily and I get the full game, rather than just the first instalment. Just playing Tomb Raider at the mo.

Same here. Fuck this Season Pass crap. It was especially obnoxious on Borderlands 2 where the Season Pass didn't even get you everything, just the big chunks. So even after you put down $90 for the game and pass, they still wanted to nickle-and-dime you to death.

This industry needs a serious crash, this is getting beyond stupid.

Yeah, gonna wit for GOTY edition, or when it's been a few months and the cost of the game plus the DLC is less than what the game costs as new.

That's it, I guess. Season pass is officially a must have for new AAA releases. When I told people that is what's gonna happen, they said it's a slippery slope argument. People can be really fuckin' dumb sometimes. Especially when they're trying to appear smart and rational.

There are so many amazing portrayals of Tolkien's world, I don't get why developers feel the need to be confined to the visuals from Peter Jackson's live action films.

Asclepion:
There are so many amazing portrayals of Tolkien's world, I don't get why developers feel the need to be confined to the visuals from Peter Jackson's live action films.

Because that's what they've got the license for, probably.

I'm sorry but do I read people actually stating they expect this game to get a GOTY edition? Wouldn't that require a game of the year award from somebody? Maybe Play4Real might give them one, but I don't see who else.

Adam Jensen:
That's it, I guess. Season pass is officially a must have for new AAA releases. When I told people that is what's gonna happen, they said it's a slippery slope argument. People can be really fuckin' dumb sometimes. Especially when they're trying to appear smart and rational.

Its an AAA thing so why does anyone care?

So the one enemy I'm most interested in confronting is locked behind a paywall on top of the AAA price? That completely kills any interest I have in even considering buyingh the game before the GOTY version eventually hits the Steam Sale :/

Nice work WB!

Adam Jensen:
That's it, I guess. Season pass is officially a must have for new AAA releases. When I told people that is what's gonna happen, they said it's a slippery slope argument. People can be really fuckin' dumb sometimes. Especially when they're trying to appear smart and rational.

At least BioWare seems to be changing for with Dragon Age: Inquisition there isn't a Day 1 DLC and they don't have plans for a Season Pass for they don't like the culture it might bring to their content.

My first thought when seeing the title of this article was "But will I be able to jump a shark?"

Having read the descriptions for the DLC from the Steam store page, it just sounds like theyre either selling gamebreakers, or bragging rights. Depends on how difficult it actually is.

Sanunes:

Adam Jensen:
That's it, I guess. Season pass is officially a must have for new AAA releases. When I told people that is what's gonna happen, they said it's a slippery slope argument. People can be really fuckin' dumb sometimes. Especially when they're trying to appear smart and rational.

At least BioWare seems to be changing for with Dragon Age: Inquisition there isn't a Day 1 DLC and they don't have plans for a Season Pass for they don't like the culture it might bring to their content.

Look, you can regurgitate what the mouthpiece said until those lines are a part of your very being, but its not going to change the fact that Bioware does not have the final say in how its product is sold, nor will it change that EA absolutely will find a way to stuff in extra payment options for Inquisition.

gigastar:
Look, you can regurgitate what the mouthpiece said until those lines are a part of your very being, but its not going to change the fact that Bioware does not have the final say in how its product is sold, nor will it change that EA absolutely will find a way to stuff in extra payment options for Inquisition.

DA:I has multiplayer, right? Maybe they'll limit their cash grab to MP content? I would be fine with that because I don't give two shits about multiplayer.

Adam Jensen:

gigastar:
Look, you can regurgitate what the mouthpiece said until those lines are a part of your very being, but its not going to change the fact that Bioware does not have the final say in how its product is sold, nor will it change that EA absolutely will find a way to stuff in extra payment options for Inquisition.

DA:I has multiplayer, right?

I honestly dont know. Since im actually boycotting EA i have no reason to follow anything from them. Other than to pour scorn, obviously. Yes, im petty.

Adam Jensen:
Maybe they'll limit their cash grab to MP content? I would be fine with that because I don't give two shits about multiplayer.

That would make the most sense, but theres plenty of preceedent for selling party members and side campaigns as DLC.

So, wait, all that Middle Earth had to do to prevent Sauron's rise to power was not buy the DLC? What were they thinking?

chaosbedlam:
That stuff sounds awesome but the fact that its in a season pass really makes me upset. Part of me is really getting sick of this DLC culture the game companies seem to be breading these days.

Its just yet another thing we shouldn't have supported and should have straight up stone walled the idea before it got off the ground. DLC was never a good idea and it was always obvious to what its result would end up being.

 

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