Free Shadow of Mordor DLC boasts Epic Runes

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Shadow of Mordor is an excellent game, although Geoff is convinced that it’s missing something. He can’t figure out what it is, but he’ll happily keep on playing until he figures it out. Perhaps the new, free DLC will add a little something extra that will satisfy him, and everyone else.

The free Power of Shadow bundle includes a skin to make you look like Sauron’s fearsome servant, the Black Hand, as you take down every Uruk in Mordor. However, to help towards that end, there are also three new epic runes:

  • One with Nature – Immunity to Poison attacks from Uruk Captains or Ghuls
  • Ascendant – Double Focus Time for slow motion ranged combat
  • Elven Grace – Increased defence which halves the damage of enemy strikes

I am so very glad that this is free DLC. Too often, cosmetic and minor bundles like these cost a nominal fee. The curse of micro transactions is so omni-present, it’s actually a surprise to see this sort of content for free instead of for a few bucks. I don’t mind paying for significant extra content, but something small and cosmetic like this really should be given to us for free.

I’d like to see more games do this. Yes, extra missions or experiences can be at a cost, but cosmetic reskins or a couple extra items can be given away for free. It builds goodwill and shows that these were just extra things that the developers didn’t have time to include in the game before launch, rather than a money grab after the game releases.<?p>

Last Updated: October 22, 2014

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