Shadow of Mordor arrives October 7

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A new Lord of the Rings game, that stars a new hero and features a far higher ratio of ass to kick instead of watching midgets become uncomfortably chummy with one another on an High Elf bed! Hell, I’m already sold. And I still don’t see why everyone is labelling this as an Assassin’s Creed clone.

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…Bugger. Fine, you got me there. Visual similarities aside, the game still looks solid. Here’s the latest trailer for Shadows of Mordor, which sets up the Lord of the Exposition and reveals how Talion was bonded with Casper the unfriendly ghost:

Can’t see the trailer above? Well here’s a quick summary. Shadows of Mordor stars Talion, a ranger who runs afoul of some supernatural Middle Earth forces who come knocking on his door one day, and decide to introduce his wife and son to their swords. And Talion is like all “NOOOO” and the son is also like totally “DAAAAAD” and the wife is sad and stuff. I got distracted by Hobbits at that point, sorry.

Anyway, Talion gets cursed to an undead life where he is barred from death, thanks to his new status as a Wraith that has him bonded with another spirit. Cue sword-based quest for vengeance. The game arrives October 7, but I’d bet a tossed dwarf that our release date is actually the usual Friday launch of October 10. Here’s what a pre-order will net you:

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Dark Ranger Character Skin

Begin your own quest for vengeance with a new Dark Ranger character skin that embodies Talion’s darker side

Test of Power Challenge Mode

Face Sauron’s Captains and defeat them to earn powerful Runes and gain a head start in the game
Test your speed, skill and strategy and measure yourself against your friends on the leaderboards

Access to Exclusive Leaderboards for “Test of Power” Challenge Mode

Test your speed, skill and strategy and measure yourself against your friends on the leaderboards in this challenge mode

Shadow of Mordor will be out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Last Updated: April 3, 2014

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