Shadow of Mordor DLC worthwhile?

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The first wave of DLC is going to come crashing down on Mordor later this year. The Season Pass didn’t win me over when we first heard about it, but now there’s a trailer and more details – plus I loved the game. So has the DLC impressed me yet? Um, not really.

Here is the video showing off more DLC content, particularly for first DLC: Lord of the Hunt (which can also be viewed here if you don’t have YouTube access).

The new features are:

  • New Story & Lore — Discover more tales from Torvin, the Dwarven Hunter, as you work together to tame the beasts of Mordor and fight Sauron’s minions
  • New Missions & Challenges — New Beast Hunting challenges and collectibles open up new trophies and achievements
  • New Nemeses — Face off against the Beastmaster Warchiefs, powerful new Uruks who have the ability to ride monsters and engage in perilous mounted combat
  • New Monsters — Ride into battle on the Wretched Graug to vomit toxin at your foes, stalk your enemies on the predatory Caragath and attack from the shadows or raise an all-consuming Ghul Horde
  • New Epic Runes — Make your Mount unstoppable with five new epic Runes that make you the ultimate hunter
  • Test of the Wild — Test your skills against the Beastmasters and mount your trophies on the leaderboard
  • New Character Skin — Lord of the Hunt skin transform Talion into the ultimate Beastmaster

While I really liked Torvin’s character, I found the hunting missions to be the least compelling of all the story missions. Sure, I’d love to just spend more time with Torvin, but I’m not sure it’s worth it to hunt down the Wretched Graug who vomits toxins onto its enemies. A giant puking monster? That seems so overdone these days. I’m sure it will be cool, and I like the idea of all new Beatmaster Warchiefs, but I’m just not sure that it will add anything new to the gameplay. I’d rather see more story missions that explain more of what was happening and who the characters are. While the feature list claimed that there’s more story and lore, it sounds like more of Torvin’s silly stories and random beast hunting.

After the game seemed to innovate and offer so much, the DLC just feels like it’s falling flat. While I would happily use it as an excuse to jump back into Mordor, I’m just not convinced that the DLC is worthwhile. Am I just moaning about nothing, or are you also questioning the value of this extra content?

Last Updated: October 31, 2014

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