Although the fall season isn't nearly as crowded as it once was, there are still plenty of exciting titles worth keeping an eye on later this year. One upcoming game that has caught our eye, and is sure to be worth a look this fall, is Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the new action RPG from Monolith and Warner Bros.
While we've already covered Shadow of Mordor at length in hands-on previews, trailer reveals, and gameplay details posts, the game still needs a few more components before it comes into full focus. One of those elements is, of course, an achievements/trophies list, which is part of what we have for you today.
Obviously, achievements and trophies lists like the one below are not for everybody, but they give players a sense of what a game has in store for them. Lists also let players know what side content might be available to them and how extensive a particular feature or gameplay experience might be. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's list, for example, highlights some of the story missions, the challenges, and even the player customization options available in the game.
- A Graug's Heel (10 GP): Capitalize on a Warchief's fear
- A Mighty Doom (10 GP): Acquire a level 25 rune
- A New Master (15 GP): Brand a Captain while in combat
- And it Burns, Burns, Burns (15 GP): Use the detonate ability to burn 50 Uruks
- Bearer of the Shining Lamp (20 GP): Collect 100 percent of the Ithildin
- Black Celebration (15 GP): Poison a captain at his own feast
- Burning Vengeance (15 GP): Perform an execution on a flaming berserker
- Crowned with Living Light (10 GP): Collect 50 percent of the Ithildin
- Divide and Conquer (15 GP): Eliminate the bodyguards of two Warchiefs, then draw them out and kill them
- Fire of Justice (30 GP): Complete all Urfael Legend Missions
- Fly you fools! (10 GP): Make 20 Uruks flee by dropping Morgai Fly nests
- Height of Despair (10 GP): Use Strike From Above while at least 60 feet above the target
- Iron of Death (10 GP): Issue a Death Threat, and then successfully kill the target
- Jaws of Death (10 GP): Attract caragors with bait five times.
- Legend of Shadow (10 GP): Complete a Dagger Mission and begin growing the legend of Acharn
- Legend of Vengeance (15 GP): Complete a Sword Mission and begin growing the legend of Urfael
- Legend of the Maker (10 GP): Complete a Bow Mission and begin growing the legend of AzkÃ¢r
- Liberator (30 GP): Complete all Outcast Rescue Missions
- Lord and Master (10 GP): Brand all five Warchiefs
- Master of the Wilds (20 GP): Complete all Hunting Challenges
- Memories of Eregion (20 GP): Activate all Forge Towers
- No Power in Numbers (10 GP): Help a Captain survive a Recruitment Power Struggle, and then kill him and all his new recruits
- Paid in Blood (20 GP): Unlock four Dagger Rune slots
- Paths of the Dead (20 GP): Collect 25 percent of the Artifacts
- Power Vacuum (10 GP): Kill all five Warchiefs before any Uruk takes their place
- Ranger of Ithilien (20 GP): Complete all Survivalist Challenges
- Repaid in Blood (10 GP): Complete a Vendetta Mission
- Rise and Fall (20 GP): After an Uruk kills Talion to become a Captain, help him become a Warchief, then kill him
- Scout of the Morannon (20 GP): Successfully complete a Survivalist Challenge
- Shadows of the Ancient Past (30 GP): Collect 100 percent of the Artifacts and listen to their memories
- Stinking Rebels (20 GP): Brand five Bodyguards of a Warchief, turning them against him in combat
- Strike True (20 GP): Unlock two Bow Rune slots
- The Cold Light (20 GP): Unlock three Sword Rune slots
- The Free Folk (15 GP): Complete an Outcast Rescue Mission
- The Last Shadow (30 GP): Complete all Acharn Legend Missions
- The Maker's Bow (30 GP): Complete all AzkÃ¢r Legend Missions
- The Spirit of Mordor (20 GP): Start a Riot by commanding a Warchief to attack another Warchief
- The White Rider (15 GP): Liberate 30 slaves in 180 seconds while riding a caragor
- Thrill of the Hunt (20 GP): Successfully complete four Hunting Challenges
- Unleashed (10 GP): Free five caragors from cages
- You Will Obey (20 GP): Make an Uruk yours
- Master of Mordor: Platinum trophy for unlocking all achievements
In addition to the achievement list we have confirmation that Shadow of Mordor will be receiving a Season Pass. There's currently no price tag attached to the Season Pass, but it does include content both upfront and later down the road.
So far, we know that the Season Pass will unlock an exclusive Orc Warband mission called 'Guardians of the Flaming Eye' that sees the player facing off against Sauron's forces at the Black Gate. The Pass will also include early access to the 'Trials of War' challenge series that sounds a lot like the challenge modes from the Batman Arkham series.
And then in the near future, Season Pass holders will eventually access new story missions including Lord of the Hunt and The Bright Lord. Neither DLC expansion carries a release date, but we suspect they'll hit sometime in 2015.
For a full rundown of the Season Pass content see below:
- Exclusive ‘Guardians of the Flaming Eye’ Orc Warband mission
- Players will face Sauron’s elite Defenders before the Black Gate and earn the Rising Flame rune
- Early access to the ‘Trials of War’ challenge series
- Players will test their skills against select legions of Sauron’s forces in this series of challenge modes and build their legend as gamers post their best score on the Challenge Leaderboard
- All new story missions with hours of gameplay
- Lord of the Hunt — Hunt the wild beasts of Mordor as players discover hidden lairs, earn unique runes and face off against powerful monsters
- The Bright Lord — Play as Celebrimbor, the great Elven smith of the Second Age, and battle against Sauron and the might of his forces
- Access to future content
- Including runes, skins and additional future add-on content.
And finally, since we're already throwing in the kitchen sink, Warner Bros has unleashed a bounty of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor screenshots that signal the return of Gollum. As it turns out, Gollum has a substantial role to play in the story of Shadow of Mordor as he leads our main character on his quest for revenge.
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While it's hard to predict how fans will feel about Shadow of Mordor tracking so close to pre-established cannon, the game itself seemingly has a lot to offer. The nemesis system, for example, has the potential to keep the experience going long after the main character has completed his main quest. And, of course, if players want to go after 1000GS or a Platinum trophy it looks like they will be plenty busy.
What do you think of Shadow of Mordor adding Gollum to its story? Will you be buying the Season Pass?
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor releases September 30, 2014 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One; and October 2, 2014 for PC.
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