Middle-earth: Shadow of War Out Today on PS4

In case you missed it, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is out now and available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The sequel to the 2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War expands on the Monolith Productions’ innovative Nemesis System and continues the story of Talion and Celebrimbor. You can check out the launch trailer below:

For those who haven’t yet, make sure to check out our review on the game. Here’s a snippet of what Chandler had to say:

I did run into some minor performance issues, most often when using photo mode laden with heavy effects processing, but the game runs very smoothly otherwise. There are a couple of problems that have nagged games with this type of movement, like getting stuck briefly on objects or jumping to the wrong ledge, but often that was due to my own rushing and haphazardly approaching obstacles instead of being direct about where I wanted to go. There will be a day one patch to address a number of rare issues that can crop up, and our testing was done with the latest patch installed.

An expanded Nemesis System creates fascinatingly interesting player stories, and the amount of freedom afforded to the player is staggering for a game of this scope. Microtransactions never get in the way of the game itself, so any objection to them is based purely on personal principles. Lore purists may find fault with Middle-earth: Shadow of War, but those willing to suspend their disbelief and enjoy the game Monolith built around Tolkien’s world will find the best Lord of the Rings game to date. With the immortal words of Samwise Gamgee at my lips, I smile and walk into Mordor, returning to the Gondorian boots of the Gravewalker: “Well, I’m back.”

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is available now.