Touring The Massive Regions Of Shadow Of War

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Touring The Massive Regions Of Shadow Of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor allowed players to explore Sauron's forbidding home in ways never before showcased in a video game. However, with only two regions available to play in, players only got a taste of the geographic diversity available in Middle-earth's most notorious area.

With Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Monolith is expanding from two regions to five new locales, making for much more variance to the backdrop of Talion's sophomore quest. Not only that, but according to vice president of creative Mike de Plater, fans should expect much more from each of the five regions.

"Every region is significantly bigger than either of the regions we had in the first game, and also much more diverse," he says. "We have a lot more verticality and a lot more detail in the environment and topography. We have caves and mountains and pits and those sorts of things. We have the fortresses. Each of the regions is controlled by these large fortresses. Then we have that each of the regions can vary based on the tribe that's in control of it."

Destiny 2 – Xur's Gear Rewards For The Weekend Of September 15

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Destiny 2 – Xur's Gear Rewards For The Weekend Of September 15

Xur is once again selling high-powered gear for a limited time. This weekend, the Agent of the Nine has set up shop on Nessus at Watcher's Grave, near the Chamber of Water. His location is a little peculiar, as you find him standing atop of a beautiful autumn tree, which you'll need to ascend by following the roots up. Xur is selling four items this week, a weapon for everyone, and a piece of armor for the Hunter, Titan, and Warlock class.

As of this writing, Xur is selling this gear for another three days and 18 hours. He will likely reappear in a new location next Friday with a different selection of loot. Here are the items you can buy this weekend (Note: I am a Titan class, which allowed me to preview the items up close):

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (September 14, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (September 14, 2017)

Destiny 2 got plenty of love within these hallowed blogging walls this week. Take a break from the alien blasting and loot drops, and get reading!

Community Blogs For September 7 – September 13:

Some Thoughts On Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice I didn't even realize this game had released until seeing Genera Mills44's blog. This is what he writes: "Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is one of the best games to come out of this medium in years." It is not only a good game, but one that helps the writer relate to his own health issues. Between this blog and the fact that the game contains Norse gods, I am pretty sold.

Watch Us Play The First Hour Of Divinity: Original Sin II

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Watch Us Play The First Hour Of Divinity: Original Sin II

The first Divinity: Original Sin was a throwback to the best RPGs of a bygone era. Absurdly detailed customization, dialogue paths, and co-op play made for one of the most exciting entries in the genre to date.

Editors Dan Tack, Andrew Reiner, and myself are all fans of the original and were eager to jump in and see what kind of bizarre, unique characters we could create and play with in the sequel. Watch the video below to see how the robust character creator, choice system, and strategic combat have evolved since the first entry.

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The Virtual Life – Celebrating The Stubbornness And Complexity Of L.A. Noire

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The Virtual Life – Celebrating The Stubbornness And Complexity Of L.A. Noire

Warning: Minor Spoilers For L.A. Noire Ahead.

L.A. Noire released in the summer of 2011. I was just starting to dip my toe back into video games after being away for years. My brother and I went 50/50 on a copy of Team Bondi's ambitious open-world game and then spent a week playing through it. I distinctly remember not liking the game at all my first time through. It was clunky. I didn't like that I couldn't run over pedestrians or the skew toward detective work over shooting. And I especially didn't like protagonist Cole Phelps, an unlikeable boy scout-type drowning in self-righteousness. That said, I did fall in love with exploring Bondi's presentation of the infamous city, examining everyone and their routines, and soaking in the atmosphere. But for 21-year old me, who craved shooting digital bad guy after bad guy, I found the whole experience to be pretty dull and disappointing.

SMASH CUT to three years later. I'm in grad school. I've become a much more patient person and have started playing games that fall out of the shooter/action/RPG mold. I've even started writing about games on the internet for some reason (because I'm a fool). I decide to give L.A. Noire another whirl. Why? Because I'm in grad school and L.A. Noire is three bucks. What else am I going to do?

The Blade Of Galadriel: Meet Shadow Of War's Elven Assassin

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The Blade Of Galadriel: Meet Shadow Of War's Elven Assassin

Middle-earth: Shadow of War's Talion is a far less isolated version of the character from Shadow of Mordor. In addition to the continued back and forth with the wraith of Celebrimbor, Talion interacts with NPC characters much more frequently, and they play a much larger role in the story and overall experience. Side characters not only fight alongside Talion in story sequences, but they even have side-quest lines centered around them.

Be warned that this article contains some spoilers on the first act of Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

One of the main characters Talion interacts with in Shadow of War is the Blade of Galadriel, Eltariel. This elegant assassin has been charged with combating the Nazgûl, a group of sinister ringwraiths who serve as Shadow of War's boss fights, to keep them within Mordor and prevent them from spreading to Middle-earth. Since the ringwraiths keep coming back, she's been at this task for millennia. Thankfully, she's blessed with the ability to track the Nazgûl.

Is Fortnite's Battle Royale Mode More Than A PUBG Rip-off?

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Is Fortnite's Battle Royale Mode More Than A PUBG Rip-off?

This morning, Epic Games' Fortnite got a new Battle Royale mode that borrows heavily from Player Unknown's Battlegrounds and other games of its genre. I was immediately curious to try it out, because as a huge fan of PUBG, a 100-player shooter with structure building and destruction was the most unexpected and enticing release of the week.

I was put-off by just how obviously some of the gametype's features were lifted from Battlegrounds, but there may be enough in here to get me curious about the future of the mode as Fortnite exits paid early-access and becomes free (what?) in 2018.

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Destiny 2, Echo, Star Wars, Star Trek

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Destiny 2, Echo, Star Wars, Star Trek

In Ultra Ultra's upcoming science-fiction game, Echo, you are not just the protagonist – you also play the role every enemy. How is this possible? Describing that exactly will be difficult, as the answer unfolds in several ways. The easiest to grasp is you play as a character named En, and every enemy is a clone of her. From what I understand, you won't see any other humans in this game. They all look exactly like you, and the only differentiating factor between the clones is a red cube (called simply "The Cube") fastened to your En's back.

The difficulty in describing Echo comes from the artificial intelligence that drives the doppelgangers. Every action you make is reflected by them, but not immediately. Rolling blackouts also double as updates for the clone A.I. After a blackout, if you vault over a ledge, grab an item, and step into water, when the next blackout hits, the enemies will learn how to do these things. They will forget them if you don't use the again before the next blackout. Make sense?

Tooth And Tail Is An Indie RTS With A Great Sense Of Style

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Tooth And Tail Is An Indie RTS With A Great Sense Of Style

Tooth and Tail is the newest game from the creator of the indie heist hit Monaco. This unique take on RTS allows players to lead a revolution with an army of flamethrowing Boars, mustard gas-lobbing Skunks, and paratrooper-puking Owls.
Dan Tack and Ben Reeves take a whirl through the game’s opening chapters and talk about the simplified controls and charming characters before checking out the multiplayer offerings.

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Here Are 57 Fun, Family-Friendly Words To Yell When You Get Mad In Destiny 2

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Here Are 57 Fun, Family-Friendly Words To Yell When You Get Mad In Destiny 2

Destiny 2 has been a blast to play since it released last week, but as in any game, players have had their fair share of frustrations when faced with a tough encounter. In these moments, it's easy to catch oneself wondering, "What can I exclaim right now to vent my frustrations?" With so many words to choose from, it can be tough to know you're using the right one. To help, I present this list of work-safe, fun, and stress-relieving phrases for your future reference.

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For more nuanced thoughts on Destiny 2, check out our discussion on the latest episode of the GI Show.