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Release Date: Sep 30, 2014

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Buy the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY Upgrade to unlock the exclusive Guardians of the Flaming Eye Warband mission and gain early access to the Trials of War challenge series.

GOTY Edition Includes:

  • Guardians of the Flaming Eye Exclusive Warband Mission: Face Sauron’s elite Defenders before the Black Gate and earn the Wolf's Head rune
  • Trials of War Challenge Series: Play the full series of 4 challenge modes: Test of Power, Test of Speed, Test of Wisdom and the Endless challenge. Earn points for power, skill, speed and efficiency and build your Legend on the Leaderboards.
  • Lord of the Hunt Story Mission: Dive deeper into Mordor’s living world and hunt the wild beasts of Mordor to earn unique runes.
  • The Bright Lord Story Mission: Battle against Sauron as Celebrimbor, the great Elven Lord of the Second Age, to unlock powerful runes and the ability to wield the One Ring.
  • Future content including additional Warband Missions, Runes, & Skins: Enhance your weapons with powerful Runes and customize Talion’s appearance with unique skins.

Not all listed content is available on 9/30. Each DLC will be added to your Steam account as it becomes available in the Steam store.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: 64-bit: Vista SP2, Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 | AMD Radeon HD 5850
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 | AMD Radeon HD 7950
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 40 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.10.3
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel
    • Memory: 8 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB Nvidia 650M or later, AMD 7xxx series or later and Intel Iris Pro.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 67 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires Keyboard & Multi-button Mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.10.4
    • Processor: 3.2 GHz Intel
    • Memory: 16 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 4GB Nvidia 780MX, AMD D700 or R9 295X
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 67 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.2 64-bit / SteamOS
    • Memory: 4 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB NVIDIA 640 or better with driver version 352.21 or later
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 47 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: AMD and Intel cards are NOT supported. If you wish to play the game using an AMD graphics card, you should update your graphics driver to version Catalyst 15.7 or higher. You should be able to run the game without experiencing stability issues or graphical glitches, but you may still experience poor performance.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.2 64-bit / SteamOS
    • Processor: 3.4 GHz Intel
    • Memory: 8 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 4GB NVIDIA 9xx series card or better with driver version 352.21 or later
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 47 MB available space
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357 of 376 people (95%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
Posted: January 6, 2015
This is a review of the Season Pass, not the main game, by someone with 100% completion of the vanilla game and all DLC content. As of 26/04/2015, this pack contains the following:

Guardians of the Flaming Eye Warband (EXCLUSIVE CONTENT):
A brief mission/boss battle against a powerful Uruk Captain and his gang. Took me a few tries to defeat and rewards you with a Rune which buffs throwing knife attacks. A nice addition, but could be completed in about 5 minutes.

Test of Speed:
The first Trial of War, this challenge spawns you in Udun and requires you to slay a Warchief and five captains within a time limit. It's a fun addition to the game, and adds a little competition with both global and friends-only high-score boards.

Test of Wisdom:
A longer Trial, this requires you to kill all 5 Warchiefs and all captains within 50 minutes, scoring at least 22,000 points, starting with full knowledge of all uruks' strengths and weaknesses. This is challenging and fun, but arguably a little repetative. All the same, I enjoyed the extra content.

Endless Challenge:
Stupidly named, this challenge is not in fact endless, at all. It's just another Trial of War with slightly different objectives that allows more Uruk Captains to spawn should you die or allow time to pass, etc.

Rising Storm Rune:
A Rune that unlocks the Storm of Urfael ability early, which you would unlock in the main game anyway. This is therefore just a shortcut, and unlikely to add any enjoyability to the game.

Hidden Blade Rune:
Named with a pleasing nod to the Assassin's Creed series, this Rune boosts the damage of your stealth kills. Nice, but not really a game changer.

Skull Crushers Warband:
Another boss battle, this wasn't much of a challenge, but added another few minutes of gameplay.

Deadly Archer Rune:
Powers up headshots, making it marginally easier to kill captains with your bow. Good for those who prefer a quick finish without getting their hands dirty.

Beserks Warband:
You know the drill. Short, less than challenging boss battle.

Flesh Burners Warband:
This one was actually quite tricky, as the boss uses exploding crossbow bolts. Good fun actually, and may take several attempts, though a similar boss can be found in the Lord of the Hunt DLC.

Flame of Anor Rune:
Probably the most worthwhile DLC rune, this causes your sword to CATCH FIRE on 20% of your critical strikes. It's awesome.

Lord of the Hunt:
I actually really enjoyed this. It's a great addition to the story set just before the main game's final mission. Set in Nurn, it added about 7 hours' extra content for me to play through, which for me was definitely worth the money. In addition, the final achievement, "The Hunt is My Mistress," which involves completing the Challenge mode "Test of The Wild" in 40 mins, with 13000 points, killing 10 Captains using beasts, was in itself the most challenging task I've ever undertaken in a game, and completing it yielded an incredible amount of satisfaction. For anyone who enjoyed the main game and/or is looking to test their skills to the limit, this DLC is for you!

Orc Slayer Rune:
I was a little irritated by this, as it's the rune that was supposedly a "pre-order exclusive." I therefore feel misled that said "exclusive" was then released later - that's part of my incentive to pre-order gone up in smoke. Not that the rune really makes or breaks the game, it just boosts your execution damage against captains. Amazing.

Captain of the Watch Character Skin:
Aha! A skin! This is good, traditional season pass content. Does it actually change anything game-play wise? Nope. Is it cool? Kinda. Oh well, keeps things interesting a while longer.

The Dark Ranger Character Skin:
No, no, no, this is another "pre-order exclusive" that's turned out not to be exclusive. It's cool though, makes you look all edgy. I like it a lot, and it's not as lore-breaking as the free Black Hand skin, so it works well in story mode when you're up for a little moral-ambiguity.

Blood Hunters Warband:
Brief. Boss. Finished. Moved on with my life.

Test of Power:
Another Trial with a variation on the standard objectives.

The Bright Lord:
This is great. It's a big, story-based DLC with more content than Lord of the Hunt and it's genuinely difficult! You play as Celebrimbor shortly after he makes off with the One Ring, and it follows him raising an army to challenge Sauron in Mordor. All the uruks are much stronger than they were in the main game, and the warchiefs are huge challenges that are very satisfying to complete. And to top it all off, the final confrontation gives us the end boss fight that the game truly deserved.

CONCLUSION/ tl;dr:
In all, this is actually a decent Season Pass, that for once actually does give you ALL DLC that comes out, and the sheer quantity of packs it contains makes up for the minimal content of each individual part. I'd say, especially if you can pick it up in a sale or as part of the Premium Edition bundle, it's worth a punt.
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521 of 786 people (66%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: October 3, 2014
I'll discuss each DLC individually, keeping in mind $5 per DLC.

Guardians of the flaming eye:
-A single captain is added to the first world, no story added at all, a tough to beat combination of strengths.
-Rune is for throwing daggers, never really got any use of them in game.
-Overpriced for so little content.

Trials of war challenge series:
-Adds 4 new challenge modes
-no different then the original challenge mode included other then increasing target time to 1 hour instead of 30 minutes, higher points goal and requires you to kill more captains and warchiefs.
-The only reason you would need this is to increase your highscore on the leaderboards as it allows you score 3-4 times higher then the standard challenge, serves no other purpose.

Lord of the Hunt Story Mission:
Not yet released.

The Bright Lord Story Mission:
Not yet released.

Future content including additional Warband Missions, Runes, & Skins:
Not yet released.
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195 of 299 people (65%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: October 13, 2014
I think a lot of these positive reviews are for the game itself and not the DLC pass. I agree with Balthizaur, this DLC pack is severely lacking so far and I'll also give my opinion on each piece.

-Guardians of the Flaming Eye Exclusive Warband Mission: Face Sauron’s elite Defenders before the Black Gate and earn the Wolf's Head rune - Absolute Joke. He's just another captain that I wasted without much difficulty. Headshotted his 5 bodyguards too. Some good they were! But yeah, it's just a captain that appears with a little cinematic camera angle just like a Warchief. Not worth any money at all.

Lord of the Hunt Story Mission - I'm pretty sure that this has been released already. It's the missions you do with Torvin the Dwarf and I've read elsewhere that this is actually in the Vanilla game. Torvin's story is pretty good and some of the artifacts you find flesh his story out nicely. But if it really is in the Vanilla game, then this is also not worth any extra money.

Trials of War - From what I understand, it's only early access to these trials and they're just bolted on with no effort whatsoever. I expected trials that were different from the base content of the game...

The Bright Lord Story Mission - Not yet released but to be honest, I don't hold out much hope.

Future content including additional Warband Missions, Runes, & Skins - Runes and skins are basically useless once you're fully levelled up, you're already absoutely unstoppable. And Warband missions? What, like ''Guardians of the Flaming Eye''? Unless they add a whole bunch and make them ridiculously difficult, it's unlikely to be worth any money.

All in all, I hold my hands up and say I got robbed on this one. The base game is great but this ''Season Pass'' is straight up garbage. It's more than half the price of the entire game!

UPDATE 22/10/14 - I think something needs to be done about this. So many people are leaving glowing reviews here for the MAIN GAME. This is the SEASON PASS page. No actual value for money as of yet.
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40 of 47 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: March 18, 2015
The extra warbands, runes, and skins are negligible as DLC.

The added game modes also add very little to the experience.

Lord of the Hunt, however, was enjoyable and added a few hours to the game, with slightly different toys to play with.

The Bright Lord also added several hours to the game, was fun, and addressed a major concern with the main game--the difficulty. I found this DLC to be much more challenging than the base game, at times even frustratingly so.

I would say the season pass is worth the current price of $25. If you find it on sale, all the better.
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125 of 191 people (65%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: October 25, 2014
Thus far this DLC has added negligable content to the game. I will break each one down.

Guardians of the Flaming Eye Exclusive Warband Mission
Face Sauron’s elite Defenders before the Black Gate and earn the Wolf's Head rune
This is actually just a fight against one of the Uruk captains in the first area. He has an intro like a Warchief would and he has 5 shield bearing Uruks around him. The fight is noticably more difficult than most others, but even so I didn't even realize that one stronger enemy would be considered a paid DLC.

Trials of War Challenge Series
Play the full series of 4 challenge modes: Test of Power, Test of Speed, Test of Wisdom and the Endless challenge. Earn points for power, skill, speed and efficiency and build your Legend on the Leaderboards.
This DLC only changes the side game mode where you can fight for points on the leaderboards. It just makes it easier to build up a score. The DLC's in this pack do not offer any real improvement to the game.

Lord of the Hunt Story Mission
Dive deeper into Mordor’s living world and hunt the wild beasts of Mordor to earn unique runes
This content has not yet been released. I imagine that this may be a continuation of the three missions with the dwarf that allowed Talion to ride Caragores and Graugs.

The Bright Lord Story Mission
Battle against Sauron as Celebrimbor, the great Elven Lord of the Second Age, to unlock powerful runes and the ability to wield the One Ring
This content has not yet been released. I imagine this will be based on the flashback where Celebrimbor and his army face off against Sauron after stealing the One Ring.

Future content including additional Warband Missions, Runes, & Skins
Enhance your weapons with powerful Runes and customize Talion’s appearance with unique skins.
This content has not yet been released but I imagine this will have a negligable impact on the game as well. The runes were not very important as far as customization and gameplay. The skins will obviously only be cosmetic.


For the price of this Season Pass I would have to say that it should be avoided at this time. If it goes on sale for something like 10 dollars then maybe it would be worth getting. It is worth noting that the content is so few that I hadn't even noticed that it was DLC.
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68 of 106 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: December 10, 2014
This review is for the current number of DLC's, not the total amount that there will be in the future. Also, this review is based off of personal experience.

So far, the DLC's are lacking many things; challenge for players, interesting enemies that are not normally seen, particularly intense battles, and creativity lacking. Releasing these "Rune Packs" is an example of creativity being absent, and trying to give players a supposed "edge". I have tested many rune combinations, and have come to the conclusion that no matter what runes you pick, it won't make much of a difference in the long run, as most of the runes that are in the packs are obtainable in the vanilla version of SoM.

On to the "Warband" DLC's; Not particularly exciting, no more than 2 mins of gameplay added (personally), and the captains you kill in the "confrontations" are basically a "preset" enemy with a fairly low rank, along with a fair amount of weaknesses. Personally, a orc with "combat master" and immunity to ranged and stealth damage lasts no more than 4 mins. The Warband "preset" orcs last about 10 seconds, as all you need to do is whack em a few times and they're dead. Not challenging, fairly dull, and barely memorable. The least the Devs could've done was give you a trophy or momento to signify your victory.

Trials of War; Basically this is what free-roam single player is, except you can see your stats. The leaderboards don't mean much unless you are competing for a highly-valued prize. Runes do not count as prizes; that's like giving you a penny for your troubles. If you were competing for a chance to win a new "skin", then that would maybe catch a persons attention. The captains and warchiefs in the "Trials of War" feel like they're a preset. There is very little that is enticing about these Trials, and you accomplish in them what most accomplish by dicking around in free-roam.

Skins; So far only two free skins have been released, and that's it. They may look cool, for a little bit. After 10 minutes they start getting a little boring, and for a few reasons. The same animations, which is alright considering it's a "skin", but I think the Devs could've at least made us feel like we were playing as THE Black Hand, and put in a few gruesome animations that could be considered as in-humane torture, as the Black Hand is evil. However, with the Lithariel "skin", the walking animations differed in the fact that they were more feminine, which I applaud. Then combat arrives, and back to default.

Rune Packs; This shouldn't even be a thing.

Overall; Pretty disappointing, greatly lacking, low levels of creativity, not much is added. The Season Pass is rediculously priced for the amount of content added, promises much but gives very little. I would not recommend this, AT THE CURRENT MOMEMT. If the DLC's improve over time, which I hope they do, then I encourage you to buy the Pass, ONLY if there is a worthwhile, expansive DLC added.
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57 of 87 people (66%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: January 24, 2015
I think people have gone a little bit mental in their reviews. No content? Every time I put steam on there's another DLC cropping up for this game.

If you are generally angry at the world, and think that milk is far too overpriced, bread is a ripoff, and the girl next door is a tart because she wont sleep with you then dont buy the season pass.

Anyone else who likes hacking bits off Uruks and wants a bit more stuff in the game then get the season pass. Or dont. I dont care (I do care really, it keeps me up at night knowing other people disagree with me).

What was my point? Oh yeah, I ... um. Ah forget it I've lost my train of thought.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: June 28
Had a lot of fun playing this game. Was kinda bummed cause of the weak ending but oh well.... Still play just to kill orcs around :D
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75 of 136 people (55%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: November 22, 2014
Main game is mint! This review is for the DLC. Epic single player and then--What! Those who want the DLC just download FREE "StopWatch & Timer" app and write this down. Kill 10 War chiefs and 20 captains within 50 minutes. This is the DLC? I would have thumbs up the DLC, if they gave user created missions and stealth related combat. Essentially DLC is single player with a timer. Revolutionary or just laziness?

So on the other page I recommended the single player game hands down without hesitation. This games DLC review is hands up screaming NO!!
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: February 20, 2015
A very nice season pass, as do many others, it includes and hefty chunk of DLC, some exclusive, I bought this off ♥♥♥ with the season pass, no regrets. 9/10
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Condemned
Posted: October 1
Tons of fun. I'm glad I've bought this game. Btw. I bought it on sale for 10Euros.. tbh, wouldn't buy it on full price(it was 40euros before)
But.. the best game..
Highly recommending
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golff.nattanart
Posted: September 19
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$teve
Posted: August 4
i love the game so far im 5 hours in and have done the first 5 story missons and the rest killing captains i give it a OVER 9000
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Vyeron
Posted: August 4
So satisfying to kill orcs
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Posted: August 2
Awesome game 10/10
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Pyrozilla
Posted: July 17
Great free-flowing and fun combat. Had a much better story than what I initially expected from an 'open world' game. The nemesis system is pretty fun as well. Gotta get dem bad orcs.
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Lucille19
Posted: June 29
best
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Posted: May 17
Short but fun game.
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Posted: April 23
Really great single player game, fighting is similar to Batman but with upgrades! Very large open world
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