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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

10 months ago

Feature: The biggest hits of the past 12 months

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol' breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months. Below is the full, hundred-strong…

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1 year ago

Feature: Got your own back

Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War shows that revenge is a dish best served re-heated

Nothing does revenge quite like Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War [official site]. But more games really really should. When Shadow Of Mordor came out in 2014, no one was really expecting it to be good. But it was great. And the greatest thing about it was its Nemesis system. Because your character is already dead, and possessed by a grey, grey ghost, getting killed by an…

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Feature: Colossal squid

Steam Charts: Cephalopodic

Sometimes you set out to write a themed entry of the Steam charts around anagrams, and end up posting videos of octopuses. You know how it is.

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Feature: Uruk 'n' roll

The Joy of Shadow Of Mordor’s combat

Shadow of Mordor [official site] has one of the most satisfying combat moves in gaming. It’s a simple double counter, performed by tapping the counter button twice when separate enemies attack you at the same time. You, the ranger Talion, block one attack. To deal with the other you summon an undead elvish Lord called Celebrimbor, who springs out of your body in wraith form…

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Feature: One does not simply walk into Seahaven

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War & the Truman Show Effect

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War [official site] expands on its predecessor's innovative Nemesis System and its believable NPCs take us one step further away from the static worlds of most open world games. I've been thinking about how that works, and why so many games make me think of The Truman Show.

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Feature: A load of hot air

Steam Charts: Gaming’s Greatest Secrets Revealed

As the Steam Summer Sale closes, here's the last of the charts influenced by the discounts, before they return to being exactly the same as they were before the sale, and indeed during it. So this week we're going to dig into the history of these familiar names, revealing some secrets of their pasts that many may not already know.

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Feature: Poetry in motions

Steam Charts: Nantucket Edition

As we learnt last week, the Steam Summer Sale feels like the sort of thing that should enliven the charts. Nothing can enliven the charts... Apart from me!

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Feature: Must end someday

Steam Charts: Sale away, sale away, sale away

The Steam Summer Sale is here to rescue us from the same old games! Hooray! Hooray! Hoo-whatnow? Oh for crying out loud, the usual games are all on sale too, aren't they?

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Feature: Up your game, open worlds

Mordor casts a shadow over the open world genre

Open worlds are dynamic. Sometimes they live and breathe. Occasionally they are systemic. Their stories and incidents are emergent. That's what the voices say, from stages and in trailers, but the pictures tell a different tale. Anthem's big reveal felt like a series of echoes rather than a glimpse of the future, Assassin's Creed: Origins is sprinkling loot and stats across Egypt, and even Metro…

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Feature: Where's my nemesis?!

Have You Played… Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives and PC miscellany. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Remember when Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor [official site] came out, and everyone was all, "WOW! Everyone's going to be copying the Nemesis system! Hooray!" and then no one has?

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2 years ago

Feature: 21 Of The Best 7/10 Games

In Celebration Of Perfectly Average Action Games

We don’t do scores on RPS, but sometimes we mourn for the inability to deploy a 7/10. The ur-score, the most double-edged of critical swords, the good but not great, the better than it deserves to be, the guilty pleasure, the bungled aspiration, the knows exactly what it is, the straight down the line. One score that can mean so much. There is one particular…

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3 years ago

Feature: Sometimes watching isn't enough.

The 10 Best Games Based On Movies

I had twin criteria for this. The first was 'is it a decent game?' and the second 'does it meaningfully evoke the spirit, themes or characters of the movie in addition to having Quite Good Guns And Graphics?' The second saw quite a few games which would otherwise qualify ruled out. This year's Mad Max, for instance, was an agreeable murder-romp but it's much harder…

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Feature: Sandbox satisfaction/dissatisfaction

Are Open World Games Living Up To Their Potential?

Once a week most weeks, the RPS hivemind gathers to discuss An Issue. Sometimes it’s controversial news, sometimes it’s a particular game, sometimes it’s favourite things and least favourite things, sometimes a perennial talking point. This week, off the back of most of us being obsessed with Metal Gear Solid V, we're talking about open world, or sandbox games. Big map, go where you please,…

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Feature: Bestest Biffs

The 25 Best Action Games On PC

You probably like action games. But which ones should you like best?! We've narrowed it down to 25, and then put them in the unimpeachably correct order. Read on for details of the best action biff-zap-collect-me-do gaming you can stuff down your trousers.

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Feature: We gather here at the death of deals

Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 10

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we'll be offering our picks - based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day 10 of the sale.

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4 years ago

Feature: Action Games

What Can Games Learn From Action In Comics?

PAGE ONE, PANEL ONE Graham lies in a crumpled heap beneath the looming figure of DOCTOR NO IDEAS. CAPTION: This looks like a job for… PAGE ONE, PANEL TWO Pip, dressed in a (heroic) frog costume, sits typing at a computer. PAGE TWO, PANEL ONE A closeup of a Gchat window with the text "G, are there any games which do violence as well as…

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Feature: Anecdotal Roguelike Orc Slaying

Shadow of More-dor: Playing With Permadeath In The  DLC

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor came out last year to widespread appeal. Sure, the combat’s just a gorier, hyper deadly version of what we’ve already seen in the Batman Arkham games. Yeah, open world icon assassination was clearly lifted from Assassin's Creed. But this time those icons were orcs, with actual memories and personalities, balanced on a power structure which the player was free to tinker…

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Feature: Rule Them

The Bestest Best Action: Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's moment-to-moment biffing is a trick we've seen before, but it's still impressive to watch your wraith-Ranger shift and flip with seamless animations between punching one gribbly uruk and gutting another. Yet it's the Nemesis system, which gives the action context within the larger army of Sauron and world of Mordor, that makes every assassination matter so much more and which makes…

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Feature: Lend Us Your Boromir

The RPS Verdict: Middle-Earth – Shadow Of Mordor

MOOOOOORRRRRRRRRDDDOOOOOOOOORRRRRRR, is the primary form of communication about Monolith's Middle-hyphen-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor. However, we managed to break free of this trapping, and instead converse about the game in ever-so-slightly more erudite form. Below Jim, Alec and John have a natter about orc killing matter.

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