Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor launches for Linux, SteamOS and Mac debut

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Winner of over 50 “Best of 2014” Awards including Game of the Year, Best Action Game and Most Innovative Game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is #now #available for Linux, SteamOS and Mac.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a third-person open world video game, a player controls a Ranger by the name of Talion who seeks revenge on the forces of Sauron after his family, including his wife, are killed. Though Talion is mortally felled in the game’s introduction, the wraith of the Elven Lord Celebrimbor is able to use his power to keep Talion alive, along with gifting him wraith-like abilities to exact his revenge. Missions in the game feature main story missions that follow Talion’s quest for revenge, side missions that involve following Gollum as to find artifacts that are tied to Celebrimbor’s past, missions to free the human slaves that have been captured by the Uruk armies and forced to work for Sauron, and additional quests to help forge new abilities for Talion’s sword, bow, and dagger. The player also has the freedom to pursue side quests and roam around Mordor, with special activities to collect specific flora or to hunt certain creatures, or to find old artifacts or Elvish seals.

In completing missions, the player can have Talion engage in melee, ranged combat, and stealth approaches, with some missions rewarding the player more for completing the mission in a specific manner. Talion’s ranger abilities are enhanced through Celebrimbor, allowing the player to mix combat with special focus-based attacks; these latter attacks can be used to slow time down while aiming with the bow, drain focus out of an enemy foe, or, later in the game, brand the foe to become an ally of Talion. The combat system uses an attack-chain system that enables the player to perform special moves after building the chain to a large enough value, such as instantly draining a foe of focus or performing an area focus attack. Stealth is a critical element in some missions; several areas are considered Strongholds and should Talion’s presence be discovered, an alarm will sound and more Uruks will arrive to try to kill him.

As a heads up, if you already purchased Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ Premium Edition, you are already entitled to all game content.

Everything aside, the system requirements are somewhat more hefty, most modern gaming computers should be able to run the game. But expect a 41.5 GB download, depending on your internet speed the install could take a while.

System Requirements:

Minimum:

  • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.2 64-bit / SteamOS
  • Processor: 2.6 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1GB NVIDIA 640 or better with driver version 352.21 or later
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 47 GB available space

Recommended:

  • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.2 64-bit / SteamOS
  • Processor: 3.4 GHz Intel
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 4GB NVIDIA 9xx series card or better with driver version 352.21 or later
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 47 GB available space

Feral Interactive were clear to note the restrictions for AMD  users on Twitter:

Thsi note also appears on the Steam page, “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.”

Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor is  50% off on Steam  for Linux, SteamOS, Mac and Windows PC, but only until August 3rd.

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