Be one of the first to check out at the official community for Shadow of Mordor, the upcoming Lord of the Rings video game from Monolith Studios.
The newly launched Shadow of Mordor community is "official," which means you’ll be among the first to see new trailers, images and gameplay footage, as well as hear all the latest on the title as it develops. Perhaps more impressive, however, is the direct line you’ll have to the game’s creators. We’re talking exclusive Q&As, developer chats, and blogs up the yin-yang!
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Evan Lewis, UI Engineer for Monolith productions, just gave a talk at the 2013 Game Developers Conference. It was an interesting chat on translating the MOBA to a console audience. Moving from a PC-core experience to a console one is no easy task. Here's how the team at Monolith did it from Lewis.
From a purely hardware approach, shifting from PC to console is incredible. While a keyboard has roughly 107 buttons, a console has a measly 16 buttons. Similarly, PC users, on average, sit very close to their screen, while console players generally sit 6-10 feet from their television. And lastly, of course, with no mouse, hover-over identification was impossible.
On the plus side, the consoles tend to have very good built-in social networks. Conso…
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Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) is the world’s largest and longest-running gaming professionals industry event. The conference contains 400 lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts. GDC 2013 begins March 25th and lasts March 29th.
This year, Guardians of Middle-Earth will featured in a panel session. The summary can be found below. We would like to ask, is there any elements or details of this session that you would be interested in getting more information about? How about any questions that you would like answered? Let us know in the comments: we will be attending this session, and can help gather the answers you seek!
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Guardians of Middle Earth (GOME) is a great game but easy to become frustrated if you are the can't lose type of person. There are so many players joining since it began and it is easy to get overwhelmed by dominant players that seem to whip you fast. That being said, don't give up. By level 12, you'll have more options on how you can play and will be much more interesting by then. I'd recommend playing at least until then to decide if you like this game or not. Now I will give my list of tips to the newer players out there (Noobs):
1. Tower hug dont get too far from the towers as you gain experience from the kills it makes if you are close enough, and the opponents will likely try to avoid the tower unless their soldiers are distracting it…Read more >
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions have just announced a brand new Survival Mode and unique map for Guardians of Middle-earth! Check out the press release details and trailers below!
The new Survival Mode enlists a one to five player co-op in intense combat in the Glittering Caves nestled deep in the White Mountains. Teammates must rely heavily on each other to fight and survive waves of enemies with increasingly destructive power. Players must defend their towers, fight enemy control on the field and defeat boss waves to complete new challenges. Rally your best troops in a mission to perfect team composition, strategy and loadouts, while taking on a deadly swarm of enemies.
In addition, gamers can play on the on…Read more >
The game is out and the reviews are in! At last, Guardians of Middle-earth is playable, right now, on PSN and XBLA. So what are the critics saying? And, more importantly, what do YOU think of the game?
Check out notable reviews below and be sure to share your own thoughts on the game in the comments below and in the Wikian Reviews Poll!
I am really impressed with GOME, AI issues notwithstanding. As a gateway to MOBAs, this game hooked me in a way I did not expect. It’s got that immediate gratification spirit to it, where I finish a match and immediately want to jump into another. The texture of The Lord of the Rings is represented beautifully in the gorgeous visuals and diverse, detailed character roster. The depth of the game reveals it…
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You may not know it, but the MOBA genre is enormous. For those unaware, MOBA stands for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. It is strategy/action game in which two teams, usually of three or five players each, navigate the confines of a battlefield and attempt to reach and destroy their enemy's base. Each player controls a unique character with their own role and set of abilities. Each team also has a series of defensive towers to destroy and groups of friendly units that continually spawn and move through specific lanes towards their opponents.
While it might sound simple, the genre hides a huge amount of depth in the traditional item system, upgrade opportunities, strategic use of buffs, the management of a “jungle” filled with neutral creat…Read more >
I recently had a chance to pay Monolith Studios a visit. Senior Producer Ruth Tomandl and Producer Bob Roberts Guardians of Middle-earth kindly offered to answer your community questions. From the tutorial system to the intricacies of their matchmaking system, Ruth and Bob go in-depth on your questions and hint at some of the things to come for Guardians of Middle-earth.
Check out their responses below!
Ruth Tomandl: There are no plans for spectator mode at this time but anything is possible.
Wikia: The game seems really watchable; can you talk about that? Bob Roberts: I think it would be very similar to spectator modes in other MOBA games. It was built on the same bones. It's a competitive sport at its core. It has a lot of that same structure…
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Calling all LOTR fans! We’re excited to announce the next book we’ll be reading for Wikia Book Club is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit! Whether you’re new to Middle-earth or can recite the Elvin Hymn to Elbereth, this is a great way to celebrate the upcoming release of Peter Jackson’s film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Join us on the Literature Wiki Wednesday, Dec. 5th at 5pm PST and then again on Sunday, Dec. 9th at 5pm PST (if you can only make one that’s fine too) on to share your thoughts on Hobbit-holes, diminutive Dwarves, and smoldering Smaug- or whatever your favorite topic may be!
Be sure to follow us on Good Reads and Twitter! While you’re at it, tweet @WikiReads with the title of the next novel you’d like us to Book Club.Read more >
The exciting release of Guardians of Middle-Earth is just around the corner. The popularity of MOBA are on the rise, and with them come all sorts of changes and refinements to the genre. With one of the first complete MOBA experiences on the consoles, Monolith Productions must have a lot of insight into the design process. Now is your chance to learn from them directly!
Monolith Productions, the developers behind Guardians of Middle-Earth, has kindly offered to answer your community questions! Dying to know more about the game map? How the text and films inspire the game? Or which character is their favorite? Simply leave your questions in the comments below by November 29th and we will deliver them to the team. Come back on December 3rd fo…Read more >