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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Review – Actually, One Does Simply Walk Into Mordor

There’s a single Orc that has proven to be a thorn in my side. His name is Nazdug, but that has faded into memory in favor of his title: the Prowler. We’ve met several times before, and each of those times I’ve been forced to either retreat, a fact that he loves to remind me of, or I’ve been defeated by him and his forces. To say that it has become a personal vendetta is something of an understatement. I hate him. I hate that he’s beaten me. Yet I respect him, too, as an adversary, Through spilling my blood he has risen through the ranks, becoming a powerful and dangerous Captain feared by everyone. Still, eventually I managed to slay him, an arrow through the eye bringing his existence to an end. Or so I thought. It wasn’t long before I discovered he had somehow survived, a metal mask now covering the eye that I pierced. His arrival during my fight with a Warchief cost me a victory.

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Styx: Master of Shadows Review – Not The Master, But The Apprentice

The stealth genre has seen a magnificent resurgence over the past few years, but has also seen a shift in gameplay style, often pitching the player as a powerful predator who can annihilate foes if discovered, a hunter who doesn’t even need to hide, in truth. Styx: Master of Shadows, though, is a throwback, placing you in the shows of a character who is dangerous, but fragile and must always remain in the shadows.

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Planetary Annihilation Review – Death Star!? I’m In!

After a successful Kickstarter and significant amount of time in Steam’s Early Access system, Planetary Annihilation finally achieved “release” just a few weeks ago. Yet it wasn’t without controversy, with many people on the game’s forums arguing that it was not ready to move to a full release just yet, that it needed more work and was missing promised features. In many ways those people were right: Planetary Annihilation still feels like it’s in Early Access. It’s incomplete and rough and does a lot of stuff wrong, but beneath that lies a fun, fast strategy game with a bright future, and a decent present.