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Middle-Earth’s Last Gasp

2017’s “Middle-Earth: Shadow of War” (“SoW”) is the not-entirely-unexpected sequel to 2014’s “Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor,” which marked the first Licensed game release based on the works of British linguist and mythologies, J.R.R. Tolkien, that didn’t completely suck. Warner Bros., the huge TV and movie studio, owns all visual media rights to adaptations of Tolkien’s original IP, and in an unsurprising move, decided to make a sequel to their one successful ‘Middle-Earth’ game, then cram it completely full of microtransactions, loot boxes, and poorly-balanced gameplay systems designed specifically to frustrate players and push them in the direction of making microtransactional purchases in order to make the experience more tolerable.

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