Shadow of War finally kicks micro-transactions in the groin

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Shadow of War finally kicks micro-transactions in the groin

Hey, remember this game? Well, it would like for you to do just that right about now.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War is a bit of an odd one. Odd, but perhaps predictable. The game it follows on from, Shadow of Mordor, was a surprise hit of 2014 that collected its share of game of the year awards.

History wouldn't repeat - there are numerous reasons why Shadow of War never stuck in the gaming consciousness like it's older brother did. Those reasons include the vast gulf in the general quality of game releases in 2014 and 2017, the weird and kind of sickening sexulisation of Shelob and a simple case of bigger and brasher not always being enough.

Oh, and an in game market so bad it adversely affected the end game and caused the whole thing to go from being epic to being a tedious slog. That may have had something to do with it.

Well, good news! Perhaps. An announcement on the game's website has declared that the shop will close come July 17. Gold itself will no longer be available as of May 8, leaving players who indulged with a couple of months to make use of it.

It's a good move overall, and a handy reminder that the game exists. It's hard to say why it's taken this long, but it's possible that EA came along and told Warner to hold its drink while it made in-game purchasing somehow more gross. Or, to sprinkle a little optimism around, maybe it's because some systems re being re-worked to make overall progression more fun.

In any case, Shadow of War is presently $39 on Amazon, which is a pretty good price and it may be worth grabbing a copy in anticipation of positive changes to come.

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