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Retailer-specific Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor pre-order bonuses detailed

Posted on August 4, 2014 AT 02:45pm

Given the apparently vast, customizable experience Tolkien devotees can expect to find when Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor releases in late September, a few pre-order bonuses shouldn’t affect the overall game too much. Nonetheless, Warner Bros. and Monolith Productions have revealed five retailer-specific packages that players can access when they pre-order this open-world action-RPG.

If you go with a GameStop pre-order, you’ll receive the Captain of the Watch character skin, along with the Hidden Blade Rune, which will allow for extra damage when unleashing stealth attacks against Sauron’s captains. Based on the fact that the developers have emphasized that stealth will be an important tool in Shadow of Mordor, these goodies could be valuable indeed. A Steam pre-order, meanwhile, nets you the Orc Slayer Rune, which will see Sauron’s captains succumb more easily to special attacks.

But those aren’t the only retailers offering a boost against Sauron’s goons. Pre-ordering with Amazon gets you the Deadly Archer Rune, which increases the effectiveness of ranged headshots against Sauron’s captains.

If you’re interested in an upgrade that doesn’t involve dealing damage to Sauron’s captains, however, you’re in luck. A Walmart pre-order will give you the Rising Storm Rune, which unlocks the Storm of Urfael and the power to use unlimited combat executions. And if you’re into flaming weaponry, go with a Best Buy pre-order to receive the Flame of Anor Rune and incinerate foes.

If you’re interested in looking over the pre-order info in greater detail, or you’re wondering what bonuses you might be able to get if you’re outside the United States, check out the official Shadow of Mordor site for the scoop.

Andrew Fitch, Managing Editor
Andrew Fitch, a proud Japanese RPG and serial-comma enthusiast, has been attending E3 for close to a decade now. His least-proud moment? That time in 2004 when, suffering from utter exhaustion, he decided to take a break on the creepy, dilapidated—and possibly cursed—La-Z-Boy at Konami’s Silent Hill booth. Follow Andrew’s adventures in avoiding cursed furniture at his Twitter feed: @twittch. Meet the rest of the crew.

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