Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is widely regarded as one of the best Lord of the Rings games, but is its DLC worth investing in? Set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Shadow of Mordor’s plot focuses on a Ranger named Talion who is sacrificed by Sauron’s forces alongside his wife and child, but brought back to life by the wraith of Celebrimbor which gives him some interesting supernatural abilities. The game follows Talion and Celebrimbor as they journey to Mordor to exact revenge on Sauron, slaying hordes of Orcs along the way.
The game was released in 2014 by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and was lauded by critics. Many sites hailed it one of the best video games of 2014 and it went on to receive Game of the Year at the Game Developers Choice Awards. A sequel continuing Shadow of Mordor’s story – Middle-earth: Shadow of War – was released in 2017.
Before its sequel arrived, Warner Bros. Games released a series of Shadow Of Mordor DLC throughout 2014 and 2015 offering players new story campaigns alongside new runes, skins, and bosses. There are currently 19 different Shadow Of Mordor DLC options available that range in price from $0.99 to $9.99 with a few free versions offered too.
Towards the higher end of the price range are two of Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor’s most talked about DLC packs – Lord Of The Hunt and The Bright Lord. Lord Of The Hunt was released on December 2014 and was the game’s first major expansion. This Middle-earth expansion offers players the opportunity to reunite Talion with dwarf hunter Torvin who was first introduced midway through Shadow Of Mordor. Lord Of The Hunt featured new Beastmaster Warchiefs – an advanced type of Uruk orc – that are able to use the vicious monsters of Mordor as mounts in the same way Talion can. Talion gets a few extra perks too like the ability to ride into battle atop one of the Wretched Graugs that vomit toxic bile at enemies.
Some players felt the addition of new creatures and the opportunity to interact more with Torvin were good, but most felt the Lord Of The Hunt DLC was unnecessary and could’ve easily been integrated into the main game. The Bright Lord, on the other hand, got a more favorable reception. Set thousands of years before Shadow Of Mordor’s main campaign, the pack allows gamers to play as Celebrimbor and provides more of the Elf’s backstory prior to becoming a wraith. While Shadow Of Mordor was highly rated, many players felt its final two boss fights were anticlimactic as Sauron wasn’t included, but The Bright Lord addresses this by allowing players to battle the Dark Lord himself as Celebrimbor.
So, is the Shadow Of Mordor DLC worth buying? While Tolkien fanboys and girls may be tempted to purchase all the packs, it’s probably better to invest in the more highly rated DLC like The Bright Lord than the more underwhelming options like The Lord Of Hunt.