The most savage Lord of the Rings game adds an additional layer of violence with its Rune System, a method of upgrading weapons and generating retailer-specific preorder bonuses.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor's vaguely heroic Talion comes equipped with a bow, a longsword and a dagger. That's a fine arsenal for fantasy combat, but where are the explosions? That's where runes come in. By upgrading weapons using runes collected from fallen foes or delivered by GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy or Steam, players can add powerful damaging effects and buffs to their weapon rotation.
This Rune System will allow players to customise their weapons according to their play style, as well as where they prefer to shop. Along with the previously announced Dark Ranger Bonus Pack preorder incentive, preordering the October 7 release for PlayStation, Xbox or PC at the following retailers earns players magical powers the likes of which the world has never seen.
Amazon – Deadly Archer Rune: Talion will deal extra damage when executing ranged headshots against Sauron's Captains
Best Buy – Flame of Arnor Rune: Talion can ignite his blade by achieving a high combo count and incinerate his enemies
GameStop - Captain of the Watch / Hidden Blade Rune: "Captain of the Watch" character skin and the Hidden Blade Rune – Talion can deal extra damage when executing stealth attacks against Sauron's Captains
Steam – Orc Slayer Rune: Talion will decimate Sauron's Captains with increased damage from special attacks