J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth is one of the most famous fictional worlds in all of pop culture. And thanks to the Middle-earth video games, you can run around in it, slaying hordes of Orcs, building an army, and trying to put a stop to the evil forces of Mordor. It’s a good time, and right now it’s also much cheaper than usual. Today only, PC gamers can pick up the second game in the series, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, for just $15. That’s a great deal, considering it’s going for $60 on Steam right now.
It’s a one-day deal available at Fanatical, an online retailer that sells games for Steam. The deal will vanish on August 10, so if you’ve been on the fence about picking up Shadow of War, you’d better do it soon if you want it cheap. And while you’re on there, you can check out the other deals going on in the Fanatical’s Summer Sale.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War takes place between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Like its predecessor, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the game follows Talion, a warrior seeking revenge on the death of his wife. Your job is to raise an army by recruiting Orc captains in an effort to attack Sauron where he lives.
In GameSpot’s 7/10 Middle-earth: Shadow of War review, our critic wasn’t crazy about the story, but he pointed out many of the game’s redeeming qualities. “Narrative problems aside, some of the setpieces are breathlessly fun. You ride a drake, team up with some ridiculous Orcs, fight an imposing, flame-winged Balrog, battle the Ringwraiths. It’s a greatest-hits compilation of the most bad-ass moments from The Lord of the Rings. After a slow-building introductory act, the game gains momentum as it crashes toward what seems like a final standoff against the forces of evil. And this fight addresses criticism of the previous game; it’s an epic multi-stage battle that does still have QTEs, but no more than the ones you find while playing through the game normally.”
And just last month, Shadow of War got a major update that completely removed the unpopular microtransaction market from the game. If it sounds like your kind of thing, grab this deal before it goes away.