Anyone tried New Shadow Wars?

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    WB Gamer
    Okay so spoiler alert right off the back











    Okay if you really need to know, you get 5 new nazgul masks and the blacked servants armor for completing the shadow wars. They streamlined the hell out of it to. Having played the original I found them particularly underwhelming, because they reduced it from 10 long stages down to just 3 short ones. Like, heart crushingly short. Stage 1-2 are single fortress defenses and then 3 has you defend 3 fortresses and then it's cutscene, end credits. I personally think the armor and masks were worth at least 5 stages, but I guess enough people complained about it that it became really short. I'm not saying it's bad. It's just short. Though I wouldnt say it's worth deleting your saved game JUST to experience the new shadow wars. If that would be your only reason for playing through again, just watch the new cutscenes on youtube. Someone will have them up sooner or later.

    Despite my opinion on the changes to the shadow wars themselves, the additional gear, increased level cap, and other changes they made with the update are all pretty **bleep** cool.
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    Has it happened for anyone else that the new update reset their shadow wars and forced them to do it all again?

     

    I'm definitely not complaining, they were enjoyable. The siege in Gorgoroth seemed to be exceptionally challenging.

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    Yes, the reset was meant to be and announced pre-updated.



    What about new narrative elements though?


    I'm inclined to agree that they could be short, especially if stages do not have multiple sieges. But 10 was really long, plus you have endless now so if you want to do more: go for it.
    I have yet to experience myself though.
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    And don't forget, according to the patchnotes:

     

    • When playing siege/defense missions after completing Shadow Wars:
      • Assault waves should now include bodyguards (two per Assault Leader).
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    @ pizzaface

    I really enjoyed the narrative elements. I personally love Shelob as a character, with her tragic backstory and gorgeous voice. Her voiceover during the sieges was beautifully done. And then later on when you have Sauron and the witch king goading you, telling you how there's no escape from your fate, just makes the game feel like there's more depth to it. I'm glad they added so much voiceover, because the game originally got dreadfully quiet once Celebrimbor seperated from Talion in favor of Eltariel. Like, depressingly quiet. Now Talion has dialogue for dominations, overlord battles, dieing/fast traveling to heiders, etc. Makes everything feel much more alive.
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    Ah okay I didnt fully read what you said as I intent to restart later. But it's good that something was done and I'll take your worth for it that it is interesting.
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    I haven't yet started on the new endless siege, but I see the leader is a level 81 orc. I'm only 63. This will be fun!

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    Oh thanks guys.

    I was asking about the new narrative elements, it's just voice lines? like inside Talion's head or do e see Shelob and The Witch King or somehting big, new?

     

     

     

    I think it's good to have more narrative and context in the shadow wars.

    Yes, Shelob is a great character indeed.

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    Thanks for the information atballz88.
    While you find the trimmed down Shadow Wars aka Epilogue "Like, heart crushingly short", it's still 5 fort defences in a row. Honestly, I think that's plenty. I didn't bother finishing the Shadow Wars when I read it was 20 in a row, as defending/invading forts was (for me personally) the weakest part for the game. It just resulted in me giving up on the game, was a really poor way of ending it.

     

    So 5 fort defences and a little extra narrative sprinkled in, not exactly pushing the envelope creatively, but certainly seems more doable and crucially less of a grind.

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