Vandal

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War • Destroy a Monument • 10G • 52.72% of gamers unlocked this

I had seen this achievement on the list a couple of times now, and the percentage of completion prompted me to assume that it would be something I stumble across during the course of my gameplay. Sure enough, my brief session this morning (with no purpose, just intended to log on and kill a few orcs) caused me to stumble across a large orc statue in the middle of a stronghold.

If I was Monty Burns, I would have rubbed my hands together and salaciously whispered “Excellent.”

There’s no pop-up or tutorial to instruct you how to actually destroy the monument. My experience of digital vandalism is largely confined to the Just Cause series, which usually involves placing explosives onto a statue and … well … pushing a button. Here, I shot arrows into the statue, detonated the nearest explosive barrel and swung my sword at it a few times, but – as it turns out – all you have to do is climb onto the head, click RB and Talion will do the rest of the work for you.

Exit, one monument.

In other gaming news, I still have no gaming PC yet, so I’m feeling a bit tetchy about all the gaming goodness I’m missing out on. It’s not like I’ve actually got any time to play anyway – but you know what they say about absence and the heart!

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Crowned with Living Light 

I finished House of Cards last night (“My turn”), conveniently in time for Season 5 of Orange is the New Black to be released, so I’m still on the TV-with-a-hint-of-gaming-at-the-end-of-the-night routine. It’s the beginning of the weekend though, so I figured I had a bit of time up my sleeve to play some Shadow of Mordor and then switch to something easy if I hadn’t unlocked anything after an hour or so. 

I’m really just on achievement cleanup with Mordor, so I worked towards grabbing collectables and pursuing the survival (“collect herbs”) challenges while stopping to do some of the ‘legend’ challenges that build your dagger, sword or bow. Sure enough, 45 minutes managed to earn me a couple of achievements relating to collectable progress for collecting 50% of the Ithildin (today’s achievement) and 25% of the artifacts. I kept going for a bit after that just to progress some more through the game, but I wanted to give it a proper achievement run and get excited for Shadow of War which will be shown at E3

I’m sure I’ve already said it, but I’ve already platinum’d Mordor on the PS4 and the game still holds up incredibly well on the Xbox after a few years. I’m excited to see what Shadow of War on Scorpio might do – considering it’s already, essentially, been announced. 

Today’s achievement is worth 10G and 24.55% of gamers have unlocked it.