Middle Earth: Shadow of War Slashes onto PS Plus November 2020 Lineup

By | 06/11/2020



PS Plus November 2020 games arrive with Middle Earth: Shadow of War along with the first PS Plus PS5 free game Bugsnax.

The PlayStation Plus November 2020 lineup has been released and includes two great titles for gamers to enjoy.

While PS4 gamers and long-time PS Plus subscribers might be used to free PlayStation games, the first PS5 free game has also arrived.

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PS Plus November 2020 Lineup Includes Bugsnax for PS5

PS5 on PS Plus was confirmed a while ago at a Sony event and it was also confirmed that all PlayStation Plus Collection titles will be available for subscribers.

However, this month’s PS Plus includes Bugsnax, the first PlayStation 5 title that will be available at launch.

The other AAA title for PlayStation 4 gamers is Middle Earth: Shadow of War, a fantasy adventure set in the Lord of the Rings universe.

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Middle Earth: Shadow of War

Set in a time well before the events of the famous books and movies, Shadow of War tells the story of Talion and Celebrimbor who forge a new Ring of Power to stop the insidious Sauron.

Celebrimbor is the sorcerer who created the initial nine Rings of Power and wore the One Ring before he was defeated by Sauron.

Talian is a fallen soldier whose body Celebrimbor’s wraith now inhabits and together they form a strong union.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War Trailer

Gameplay typically consists of hack and slash battles with hordes of Orcs, but elements of RPG mechanics are present.

Gear and weapons can be obtained and upgraded while gems can be slotted to boost an item’s stats such as a damage increase or health boost.

While there is a main story narrative to play through, the game also has lots of side quests and collectibles to be found.

These can give new skills or provide high power Legendary gear that can be further complemented by finding whole sets.

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Middle Earth: Shadow of War Celebrimbor Wraith

Stealth can also be utilized as a tactic when traversing the game’s semi open-world regions and can serve as a valuable tool for lowering enemy numbers.

You can, for example, poison Orc grog supplies or stealth-kill vulnerable enemies.

The most useful gear in the game is obtained by killing the almost endless stream of enemy Captains.

Captains are much more difficult to dispatch and will level up if they manage to kill you first.

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Middle Earth: Shadow of War Captains Drop Loot

You can however gain useful intel on enemy Captains by interrogating Worms, low-level Orcs with battlefield knowledge.

A great feature of battling Captains is the Nemesis and Vendetta feature, whereby you can hunt down a Captain who killed you and try to defeat him again for better loot drops.

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Some Captains may also claim Vendetta against you if they apparently survived or escaped a previous skirmish.

The game’s combat is satisfyingly simple with more complex moves in the mix as you progress.

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Middle Earth: Shadow of War Combat Gets More Complex

This is controlled almost exactly the same as the Arkham series games with attacks, counters and special moves brilliantly animated.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War is an excellent title that is well worth the time to get to know.

While it didn’t over-achieve in any areas, it did get some good review scores of 9 and 8 out of 10 from IGN and VideoGamer.com respectively.

It also won “Best Console Game for Xbox One” at Gamescom 2017.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War is available to download and keep for as long as your PS Plus subscription is active.


Bugsnax is an unusual indie game that is set for release very soon.

The game was first showcased at a Sony PS5 press conference where it gained a lot of attention for its distinct style and now infamous theme tune by Kero Kero Bonito.

Playing as a news reporter, players must explore Snaktooth Island in order to study mysterious creatures known as Bugsnax.

Bugsnax Official Trailer

Bugsnax are half-bug, half-food creatures that are consumed by the island’s inhabitants.

One such example is the Wafflepillar, a half-waffle, half caterpillar Bugsnax.

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The aim of the game is to transform the island’s Grumpuses into delightful residents based on their diet of Bugsnax.

Not much is known about the game at the moment, but no doubt I will have a review when it is released soon.

Bugsnax will be the first PS5 game available on PS Plus, however it will also be available for purchase on PS4.

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Note that the Bugsnax release date still has not passed so it is not yet available to download but will be available until January 4, 2021.

4 thoughts on “Middle Earth: Shadow of War Slashes onto PS Plus November 2020 Lineup

  1. Rick

    I love reading your reviews, they keep me abreast of upcoming games, release date and a little of what to expect. Shadow of War I do like especially with the revenge ability to retally if you choose to. The graphics are just amazing and the storyline is awesome as well. Thanks for the review

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Thanks, Rick.

      TBH, this is the first time I have played Shadow of War and I am loving it.

  2. Maddie

    This looks great! I really like RPG games and love everything from Middle Earth so I am super excited about this game, it will certainly on my wish list to Santa!


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