Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor free to play for Xbox Live Gold members this weekend

Shadow of Mordor
Shadow of Mordor (Image credit: WB Interactive Entertainment)

Ahead of the launch of Middle-earth: Shadow of War this fall, Xbox Live Gold members can check out the first entry in the series for free this weekend on Xbox One. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be free for Gold subscribers (opens in new tab) to download and play through Sunday, July 9.

Shadow of Mordor hit consoles in 2014, pitting players in the role of a ranger named Talion while fighting your way through legions of Orcs and Uruk-hai. One of the games most innovative features is the Nemesis system, which allows you to establish rivalries as you kill or get killed by leaders in Sauron's army, each of which has its own personality, weaknesses, and strengths.

The free play days come just as Shadow of Mordor introduced the Nemesis Forge, which will let you transfer a nemesis and follower from the first game to Shadow of War when it launches this fall. Check out an overview of the system in the trailer below:

If you're a Gold subscriber, you can download the game now for free from your Xbox One dashboard. If you want to keep playing after the free play days, Shadow of War Game of the Year Edition is currently up for grabs for only $4 as part of Microsoft's Ultimate Game Sale.

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  • This game was awesome. I bought it after the Shadow of War trailer showed up. Loved it! I don't 100% many games, this was one of them.
  • Doing the same myself 😊
  • Same, I got every Achievement in the base game on XB1, then got the GotY release on PS4 and got every trophy in the base game and all DLCs. Second only to Dying Light among my favorite games of the generatino.
  • decent game that is showing its age.
  • What does that even mean, that it's showing its age? Its AI is still more engaging and advanced than probably anything else on the market. The visuals weren't stellar, but they don't exactly look "bad" now, especially if you got it on PS4 with the Pro 4K patch.
  • It's a great 8/10 game
  • So it's Great/10?
  • I guess so, haha
  • Hey, I've played a few of those myself over the years. =P
  • I'd give it a perfect score of 5/7
  • the GOTY edition through the store is   6 euros today
  • I have purchased. Started last night. Really enjoying it. Awesome.
  • Fantastic game!
  • Purchased it yesterday. Will start it once I've completed Witcher 3.