Middle Earth: Shadow of War has a lot of new features compared to its predecessor Shadow of Mordor. One of my favorite parts, the upgraded skill tree, really let me hone my approach to the game according to how I like to play. Another new addition is the Market. We’ve covered the new approach that Monolith is taking with Micro transactions and how I think they’re going about it the right way. There are six different aspects to the Market: Garrison, Featured, Boosts, War Crates, Loot Crates, Bundles. Each of them will be broken down below, along with their cost and what is included.
You can only buy two things in the market – chests and boosts. Chests come in three tiers (silver, gold, mythril) and cost different amounts. The silver costs in-game currency (Myrian) while gold and mythril use Gold (only available with real currency). The gold and mythril obviously reward better gear. Silver is better toward the beginning of the game, as you will eventually outlevel the rewards contained in them as you progress.
Boosts are simple. All they do is let you earn XP faster in either single player or multiplayer. The best part about these is they all cost in-game currency only. You’ll be able to earn Myrian pretty quickly, especially if you explore the world for side mission rewards. If you’re going to buy anything in the market, this is your best bet. Buy as many as you want with tempered enthusiasm. I’ll explain why in a minute.
The chests will net you a variety of four rewards ranging from followers, boosts, training orders and gear. The boosts we covered. Followers let you get more orcs to command and assign to your fortresses. Training orders let you do one of two things. They can 1.) Let you level up an orc follower or 2.) Get an orc security detail to follow you around for extra protection. The gear adds a variety of weapons like bows, swords, daggers, etc to your inventory. The better the chest means better gear.
The market has six areas as mentioned. They are broken down as follows:
- Featured: This is where all the special deals are. They rotate on a timed basis and always cost real money. An example may be like 20% off a certain chest.
- Boosts: Either single player XP boosts or multiplayer. These are called Spoils of War, and both cost on my in-game currency.
- Garrison: This is your storage inventory. Anything,you’ve purchased and haven’t used is here. It’s a good reminder should you buy a lot of items. Once used, these items disappear.
- Loot Chests: All gear. Silver chests get you common and rare gear, Gold gets you Epic or Legendary while Mythril is always Legendary gear.
- War Chests: These earn you followers or training orders to level them up
- Bundles: Multiple chests gold or higher, so real cash. If this were an MMO, it would be similar to a Wizard booster pack containing an XP boost, bag of holding and gear. Contains chests and boosts.
All of your boosts cost in-game currency only as I noted. You can buy as many as you want, but I cautioned saving some. Here’s why. You’ll be able to buy upgrades for your fortresses once you reach a certain point in the game. These also cost in-game currency, and you’ll be tapped out if you went on a boost shopping spree early on. You can earn more by grinding, and they also are found in silver chests. You’ll spend some Myrian to get the chest, but you’ll also get some back in return.
The boosts are pretty valuable, but I wouldn’t stack any extra. Instead, I’d use one and save the rest for fortress upgrades. The Shadow War end-game content sees enemies trying to take fortresses back, so you’ll want to save as much as you can for upgrades in order to make it as easy as possible.
I mentioned this in our breakdown of microtransactions, and it’s an important note. Although the gold and mythril cost real money, they are totally optional. There are two reasons this isn’t a big deal. They 1.) Are only extra gear or followers that you could earn in the game and 2.) You still have to play the game. They don’t let you complete the game any faster. They only let you play the game with better gear.
As I’ve stated, there’s no real reason to be against these at it only impacts the game for those who are buying them. On the other hand, there is also no real reason to buy them since it doesn’t speed anything up. I could think of better things for you to spend your money on. That being said, I couldn’t care less if you do buy them because it doesn’t impact anyone else’s game.
Middle Earth: Shadow of War is available now on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Be sure to check out our other guides as well.