Middle-earth: Shadow of War has been the center of controversy due to its inclusion of microtransactions and the “pay-to-win” mentality it represents. This is nothing new to the industry and, sadly, it is a growing trend. Now that the game is out, players are beginning their adventure with Talion and his soon-to-be massive orc army.
Eagle-eyed players have noticed a way to remove the controversial microtransactions from the game, giving them a more pure gameplay experience. To achieve this, all the player has to do is keep a box unchecked at the Terms of Service screen, something that the average consumer has been conditioned to blindly click through to get to their desired content.
After opting out, an “Offline Gameplay Warning” will appear that states the following:
You will not be able to access any of the online features for Shadow of War until you agree to the data uses described on the prior screen. This includes access to the Market and online gameplay modes. Are you sure you want to continue?
Answering “Yes” will yield a Middle-earth: Shadow of War experience free of microtransactions, since the Market will not be accessible. Furthermore, the offline multiplayer raiding aspect of the title will also be missing, given that it falls into “online gameplay modes”.
Players will have to decide if that trade-off is worth removing microtransactions from their sight entirely. Or maybe those who dive in after accepting the ToS may be able to just as easily ignore that component of Monolith’s game.
Assuming that you plan on picking up Middle-earth: Shadow of War, which of these choices will you be going with? Sound off with your opinion on the subject in the comments below.
If you are playing on PC, you can get your loot boxes for free if you are willing to cheat a little.