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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor video examines stat-boosting magic runes

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will have a handful of retailer-exclusive downloadable content attached to pre-orders, including bonus in-game magic runes that boost protagonist Talion's speed and other stats, developer Monolith announced today.

Players who pre-order through Amazon will get the Deadly Archer Rune, which boosts the damage of ranged headshots. Best Buy pre-orders include the Flame Arnor Rune, which adds flames to Talion's sword and helps rack up higher attack combo chains. GameStop pre-orders feature the Captain of the Watch skin — a cosmetic costume for Talion — as well as the Hidden Blade Rune, which allows Talion to deal extra damage with stealth attacks. And pre-orders through Steam include the Orc Slayer Rune, which bolsters the effectiveness of Talion's special attacks.

All pre-orders will include the Dark Ranger bonus pack, which features a new costume and new challenge mode.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor follows Talion — a ranger brought back to life by a mysterious spirit — on a quest for vengeance against Sauron, Middle-earth's most evil foe. For more details on how Talion can bend his enemies' will to his own, check out our preview of the game's Nemesis System. Shadow of Mordor will launch on Oct. 7 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.