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Thursday, 18 September 2008

Mirror's Edge Gets Release Date

EA have announced a street date for DICE's highly anticipated FPR (First Person Runner?) Mirror's Edge. Expect to see parkour loving Faith adorning the box art at your favourite retailer on November 11th. For the cautious of you out there, a demo will also appear on the PSN before the release date helping to whet people's death-defying appetite. Or the morbidly obsessed who want to see if the motion sickness affects are true.

Senior Producer at Dice, Owen O'Brien, describes the aspirations behind Mirror's Edge: "“We wanted to create an entirely new experience, with a different type of heroine and a world that not only looks fresh and new but has unique gameplay.” Remember: the PS3 version will feature exclusive six-axis motion control elements.

Mirror's Edge was recently named best 360 game at Leipzig and also ran off with the Game Critics award for Best Original Game at the (somewhat underwhelming) E3. The 360 will receive the game on the same date though it's (marginally) interesting to note that the PC version won't be released until the nebulous "winter" season. Sounds a lot like 2009 to us.

Source: Edge Online | Press Release.

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Tuesday, 2 September 2008

PS3 To Have Exclusive Mirror's Edge Content

We didn't report it (because it was quickly confirmed as a breakdown in communication) but there was much furor across the gaming world last week when Sony's David Reeves announced that EA DICE's upcoming kinetosis flavoured Mirror's Edge was a PS3 "timed" exclusive.

It seems there was a grain of "exclusivity" truth in the rumour however as EA has confirmed to Eurogamer that there will be PS3 exclusive DLC content made available via the PSN. Considering EA DICE developed the game on the PS3 as the lead console, and certain maneuvers that Faith can perform (balancing on crossbeams for example) have been seen to be controlled by the Six-Axis motion sensors, it will be interesting to see if DICE will make use of these specific PS3 features for this new content.

What's this? The PS3 getting exclusive content over its nearest rival? Excuse me while I check outside to see if there's a chap on a white horse.

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Monday, 11 August 2008

Hands-on with Mirror's Edge, Mercenaries 2, FIFA 09 and Brothers in Arms...

On Saturday I had the opportunity to attend the Multiplay Festival at Stoneleigh Park in the UK. Although the event was mainly aimed at PC gamers there were a few PS3s set up demonstrating upcoming games.

I was able to observe an EA representative playing Mirror's Edge. The graphics appeared clean, crisp and visually distinct. I was impressed that the restart points after deaths were frequent. My only concern was that the 1st person viewpoint seemed to make it hard to see the edge of the buildings, making it easy to fall off.

The next game that I saw was Brother in Arms: Hell's Highway. Visually it was a very detailed game. There was a slow motion bullet time when the demonstrator got headshots, which added to the atmosphere of the experience. The gameplay appeared to be smooth and polished, with the squad directions well implemented.

Next I moved onto FIFA 09. I played FIFA in both single and multiplayer. Both game modes were smooth, with very good graphics. EA seem to have worked hard to make the graphics even more realistic, which has resulted in a great looking game - however the game did seem much slower. I found that in both modes it was harder to score than in previous FIFA games.

Finally I got to the highlight of my day, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames. I've been looking forward to Mercenaries since it was announced and I wasn't disappointed. I chose to play as Jennifer Mui and was able to start the game from the beginning.

You are thrown right into the action and the game holds your hand with an excellent tutorial. The first fifteen minutes of the game are linear giving you the opportunity to learn the controls, fire a few guns and drive a couple of vehicles. After that you get to roam the local area, completing missions in any order you want.

To conclude it was a great day, which proved that there are some exciting games coming soon to the PS3.

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Thursday, 8 May 2008

Mirror's Edge dazzles; gameplay video

I can imagine the pitch for Mirror's Edge:

"We take all the best bits of Trinity running along, leaping around with guns and shooting whilst falling backwards off buildings in The Matrix trilogy, but do it first person and make it all happen in 'the real world'..."

That's basically what the game says to me. And it is a good thing because of that.

A mixture of parkour, puzzle solving (how to get from A to B via 100 obstacles) and gun-toting action, this video of Mirror's Edge shows the promise this game holds.

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Tuesday, 10 July 2007

E3 Day 1: Destroy All Mirror Patriots III

So E3 has begun. A new leaner, meaner E3.

I'll come clean. It's not so easy covering E3 from the UK due to the 8-hour delay. There comes a point where I do actually have to sleep!

So each day I'll be bringing you a summary of the top PS3 stories followed by a more substantial wrap up once the dust has settled...

See you tomorrow for more...

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