Mirrors Edge 2: Why The World Needs It
We Need More Innovative Games Such As Mirrors Edge 2 And Here's Why
The gaming industry is currently dominated by the same old genres which get released year after year. Every year we see two massive new entries into the first person shooter market, for example, The battlefield / Medal of Honor series and Modern Warfare / Black Ops Series. They alternate every year just so for Christmas every home in the world will be entertained by some fictional political war. This is then followed by an abundance of various racing games which never seem to supply the gamers with what they want. Once EA managed to get the perfect formula with the original Need For Speed: Most Wanted and ever since then they seem to have downgraded the franchise.
The market urgently needs fresh new IPs with fresh ideas and game design. Games like Portal, Dead Island and even Minecraft. These games may not be for everyone but they definitely push the boundaries of user defined game play past that extra level. Portal managed to wow the audience with its mind boggling physics while Minecraft has managed to keep the most hardcore of gamers addicted to its simplistic visuals. However one diamond in the sand shines brightest when it comes to innovative gaming and that's Mirrors Edge.
Mirrors Edge is a first-person; free running; action adventure game in which the player assumes the role of 'hit girl' Faith. She becomes a formidable force throughout the game with her skills of mastering her environment, martial arts, oh and the ability to jump immensely large feats and survive. The game has a pretty basic concept, you live in a greyscale beautiful city while certain primary and secondary colours guide your way to the objective. Its clever, it works well and I loved it it. The action scenes were fantastic due to some of them involving high octane chases while you dipped and dived around bullets whizzing past you. Jumping from building to building as helicopters attempt to gun you down. The game provided the gamer with both excitement and relief as you moved from point to point while constantly being hunted.
What made Mirrors Edge even more entertaining was the ability to 'Master' the game. Each level and time trial had a perfect route, and you could download other players ghosts, which show you how they achieved such a fast time. It was difficult at first but as soon as you knew your route, you couldn't help but smile with satisfaction while feeling like a true ninja.
When it comes to sequels, some people say they just make the games worse. I for one was excited at the idea of a Mirrors Edge 2. We need more of these games to be on store shelves. We need to break out of the current trend in gaming. People love the games they play such as Call of Duty and more because they are 'safe choices' which is fine because no one likes parting with their hard earned cash to ultimately spend it on a game they don't like. But we need to be braver when it comes to buying and trying new and fresh games.
Nothing has been confirmed for a Mirrors Edge 2 but here's still hoping for them to one day announce it. They did report however during February 2011 that Mirror's Edge 2 was in development but it was scrapped by EA. Hopefully we shall see a new one using the Frostbite 2 engine. But at the moment we shall have to wade out the rumours and see what happens.
Padraig Balch is the Editor-In-Chief of Chaos Hour. This rare-tech type editor can be found in the long grass of Damacia or Tamriel.
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