Mirror's Edge is a first-person action-adventure like none other. Running on rooftops, sliding down poles, leaping on to helicopters, and solving puzzles with your character's athletic ability to deliver key messages looks uncannily fun. The amazing perspective sucks players right into the action! When I first saw trailers I wasn't too impressed, but after what I saw at the EA event, I'm a believer.
Two other main titles they showed that didn't impress quite as much were Dragon Age: Origins and Left 4 Dead. Both these titles are pretty ambitious, but don't look like they're as well conceived as the other three. Dragon Age: Origins is made by BioWare and is to be the "spiritual successor" to Baldur's Gate. Hopefully, BioWare can make the game that good, but the earliest trailer looks pretty sketchy.
Left 4 Dead is Valve's baby and it too seemed to falter. The cooperative horror title's gameplay is a fusion of Team Fortress 2 and Counterstrike. Director Gabe Newell seems to feel that it is completely successful, but the short glimpse we had didn't seem perfect. Of course, we'll get more time with it once the booths open up.
The last big game to be presented was Rage by id Software. The legendary independent studio feels they've once again created a shooter set to be a game changer. One short trailer was featured, but it didn't give us enough of a taste to truly know where this title stands. Check back for more on this one.
Additionally, EA has many other initiatives and titles coming out over the next year. Nucleus, being developed by Rupture, is EA's way of bringing the experience of their games to the next level with an expanded community. Players can think of Nucleus as their own EA gamertag that will track their achievements in Electronic Arts games and allow you to connect with friends in interesting ways. I especially liked the ability to issue challenges to your buddies to see who's the best EA gamer.
Finally, EA sees a big opportunity on the Wii and iPhone. As such, they are aggressively developing casual sports and gaming titles under All Play for Wii and creating mobile games for people to download via the App Store. Games will be made for Apple's highly responsive touch screen and motion sensitive G3 iPhone, but will also work with first generation iPhones and iPod Touch.
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