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New Time-Trial Maps Coming to Mirror's Edge

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the is-there-a-rocket-launcher-yet dept.

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Kotaku reports that Mirror's Edge will be getting downloadable content in January which contains several new time-trial maps (seven for the Xbox 360 version, eight for PS3). "The freedom of movement and control in first person has been the most popular aspect of Mirror's Edge so we decided to distill these down to their purest form for this map pack," says Owen O'Brien, Senior Producer, DICE. "We deliberately chose a more abstract aesthetic that is still within our distinctive art style and then focused on flow and gameplay to create an experience and challenge very different from the main game." There's a video demo for the new maps available as well.

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No (1, Funny)

Sigvatr (1207234) | more than 5 years ago | (#26011773)

!/. worthy.

FRIST PSOT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26011903)

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obvious troll (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26011863)

obvious troll is obvious.

DLC so soon (2, Insightful)

Winckle (870180) | more than 5 years ago | (#26012155)

Console gaming these days is all about the DLC rip off. This was probably in development at the same time as the disc game.

Re:DLC so soon (2, Insightful)

Secret Rabbit (914973) | more than 5 years ago | (#26012309)

\begin{sarcasm}
Yah, because it's not like PC games don't have DLC!
\end{sarcasm}

Seriously, what isn't in development at the time a main game is in development. As in, it might not have been actively worked on, but the planning process would have probably been started. This is how things work (now). But, they certainly aren't going to announce anything before things are getting near finalization. Why? Because, people are inpatient and if the announcement of something like this isn't shortly before the actual release, then they'll get flack for it. Seriously, what announcement have you heard of that didn't go that way? Because, we all know what happened to Rockstar for its tragically long awaited DLC for GTA IV. Has that even come out yet?

As for DLC in general, people don't want to spend $60 on a game and that's it. Especially when it's for a console (no mods). The companies have figured a way to get new content to them, much (most?) of it free of charge, and this makes up for a lot of that. So, what's really the problem?

Quite frankly, I getting sick of this PC v.s. Console pissing contest. Why can't people just realise that both have there merits and some people will prefer one over the other. Why can't it be left at that? Why do people have to constantly jab at each other participating in flame wars over there OPINION of what they like better? We're adults. Why can't we act like that en mass?

Re:DLC so soon (1)

Winckle (870180) | more than 5 years ago | (#26014585)

Link me to some rip off PC DLC.

Perhaps those valve tf2 map packs and character upgrades. Oh those were free.

Or the UT2004 add on map packs. Oh those were free.

Re:DLC so soon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26014839)

Just look to any pay to play MMO for the biggest rip off of all time. Pay for the game disc, pay to play AND pay for expansions/DLC.

Re:DLC so soon (1)

s3n10r d1ngd0ng (930410) | more than 5 years ago | (#26015403)

Two words: Horse Armor. That said, it is true that "premium" add-ons are much rarer for the PC.

The ease of pirating these add-ons for the PC is probably part of the reason for this. Also, PC gamers have long expected free add-ons and user-created content with there games, whereas this has been all but unheard of for console games until recently.

Not all add-ons are a bad deal, though. As long as these ones aren't too expensive, they look like a pretty good deal. Mirror's Edge may have had a short story mode, but with ranked speed runs and 30-something replayable Time Trial levels, there's really a lot of content for more dedicated players. And these levels look pretty amazing, and really, really open-ended.

Re:DLC so soon (1)

Joelfabulous (1045392) | more than 5 years ago | (#26012857)

Almost certainly. And the game was extremely short to begin with, even if you sucked like I did.

I only wonder if the PC version will support mods and map packs or if they'll make you pay another $20-30 at retail or online after eight months or so of so-called updates...

Re:DLC so soon (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 5 years ago | (#26017899)

Its a rip-off if the game doesn't come with enough content to be worth the sticker price.

Its not a rip-off if the game DID come with its full bang in content AND more content is made to add on to it later.

See Criterion's Burnout [mikebabcock.ca].

Since when did Slashdot = The Escapist? (1)

TOGSolid (1412915) | more than 5 years ago | (#26012257)

Anyway, I'm sure this will end up just like the COD4 DLC: Free for PC users!

Re:Since when did Slashdot = The Escapist? (1)

wild_quinine (998562) | more than 5 years ago | (#26012305)

Anyway, I'm sure this will end up just like the COD4 DLC: Free for PC users!

Please, the escapist would have something wry to say about the DLC. Slashdot it's just a bullshit twitter advertisement.

Awesome (1, Interesting)

IamTheRealMike (537420) | more than 5 years ago | (#26012645)

I love this game. I like the approach they took here as well - I guess it'd have been too expensive to produce fully textured city levels like in the game, so they just went ahead and produced textureless levels, but lots of them. Looking forward to tryint it out.

Re:Awesome (1)

psydeshow (154300) | more than 5 years ago | (#26024295)

I guess it'd have been too expensive to produce fully textured city levels like in the game, so they just went ahead and produced textureless levels.

The sunny, ultra-clean cityscapes are the main reason I bought Mirror's Edge. I was really looking forward to seeing how EA would flesh out the city and even create entirely new themed environments to run through: Tokyo, Berlin, Steam-punk London, Dubai...

To see them throw out the art design and go abstract on the first content pack is disappointing. Q*bert was fun, but it belongs on 8-bit processors.

Super Mario Sunshine (1)

iVasto (829426) | more than 5 years ago | (#26013581)

So basically EA was sitting around playing Super Mario Sunshine and decided that the levels would be more fun if you didn't play as an obese italian plumber.

Re:Super Mario Sunshine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26032467)

And someone nearby was playing Tron 2.0.

Not that I care. I happen to think this abstract style looks fantastic, and opens up more possibilities for creative movement than a rigid cityscape would. We've already got levels like that - why not try something different?

Good idea (1)

MBraynard (653724) | more than 5 years ago | (#26042795)

So when this game came out, a lot of critics winged about it not being a proper 'story' game with a narrative - just an overly repetitive FPS.

Little did we realize it was a RACING game - and having no real narrative along with repetitive tasks in a RACING game (turn left, turn left, turn left) makes a lot of sense.

$60 for a short game...then more for DLC? (2, Insightful)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 5 years ago | (#26048091)

This might be the first instance where I buy the DLC and not the game.

The game is only about 8 hours long...definitely not worth the $60. But the extra stuff might be fun to mess with.

Test levels (2, Insightful)

Taulin (569009) | more than 5 years ago | (#26050961)

My guess these 'sleek' levels are nothing more than the test environment levels used during proof of concept trials. Still looks interesting.
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