Anyway, since this is my first post in a while and I'm still kinda struggling to find better topics to write about, I decided to give myself a break and just talk about something I really enjoy for a few minutes. And yes, that means video games, more specifically, this video game:
To put it plainly, Mirror's Edge is probably the most orginal game to come out of a mainstream publisher in years in my opinion. It's a first person action game developed by Dice, a subsidiary of the evil gaming empire of mediocrity known as Electronic Arts. So when I first heard about this back in 2007 I thought it was going to suck...and then it came out.
Its a fairly passable plot, its just too bad that it feels very claustrophobic. The problem here isn't that the story is bad per-say, the problem is that it doesn't give itself enough room to really flesh out and develop itself. There's very little back story as to how the city got to the state its in, save for a quick monologue by Faith in the beginning and some subsequent flashbacks to Faith's childhood in some cut scenes. As a result, the characters are kinda underdeveloped. With the exception of Faith but even that being generous. Despite that though, I found myself caring about what happens to these people. Its kinda like some sadistic corporate monkey dangling a bar of gold from a string above your head and every time you get close to it he pulls it out of your reach. You don't want to keep trying but you can't help it. Its kinda like that for me, especially when it comes to Faith. She's easily the best character in the game in my opinion.
To be honest, Faith is one of the initial reasons I bought this thing to begin with. And not for the reasons you might think. Ya see, from a visual standpoint anyway, when Mirrors Edge came out (and even now to some extent), Video game developers idea of a "Strong Woman," was, as a whole, a girl with an unrealistically huge chest that she flaunts with skimpy or otherwise very reveling or clingy clothes and her personality is more or less a bad attitude that is calmed (and rescued) by a man. This basically:
|the kind of slutty thing that only growing boys dream about.|
Then there's Faith:
no big chest, no slutty clothes, no bad attitude. Hell, she's pretty much an ordinary athletic woman. And her personality is refreshing. She's strong, but shes not bitch, she can hold her own and take anything that comes at her but she's not an unfeeling robot. In other words she's realistic in just about every sense of the word, even if her character is slightly underdeveloped. Now I'm not saying that characters like Faith don't exist in video games, I know for a fact that they do, but I'm saying that she's part of rare breed of video game heroine where her defining feature isn't her sexuality or some strange need to be a man.
In closing, despite its flaws, this game is definitely worth checking out, And since its a few years old you can get it for pretty cheep, in someplaces for less than $20. You can find it or download it on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and on the PC. They also made a third-person version of it for mobile devices, but I haven't played it so I can't comment on it.
And i'm out.