Yesterday I took on Mission 1 of Sony's new Salt Day X Exists online game, a fully immersive interactive world tied to the intense action of Salt, which hits screens July 23rd.
To bring you up to speed, DayXExists.com (link: http://www.dayxexists.com/site/) is a first person online game in which users step into the shoes of a CIA Junior Analyst. The site launched on May 17th with the first of nine missions. A new mission will be released every Tuesday. In Mission 1, I was contacted by Agent Salt through a coded letter that led me to a cell phone where Salt spoke to me through a modulated voice. She asked for my help to prove her innocence and stop the potentially apocalyptic Day X. Once back at Agency Headquarters, I was interrogated on my whereabouts by the CIA Director Agent Larson. Luckily, I was able to keep him at bay for the time being.
As Mission 2 begins, I'm back at Agency Headquarters at 1436 hours. Agent Salt contacts me again on the cell phone I found on the locker yesterday. She tells me she's got some more info on Day X and that a command level operative is making an exchange at Benton Square. Salt needs me to take clear photos of the targets so the Agency can make IDs. The only problem is, we don't know what the target looks like.
This is where the gameplay portion of the experience begins. Looking through crosshairs of the camera lens, Salt guides me through the targets I need to get images of. I must aim the camera with the mouse, focus the camera with the right and left arrow keys and take shots with my left mouse button. The targets are in motion, so I have to keep clicking away and focusing at the same time. It gets a little intense and my photos were pretty much worthless the first few times through. After that I got the hang of it and I scored enough points to please Salt and move forward. Of course, you can technically move forward even if you fail, but being a perfectionist (as well as an amateur shutterbug) I wanted to get this done right.
Once back at Headquarters, Larson tells me the surveillance photos turned up some good leads. Still a bit suspicious of me, Larson adds, "Seems you got lucky, but it's good intel so, frankly, I don't care." He goes on to identify Anton Urbanos and Emilija Senkute, Lithuanian Nationals who disappeared five years ago. Larson believes they are acting as muscle for Day X and they might eventually lead to the whereabouts of Agent Salt.
It seems my work today has been a success. Larson's happy and he seems a bit less suspicious about my contact with Salt. Before I head out, he adds, "Good work. Maybe you don't belong behind a desk after all." Seems I'm starting to get the hang of all this. Now maybe I'll get into some real action.
I'll be back with another update next week after I play through Mission 3.
Salt opens in theaters nationwide July 23rd, 2010.