I think Herinteractive is. Why else would they make GTH the iPad guinea pig instead of SPY, or any of the other games for that matter? It’s probably because they know GTH will draw people in differently than SPY could. MED hadn’t been released yet so they probably weren’t going to wait and see how it would pan out with the iPad crowd (and judging by all the negative/underwhelmed reactions to MED, I can see why it was probably a good idea). Still, I feel like the characters in SPY and MED don’t really hold a candle to the cast in GTH, and besides that, now that we have the fast-forward option for conversations, the conversations are starting to feel obsolete. Playing MED, there were times when I had to resist fast-forwarding certain conversations. Questioning suspects used to be one of my favorite parts of the ND games. Now it’s kind of meh. Now we only need to question suspects to get something added to the task list or receive a new inventory item. It isn’t so much about the content of the conversation. Even in SPY, the only conversation that felt important to me was the one in which Moira confessed to her part in Kate’s death. All other convos didn’t feel necessary.
I liked SPY more than MED, but it left me wanting more. I liked MED too, but I felt like there were a lot of missed opportunities with it. I have high hopes for ND 31, but the trailer is so vague that I have no idea what the mystery is—hopefully the mystery is there, though.