Mirror’s Edge

I am a gamer. I have a Xbox 360 with about 20 games. My favorites have to be Halo:Reach, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Mass Effect 2, and Mirror’s Edge. Today I want to talk about one of these games in particular: Mirror’s Edge.

Mirror’s Edge is a video game that I recently purchased from the local GameStop. Mirror’s Edge is a single-player first person action-adventure video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by EA. Mirror’s Edge is the first game in this genre that I have ever played, I like my first person shooters. What is this game about well I liked Wikipedia’s description of the game so here it is:

Mirror’s Edge is set in a futuristic dystopian society, in which a network of ‘runners’, including the main character, Faith, are used as carriers to transmit messages while evading government surveillance. In the style of a three-dimensional platform game, the player guides Faith over rooftops, across walls, and through ventilation shafts, negotiating obstacles using movements inspired by parkour and free running.

I was very surprised by this game for a number of reasons:

  • It is was unique in the way the camera, image displayed on-screen while playing, was tied to the character.
  • The environment was expansive in terms of game play.
  • The environment was very artistic.

The camera is basically your eyes in the game. For example, I am running around with Faith and I jump off a ledge and land with a roll. The camera rolls with me, I see my hands touch the ground and watch my feet roll over my head. More than a few times when I play this game, I am standing up biting my tongue hoping I make this jump.

What I meant about the environment being expansive is that there is no set path as to how one player must get through a level. The game has a feature called “Runner’s Vision” that shows a simple route through each level. This is good for beginners to the game, but after about two playthroughs I had to turn it off and explore. By explore I mean try to find a faster way of getting through each level. Tip: Runner Vision is not the fastest route through any level.

Finally I love the design and color of the environment. Most of the buildings have a brand new look to them that radically changes if you enter that building. The developers seemed to think that if you work in a big building you will have one hell of a cleaning staff.

So to wrap this post up, this game is all about speed. The game has a number of game mode, Campaign, Speed Run and Time Trial. Speed Run is play each campaign level and completing it in a certain time. Time Trial is variations on campaign levels and several unique maps that have no enemies. These maps are all about speed. You can download others players ghosts and watch how they completed the course, so you can learn new moves and faster routes to complete each level.

4 out of 5 stars, because it was a short game.

 How fast will you go?

One Response to “Mirror’s Edge”
  1. Jesse Alber says:

    My boy has, and loves all of these games except Mirror’s Edge. I will have to share this info with him. Thanks.

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