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Go with the Flow: Mirrors Edge Preview

Posted by Shannon O'Grady on November 11, 2008

The player takes the role of Faith, who has just returned to being a Runner after being injured in a fall.

The player takes the role of Faith, who has just returned to being a Runner after being injured in a fall.

I sat down with my newly downloaded demo of Mirrors Edge (snag it if you haven’t already) and I’ve got to say that I’m impressed.

This game is hard as hell to get a hang of.  The controls are mindbendingly versatile.  Just a few buttons do a lot of different things in different situations, and the camera angles are all weird but don’t let the initial learning curve turn you off.  The strange controls and funny angles are actually there to assit you and once you’re done the training you’ll see that without them you’d never get through the game.

Mirrors Edge takes place in a modern police state that’s so shiny and clean it’s sick.  In this world the “Runners” are hired as clandestine messengers who scale the cities rooftops and hop from building to building.  If you’ve ever seen or participated in the sport of Parkour you’ll understand how these amazing feats are accomplished.  If not, imagine jumping from your roof onto the neighbors, running to their drain pipe, sliding down, jumping off and grabbing the window ledge of a third home.  That’s the madness you’re in for.

As I said before, the learning curve in this one is STEEP but the fast paced game play and political storyline are so worth the hassle.  I failed miserably at the tutorial, but did alright in the first mission itself.  I was able to utilize different (and sometimes easier) paths than what was obviously laid out.  It’s a thinking on your feet kind of game.  Too bad my sister got all that talent. The game has optional uses for the six axis controller that use it’s rotation sensing which is currently an underused (or poorly used in the case of Lair) feature.

The Police normally leave the Runners alone, but something has changed behind the scenes

The Police normally leave the Runners alone, but something has changed behind the scenes and Big Brother has decided its time to crack down.

Graphics wise this game is great.  Lots of detail and texture to everything, though I’ll admit seeing the same kind of building over and over no matter how pretty it is, does get boring.  The movements are smooth and te game handles well.  Sound-wise there isn’t much to say other than it’s appropriate.  You hear yourself puffing away, groaning and cringing as you hit the ground too hard.  There’s even ambient street noise.

The story is what’s really got me in to this game.  There’s something dark and sinister about a place so squeaky clean as this city.  The main character, Faith, seems bent on restoring the dirty culture to the streets, and take down the government in the process.

Look for a full review of this game as soon as I can rent or borrow it 😉

Mirrors Edge relases today in NA on X-BOX 360 and PS3.  Look for the game to realease in January for the PC.

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