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  • Summary: In a city where information is heavily monitored, agile couriers called runners transport sensitive data away from prying eyes. In this seemingly utopian paradise, a crime has been committed, your sister has been framed and now you are being hunted. You are a runner called faith - and this innovative first-person action-adventure is your story. Flow is what keeps you running, what keeps you alive. Mirror's Edge delivers you straight into the shoes of this unique heroine as she traverses the vertigo-inducing cityscape, engaging in intense combat and fast paced chases. With a never before seen sense of movement and perspective, you will be drawn into Faith's world. A world that is visceral, immediate, and very dangerous. Live or die? Soar or plummet? One thing is certain: in this city you will learn how to run. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 37 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Mirror’s Edge works like a charm with keyboard and mouse, too. Parkour above a shining beautiful city is a nice change of pace after normal shooters. Hopefully we get to see more games like this in the future. [Jan 2009]
  2. Mirrors Edge is an intense and intensely enjoyable experience from top to bottom that manages to capture a very interesting gameplay element and perfect it.
  3. 85
    While its elegant controls, visuals and audio weave a dreamlike tapestry that its animated cut-scenes do their best to eat away at, the whole is an experience you'd be remiss to let fly by if you missed it on consoles.
  4. The beautiful visuals look even better on the PC and the controls are smart and responsive. There are some flaws, though, in particular the short play time, some stiff level design and the overall potential for frustration. But if you manage to go with the flow, you will find Mirror's Edge to be a thrilling and unique gaming experience.
  5. If anything, the only problem with Mirror's Edge is its relatively short story, which is only increased by the lack of a multiplayer component that does its gameplay justice. Nevertheless, Mirror's Edge is a solid and innovative title that takes the FPS genre and reminds it that things don't always need to stay the same.
  6. If you like an environmental puzzle game with some combat mixed in and like a little of betrayal on top, Mirror's Edge is the game for you. If you are looking for a game that will keep you hooked for days on end, this game is definitely something you can skip over.
  7. A brave but ultimately flawed game that only delivers on all that was promised in very short bursts. [Issue#16, p.58]

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  1. Negative: 22 out of 182
  1. Sep 1, 2012
    10
    This is such a great game with superb production values! Got tons of action and excitement. keeps you wanting to push on until the end.. Not a very long game, which is how i like it...

    Music: great (trancey techno, ambient, space, etc).. loved it
    Controls: excellent... takes a short while to get used to it.. also got a good tutorial level
    world design: excellent .. looks like a pretty massive world..
    combat: excellent.. not too difficult, not too easy
    graphics: excellent.. however some sections had excessive colour saturation... story: pretty good, although I didn't follow the plot very well (probably me.. i confuse easily)

    definite must-buy...
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  2. AlexG
    Dec 4, 2009
    10
    This is a really different FPS...very cool. The jumping gameplay is awesome, the graphics are amazing. I enjoyed it a lot.
  3. Aug 15, 2012
    9
    This is the most innovative game I've played in quite some time. Unlike most most games in the First Person prespective, Mirror's Edge allows and encourages out of the box solutions to the challenges the game presents. My only complaint is that the main campaign is somewhat short (about 9 hours if you're a fast learner).

    That said I'm eagerly awaiting any news of a sequel, if EA doesn't saddle it with an Origin requirement I'd be a buyer on day one.
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  4. JohnM
    Jan 25, 2009
    8
    It's a great game, but it's extremely limited in many areas. Whatever graphics engine went into this title is superb. This is one of the games where I actually felt like I was living within the world, and few titles offer such immersion. Where the game suffers terribly, however, is the storyline and the cut-scenes. First off, the cut-scenes seem to have been animated entirely in flash. This is highly commendable, yet extremely misplaced in my opinion. From such a visually rich game, I'm left wondering why the developers decided upon a visually dull cut-scene format. The cardboard-like characters and stiff animation really sucked the energy out of the title, and it was almost heartbreaking to be ripped from the lush, glowing environments, and thrust into a two-dimensional cut-scene. As far as the storyline goes, I ended up beating the game without ever realizing it. In fact, when the credits started rolling, I was left sitting at my computer thinking, "What?" Ironically enough, as the final scene was coming to a close and the "Mirror's Edge" logo faded onto the screen, I actually got excited, thinking what I had played through was only a prelude, and that the real game was just beginning. Boy, was I dissappointed... There is absolutely no closure, nor hint of continuation, and I personally feel like I just wasted a good 4 hours of my life. That's right, it took me 4 hours to play through start to finish, watching all the cut-scenes in their entirety and restarting instances multiple times. It's just WAY too short, and the story is just WAY too lacking... I'm rating this an 8, simply because the real potential of this title lies in its graphical engine and Time Trial mode. It's worth the purchase simply to experience those two things alone. I still can't get over how real everything looks in-game. The advances in graphic technology over the past year blow my mind... Also, if you do not own an Nvidia graphics card, make sure to flip off the PhysX Support in the Options mode. I have dual ATI cards, and my game lagged like hell until I realized the PhysX was on by default. I'm not too sure why it defaulted to being on, but now that it's off my game runs great on the highest settings with AA cranked to x4. Must have simply been a proprietary conflict... Expand
  5. Nov 24, 2013
    8
    Mirror's Edge is one of the most unique games I have ever played. The music puts you in a trance and helps with your adrenaline rushes as you progress and while the feel of the controls take a little time to get used to, it's worth the buy. The only downside to this game is that the story is really short and you're left feeling like you just finished a game downloaded on a smart phone. So with that said, it's entertaining if you buy it for a smart phone application price. I look forward to seeing what Mirror's Edge 2 will bring. Expand
  6. Dec 11, 2012
    7
    Beautiful first person platformer that actually works. Despite the awkward combat and occasionally frustrating trial-and-error parkour puzzles, this is a very unique game with clean, sharp visuals that stand the test of time. I only wish it was longer... clocking in at around 6-7 hours with no replay value and no multiplayer, it's easy to see why this didn't sell well. Pick this up at a reduced price or borrow from a friend if you can because it is really a one of a kind game. Expand
  7. Mar 3, 2011
    0
    One of the worst games I have ever played.
    The combat is sticky and messy, it doesn't know whether to dump retaliation or go with it. YOU HAVE
    TO PICK ONE!
    You can't see your feet, making it hard to judge jump's.
    The character's aren't at all likeable
    And the plot is full of holes.

    Stay away from this one.
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