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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 66
  2. Negative: 1 out of 66
  1. 91
    As a game steeped in immediacy, Mirror's Edge is an absolute must-play despite its idiosyncrasies. And as a pied piper for progressive design in first-person gaming, it's all the more important.
  2. Despite basically repeating a lot of the moves seen in the modern Prince of Persia games, Mirror’s Edge’s distinctive, haunting atmosphere, immersive first-person perspective and completely intuitive controls make it truly outstanding.
  3. A new genre is definitely worth trying out.
  4. 80
    The animated sequences are less than stellar, the plot is trite, and the game feels like it was pared down at the last minute. Despite all those flaws, the running-based gameplay makes you want to forgive everything else. No other game is quite as exhilarating and uniquely exciting, and it’s this part of the game you’ll remember most.
  5. Impossible is nothing – After Dead Space EA surprises us with another highly innovative game. The developers have formed something that no one has seen to date.
  6. 74
    A classic example of some awesome ideas that just didn’t pan out the way that was originally intended. The list of moves could be more expansive -- maybe by adding a fourth button to the mix -- and the world feels entirely too constricting for what could be a huge open city. Couple those gripes with some unappealing combat and a sometimes buggy design and Mirror’s Edge falls short of my expectations.
  7. 45
    The thrill of the chase loses all its appeal in Electronic Arts' Parkour-inspired Mirror's Edge. Repetitive, difficult and visually dull, the game is undone by its use of a highly constrained first person viewpoint in a world of high-speed running and jumping where perspective is everything.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 56
  2. Negative: 6 out of 56
  1. Sep 5, 2012
    10
    Best game I have played for ages, if not ever. Beautiful, pleasing graphics, excellent movement and a cinematic storyline. Having learned Parkour in real life, I feel as if I am the one outrunning cops or leaping from buildings because the movements are so coherent and realistic- although Faith's abilities are extremely exaggerated. Definitely a first game of this unique genre, and still, in 2012, the only one, it is innovation at it's finest. Combat scenes really add to the game. The violence is enough to keep you intrigued but mild enough to distinguish itself from mindless shooters and FPS s. Mirror's Edge is truly amazing. Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2013
    10
    THE-BEST-GAME-EVER. Finally one "FPS" where for you is actually better NOT Shoot and RUN! Total freedom of movement! Not a game that everyone would like, but definitely a game that whoever felt the need of something really new and fresh will absolutely LOVE. Please, DO NOT BUY IT if you are expecting a lot of shooting and parkour united. Expand
  3. Feb 16, 2012
    9
    An awsome trial n error game that when you learn to get the flow is an amazing travel trough an stylish action game.
    Amazing grafics and level design!
  4. Apr 12, 2013
    7
    Due to the nature of this relatively new concept this game seems to have mixed reviews across the board. Some people hate this game and some people like it, both being in a subjective way. While I generally liked this game, it still has some flaws but that doesn't it stop from being one of the funnest games I've ever played. The responsiveness of the controls seems to be a bit of a problem, to get through certain trials the tricks you have to pull have to be so specific it's more luck-based than skill. The story isn't going to blow you away either, it's your typical "Ah, people in government positions have gone corrupt and you have to fix that." Yeah, I just couldn't care for it and you'll get detached from the story pretty early on. Overall, I liked the innovative first person-camera that made you feel like you were a real-person manoeuvring around buildings, which for the most part works well. I liked this kind of style that sets it apart from other games, it makes for some adrenaline-induced gameplay in terms of running. The speedruns were a nice addition, which focused on the Parkour elements of the game and made you think of how to reach your destination. The time trials for the levels I feel they should of just added in the main missions and made them as an additional objective. The combat though really slows the game down and makes the game feel clunky. Seriously, less of that and places in the game where you have to stop, more jumping around and finding ways to go through levels. What's dissapointing is that you can't race with other friends online. They had a missed opportunity there, with a game that focused some much on the mechanics of free-running it would of been better to share that experience with friends. The paths you used can sometimes be a bit too constricting, I feel they could of added a few more paths on how to go about doing things, instead of going down the same route. The collectables are nothing note-worthy and the game does get a little repetitive at the end but overall, it's a good game despite its flaws. Expand
  5. Aug 26, 2011
    7
    picked this up for $10 at my local pawn shop and was intrested to see if it was any good. well it is abit differnt which isnt a bad thing . its basically a FPS platformer for the most part... well actaully thats all that it is really with some minor shooting elements if you want it to be. it is kinda fun racing off the roof tops evading cops at break neck running speed. the controls are ok i found them to be abit unresponsive some times especially with the wall walking and jumping. the story is eh ... didnt really care or intrest me . the voice acting is solid though . the game is very very short though and only thing thats gona make it long is the trial and error of the platforming. its a ok game but im glad i waited on it and didnt drop $60 on it. its worth a rental if you want some thing to play thats abit differnt or buying it if you can get it dirt cheap. Expand
  6. Oct 20, 2011
    7
    The game looks beautiful and the controls work most of the time, but it doesn't reach its full potential. First of all the game is too short: an hour or 8 and you're through it. The most annoying thing is how you sometimes have no idea what to do: during my playthrough I've had 2 or 3 moments where I just got stuck without a single clue: highly frustrating. Apart from that it's an enjoyable game. Recommended if you can pick it up for $15 or less (which shouldn't be too hard nowadays). Expand
  7. Oct 19, 2010
    3
    This game sucked! It has great graphics and a great game concept but the mechanics and controls are TERRIBLE. If you like to replay 10-20 minutes of a game over and over and over and over and ... then this is the game for you. Could have been a great game but seems to me that it needed ALOT more play testing before release. Story - 9 : Graphics - 9 : Controls - 3 : Gameplay - 1 Expand

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