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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 thisIn 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. Simply put, you must play Mirror’s Edge.
  3. A new genre is definitely worth trying out.
  4. One of the most original titles we've seen this gen. [Summer 2009, p.70]
  5. 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.
  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: 46 out of 60
  2. Negative: 6 out of 60
  1. LukeP
    Dec 18, 2009
    10
    This game was amazing. It eas really fun;especially for the PS3. It had amazing graphichs and was one of the best games i have ever played.
  2. Aug 26, 2013
    10
    I love this game its in my top 5 favourite games ever. the concept is so unique and Still alive is also my favourite song ever, The gameplayI love this game its in my top 5 favourite games ever. the concept is so unique and Still alive is also my favourite song ever, The gameplay is so unique and smooth and the controls are great and i enjoyed getting every last trophy in my 30+hours of gameplay before getting everything and getting 3 world records in the time trails. Simply beautiful graphics too. Sadly the game is so short and acually fighting enemys just sucks but other than that this game is perfect. something for everyone. 9.8 Expand
  3. CoryG.
    Jan 2, 2009
    9
    This game has been so much fun for me. the concept of the game just has so much potential, and it truely a great experience. it is very This game has been so much fun for me. the concept of the game just has so much potential, and it truely a great experience. it is very refeshing to have a variety of colors in the game, which has been lacking recently. unfortunately, its overcolorful at times, and even after messing with my tv's contrast, the colors are just so bright you cant make out any details on them, and they look like smooth blocks, and not walls and pavement. another thing i though was lacking was the combat. it just feels rather weak at times, because if im having troubles at a spot, i can just take out every enemy by isolating them and punching them to death. storyline is a rather varied thing. i know many people have said that its just confusing and there are too many plots taking place, but so far(about half way through the game), im still able to follow it decently. ill probably need to play it through again to understand it fully, though. the time trials are a lot of fun, and very addictive. its nice to have the option of watching/racing the top 100 runners for any given map, and very helpful. the downloadable content coming soon also looks simply amazing. Expand
  4. Nov 30, 2011
    8
    This game has it's flaws, the controls are very finicky resulting in numerous pitfall deaths which can lead to frustration, however, if youThis game has it's flaws, the controls are very finicky resulting in numerous pitfall deaths which can lead to frustration, however, if you stick with it and take the time to learn each level you will find a thrilling, rewarding and unique experience. The story mode is very short and the plot itself is pretty bland but the main appeal is its parkour style platforming and the game really shines when you are skilled enough to zoom through each section gracefully. After the story mode is completed there are several time trials to unlock. The time trials have you racing through the same sections as the story mode but force you to find new paths which shakes things up just enough to make them interesting and challenging. Overall, I think this is a great game with plenty of content but I think its high learning curve and level of frustration makes it difficult to recommend to others. So if you tend to give up easy, think twice about picking this one up. Expand
  5. 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: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
  6. 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 someDue 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
  7. MGSFan
    Jan 13, 2009
    0
    Possibly the Worst Platformer Ever. Well i have nothing much to say about this game. You are a japanese girl in this game. This game is a Possibly the Worst Platformer Ever. Well i have nothing much to say about this game. You are a japanese girl in this game. This game is a straight RIP OFF from Prince Of Persia. Mirror's Edge is nothing but Prince Of Persia in First Person. If you feel sissy or want to change your sex from male to Female, this game is a MUST BUY. Terrible Game. Highly OVERRATED. Expand

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