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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: 63 out of 82
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  1. Aside from everything else Mirror’s Edge succeeds at, it also has some of the most arresting, original visuals we’ve seen on 360. Its starkly colorful graphics and slick anime cinematics are expressly designed to wire directly into your nerd-joy cortex — and they do. With such raw creativity and built-in speed-run appeal, Mirror’s Edge will transfix you for a long, long time.
  2. Unique, original, beautiful and innovative ... What else can you ask for?
  3. Mirror's Edge has been a joy to play and I've fully appreciated what DICE have tried to achieve here, although not everyone will.
  4. Mirror's Edge is a game with an innovative approach, but unfortunately it is rough around the edges, and with a little more work on it would have been an amazing title.
  5. There’s a lot to love in Mirror’s Edge, times when it reaches potential game of the year material, times when mind, body and control come together to create something almost euphoric on screen. But when that transcendence is shattered by a poorly designed combat section or a moment of utter confusion, it leaves a bitter taste. Kudos, then, for EA’s commitment to new IP, but it’s one that ironically, leaves us wanting a sequel.
  6. Mirror's Edge does a wonderful job of doing exactly what it sets out to do, and while it may not do it all perfectly, it does do enough well enough for you to forgive the game's flaws.
  7. Mirror's Edge is the kind of game that you can see in the curriculum of some design school for its outside-of-the-box approach and polished style. But playing it is a different story. If you do feel the need to punish yourself, spend your money on a dominatrix instead of Mirror’s Edge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 63
  2. Negative: 6 out of 63
  1. Tongs
    Aug 10, 2009
    10
    Alright, this game is apparently NOT for everyone. If you like a gameplay experience that includes great sound and visuals, a story that actually makes sense and isn't completely blown out of proportion (anyone played almost any video game on the market today?), coupled with very well done levels and a way to get around things that isn't just jumping. I wasn't so sure about the first time I played through the game, but when I went through again, just about everything about it really shone. There are only nine or ten levels, but some are fairly long, and so far (and this is since the game came out), I really haven't gotten tired of playing them. There are a few issues. Occaisonally, I've noticed that a particular jump from one object to another that should be easy, and usually is, will suddenly decide to stop working for a while. I failed a particular jump of about three feet ten times in a row due to this. But I've found that's rare. Others have mentioned getting stuck in scenery; I can't speak for that, as it has not happened to me in all the time I've played the game. Sometimes the levels become repetitive in design, but that doesn't really bother me. The use of color and contrast keeps things fresh-looking, and at the rate you're moving, you're never in the same place long enough to really mind. The plot's a little clearer the second time around, I will admit. At first everything happens a bit quickly. To anyone who was utterly confused, well, I bet you skipped the movies the second you were able and/or didn't actually try to put two and two together with the collective info you recieved. Or maybe you did put two and two together. And got seven. In short, a game that's beautiful in its simplicity, a concept that a lot of games today just have a lot of trouble with. Great gameplay (in my opinion), great sound and visuals, and the first person perspective has really never given me any trouble seeing where I need to go or what I need to do. In fact, in this game I'd actually prefer it to a third person view. Because, in the long time I've been playing it, I haven't been able to find anything to really complain about, I'm giving it a well-deserved 10 of 10. Just a warning, though: some people seem to have much more trouble with this game than others, and unfortunately, seem to rate the game directly with their ability to play it. Maybe rent it first, and if you love it, great, if you don't, at least you tried. Definitely not everyone's game. Expand
  2. DarrenL.
    Jan 2, 2009
    10
    Glorious! I couldn't stop playing this game, its completely unique and challenging but achievable. Personally I was in awe the first time I experienced the textures and when coupled with the gloss effects really gives you a fresh atmosphere to run around almost freely. Although many players will despise the fact that Faith is not equipt with hand guns / SMG's / Grenades / Rocket Launchers and Missiles once you master the timing and and react rationally to your situations the your reminisce fondly as to how well you cope with their gun fire than the first time you did cowering behind walls because you didn't have anything to fire back! Wow and that comes from a massive FPS fan! :-) After completing this in normal difficulty im powering up the xbox to play again on hard! Congratulations Dice and EA on what should be a true classic. Expand
  3. Dec 28, 2011
    9
    This game is creative and different in a market saturated with generic military shooters. Games like this make me grateful that their are still innovative people in the gaming industry. But like anything in this world, it has it's flaws. The visual art style is one that feel clean and vivid. The controls take some time to get used to but is fine if your not picky. The story is somewhat generic but the way its told engages you. The score is blissful and balanced. Replay value is medium considering there is a time trial mode.
    This game isn't for everyone. It's for those who will give games a chance to soak in and marinate.
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  4. EddieD.
    Jan 12, 2009
    8
    Most of the criticism this game receives is because it has a rather classical approach to game difficulty. It'll take time and plenty of retries to figure out how to get from point A to point B. If you can handle that you're in for an otherwise innovative and invigorating game experience. The combat is also not nearly as frustrating as some people make out. It's different to a standard FPS, but once you get the hang of it it's just as rewarding. Not to say that the game doesn't have problems, such as some graphics glitches and clipping problem, but don't let critics who don't seem to appreciate the gameplay of this game persuade you not to buy this game. Download the Demo, and if, like me, you end up playing it several times to figure out whether this game is for you, just give it a chance. Expand
  5. Mar 9, 2013
    8
    A really under-rated game. The art style, the soundtrack and the parkour gameplay were really solid, and this made Mirror's Edge one of my favorite games of this generation. Sure, the combat wasn't really solid, and the game was relatively short, but you can find it dirt cheap anywhere online, and you won't regret it. Expand
  6. BrianP.
    Dec 31, 2008
    7
    The outdoor visuals are excellent. Indoors, not so much. The freerunning gameplay is loads of fun for the first few chapters until you start encountering too many enemies. After a point, the game seems to become more about forcing your way through the opposing law enforcement than speedily racing through a streamlined level. It's definitely worth trying if you've been enjoying the trailers and everything, but just know that you're going to die a lot. Also, you can't do most of the awesome disarming moves that the game will show you during loading screens. 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
    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.
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