Fast paced, original gameplay, good story, artistic style
Short, controls can be a little complicated, a lot of trial and error
You play the game as a Messenger. Illegal couriers. Your character has recovered from a fall that put her out of commission when she stumbles across a plot to framer her sister, who is a police officer. The gameplay can be a bit of a rush if you do things right. You play the game as what is known as a freestyle runner. Using the rooftops and obstacles as jumping and landing platforms and things like that. IF you land a perfect run it can be a really big rush. Jumping from crane to crane and rooftop to rooftop can make you sick if you are prone to motion sickness. I played through the game the first time and loved it. The only real down fall I found was that it was to short. The controls themselves were a little to get used to but nothing you don't get the hang of fairly quickly. Timing long falls with a tuck and roll can be a little hard to get down but it's all part of learning how to do a perfect run. So if you want a good game story and play wise, check this out if you don't get motion sickness.
Quick, fast game play. Beautiful graphics & environments.
Short story. Controls Limited.
First person perspective. Nothing entirely new in video games, first person helps emerge the player more in the story. Mirror's Edge sets out to divide from the pack in appearance and play, it's still a first person that sends you through a story lined maze, doesn't involve much or any shooting while encouraging you to run from danger. Edge's different outlook is good in some areas to distinguish itself worthy a look from a player wanting a new experience than everything else that's been done before.
Featuring a young woman named Faith, a runner categorized as a rebel courier in a tight government controlled city, the entire story plays through Faith's eyes. Her arms, torso and legs appear in view as she ducks, jumps and runs her way around vents, pipes, fences and buildings. Framed for a murder she runs to find the killer as a deadly police force pursue her, using a underground network of secret passages oppose to firearms & explosions. The story isn't entirely new but moves along pleasantly accustom to the style of play.
Game play is basic, run, jump, move, adding a punch and kick commands for defense. Story aside no multiplayer exists due to the non-violent tone of the game but levels may be revisited for time trials, completing the main game chapter within a set time limit. Controls too are basic, matching the game play. Graphic ability is impressive. The entire world is brightly light akin to a Christmas tree, pipe & doors leading to objectives are bright red so they can't be missed, but the surrounding environment blends in so well it's a easy to lose your way. Sound consists of echoing footsteps matching perfectly with player movement.
Mirror's Edge is a good title with a low replay value. Hitting the market back when the PlayStation or Nintendo 64 made the current systems would've caused a standout, innovative title. Coming out after a countless FP's causes it to be overlooked & lost in the scramble. Faith can give bullets but can dodge & outrun them so much better, plus with a bright world of objects to climb on makes it worth a rental or cheap buy. Have a run with this girl.
Last Words: B, running through Faith's eyes is engaging fun, too bad the trip can't be made more often.