Nutshell Review: Mirror’s Edge
Reviewer: Cliff Davenport
I recall from my childhood the deep-
With its intuitive suite of free-
Play this on a widescreen. I dare you.
The setting of Mirror’s Edge is approachably familiar; that of a semi-
Of course, without the risk of confrontation, even such an intense experience as
To remedy this, Mirror’s Edge regularly delivers ample incentive for players to get
moving and fighting, from law enforcement ambushes to helicopter chases high above
the city. With only a few gunfight-
Gameplay is only held back during those moments when players’ momentum is broken.
Strange as it is to say about a DICE game, pitched firefights are not Mirror’s Edge’s
forte, as it sports a very limited selection of weaponry and very spartan gunplay
mechanics beyond point-
Multiplayer is another surprising letdown for Mirror’s Edge players, as time trials
The other issues with Mirror’s Edge lie more in its experience than in its direct gameplay. Sublime freerunning and outstanding soundtrack aside (even if the best entries in the latter only made it to the game’s credits), the game’s guiding narrative is weak at best, and ramblingly nonsensical the rest of the time. Players are only ever given the shallowest of glimpses into the lives of those living in this totalitarian society, and only play through a single level’s worth of Faith actually acting as a “runner” with a message. They’re also never given much idea of who “runners” are even delivering such messages to, what those groups are about, or even what the general public thinks of them. Compounding these shortcomings are Mirror’s Edge’s deplorably weak conclusion and lackluster animated cutscenes akin to the old Esurance commercials.
You know the ones.
These issues, paired with a lack of replay value and decidedly trial-
Controls & Mechanics: 7
Atmosphere & Experience: 5
Entertainment Value: 6
Where was this takedown ingame? What’s that?
The red light? Oh. …Ooh.
Consoles: (PC), PS3, Xbox 360
Developer: EA Digital Illusions CE
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date (U.S.): Jan 13, 2009
Release Date (U.K.): Jan 16, 2009
Release Date (JP): N/A
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