It has to be said that Battlefield developer DICE’s decision to create a first person 3D platformer, where you leap and wall-run your way through an ultramodern cityscape, sounded like a title which was doomed to fall into ignoble obscurity. And yet, somehow DICE pulled it off. Stringing together sequences of elaborate moves as you send heroine Faith leaping across rooftops, sliding beneath pipes and soaring across chasms makes for some truly exhilarating gameplay moments. And although it would be nice to see her pulling of these outrageous acrobats in the 3rd person, the 1st person viewpoint actually works surprisingly well.
The game also looks great visually. The urban environments, which contain these crisp, clean and sterile white skyscrapers which are often contrasted with some vividly bright colours, give Mirrors Edge a great look. On the downside, combat is a little bit awkward – surprisingly so for masters of FPS titles like DICE – and the fluidity of the free-running can become stalled by vague and inconsistent visual cues which are often not very good at highlighting potential routes through the environment. This can cause the game to descend into a frustrating trail and error process. So, with its occasional awkwardness, lack of clarity and infuriatingly inconsistent pace, Mirrors Edge will mystify some, but definitely obsess others.
Thanks to Rhys135 from Hotukdeals.