When the PlayStation 3 first hit the shelves & then our living rooms it brought with it a new game. In a first person stance you were a ‘runner’ carrying info & news around a very corrupt city. Using free-running Mirrors Edge made you have to think about every move you make.
Whereas games like Assassins Creed made the running easier, not allowing too much falling off buildings & providing soft hay bales to land in sometimes, Mirrors Edge has taken your brain on a roller coaster. You need to know where to jump, figure out the way across your city scape, land safely or, in my case, fall off a lot of buildings with an awful crunch.
You play as Faith a courier if sorts but after a political incident she has to find out who’s friend or foe. Running from the crime scene, fighting police & using helicopters to give you a boost is how you spend your days. Your sister has been framed in a murder case & you need to find the dirty officials & evidence against them.
While you’re running the graphics seem basic but the city is a beautiful place when you take a look at it. Shadows & reflections catch your eye & make the action & jeopardy feel very real.
During the cut scenes a manga- style animation is used & although this was odd to me at first I have got used to it & look forward to them, you will too. A break from the relentless running is welcome.
I played it briefly when I first got my PlayStation & soon had a love/hate relationship with it. I wanted to play it but after the loan went back I didn’t want to buy it, working my way through other third person games instead. It was always there, waiting for me. My boyfriend bought it for me second- hand at Christmas and I’m so glad he did. It’s a bargain now & well worth a play. Make sure you have an hour or two to practice your moves & you can even record times against your online friends.
Perhaps it’s time to give it a second try and with reports and rumours of No.2 coming or not, best you get your runner skills up to scratch? You can even practice play on your mobile device too.
Look back at Mirror’s Edge,