Mirror’s Edge is a game in its own league because there aren’t many – if any – like it. The gameplay consists of running, jumping, sliding, kicking, etc. You’re in (almost) constant motion. The learning curve is steep and you’re required to have a lot of patience. You might not even get full enjoyment out of it if you’ve just played through the game once, unless you get the hang of it straight away. Now, at first I thought that the game’s just unfair and unnecessarily difficult... until I stopped making things too complicated for myself. Unfortunately, that happened about an hour and a half before the end of the main campaign. I expected all the routes to be very linear and complicated but the truth is that there are many ways to get from one place to another. I just had to open my eyes, learn how to notice things and think simply. Pros:
• The game is at its best during chase sequences and, fortunately, there’s a lot of them. You can actually feel the thrill of being chased while you’re running away from enemies.
• The graphics are gorgeous and the visual style is quite fascinating. I saw some wonderful greens, oranges and blues. A real sight for sore eyes.
• You can run through timed race tracks that are fun to complete. A good way to hone your skills.
• Running feels very smooth once you get a hang of the controls.
• There are some really exciting moments, like running towards a fast approaching train.
• The soundtrack is really cool and fits the world and atmosphere perfectly.
• Standing on the edge of tall buildings gives vertigo.Cons:
• Early on in the game the routes might seem confusing or not obvious. Often it’s not clear where you’re supposed to go, the indicators are misleading and so on. What I learned is that the routes that make you think, "There’s no way in hell I’m supposed to go that way", turn out to be the right ones.
• The game’s very bright, so it may be straining on people with sensitive eyes. The brightness can always be turned down but I found that this makes the game lose some of its visual appeal.
• Reloading autosaves may place you slightly ahead of where you just were and that might create some confusion.
• The main campaign is short. I believe it can be completed in under 5-6 hours.
• Trying to grab onto ledges and jump off things can sometimes be very frustrating to the point of ragequitting.
• If you’re afraid of heights like I am, then the possibility of falling to your death from tall buildings might create some actual anxiety (or it may be exciting, in which case this point belongs with the pros, not the cons). I must admit that I felt a bit anxious because, whenever you fall, you watch Faith fall until she hits the ground.
In conclusion, I'd say that I recommend Mirror's Edge to people who: a) want to play something completely different because this game truly is like no other, b) are looking for a thrill and c) aren't put off by minor gameplay related annoyances.
Posted: February 6th, 2014