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Mirror's Edge Goes Behind Your Back

A quick file alteration gets you the third-person camera you always wanted in Mirror's Edge, but it's not quite a valid way to play the entire game.

Since today seems to be all about bringing you busted-up videos of games, take a look at the PC version of Mirror's Edge. If you get in there and edit some ini files, you can rig up a third-person, behind-the-back camera. Check it:

  


As you'll quickly notice, the animation on Faith is kind of half-finished. Also, apparently you can't actually look up or down when you're playing from this view. Still, even with all the unfinished stuff, the view looks pretty good to me.

If you want to give this a shot yourself, here's how to do it, as seen on the forums at On-Mirror's-Edge:

Go to "Documents\EA Games\Mirror's Edge\TdGame\Config\" open the file "TDInput" with notepad. Add this line to the "bindings" list:

Bindings=(Name="F4",Command="FreeFlightCamera",Control=False,Shift=False,Alt=False)

then press F4 a few times!

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Posted by Jeff
Since today seems to be all about bringing you busted-up videos of games, take a look at the PC version of Mirror's Edge. If you get in there and edit some ini files, you can rig up a third-person, behind-the-back camera. Check it:

  


As you'll quickly notice, the animation on Faith is kind of half-finished. Also, apparently you can't actually look up or down when you're playing from this view. Still, even with all the unfinished stuff, the view looks pretty good to me.

If you want to give this a shot yourself, here's how to do it, as seen on the forums at On-Mirror's-Edge:

Go to "Documents\EA Games\Mirror's Edge\TdGame\Config\" open the file "TDInput" with notepad. Add this line to the "bindings" list:

Bindings=(Name="F4",Command="FreeFlightCamera",Control=False,Shift=False,Alt=False)

then press F4 a few times!

Edited by AndrewB

Smoooooth animation. I don't understand why anyone would want to play it this way....

Also; it isn't entirely that the animation is half-done, but rather done in a way that makes it look good and make sense from a first person perspective only.

Posted by Tru3_Blu3

The animation is flawless!!! Makes HL2 look like a horrible stick figure cartoon.

Posted by Artemis_D

GOD I love the way she walks...

Posted by ArclightBorealis

Cool, but, I still like the game better in first person. If it was third person, there really wouldn't be anything to help it stand out from other action adventures.

Posted by MordeaniisChaos
Posted by RetroIce4

The game is meant to be first person. Just wondering WHY they would want to play it in something it isn't mean to be.

Posted by PapaLazarou

Yeht he problem isn't with the first person view because thats what I do actually like about the game and makes it feel more real. The problem with Mirror's Edge is the mechanics timing feels off and combat feel stiff and thats what they need to fix in the next games. I want the combat to feel like you're Jason Bourne in first person rather than a doll.

Posted by Swabbleflange

Marginally worse than Fallout 3's third-person view. Much funnier though.

Edited by Rockanomics

Well it's nice for the people that would want it, but seriously?

The game would just be a basic TR/PoP derivative at that point.

The whole point of the game to me is the immersion of feeling like you are in that body and can do amazing things, and you get experience all of that from her eyes.

The whole "can't see your feet to know when to jump" could have been solved with a well designed audio cue system I would think.
Like a tone that gets higher as you reach the end of a ramp, something along those lines.

Posted by Hughes

At least it's better than Oblivion or Fallout 3's third person view.

Posted by giyanks22

Half Life 1 had better animations lol...

Posted by pause422

I swear...the way she looks when walking, looks like something you see in a fucking horror movie. It's just very weird.

Posted by creamclouds

this is fucked. simple as.

Posted by Seroth

Much better than Fallout 3's third-person view, as there's an actual animation for walking diagonally.

Posted by Player1

I don't know, but I feel like 3rd person will ruin this game. It takes away the uniqueness of it, the fast paced nature, and the almost realism.

Posted by pause422
Player1 said:
"I don't know, but I feel like 3rd person will ruin this game. It takes away the uniqueness of it, the fast paced nature, and the almost realism."
Which is why its a console command that can be turned on, and not something that is intended. Since they never even finished the animations in the first place.
Posted by JoelTGM

That looks funny heh. 

Posted by kboy

You can tell you have no control of her vision when, about half-way through, she's sprinting at full speed and staring at the floor. Hilarious.

Posted by Parsnip

Hahahahaha, brilliant.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

At least its better than the supposedly busted 1st person camera

Posted by Pibo47

LLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLL!

Posted by natetodamax

She has a nice ass.

Posted by GreatFunStuff

That's a sexy walk.

Edited by breton

You all rag on the animation, but it's exactly what you see in first person. Y'know... the arms and legs. There'd be no point for the devs to fully animate her if you're never(by default) going to see it.

Posted by sarahsdad

in 3rd person like this it remindes me of Oni. Boy, that was a fun game. Too bad nobody's made a third person action game for the current gen where a slightly asian woman runs around a near future city doing all sorts of crazy acrobatic moves.

so close.
Posted by Wright

oh god that was hilarious.

Posted by Civraz

Playing it in third person really obstructs your view...And the animation is laughable.

Posted by gouveia

lol looks awful

Posted by Bigbombomb

Cool, but its not worth it if the game is going to look like that.

Posted by Death_Burnout

Haha wow thats really interesting and insightful to see it like that.

and yeah, the animation is bad a for a reason, there really is no point in making them look good from the outside when the game is intended to be first person, and first person only. There's so many first person games with terrible player animations on the outside...Like Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls (Had to go there too!)

Still that was really interesting, almost ruins the illusion kinda.

Posted by Bobby

I propose we enter Faith into the archives of the Ministry of Silly Walks.

Posted by Kraznor

That really looks a lot worse. I still don't get all the complaining about the first person view, that is what makes this game different. It gives a sense of vertigo and speed that cannot be done in third person. Just enjoy it the way it was meant to be played.

Edited by warxsnake

its not "unfinished" its the way the game was designed, to only show the view from the first person. if her entire body was fully animated like you expect in 3rd person (especially her torso), the camera that is linked to the head would be bobbing up and down madly everytime you run, among other things. All the animations that are missing are animations that are obviously unnecessary in 1st person view.

Posted by daniel_beck_90

Only PC users huh

Posted by TomA

terrible animations,it would be better from 1st person.

Posted by LiquidPrince

That's horrendous... XD

Posted by Spiritof

She's got a bad case of the "Jake Leg".

Posted by dagas

It's a first person game, take it or leave it. Of course it's going to look silly in third person. First person mode isn't busted, but you have to think of it as a racing game on foot, you will need to run the tracks several times to get good lap times.

Posted by CreamyGoodness

hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Posted by TwoOneFive

arbitrarywater, the 1st person wasn't busted at all. what the fuck are you talking about? nobody really complained about it they mostly praised it for the fact that it worked. the only problem was the gameplay. 

Posted by TheGreatGuero

This makes Mirror's Edge so unintentionally hilarious. I love how her left leg twitches when she walks.

Edited by Meowayne
AndrewB said:
"Smoooooth animation. I don't understand why anyone would want to play it this way...."
I wouldn't want to play that way, but I sure wish there had been an elaborate Replay-mode where you can watch what youve been doing from several perspectives and in any speed you want. It really sucks that there isn't one, especially when you consider that there are third-person animations for everything you can do as seen by the ghosts.

Btw.: Mirror's Edge is awesome. Buy it.

Posted by StaticFalconar

gotta love that esurance

Edited by konatachan

LOL! the animations on the ragdolls and he legs look hilarious. Goes to show how they cut corners by basing it in a first person perspective yet this is common in most FPS games like Half-life 2 where you don't see yourself from 3rd person ever.

Posted by Johanz

This shows how much effort they put into making the first person stuff look good, see? It looks weird in third person, but good in first person, they had to fake alot of the stuff to make it look belivable and good. I listend to a DICE guy explain some stuff about making Mirrors Edge and such, really cool.

Posted by IncredibleBulk92

Holy Crap that is pretty creepy.  The second bit where she's walking up the stairs is creepier than anything in the RE5 demo

Posted by ahoodedfigure

I love the freaky leg movement :)

This is seriously surreal :)

Posted by RagingLion

That does look kind of weird, but as others have said it allowed them to get the first person view looking good.  I've finally started playing this now the PC version is out and I've got my hands on a copy.  I for one am very happy with the first-person view and would never want this to be in third-person.  It's a great game.

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