Mirror's Edge Review
Graphically, the art style is fantastic, and the color palette used is unique and eye catching. The world is mostly white, with vibrant and bright colors used to show off different areas and levels. Red is specifically used to show various paths that you can use while running along the rooftops, which definitely comes in handy when you are looking for ways to get where you need to go next. The blur effects from running and falling are also very well done, and immerse you in the game as if you really making the jumps and falls yourself. The soundtrack also does a really good job of keeping you immersed whenever key moments of tension arise. Music isn’t played throughout the levels, and isn’t a factor at all to the game. However, the ending theme is fantastic.
Though short, the main game is a wonderful experience that should be played by everybody, just for the fact that it’s so new and refreshing. One of the biggest draw points to Mirror’s Edge, outside of the main game, is the Time Trials. Essentially they are various parts of the different levels, with checkpoints to run through and a goal to reach. You can either achieve a one, two, or three star rating, and achieving them is a challenging task. Time trial mode will teach you to play smarter, quicker, and better. It's an excellent addition to the game, and really makes the new type of gameplay shine.
Despite all of these positive words, when you take a step in the direction of innovation there are sure to be some short comings. Mirror’s Edge can be incredibly frustrating and difficult. The hit detection can be suspect. Sometimes you will feel like what you wanted to perform in game just won’t work, and you’ll have to try again. In the end, I don’t feel like any of it matters in the slightest. All it did was show me that when a game is focused primarily on making advancements to gameplay, every technical hiccup becomes a second thought. Mirror’s Edge is a video game done right. It has what so many games are missing nowadays. It has a soul, and it’s FUN.
+ A new and refreshing take on the first-person genre. Not just another typical shooter. It’s a first-person platformer/adventure.
+ Intense, heart-pounding gameplay that flows well and is incredibly rewarding.
+ Graphically appealing, great art style.
- If you are easily motion sick, renting might be a better option first. The screen will be spinning and jerking around really fast, so be warned.
- Some very frustrating moments of trial and error.
Letter Grade - A