Oi, Persia. Get out of it. Croft, skedaddle. All you acrobatic platforming types are all the same. Born with a silver spoon jammed right in your faces, and snooping around dusty, sandy levels like some kind of tourist. The heroine of Mirror's Edge is called Faith, and her world is a long sprint away from filth and privilege. She's a courier in a modern-day alternate world where the dazzlingly, clinically clean windows are just one symptom of a nanny government in overdrive.
It's a world approaching political satire - everything in Mirror's Edge is under surveillance. Every bit of information is monitored and controlled, and if you eat a bowl of Corn Flakes at breakfast, you'll be on the Kellogg Lovers' Register before lunch. Senior producer Owen O'Brien explains that it's not fanciful futuristic sci-fi. "It's a city that doesn't exist, but it's a contemporary city," he says. "We've taken things that are happening in the world - social, architectural, political - and we've combined it all in one place."