"Creating something new and fresh in a world driven by sequels is no easy task. Most companies usually don't have the money to lose on an unknown franchise. Thankfully the fine folks at EA have decided that 2008 is the year to usher in some new franchises and so far the results have been pleasantly surprising. Mirror's Edge is the latest in this trend and it comes from the same folks responsible for the Battlefield franchise. The idea is relatively simple; create a platformer that moves at blazing speeds in first-person and throw in some spectacular acrobatics (based on the free-running phenomenon known as parkour) and a hint of combat. All of this results in one of the most innovative experiences on a console to date.
The story follows Faith, a runner whose job is to deliver information in an underground network. The catch to the story is that it takes place in a future where the government has removed a lot of the freedoms we take for granted creating a dull and unimaginative society. During the course of the game you quickly discover that Faith's sister Kate has been framed for murder and it becomes your job to clear her name. The rest of the game has Kate using her slick running abilities to evade Blues (cops) and uncover the mystery behind why her sister was set up."
+ Great sense of style
+ Pleasant visuals
+ Very cool concept
- Very short
- Combat doesn't always feel solid
- Cheap deaths