Mirror's Edge is a unique game that's surrounded in a sea of 'buts'. The story is unique in the realm of video games, but it's not as compelling as it could be. The level design is interesting, but not as tight as it could be. The controls handle well, but need to be more responsive. The most important but of all, though is but why should you care? Despite controller breaking frustration, it offers a new and exciting way of taking old school game design philosophy and presenting it in a 3D space.
With a slick presentation, and much replay value for the savants of the design by doing speed runs of the levels and time trial courses, Only the most trigger happy of gamers who know nothing of the gaming sphere outside of Gears of War and Madden will want to stay away, but anyone else should find something to enjoy in Mirror's Edge.