[Shock Value is a weekly segment which runs down inexpensive titles that are more than worth the money spent.]
- Title: Mirror’s Edge
- Developer: DICE
- Publisher: EA
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Release: Xbox 360/PS3: 2008, PC: 2009, iPhone/iPad: 2010
- Platform(s): PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and iPhone/iPad: It should be noted that the iPad version of the game is not the same as the console/PC version but instead a 2D side-scrolling take on the game.
- Pricing: X360 New: $20, X360 Used: $15, X360 Games On Demand: $20, PS3 New: $20, PS3 Used: $18, PC Download: $20, iPhone/iPad: $4.99
Mirror’s Edge is a unique and captivating experience that is likely beyond comparison to anything you’ve ever played. For this same reason however, many have not experienced its brilliant game play, highly stylized décor and stunning visuals. While it may not have topped many charts when it was first released, fans knew without a doubt that EA had delivered a unique, timeless experience that we would still be enjoying years later.
You take control of Faith: a member of a secret anarchic underground society whose objective is to deliver secret information to various sources whilst evading and escaping the oppressive government which dictates their city. Game play consists of primarily running, ducking, jumping and numerous other evasive maneuvers, as well as puzzle solving and combat. The varying and detailed environments often leave faith on top of tall buildings and skyscrapers which gives the game a very grandiose and freeform feeling.
When facing her armed foes, Faith must cleverly disarm them before incapacitating them or turning their weapon against them, although cleaner, less violent paths are encouraged and it always seems easier to just escape them. The story does a wonderful job of adding to the gritty, unconventional manner of the main character, although I won’t spoil anything for you.
In the end, Mirror’s Edge is game that every gamer should at least try. While this wasn’t an easy thing to suggest when the title ran you a full $60, there is practically no reason you shouldn’t check out this absolute gem of a game at a meager $20 or less. There is also a free demo available. If you’re a fan of the innovative and Avant Garde, you will, like me, adore this game and at this price, I can tell you personally that it’s worth every penny.