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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Review

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst has arrived and if ever there was a game that feels like fan service, then this is it.

Mirror’s Edge is most enjoyed when you are just taking your time. It’s a good looking game and there’s nothing quite like making your way to the top of a large building and part citing your parkour skills on the way. To be fair, even if you are taking your time, there is enough here to keep you busy. It is an open world game after all and that means you can pick and choose the missions you’ll accept. As well as the 15 story missions you can also opt for to take part in side missions and challenges. Sure this will generally involve fetch quests or something equally mundane, but some of these missions are at least as good as those from the main story.

Catalyst is without a doubt a huge improvement on the first game and let’s face it, everyone saw the potential in that one. Unlike the original, Catalyst takes a more open world approach rather than a linear one. This certainly works out for the best and offers the kind of freedom you would expect from this type of game, although it’s not without its problems either.

From the moment you pick Mirror’s edge up you’ll realise that although it’s about pushing boundaries, it never really does. For all the stunts and daring roof top dashes, it just never feels like it’s taking a risk. It’s fair to say that this is the safest you’ll ever feel what jumping between buildings.

Taking control of protagonist Faith, your main task is to grind your way through what is basically a rather forgettable 10 hour story based in the corporate controlled City of Glass. The story is quite dull, definitely not one of the game’s highlights and to be honest the characters you’ll meet along the way aren’t really all that much better. 

Poor story aside, at least the action is an improvement, seeing Faith complete tasks which involve her getting to a set objective as quickly as possible. This sees her free-running by jumping over buildings, running up walls and climbing up pipes. If you’ve not played a Mirror’s Edge game before then it can take some getting used to, although there is a helpful tutorial at the start of the game for both free-running and combat which helps guide you through.

Taking a first person perspective, the game can be quite confusing at first as you only seem to see the world through Faith’s eyes. While in an FPS things a more controlled, here you’ll really feel part of the fast paced action with Faith’s arms and legs being your main tools. Since there are no weapons, the only piece of technology Faith has to rely on is her “Runner Vision,” an augmented-reality vision peripheral that highlights certain objects during each mission. If you wish, you can even have a red pulsing line showing exactly where you need to go, although you can also turn this off.

With Runner Vision, Mirror’s Catalyst is a fun game to play, however it also seems to have a mind of its own, with some missions switching it off or even being hard to follow when the action gets tough. The pulsing red line which you follow also seems to take you on a wild goose chase on occasion, often leading you into a dead end. So much like the game itself, it’s not perfect.

Faith will often have to take care of business outside of jumping over rooftops. This will see her go hand to hand with the enemy, although you can combine this with her runner moves, seeing you slide under gaps and knock over enemies, knock them into each other or leap up in the air, bounce off and a wall and take them down that way. Enemies are pretty stupid, so you can have a lot of fun with them, especially if you keep moving when doing it was this will build up a focus shield which essentially makes Faith bullet proof for a limited time.

In all you’ll likely get around 8-10 hours out of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and that will likely be enough for most people. This game, like no other, seems to have been made purely to appease the fans who wanted a sequel and to be honest it seems unlikely that we’ll ever get another game in the series. So if your one of the people who were desperate for a new Mirror’s Edge, make sure you get all you can out of this one. 

Words by Joe Anderson.
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/XBLA: wotta

(Version Tested: PS4)


+ Looks good
+ Can be fun exploring the rooftops


- Forgettable story
- AI is anything but intelligent
- A few bugs here and there

Edited On 10 Jun, 2016

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Turniplord 5 months ago
Was the version on EA Access the full game or part of it as a 8-10 hour game is a bit short for a 'game trial' of 6 hours - you would almost complete it!
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superniceguy 5 months ago
It seems to be the full game. The main things that will keep you playing is the leaderboards, trying to beat others scores, and the user generated content (UGC) which you can create for yourself and others to play. EA will probably add more to the game themselves, like Need for Speed / Battlefront.
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Yasin 5 months ago
£55 at shopto you're having a laugh
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Massey 4 months ago
No it's cheaper on here if you look

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