Top 25 Must-Play Video Games: Mirror’s Edge (#23)

27 July 2011
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Next at number 23 of the Top 25 Must-Play Video Games we have Mirror’s Edge, a pure gold platform game with a twist.

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  • All of these choices from number 25 to 1 have well-shaped characters, immersive story lines or something unique that really sets them apart from everything else. Each weekday a new game will be revealed until we reach #1.

    Play video games for an immersive experience? Then hopefully you will enjoy these recommendations!

    EA Digital Illusions CE’s 2008 first person, action-adventure, platform game for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC – Mirror’s Edge.

    Take a look at the trailer!


    Mirror’s Edge is set in a beautifully designed Utopia under the heavy surveillance of a dictatorial administration. You play Faith Connors, a runner, who transports information illegally. The runners fight for freedom unlike most, who settle for a comfortable life under heavy rule. But a mayoral election looms and an unexpected murder puts Faith Connors and the runners in danger.

    Okay so it’s not the most original plot to grace the video game market and for the most part it did feel ‘tagged-on.’ BUT the story isn’t why this title is in our Top 25 list. It isn’t what makes this game innovative either.

    It’s the combination of Gameplay, exceptional visuals and score that makes Mirror’s Edge a game that’s truly special.

    Before Mirror’s Edge we had the platform and first-person genre; never before had the two come together, and we never expected it would look or feel so slick if it did.

    The game flowed almost effortlessly in chase sequences and the action/free-running combo was a wonderful addition to Gameplay. Mirror’s Edge single-handedly revolutionized the platform genre. Though the Gameplay mechanics weren’t perfect, it was something new, something fresh.

    And the clean design and score only added to this one of-a-kind gameplay experience.

    The towering futuristic city bore only snaps of bright color amongst the stark white walls and rooftops. It created a blindingly beautiful scene-scape to reflect the clinical game-verse.

    A genuinely original title, Mirror’s Edge set a benchmark for all modern platform games and shouldn’t be missed for that reason alone.


    Interested in the game? Try for new and used games (UK) or for some great deals (US).

    And don’t forget, Mirror’s Edge is available on the PS3, Xbox 360, AND PC.

    Happy jumping!

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    • Lav

      I enjoyed Mirror’s Edge for the most part, though I wish they didn’t put in so much combat when the platforming is the best and most important element. 

    • Joseph

      Great game! I wish they would announce Mirror’s Edge 2 already!

    • Anonymous

      I enjoyed this game when I played it.  I loved the “free-running” style of it.

    • Anonymous

      I enjoyed this game when I played it.  I loved the “free-running” style of it.

    • Rob

      Oh yes a definate must in the must play list, I also think the combat got kinda heavy in the original maybe add a few more ways to disarm on the move or involve some really crazy enviromental kills now that will be an awesome sequel.

    • Meg

      I can’t wait either! I heard production had been halted or something to that effect, but the sequel still has the go-ahead which is great! (^o^)

    • Meg

      There was quite a large combat element, but I suppose they added it in to change the gameplay up a little. This is a guess though lol!
      The first-person platform element was pretty seamless though, they thought that through most definitely ^.^

    • Meg

      For anyone that saw the film District 13, Mirror’s Edge was a good substitute for actual free-running, if (like me) you haven’t the skill or strength to do it real life lol!

    • Meg

      That would be totally awesome!
      I thought the basic techniques to disarm were pretty interesting in the first game, but if they added to that element it could be great in the sequel! I completely agree 😀

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