5 A Refreshing Change of PacePontiFex | 21/11/2008 | See all PontiFex's reviews (3)It's great to see development studios being so innovative, especially one as well known as DICE. Mirror's Edge is a great game and will hopefully show others that being innovative isn't necesarily as big a risk as it could be, especially in the current knock off after knock off state that the gaming industry is getting into.The graphics are incredible and actually seeing vibrant colours being used in a game once again is a refreshing change from the usual grey tone. The 1st person perspective makes sense from a gameplay point of view though there is alot of bobbing, shaking and swaying going on which wound up giving me a headache after only a few hours (one of the first games where this has actually happened).As for the story I didn't find it to be all that interesting and it unfortunately ended up being a little too short too. There are a lot of points during it too where it just becomes so frustrating constantly dying over and over again... it makes you feel as if the dev's purposely did this to lengthen the game. There are also certain points along the story where it forces you into combat, though this mixes up the game it can get a little annoying as Faith (the character you play) can't take a lot of damage. The ending to the game actually made me think "is that it?".After my disappointment at the story I found the Speed Run and Time Trial modes which is the point at which you realise these were what the game was made for. I can see myself spending hours upon hours just perfecting routes on levels and downloading other peoples runs off of Live to find new ways I would've missed. Not to mention trying to beat those same people ;) The game is all about proper timing and keeping a steady momentum going - achieving a quick time on a perfect run can be very very rewarding. The fact that you can string together different moves along with the timing and momentum factor really makes the game a lot more deep then it originally seems which will only benefit the game more in the long run.Mirror's Edge is definitaly one of those games you'll want to keep in your collection if not for it's innovation then it's addictive Time Trial mode which will keep sucking you back in just to shave that tenth of a second off your highest time.