張貼於：01 月 18 日
The perfect edge
Mirror's Edge is a first-person parkour platformer in which you play as Faith Connors, a member of an underground group of couriers known as the Runners. The story essentially consists of Faith travelling across the unnamed dystopian city, trying to discover the truth behind a high-profile political murder that her sister has been framed and arrested for. This plot brings Faith into contact with some interesting characters, such as a rebellious cop, an unstable freelance courier and the ex-wrestler head of a security firm. Each of these characters are portrayed to only show what they have to do with the murder, without any side bits. This style of character building is creative, breaking out of the trend of unnecessary development for characters with minor roles. Faith herself is barely developed, the game showing nothing but her determination and past. Her relationship with her sister is the primary point of her personality, which makes what she's doing meaningful, as it's all for her sister.
Graphically and atmospherically, Mirror's Edge is a masterpiece. The simplistic art style works like a charm with the linear gameplay style, with things like doors and ziplines highlighted in red to mark where you need to go, contrasting with the predominantly monochromatic styles. For instance, the inside of an office building might be entirely green, or a train station all orange. It may sound dreary on paper, but in practice it's perfectly executed, making every environment seem like it's own world. The atmosphere in generally is set by the minimalistic soundtrack and aforementioned colour schemes. Everything just gels together so perfectly, making Mirror's Edge enjoyable, even just to look at.
The gameplay is absolute perfection. It's simple, but can be complicated, depending how you play. Faith's movement is spot-on, with the parkour moves designed for efficiency. The first-person animations are exceptional, and the level design compliments the moveset. The combat system is designed so that you spend minimal time fighting and maximum time running. It's put together in such a way that should you encounter two cops, the best way to get by is to get close to one, disarming him, then using his gun to take out the second, before dropping the weapon and continuing to run. Playing in race mode—which puts a timer on your screen—was the most satisfying experience for me, as the game design is unsurprisingly perfect for speedrunning.
Overall, I found Mirror's Edge to be an incredibly enjoyable experience, and one that I would recommend to absolutely anyone.