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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Review Round-Up – Missing a step

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It’s been nearly a decade since DICE and EA introduced us to Glass City, and the rebellious free runners delivering message in a Big Brother styled dystopian future. Faith, one of the most prolific of these runners, didn’t exact have the most exceptional debut. The original Mirror’s Edge had its flaws (the combat was especially off putting), but there was something about platforming from the first-person perspective that gripped players. Enough to let EA roll the dice once more.

Catalyst is the result of this gamble, and it’s another sequel trying to tap into the open-world formula to enhance a game centred on linearity. Does it work? Well, critics are a little divided over that fact.

IGN – 6.8/10

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The staples of Mirror’s Edge remain refreshing and unique in the first-person genre in 2016, but Catalyst’s attempts to keep up with the open-world Joneses don’t always jive with its design strengths of movement and momentum. On top of that, muddy-looking console versions and a lame story filled with unlikable characters doom Mirror’s Edge’s return to fall short. I was so happy this game was being made, but in the end I’m just as disappointed in how it turned out.

Polygon – 8/10

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This is a review-unique scenario — I have to play the critical path, and most people will never finish the game. Instead, I imagine most players will happily bounce from side mission to delivery to grid node and back again, content to do what Mirror’s Edge has always been best at: constantly moving forward and up. And once you can focus on that, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is a flawed, but often great breath of something different and exciting in an open-world landscape full of the same old thing.

Gamespot – 7/10

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And really, being able to focus on and enjoy the gameplay is what matters. Yes, certain portions of the game are deeply unimpressive, but I rarely (if ever) found them frustrating, painful, or unavoidable, which allowed me to overlook those elements and enjoy the unique pleasures Catalyst provides. I was consistently wowed by the movement and everything that comes with it, so while it’s a disappointing action game, it works wonderfully as a platformer, puzzler, and racing game. And for that reason, I can’t wait to keep playing.

Game Informer – 6.5/10

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Catalyst contains several exciting platforming moments, but most of them are buried under repetitive world traversal and a mundane metropolis. The original Mirror’s Edge is an overlooked gem from last generation, but even diehard fans will have trouble finding the diamonds in this rough.

Destructoid – 8.5/10

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But it’s been quite the journey, as Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is one of the toughest reviews I’ve tackled in some time. It was so hard to acclimate to the changes and suffocating AAA mentality after the original was near perfect, but I think once people get over that initial shock, they’ll come to adore it in spite of that.

As polarising as the first title it seems, which took a while to convince EA that it was deserving of another chance. Sales will be the ultimate decider, but as unique and interesting as Faith’s escapades can be, critics are certainly not giving her a fighting chance.

We’ll have our own review out soon. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is out today on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Last Updated: June 7, 2016

23 Comments

  1. I will be getting this regardless of reviews.

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  2. Greylingad[He Charges!]

    June 7, 2016 at 08:36

    Ouch…

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  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 7, 2016 at 08:37

    I’m wondering what a “suffocating AAA mentality” even means. It’s shallow, repetitive, always-online & has microtransactions?

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    • Darren Peach

      June 7, 2016 at 10:16

      That’s Hipster speak. Pitchfork approved.

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  4. Darren Peach

    June 7, 2016 at 08:44

    Free Running ? Nope. I can go outside and do it for real without the highly energy sapping jumping, sliding, tumbling and knee scratching and skin burning side effects that come with Parkouuuur. Learn how to Skate dammit !

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    • Captain JJ of the desert

      June 7, 2016 at 09:16

      I think after Dying Light, which has zombies, gunplay, parkour and vehicles, in an open world, it’s tough to really compete.

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      • Darren Peach

        June 7, 2016 at 09:25

        That’s the only time it is semi ok. I would also parkour the hell out of life if there were Zombies trying to eat my brainzzzz

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  5. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 7, 2016 at 08:48

    • Darren Peach

      June 7, 2016 at 08:52

      There is no universe that any duplicate of me including this one that feels any sympathy for this poor victim of Darwinism sorting shit out 😉

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        June 7, 2016 at 08:53

        No talent for skateboarding and no money for a noisy scooter, free running it is then.

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        • Darren Peach

          June 7, 2016 at 08:56

          Yeah, Or maybe just jog.

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        • Pariah

          June 7, 2016 at 09:05

          free dental included?

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            June 7, 2016 at 09:11

            the only thing that’s free is stupidity?

          • iusedtobe(a)regular

            June 7, 2016 at 09:45

            Aha, but is it though because, think about it, the concept is free but in the end stupidity does come at a price, just ask the young lady in your clip.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            June 7, 2016 at 10:33

            LOL

    • Original Heretic

      June 7, 2016 at 08:53

      Wow, the words “epic fail” don’t even come close to describing this one!

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    • Greylingad[He Charges!]

      June 7, 2016 at 08:54

      Speed doesn’t kill you, sudden deceleration removes your teeth…

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    • Admiral Chief Protector

      June 7, 2016 at 08:57

      The worst….when the gif is loading you see the fail in slow motion

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      • Darren Peach

        June 7, 2016 at 09:00

        My teeth hurt just looking at it. My nose also gets itchy…..

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          June 7, 2016 at 09:12

          I wonder where the left shoe went

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  6. HairyEwok

    June 7, 2016 at 09:07

    It’s not a shooter game so Polygon should rate it high.

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  7. Captain JJ bound

    June 7, 2016 at 09:15

    The first Mirror’s Edge was okay.
    It didn’t blow my mind, but kept me busy for a bit at least. Not very memorable imo. My best memory of the game is the kak irritating auto save points that were placed in the most ridiculous and irritating places.

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  8. Darren Peach

    June 7, 2016 at 09:31

    The quintessential way to review a game : But would Trevor Phillips play it ?

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