Freeruning is a sport that is becoming more and more popular in the urban culture. Freeruning is that particular exercise where men and women are jumping, claming and leaping over walls and huge distances. This sport requires amazing skills and a perfect running rhythm. Same goes for Mirror's Edge. This game was initially launched on PS3 and Xbox platforms and now is available for PC also. However, you will require a top system in order to run smoothly Mirror's Edge. The problems are not coming from some high demanding graphics but from the huge map that your system has to load. The city is huge and full with all kind of objects and details.
Learning to freerun takes some effort and skill. Fortunately, the game is special designed to offer some kind of help during various missions. Bas
ically, every object that you may have to use is red. The rest of the city is stark white so those red objects are going to be very easy to spot.
Developers did a really good job in making this game feel like a real experience. The first person view is more than welcome here and provides some top entertainment and thrill. A big contribution to the game play experience is given by the amazing sound. You can hear your hearth beats while you are running. The voice acting is really good and combined with the background sounds of the city can really bring you into the action.
The main character "Faith" (well chosen name as you need faith in every jump you are going to make) has the same suicidal tendencies as a lemming so be ready for some sick action. There is a quick 180 degree button that is going to save your life many times. Some times you may need to jump from a high platform, hit the 180 degrees button and jump again on a 6 inch wide platform. Some can compare Mirror's Edge with Prince of Persia but I think that the first person perspective offers more here.
From graphical point of view, Mirror's Edge is above the most PC games on the market. The buildings are well designed and so are the characters. However, if you scratch the surface a bit you may notice some graphical imperfections but nothing to bad.
Overall, this is a very good concept and a very good implementation of this concept into a video game. The result is not a new gold standard but it is a fun game and a good experience.