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Mirror's Edge - PC, Xbox 360, PS3

by Steven Williamson on 17 July 2008, 14:26

Tags: Mirrors Edge, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Action/Adventure

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Oooh it's shiny!

One of the most eye-catching games at E3 this week has been the Unreal-engine 3 powered, Mirror’s Edge, a blisteringly-fast first person action adventure from EA’s DiCE Studio.

The screenshots we’ve been treated to thus far are opulently impressive, as sharp as a crystal and as shiny as a polished diamond, but prior to E3, it’s fairly easy to get side-tracked by such glossy visuals without being able to examine exactly what’s beneath its glistening exterior.

Following its outing this week in Los Angeles, it’s innards have now been scrupulously examined and we're pleased to say that it looks like Mirror's Edge has a lot more going for it than looks.

The new trailer, shown below, besides from showing the unique art-style of the game, demonstrates how speed and movement has been expertly captured as you traverse the sparkling metropolis.

Although there’s combat in the game too, running is the major theme in Mirror’s Edge.

The main character - and the only playable one in the game - is the silky-skinned Faith, a runner (or courier) who rather than rely on modern forms of communication to pass on messages, uses her strength and agility to pass them throughout the criminal underworld.

Faith became a runner after being forced into it following the death of her parents who were killed whilst protesting against the totalitarian government’s agenda. Having been bought up on the streets, Faith was taught ways in which to avoid the extensive government surveillance that now suffocates the city.

Faith now uses her strength and agility to shimmy up drain-pipes, leap from building to building and traverse objects in and around the city as she attempts to escape the pursuing government goons who have caught on to her illegal activities.

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