Game Review | EA Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
Following the recent launch of Mirror’s Edge™ Catalyst we decided to give it a go! Available as a digital download on Xbox One, Origin™ for PC, and PlayStation 4 and all good/bad gaming retail stores!
Developer: EA DICE
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Released: June, 2016
The game invites you to step into the shoes of Faith – a self-assured Runner thrown into a struggle against the oppressive Conglomerate in the city of Glass. Explore Glass from the beautifully lit rooftops to the dark and gritty tunnels below. Run free in the city districts with Faith at the centre of it all. Through the first-person perspective, use your fluid movement and combat skills to master the environment and become the catalyst of change. Sounds complex, right?!
Faith has been away for nearly eight years in the development, and while this continuation doesn’t feel as fresh or innovative as the original, there’s still a lot to love about this futuristic adventure. Despite her run-in with the law, once she’s back on the streets she’s ready to run again and links up with some old friends and develops an instant friendly rivalry of sorts with a young up-and-comer. Of course, a job goes awry, and Faith finds herself embroiled in a fight against the city’s powerful conglomerate and sees her past come back to haunt her.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst producer, Amo Mostofi
“We are excited to see players explore the city of Glass and experience the thrilling adventure we’ve crafted for the last few years,
Players will also get a competitive experience through the Social Play features and the online challenges coming from our team and from the community. They’ll also be able to keep an eye on the city and their friends’ performances through The Beat, available on Mirrorsedge.com or as a companion app on mobile devices.”
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is now offered in as an open world platform. Rather than being dropped at a starting point and tasked with getting to point A,B or C, players have more freedom in how they approach the game. There’s a large city to explore. Fortunately, Catalyst’s massive open-world has enough distractions to make you overlook many of the game’s faults. However, this quickly wears a little thin when your mind focuses back on the actual game and not free running around roof tops!
Travelling between districts feels pretty cool, thanks to the way DICE create player movement through visual effects and sound design. Bolting through the city at an unbroken full speed!
Along with the main story, there are several side stories/quests to achieve, as well as tower climbing challenges! Which look and feel quite similar to another climbing block-buster game!!
In conclusion; Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is a step up and definitely going open world was the most natural step in the right direction. However, it does become a tad bit boring after continued play and with all it’s impressive visual effects, it’s not enough to continue…
Rating: 6.5/10 (exciting at first; but ran out of steam far too quickly!)