Mirror’s Ed ge Catalyst
Faith learns the free-running ropes, as a prequel learns from its past
A prequel? So we see Faith as she parkours around a jungle gym?
Not quite. Faith has recently left prison, and seems to have some anger issues. She’s a far more reckless person at this point in her life than the character we met in Mirror’s Edge. Her parents’ murder is still very recent, but what could be more therapeutic than diving off a building? Oh, and then landing safely. Preferably.
Ooh, can I leap around the city now?
If you can stomach it. One view from atop a building was so high, it made your average Assassin’s Creed viewpoint look like a diving board above the shallow end of the kiddy pool. Fall off the edge, and you could probably complete the original Mirror’s Edge in the time it takes to hit the bottom. Don’t look down.
Sounds great, but do I have to use a gun again?
The rubbish shooting is long gone. Fighting is brutal and efficient, with quick finishers to keep the focus on the free-running. Leaping and landing on a guard with a kick to the skull reminds us of Bioshock Infinite’s excellent skyhook combat. We also saw Faith hanging on to helicopter drones to get around. The higher up you are, the easier it is to get the drop on guards.
First-person will make running headfirst into walls so immersive!
Sure will, but we’re keen to see what improvements have been made to the controls, as the firstperson view did make it tricky to judge jumps before. There is one new tool that could potentially help: it looks like Faith has access to a visor this time. It shows her a tickertape of news stories, a mini-map and a body scanner.
But prequels are always duller. Apart from my favourite movie,
...Right. Catalyst actually looks to be pushing Xbox One to the limits, with a sleek, detailed, highly believable future city. One explosive setpiece shows Faith dangling from the crumbling debris of a building in scenes that would make Lara Croft tear up with pride. If Mirror’s Edge was a great near-miss, Catalyst looks well on track to stick the landing this time out.