Mirror's Edge Catalyst Review
Mirror's Edge Catalyst Cover Art
System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dev: EA DICE
Pub: Electronic Arts
Release: June 7, 2016
Players: 1 + Light Multiplayer Elements
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Mild Language, Violence

For those who do feel comfortable navigating the City of Glass, there are a ton of collectibles, side-quests, delivery missions, and other miscellaneous activities to engage in. You can even set up your own mini-missions and races to challenge your friends or the world at large. There's plenty to do outside of the main story, and the open world format makes it all feel natural... except when you're putting off a main story quest and start hearing the same canned dialog over and over again while you explore.

Mirror's Edge Catalyst Screenshot

Other than the surprise enforced combat segment, Catalyst does what it sets out to do quite well. Mega-fans of the original game will be very pleased, especially with the combat improvements. Skeptics, though, will have many of the same problems they had with the first Mirror's Edge. I wish I'd been more comfortable with Catalyst, as I loved the moments when it clicked for me, and I appreciated its story themes and diverse casting.

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Is there space in the gaming world for a first-person platformer? Absolutely, but I feel like the design decisions behind Mirror's Edge Catalyst limit the number of people it will ultimately appeal to. If it is "for you," you'll probably love it. If you're not sure about the first-person viewpoint or limited navigational tools, though, I recommend giving it a rental or a try-out with a friend's copy. It's a good game, but I can't guarantee it's one you'll enjoy playing.

By
Becky Cunningham
Site Editor
Date: June 6, 2016

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
The City of Glass is a shimmering monument to corporate ambition, beautiful but eventually monotonous. It's stylish but hollow, which is thematically appropriate.
3.8
Control
Although the controls are fairly simple, not all gamers will be comfortable performing precision platforming tricks in the first-person viewpoint. I was not.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The atmospheric music is nothing to write home about, but the voice acting is good and the sound effects perfectly complement Faith's parkour moves.
4.5
Play Value
There are Assassin's Creed levels of side activities here, including some you can design yourself. If you love the game, you can spend a ton of time with it.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • First-Person Action - Get up close with your enemies. Use your freedom of movement and martial arts combat in conjunction with the environment to experience fluid first-person action unlike any other.
  • Explore the City of Glass - Roam the beautiful, high-tech city at your own pace, and unlock its many different districts. Run free and explore every corner from the highest, glass made skyscrapers to the hidden underground tunnels.
  • Witness the Rise of Faith - Brought up on her own on the margin of the totalitarian society, Faith found refuge amongst an outsider group called the Runners. Learn about her origin story, and take part in her journey as she stands up against oppression and becomes the catalyst that can change the City of Glass forever.

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