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thevoice560 02-27-2009 10:40 PM

Please rate this review-Mirror's Edge
Whenever a new game is released, I search for the scores it gets to see what it is probably like. I do this without actually reading the reviews, because other people's opinion's can color a person's expectations of a product.
I say this, because Mirror's Edge has been receiving mostly negative scores. Though it has it's faults, it is most certainly not a terrible game, just a decent game with some big flaws.
First of all, the story suffers greatly from a lack of explanation. Faith, the lead character is a free runner, who delivers packages from point A to point B, even though the contents of these packages are never revealed or even really talked about. We are supposed to be led to believe that the government is evil, and the only example of this is shown when they start shooting at you. They seem to like to keep things clean as well, because the environments don't have a single speck of dirt anywhere. Hell, even the sewer level is ridicuously clean and polished, ridden of even the most stubborn shit stains.
But the gameplay is the heart of the entertainment in this game. While running, you will naturally pick up speed, and objects will go in and out of focus, just like looking through real human eyes. The controls are simple, so just about anyone can pick it up and play it. However, being in first person, it can sometimes be difficult to judge jumps properly, where you will end up splattered on the pavement, just like my poor (imaginary pet) Mr. Freckles... Anyway, the last thing I absolutely must talk about are the god awful cut scenes. Not only do they not match the in-game graphics, the way they are animated reminds me of those terrible eSurance commercials, but with more suck, because they gratuitously remind of the poorly told story that Ididn't care about in the first place.
Mirror's Edge is supposed to be the first game in a planned trilogy, so perhaps in the next two games they can improve the story. But, if you are looking for a game that is unique, and also want to have some mindless fun, than Mirror's Edge is worth at least a moment of your time.

David Stone 02-28-2009 04:40 PM

Re: Please rate this review-Mirror's Edge
Well, it's definitely a start. A few things:

1) Please read my grammar blog post. I know it sounds picky, but bad grammar hurt the voice of the review.

2) Because the site is meant for readers of all ages, you don't need the profanity in the sewer's description.

3) Elaborate, please. You glaze over a lot of your points, but don't go into full depth.

Check out the format for other reviews, and try to follow that outline. You've got clear opinions; they just need to be expressed as clearly.

Mike Doolittle 03-01-2009 01:16 PM

Re: Please rate this review-Mirror's Edge
This would make a great forum post. A great review, not so much. It's entertaining, but it's lacking a strong concept, lacking exposition, and it doesn't follow any of our formatting rules.

This is one of those cases where to me, it's not quite worth it to go point-by-point addressing what's not working, because there's just not enough to work with. Instead, I recommend you read more reviews here at our site, at, and of course at the big commercial sites like IGN. Our reviews don't need to be a feature-by-feature dissections like the commercial sites do, but those site can give you a better grasp on the writing process in general.

thevoice560 03-01-2009 10:10 PM

Re: Please rate this review-Mirror's Edge
I appreciate the feedback. The review didn't have much exposition, I know. Not because I don't know how to explain it, but because in this case, it was a game that was hard to work with, if you understand my meaning.

JRGBruno 03-05-2009 01:23 PM

Re: Please rate this review-Mirror's Edge
I agree with the previous posts. Just one additional comment regarding the last sentence of your review:
But, if you are looking for a game that is unique, and also want to have some mindless fun, than Mirror's Edge is worth at least a moment of your time.
Your job as a game critic should be to examine the game on its own terms, not to make purchase decisions for your readers. Accordingly, there is no need to "balance out" the review by following a series of negative comments with a semi-positive one like "but if you want mindless fun...." Contrary to, say, Mario Party, this game was not intended to be mindless fun. Its bland setting, inane narrative, and meaningless objectives (from point A to point B, as you said) are very real flaws since they do nothing but detract from the game's sole claim to fame--its controls.

So is it worth the purchase? Leave that up to the readers. If they are intrigued by what you had to say about the controls then they'll buy it. If they sense that you found the game somewhat disappointing and one-dimensional (this is how I read you by the way), then maybe they'll rent it or just ignore it outright. Just examine it as a stand-alone work and not as a product that one decides to buy in order to pass the time. After all, those who want nothing more than to pass a couple of mindless hours with a game are probably not reading your review (too busy playing Facebook Scrabble or something).

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