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Mirror's Edge (2014) and the follow-up, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst are free-running games where you traverse a futuristic city using aspects of urban exploration and parkour movements to complete missions and evade or fight enemies. The focus is on this locomotion as much as combat which takes the game in a more flowing explorative direction.

The first game could be traversed in a variety of ways, but the second moved this into a fully open world. Along with the climbing, running, grabbing and swinging you can zip-line down from heights, tiptoe along ledges and find equipment to extend your reach.

Combat is more advanced in the second game, which makes it more engaging and removes the use of guns by the player altogether, focusing instead on Faith's running and parkour movements and quick melee-style attacks to take down or evade her enemies.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Mirror's Edge 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Traversal game with Action and Platform elements. This is a single-player game. Mirror's Edge Catalyst has no live multiplayer but offers online Time Trial routes defined by other players along with Location Emitters for people to track down in an exploration activity similar to geocaching.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Mirror's Edge Catalyst is Rated PEGI 16 for Violence. The game features realistic violence, the majority of which consists of hand-to-hand combat. During gameplay, this is normally seen from a first-person perspective as Faith subdues her enemies, but characters are also seen fighting from a third-person view in cut scenes. In one notable cut scene, Faith’s ally is seen strapped to a stretcher, convulsing while he is interrogated, but no violent action is depicted explicitly.

Rated for younger players in the US. Mirror's Edge Catalyst is Rated ESRB TEEN for Mild Language, Violence. Players use punches, kicks, and takedowns to combat armed guards. Impact sounds, realistic gunfire, and cries of pain occur during battles. A handful of sequences depict additional acts of violence: a woman held at gunpoint; a man electrocuted to death on a table. The words “*!@?*” and “b*tch” are heard in the dialogue.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need thinking ahead and traversal skills here. Quickly spotting the colour-coded routes and then getting your character going in that direction takes timing and instinct.

CostsCosts

Mirror's Edge usually costs £17.99.
 

Mirror's Edge

Steam Store PC £17.99
XBox Store Xbox One -
PlayStation Store PS4 -

Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Steam Store PC £17.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/11/2014, updated in 2016

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Traversal (Action and Platform)

Accessibility: 14 features

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Developer: EA DICE (@EA_DICE)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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