Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is the next step in a game unlike any other. With its new open world map, the rooftops of the city seem endless. The closed beta just ended, and it was great to get back into Faith’s shoes to run through the rooftops again in preparation for the game’s release on June 7th.
MIrror’s Edge Catalyst is the sequel to Mirror’s Edge which originally released in 2008. It was the first time we got to play as Faith and see what life like a runner is like. Set in a dystopian world where the corporations rule everything and are constantly watching the populations every move. Runners are used to transport messages and other sensitive data that people want to keep away from big brothers always watching eyes. The long awaited sequel Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is set to release June 7th and from the closed beta it looks amazing.
Mirror’s Edge is all about hardcore parkour
The thing that sets this game and the previous game apart from everything else, is at its center it all about momentum. As a runner you have to use your momentum to leap, vault and dash through the rooftops of the city. Once you’ve built up enough momentum you can make use of the new Shift move, which will give you a short burst of speed in any direction. This will be very useful when you need to avoid a security patrol or make a quick sidestep around an obstacle and continue on your run without missing a beat.
You don’t always have to fight but sometimes there is no avoiding it
When Faith fights she uses everything at her dispose. Her physicality, the environment and momentum will help her take on her foes. Using your momentum will help Faith to deliver heavy blows or even flow right past an opponent when fighting isn’t the best option. Not only is movement her defence, it’s also her best offence.
Faith can switch between heavy and light attacks as she dashes through the city. Heavy attacks, will help to stagger and take down opponents, whereas light attacks will help her to flow through a group of enemies avoiding damage and maintaining momentum. When these attacks are combined with the new Shift move, Faith is one runner I would not want to be on the wrong side of.
Faith has a few new tools at her dispose
The new Mag Rope and Disruptor will help Faith complete not only her runs but also her fight against the system. The Mag Rope makes use of the Conglomerates own surveillance equipment, by attaching to specific cameras to give Faith new and unique traversal opportunities. Also while using the Mag Rope’s power source and a military decryption mod, Faith can disrupt security systems and after upgrading, even destroy their AI.
The closed beta was just a glimpse of what’s to come
With the closed beta just having finished, I can certainly say I am excited to see the rest of the game. It was only a small section of the map but it was enough to get a good look at the new open world of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. Granted it does have a bit of a learning curve, as no other game controls like it, but after a few hours and maybe a dozen falls (okay more like several dozen falls) I was getting the hang of it and sprinting through the handful of quests and dashes the beta had to offer with ease. If you were a fan of the first game and wanted a much more robust experience this is definitely a game you won’t want to miss. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is set to release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on June 7th, 2016, so be sure to pre-order your copy now at Best Buy.