Mirror's Edge

 
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A refreshingly different take on first-person action.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players assume the role of a tough woman, Faith, and there are other important women in this game too. Some dress suggestively, such as in a cut-off shirt, but it's not excessive. Gamers can play through the game without firing a weapon -- and are rewarded for it -- but it's not an easy task. You can shoot at police.

Violence

The game does have some violence and a little bit of blood but it's not excessive. Faith, the main character, can fight her way through certain situations. She can punch, kick, and slide into enemies to cause them to trip, or disarm them to get their weapon. Though not mandatory, she can also pick up a gun and shoot at "Blues," the futuristic police force as well as at enemies. Blood can be seen when shooting targets and they fall to the ground in a lifelike fashion.

 

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Some cuss words in the game include "s--t," "damn" and "hell."

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this action game can be played without firing a weapon at all. But if you want to, Faith, the heroine, can aim and fire a gun, killing enemies who are after her, including the oppressive police force of this futuristic city. Blood can be seen when shooting targets and they fall to the ground in a lifelike fashion, but there is no gore or excessive violence. Faith can also punch, kick, and slide into enemies to cause them to trip, or disarm them to get their weapon. What makes this game interesting is the camera perspective -- you play as the strong female character and view the world by looking over her shoulder as she wall-jumps, slides under barriers, leaps across chasms to land on ledges, and performs other heart-stopping feats. Players who suffer from acrophobia (fear of heights) or vertigo may have trouble playing this action adventure.

What's it about?

An action game played from a first-person perspective is usually considered a "shooter," those popular run-and-gun video games, such as the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare or Halo titles, where the protagonist roams through the world toting all types of weapons. Now, Sweden's EA DICE studio is offering this first-person perspective in an action game with MIRROR'S EDGE. In Mirror's Edge you play as Faith, a "runner," or information courier, in a world where all communication is tightly monitored by the state. Your job is to act as a messenger between those who oppose the state's control over people's lives. By traversing rooftops and alleyways and navigating through underground waterways, you'll perform your tasks while remaining undetected by the "Blues," or police, as well as cameras and other monitoring equipment. After the tutorial and prologue, you also learn about Faith's twin sister, Kate, who was framed for a murder she didn't commit.

Played entirely from a dizzying first-person perspective, players control the agile Faith as she navigates through the city by running across ledges, climbing ladders, jumping from roof to roof, shimmying across ledges, and sliding down ziplines. Gamers might liken it to a Prince of Persia experience, but from a different view of the action.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Mirror's Edge is an exciting, immersive -– and for the most part, non-violent –- video game. What's fun is that while you'll have many missions to complete, how you go about it might vary from player to player. For example, in one memorable scene early on in the game, you're being chased by police in a building, with bullets whizzing past your ears. You can choose to frantically climb the staircase and find a hiding spot behind some boxes, climb up onto a shelf and find an opening to an air vent to crawl through, or kick open a door to the roof, hop over an electric fence and run like mad. While you're encouraged not to use weapons in the game (in fact, you can unlock a special Xbox 360 Achievement or PlayStation 3 Trophy for not firing them) it is possible to pick up and fire a gun, if you like. Otherwise, our heroine will punch or kick to confront baddies and disarm them.

Another fascinating aspect of this game is that along with the main campaign, there is a special Race mode. While playing in Race mode, you're dropped back into the city and can compete against other Mirror's Edge players to see who has the best time; every move throughout the obstacle courses is recorded and your time trials appear as red silhouettes of your character for others to beat. There are a few minor issues, such as some moves are hard to pull off (such as hopping between two walls) and the first-person view can make it tough to know when to jump from one building to another, but overall, Mirror's Edge is a fantastic first-person adventure worth every dime. But be forewarned: those who feel nausea from watching first-person films like Cloverfield or anyone who suffers from acrophobia (fear of heights) or vertigo might want to forego this dizzying adventure.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the concept behind this interesting game, about a society that slowly became increasingly controlled by the government. Why is it that we periodically see Orwellian-like worlds similar to this one appear in literature, movies, and games? Do you think new technology developments such as survellience cameras, GPS phones, passports with computer chips, and satellite imagery make people wonder about the possibility of government abuse?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$45-60
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:November 11, 2008
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Language, Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Adult Written byPvt. Sokolva January 5, 2011
 

Good but HARD!

Firstly, this is a hard game! Thats mostly why I set the age so high. Its really challenging; most kids will find this hard to master. I'd even venture to say a twelve year old, unless they are experienced with gaming, might struggle. Great graphics, its an experimental parkour game that really did what no first person game has ever done before. There is violence, but very little is done by you. And there isn't that much, honestly....most of the time, you are running away from a kind of "Big Brother" governemnt that sends police to shoot you, and you disarm and run from them. You can also shoot back...but gameplay makes this exceedingly difficult usually and your best bet is to run. Lot of fun. Not the best game I've ever played, but something completely new and certainly worth it, certainly. Difficult though. This is a hard game towards the end. Your kid will need really good fine motor skills and problem solving in order to get anywhere here.
Teen, 15 years old Written byRyukGodOfDeath November 10, 2009
 

Great game!!!

Maybe there is some swear words but this game is one of a kind, great graphics and brilliant gameplay, also, the main charictor (sorry if i spelt that wrong) faith is a great rolemodel for yound girls to stick up for what they thing is good, but dont try theese stunts at home!!! 12+
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bySupaRamen June 18, 2010
 

Good for 10+

Basically I like the game, it's kinda hard to get used to the controlls but overall its a 5/5 No blood, if any, very little. If you're getting hurt there will be a red area that indicates where you're being harmed from. Basically you're a "runner" They do Parkour and Free-Running from building to building. You're goal is to grab packages from one place to another without dying or getting caught by the enemy. Honestly if you're iffy about this game. Download the Demo on the PS3. It teaches you what you're basically going to do. It involves real Parkour/Free-Running stunts and actions professionals use. Search up Parkour on youtube or Google if you still don't understand what this game is about.
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Too much swearing
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