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I'm giving it a solid 9.0. I have never experienced anything quite like Mirror's Edge before in all my years of gaming, and I mean that in the best way possible.
Stunning visuals of a clean cityscape, fast-paced gameplay, and tight controls kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the relatively short campaign. And short isn't always bad. There are plenty of extra challenges and time trials that will keep you playing this game over and over.
"One more time!" is something I said a lot after completing most missions, because although the campaign is a linear one, there are many ways to get from point A to point B in each mission. It is a lot of fun to see what kind of combo moves you can come up with; whether it be running on a wall then jumping off to kick an enemy to the ground, then disarm and incapacitate them, or just running straight at an opponent, then sliding under their attack to double-foot-kick them to the ground. Or my favorite, getting behind an opponent and disarming them from behind with a quick kick sending their gun backwards over their shoulder into your hands. There are many, many unique ways to get around enemies and complete each mission, and that's where the fun is in Mirror's Edge. Heck, the tutorial at the beginning of the game is fun to play over.
And don't be intimidated by the fact that you don't get a weapon. It is a lot more fun and creative to not use the guns you come across, and there are actually Xbox Achievements for not using them. Mirror's Edge will challenge you to think in a different light, even with the simple mission premise of "Get from here to there without dying." All of the missions are similar, but the pacing and challenge level of the missions makes them each feel like a new experience. You will never be bored of running and jumping.
Overall, Mirror's Edge is a very satisfying game that is definitely worth a playthrough. You won't be disappointed. I wasn't.
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