Mirror's Edge Catalyst Review Roundup
Here's what the critics are saying about DICE's free-running sequel.
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Mirror's Edge Catalyst comes out tomorrow, June 7, and ahead of that, reviews for the freerunning sequel have started to show up online.
We've now collected some review scores and editor opinions into a roundup to help you determine if the game is worth your time and money.
You don't have to buy Catalyst to check it out if you have an EA/Origin Access membership. Subscribers can play the game all they want for six hours.
Catalyst is a sequel to 2008's Mirror's Edge. Developer DICE, which made the first game, is also behind Catalyst.
GameSpot -- 7/10
"Yes, certain portions of the game are deeply unimpressive, but I rarely (if ever) found them frustrating, painful, or unavoidable, which allowed me to overlook those elements and enjoy the unique pleasures Catalyst provides. I was consistently wowed by the movement and everything that comes with it, so while it's a disappointing action game, it works wonderfully as a platformer, puzzler, and racing game. And for that reason, I can't wait to keep playing." -- Scott Butterworth [Full review]
IGN -- 6.8/10
"The staples of Mirror's Edge remain refreshing and unique in the first-person genre in 2016, but Catalyst's attempts to keep up with the open-world Joneses don't always jive with its design strengths of movement and momentum. On top of that, muddy-looking console versions and a lame story filled with unlikable characters doom Mirror's Edge's return to fall short. I was so happy this game was being made, but in the end I’m just as disappointed in how it turned out." -- Ryan McCaffrey [Full review]
Polygon -- 8/10
An open world gives Mirror's Edge Catalyst room to grow. But once the story is done, Mirror's Edge Catalyst still has all the stuff left to do that makes it unique. This is a review-unique scenario--I have to play the critical path, and most people will never finish the game. Instead, I imagine most players will happily bounce from side mission to delivery to grid node and back again, content to do what Mirror's Edge has always been best at: constantly moving forward and up. And once you can focus on that, Mirror's Edge Catalyst is a flawed, but often great breath of something different and exciting in an open-world landscape full of the same old thing." -- Arthur Gies [Full review]
PC Gamer -- 78/100
"Catalyst is as close to a definitive version of a Mirror's Edge game as we're likely to get, despite retaining some of the first game's issues." -- Samuel Roberts [Full review]
Shacknews -- 8/10
"DICE may have failed to address all of the problems of its predecessor, but it completely re-captured what Mirror's Edge was all about. Mirror's Edge Catalyst is a great way to bring new fans–and old fans alike–back into the world of Faith Connors. Now, I can only hope that we don’t have to wait another eight years to see Faith again." -- Josh Hawkins [Full review]
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