Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst was the long-awaited reboot to the 2008 sleeper hit and I had it on my to-do list for a very long time. Thanks to Xbox Game Pass, I was finally able to get my hands on it and experience the parkour action for myself and, while I wasn’t completely blown away by the game, it was still a pretty fun experience.
While the story was nothing to write home about, side content was abundant on offer and I recommend everybody play it at least once to get a taste of the franchise that first tried to revolutionize the first-person genre by giving a larger focus to movement rather than gunplay.
One of this game’s major drawbacks is the length of the single-player campaign. That’s the reason I play the majority of the games in my collection and if you focus on getting through the story then you’re probably going to get through this game in one sitting and honestly, that’s no fun at all.
Plus, with no way to change the difficulty of the game, it’s up to the player to try and squeeze as much enjoyment out of this brief experience as possible. So, instead of straight-up telling you how to beat the game, I’m going to tell you how to enjoy your time playing Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst as a casual player.
HOW TO BEAT
MIRROR’S EDGE: CATALYST
Experiment With The Combat…A Lot!
One of the things that surprised me the most about Mirror’s Edge was the combat system you had at your disposal. It’s not particularly deep with only a handful of moves at your disposal but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a lot of fun taking on groups of Krugersec officers as you traverse the city.
They’re honestly more annoying than challenging and I only felt like I was struggling at times because I was continually switching attacks, trying to remember all of the button commands while also being shoved around by the weak Krugersec forces. But, all that experimenting paid off in the end.
While the tutorial only teaches you about the basic light and heavy attacks, there are several combos in faith’s repertoire that are extremely satisfying if you take the time to discover them. Plus, Faith also has quite a number of finishing moves in her kit that let you skillfully execute weaker enemies.
The thing that always perplexed me though is how Faith’s background and how she was able to learn how to fight is never explained in the game and its sort of just by the magic of freerunning that she’s able to take on multiple enemies from the word go. It’s not that big a deal but I think that could’ve added a lot more to the story and made Faith a more relatable character.
You know what, this wall running actually just makes me excited for the Prince of Persia remake to be honest. One of the OG platformers, it’s just gotta to be lit 🙌 #princeofpersiaremake #MirrorsEdgeCatalyst #Xbox #XboxGamePass pic.twitter.com/UEjkWUwVVu
— Stevius Maximus (@SteviusM) December 10, 2020
Increase your FOV
For those of you seeing this acronym for the first time, FOV refers to the player’s Field of View. You won’t see it at all in third-person adventure games or shooters but the majority of first-person games will always give you an option to increase your field of view in-game and you should definitely take the time to make that change in Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst.
Field of view determines how much of the environment you’re able to see at any given moment. It’s almost like the peripheral vision you have in real life. The lower your FOV, the less you see around the edges of the screen and the more you’re likely to miss objects or enemies that are right next to you because they’re just out of reach.
Increasing your FOV eliminates this problem and I found it especially helpful for the timing of my jumps. I was dying unnecessarily at one point all because I couldn’t see the edge of the ledge properly and I kept starting my jump too early and, with the long loading times in between, dying a lot can kill your love for this game completely.
And if the changes aren’t to your liking, you can always revert it at any time. It might not be an adjustment you need but certainly helped me to stay alive and keep the momentum going as I went leaping across rooftops in the city of Glass. Experimenting in this game was key for me.
There’s Something For Everybody
Like I mentioned in my full review, and many times already (lol), the single-player campaign is very short. I did every side mission I could just so that I could prolong my game-time and make sure I didn’t get through it all too quickly. Luckily, there’s a lot of side content to sink your teeth into.
From Diversions to Delivery runs, there truly is something for everybody to enjoy while you’re on your playthrough. The one puts you on a standard run from point A to point B while under a serious time crunch which opens up a lot more of the city while Diversions see you running through heaps of Krugersec to keep the chase going as long as you can.
My favorite out of them all has to be the Gridnodes. These giant computer servers became some of the most vertical platforming I’ve done in a long time and I thoroughly enjoyed taking the time out from the campaign to complete a few of these challenges since it broke up a lot of the campaign which felt a bit monotonous at times.
I suggest giving them all a try and taking advantage of the side activity that you enjoy the most. Without it, Mirror’s Edge becomes a very shallow experience and I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it much if I didn’t take the time to make a little fun for myself.
— Stevius Maximus (@SteviusM) December 10, 2020
Max Out That Skill Tree
One of the more confusing ( and pretty lazy) gameplay designs in Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is the fact over half of your skill tree is already unlocked and activated right from the start. Meaning that, with very little effort, you can get every skill, upgrade, and ability maxed out with very little effort.
Not only will this give you more reason to try and enjoy the side content on offer, but the more you have at your disposal, the easier your playthrough will be and your overall experience will be a lot smoother. I had all my combat stats pumped up at the end and those final 2 mini-bosses were a walk in the park (if you can even call them that).
That familiar saying ‘the sooner, the better’ is all that it comes down to and that’s why it has to be one of my recommendations for your playthrough of Mirror’s Edge. Especially since you probably won’t spend a long time beating this game and completing the single-player campaign.
It’s What You Make Of It
Personally, I think everybody is going to get something different out of Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst but, if you want to get the most bang for your buck, then it’s up to you to take part in a few of the side missions, try every side activity at least once and get the most fun out of this game because it is worth playing, especially if you’ve got it on Xbox Game Pass.
Have you played Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst? What are some tips and tricks that you’ve learned? Let me know in the comments section below.