Posted by Tim Horton @Timhortongame
Senior Writer at Now Loading. I play from within a couch pillow fort. Twitter: @TimHortonGame | Email: [email protected]
Tim Horton

Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is the hotly anticipated sequel to Dice’s slick free running epic, Mirror’s Edge. With Faith fresh out of prison and with the scent of oppression in her nostrils – Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst sets the perfect stage for a world of adventure and exhilaration.

Yes, Faith is back, and Mirror’s edge 2 (so far) is everything we wanted it to be. A beautiful expansive city thwart with utopian hypocrisy and deceit. With the help of her friends, Faith must again attempt to overthrow the totalitarian prison that the city of glass has become.

Mirror's Edge: Catalyst sees us once again, step into the acrobatic shoes of kick ass protagonist, Faith. The game runs in the same first-person perspective and will have you tackling bad guys, jumping between rooftops, running along walls, and just generally being a total nuisance to the regime.

The focus of movement is parkour; we get around the city by employing techniques and movements inspired by free running. This system propelled the original into the hall of fame (along with the beauty of the city) and Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is even more dynamic.

Catalyst provides the player with a freedom of movement that is pretty much previously unseen in the first-person genre.

Today, we are going to provide you with a few useful tips on how to master that tricky parkour mechanic as early on in the game as possible.

5. Stick to the story

The best way to level up those vital mechanics involved in Faith’s free running skill tree, is to knock off those early story missions as fast as possible. Completing these early missions will not only allow you to gain access to fast travel much quicker but it will also, introduce you to more important in-game characters.

These characters will be able to offer up bigger and more rewarding missions for Faith to complete. By completing missions you acquire XP, and with this XP, you can upgrade your skill tree - the more missions you have available the quicker you can level up.

4. Gridnodes are important

These are technically connected with the story but can be attempted separately. As I said above, although fast travel is not essential in the early stages of the game it certainly becomes handy as you clock on a few hours.

Gridnodes can be found on your map depicted by a red +. They can be accessed as and when you find them – these vital tasks allow you to fast travel to many of Faith’s different safe houses and this will become very useful.

3. Pay attention to the camera

The game has a new camera mechanic that helps the player immerse deeper into Faith’s movement. The camera that follows Faith will change as the player performs different movements - for example, as Faith's speed builds up from jog to sprint, the rate at which the camera bobs up and down increases. Also, when a roll is executed, the camera will spin with the Faith – again allowing for a far greater immersion into the mechanic.

This should be monitored at all times as it will provide you with a far greater sense of involvement and can help with tricky jumps/missions that require special timing. Faith's arms and legs are more visible this time around and again can be used to recognise the scale of speed and size of jumps.

2. Combat

It’s better to run than it is to fight, although Faith is no stranger to a brawl or two. If you do have to fight your primary targets must always be the enemies with the guns – take these guys out first. despite being armed they are actually pretty weak enemies. Once all the gunners are down you can take on the grunts – never stop moving – the movement is the key mechanic to Mirror’s edge and combat is no exception.

Use the environment as much as you can – attacks that are combined with motion provide you with more powerful attacks. Run along a wall and then punch a dude instead of running straight toward him. Timing is vital too, time your counters well and Faith will do the rest.

In terms of guns, yes, you can shoot people but the game is not all about you shooting people. In fact, if you make it through the whole game without shooting a single enemy you will be presented with a special ending cinematic ;)

1. Upgrading the correct way

It is always tempting to add one skill point to each tree in a game like this, common sense dictates that that is the best way to keep an even skill set and overall stronger player. In Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst however, it is different - the key mechanic is movement – so, early on in the game you should concentrate on upgrading your movement tree only.

The first portion of the game is all about exploration and player evolution – the enemies are weak and are few, so the need for combat upgrades are not essential. Spend this valuable time working on killer movement perks so you can skip through the bad guys later.

Having said that, it may be worth adding to Faiths health tree every once in a while – she is a delicate flower at heart.

That’s it from me, these quick tips are here for those of you that are just getting started in Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst a more thorough piece is to follow that is a little more in depth.

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