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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Available Now on EA Access

/ Jun 2nd, 2016 No Comments

Mirror's Edge Catalyst EA Access

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, the long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s Mirror’s Edge, is set to launch on June 7, but Xbox One and PC players can try the game now through EA Access and Origin.

Players are able to play up to six hours of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst on EA Access, including 10 missions and two districts. The game’s multiplayer mode, Social Play, is also available during the trial period.

All progress and saves made during the preview will be transferred to the full game if players decide to purchase it.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst First Impressions

I have been able to play a few hours of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst ahead of its release, and have been a bit disappointed in the story. All the trailers and discussion about Catalyst since its announcement made it seem that Faith’s “origin story” would play a large role in the game. Thus far, the plot has been shallow and unnecessary. Characters have little depth and the cutscenes they star in are a stark contrast to the fast-paced gameplay.

As you might expect, Catalyst is at its best when free-running is involved. Running and leaping atop buildings is fun, and combat is seamlessly integrated with free-running. This is a pleasant surprise, as the trailers hinted at a focus on combat. Free-running is awesome, and luckily this is most of what Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is.

Catalyst is also more open than its predecessor, encouraging players to find quicker, more convenient ways to get to a destination. Players can actually slow down and explore the city of Glass, but can also stick to a more linear-like experience if they prefer.

Our full review of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be published next week. Until then, you can enjoy a weekend with the game to make your own first impressions.

 

Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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