The DICE team (for Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment) at Electronic Arts has earned a reputation as one of the best developers of first-person shooters. With its “Battlefield” series, the team helped usher in the age of online gaming that allows players to wage warfare — with tanks, planes, ships and other vehicles — across vast expanses. But “Battlefield” doesn’t fully define the Swedish developer.
“Mirror’s Edge Catalyst,” its new reboot of the 2008 original, demonstrates another facet of the team. The new version is built on a narrative-driven single-player experience. The gameplay abandons guns to focus on the fluid parkour skills of an Asian protagonist named Faith Connors — one of the industry’s few female stars.
Faith — a tough, reed-thin woman — looks more like a street jogger than the usual female video-game characters, who all seem to be modeled on buxom women from the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated.
The reboot successfully does away with the original’s confined, linear spaces and gives players access to the entire city of Glass — a clean, ultramodern metropolis where family-run businesses operate under the umbrella of the Conglomerate.