Here are a few words to the wise.
I’d like to take a moment to talk about the color palette in Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. Yes yes, it’s very pretty. The world has a very lovely and unique design, and the color splashes are simply breathtaking. But I’m here to impart a few words to the wise: do not play the game for more than a few hours at a time, or you’ll start to feel sick.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst places you in the gorgeous city of Glass, and it loves toying with your senses by giving you stark white buildings, and then splashing bright colors onto them. You’ll play as Faith, having fun as you freerun across rooftops, taking in the sights of Glass. The first-person camera follows her view well, and I can only imagine how wonderfully immersive this game would feel in VR. You’ll follow the bright red markers of your BeatLink, and you’ll perform amazing parkour actions you’d never pull off in real life. It feels awesome.
But then the hours drag on, and you start to feel a little nauseous. But I mean, who could blame you, really? Can you imagine spending a good number of hours transitioning from this…
And then triggering an in-game cutscene that molests your eyeballs with this?
Yes, that’s literally a white screen that triggers at the beginning and end of every cutscene in Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. It really doesn’t help that the game’s loading screens are all very bright and white too. After a while, the graphics and fast-paced parkour action of Catalyst start to feel a little less awesome, and you, in turn, start to feel a little more sick.
Here are some tips to help you out if you feel yourself getting motion sickness and brain pains from all the colors. You can lower the brightness of the game from the settings menu. Believe it or not, I had the game’s brightness set to default, and I still had to look away every hour or so. Bringing down the brightness will definitely decrease the strain on your eyes. You should also take breaks from the game at least every two hours. Staring and playing for too long will make you feel like the game is literally assaulting your senses, and that isn’t a very comfortable feeling.
All in all, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is great fun, its parkour mechanics are fluid, and Faith is a joy to take control of. Don’t ruin the experience for yourself by playing for too long.