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[Let's Play] Mirror's Edge: Game Over (Complete!)

BethrynBethryn Unhappiness is MandatoryRegistered User regular
edited February 2010 in Games and Technology
Mirror's Edge

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Mirror's Edge is a first-person 'action adventure' game by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE), focusing on a so-called 'Runner', Faith and her simian ability to jump, swing, shimmy, slip and slide across rooftops, down elevator shafts and through vents, as she uncovers and hopefully foils yet another dastardly plot as has been perpetrated by the totalitarian regime du jour, in one of the brightest, shiniest and prettiest cities of the universe. Also, giant rats.

This will probably be a fairly commentary-based, didactic Let's Play although I'm open to changing it as it's my first LP so I'm still getting a feel for how to do them. Therefore comments, criticism and suggestions are all welcome, of course.

I hope you will enjoy the videos!

WORKAROUNDS:
Sound: For whatever reason, ME doesn't like balancing its sound properly on some systems, and you get a vastly disproportionate volume of street noise coupled with very quiet music and speech. This is a problem associated with Hardware Acceleration for sound, and you can fix it on Windows quite simply by going to your Control Panel, Sound and Audio Devices, then clicking the Audio tab, go find Advanced on Playback and then under the Performance tab pulling the slider to Basic or Off.

PhysX: If you have an NVidia card, you will be able to run PhysX in ME, enabling a fair few extra objects and particle effects in-game. However, the .dlls included with the game tend to screw around with this and can basically cause the game to try and software render the PhysX. To try and fix this, you can go into your Mirror's Edge directory and then into the Binaries directory. There are two files here, PhysXCore.dll and PhysXDevice.dll. If you change the file extension of one or both of these (I use .bak), they should no longer be loaded and ME should try and let your card do the heavy lifting, instead of your CPU. On XP with a 8800, I have the PhysXCore file changed. Occasionally you might get a PhysX related crash in-game but I've found this to be fairly rare (there are hotspots).

SETS:

Set 1 - Canary
Set 2 - Pope rhymes with Hope
Set 3 - Jacknife is a dick
Tokyo's crazy storm drains. I refer to these in the Let's Play, so you might as well give it a look if you haven't seen it before. Actually, on looking at it, it seems like the drains in ME were heavily inspired by these.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Set 4 - Big Brother Merc is watching
Set 5 - It's a Wig
Set 6 - The Ballad of Mark Schonherr
Set 7 - Rodents of Unusual Size
Set 8 - Princess Kate is in another Skyscraper

...and of course, as always, Kill Hitler.
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  • surrealitychecksurrealitycheck lonely, but not unloved dreaming of faulty keys and latchesRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Great start.

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  • HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    (I've only seen part one thus far) - You should try tuning up the game audio during any cutscenes or dialogue. It was hard to hear at the volume setting I have to keep for your commentary. Nice quality on the video though. :^:

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  • BethrynBethryn Unhappiness is Mandatory Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Yeah, I think I'll try turning myself down a tad and the game sound up. It doesn't help that those cutscenes are quieter than the in-game sounds.

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  • HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Bethryn wrote: »
    Yeah, I think I'll try turning myself down a tad and the game sound up. It doesn't help that those cutscenes are quieter than the in-game sounds.

    I noticed that. I watched the actual game intro and thought "damn that's quiet" and then the in-game audio was actually audible. A little goofy says I.

    By the way, the one part in the tutorial where you have to jump off the board and immediately turn around to the scaffolding behind you, good work on nailing it on the first shot. No matter how far I got in this game, when I go back to that tutorial spot I screw it up a lot.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Gone Fishin'Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    You sound so relaxed...and with that accent, it's like I'm watching a BBC documentary about the game. A little too low key I think. Might want to add in some more info about the game, maybe pause to take a look through bits of the unlocked concept art that has to do with what you're talking about. Like, if you had cut to the art of 'the bag' when you mentioned it wasn't going to show up in your game.

    I liked the part where you pointed out the cop cars down below, and the multiple paths you can take. Might want to focus on this more. You missed showing the helicopter arriving earlier, which ties everything together. Might consider editing together more than one run, so you can demo how to take some of the alternate paths, one of the most fun parts of the game. Sometimes I was blown away when people described how they hopped through a level completely differently than me.

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  • KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Great work Phil, going to follow this!

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Didn't someone else do a Mirror's Edge video LP recently?

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  • AntithesisAntithesis Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Didn't someone else do a Mirror's Edge video LP recently?

    Napp started one, but it was put on hold (AFAIK).

    I know I'll make one.

    Some day.

    I'm rather enjoying it so far, Bethryn. I'll give ya better feedback later ;)

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  • shadydentistshadydentist Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Great start. ME is one of those games I've always wanted to try, but never got around to.

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  • PolagoPolago Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Sweet! I'll definitely be checking this out tonight. Thanks, Bethryn!

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Antithesis wrote: »
    Didn't someone else do a Mirror's Edge video LP recently?

    Napp started one, but it was put on hold (AFAIK).

    I know I'll make one.

    Some day.

    I'm rather enjoying it so far, Bethryn. I'll give ya better feedback later ;)

    I think Nappucino quit because he was doing a blind run and it wasn't working out well. Didn't help that he's colorblind and couldn't see red or something.

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  • HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I think Nappucino quit because he was doing a blind run and it wasn't working out well. Didn't help that he's colorblind and couldn't see red or something.

    I feel terrible for laughing at this, but that's awesome.

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  • BethrynBethryn Unhappiness is Mandatory Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Reynolds wrote: »
    You sound so relaxed...and with that accent, it's like I'm watching a BBC documentary about the game. A little too low key I think. Might want to add in some more info about the game, maybe pause to take a look through bits of the unlocked concept art that has to do with what you're talking about. Like, if you had cut to the art of 'the bag' when you mentioned it wasn't going to show up in your game.

    I liked the part where you pointed out the cop cars down below, and the multiple paths you can take. Might want to focus on this more. You missed showing the helicopter arriving earlier, which ties everything together. Might consider editing together more than one run, so you can demo how to take some of the alternate paths, one of the most fun parts of the game. Sometimes I was blown away when people described how they hopped through a level completely differently than me.
    Yeah, I'm going to be doing it in a somewhat exploratory fashion, although the tutorial and prologue aren't the greatest examples of this. I knew I'd missed the heli after I ran through the red door, as well as the floating Callaghan sign, but I imagine there'll be more opportunities for commentary on things like that. I think I'll take you up on the concept art idea, although not in the middle of sets; probably at the start of a new set covering things introduced in the previous set.

    I'm not sure I'll be doing multiple runs but I probably will point out some of the different pathways and give a run of the more interesting ones when there's no pressure on.

    Cheers for all the comments guys, much appreciated.

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  • stigweardstigweard Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Every video of this game that I have watched has given me sim sickness, yours included :( Strangely, playing it doesn't.

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  • HybridHybrid South AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I will be following this one. I really liked the way this game was done, the movement and graphics and everything, but I was just so bad at figuring out how to get through levels and got stuck about halfway through the game. When you get used to a level and can run through it all without screwing up or slowing down it is so much fun, but the levels just ended up getting confusing for me. I hope if they do a sequel the levels are a bit more fun and have a better flow.

    Anyway, good stuff Bethryn!

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  • BethrynBethryn Unhappiness is Mandatory Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I know someone else who gets motion sickness, although they get it from playing the game too. Too bad. 8(

    Anyway, the second set is uploaded (second two videos are still processing for quality as of writing). It's mostly pointing out a lot of the visual foreshadowing in the game, although I was going to say quite a bit more at the end, but those damned SWATs decided to turn up about half a minute before they usually do. I may well record that bit again on Play Chapter, this time fighting the SWATs and then showing the last few visual bits and bobs and stick at the beginning of the next set.

    Any opinions on how I'm showing alternative routes would be welcome since I'm not sure whether it's a good way of doing it.

    The next level is a lot more relaxed so there won't be the pressure/pleasure on me to keep up the pace so much, so there'll be rather more talking in between the running. And I'll try to stop talking over Merc, but the guy is such a damn chatterbox! :x

    Anyway, hope you enjoy, feedback appreciated!

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  • BarcardiBarcardi All the Wizards Under A Rock: AfganistanRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    either the fastest funnest lets play or the most hilarious blooper lets play.

    im in

    Also once you finish please include a lets play of the time trail bonus maps :P

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Gone Fishin'Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Looking better already, and major props for gliding pretty easily through the levels so far. Must have taken a bit of practice to be able to point things out and read off signs while still running like mad. I know I didn't move so smoothly all the time. You pointed out a few things I didn't notice at the beginning, but I haven't played through the game a second time yet. So I wouldn't know to look!

    I don't know about your video editing software or skills, but I'd still suggest splicing in some of the cooler alternate paths. Or you could even simply freeze-frame on a shot, and MS Paint in some little (red) arrows to point out where else you could go. Madden style.

    Some screenshots/pauses when you're pointing out signs so we have time to fully appreciate them would be cool, too. I know I spent a lot of time reading the ads and such in the mall. Might want to take the time to watch all of the little videos/reports, you ran out in the middle of that one in the Eye building, that you were commenting on. Reading off the signs and stuff, or the logo on the chopper, helps too. Pausing/zooming in could help more.

    The cutscenes and voices in general are still a bit quiet. But, the subtitles help there. More of your commentary during the cutscenes would be good. We want to follow the story, but sometimes it's a little too quiet. And leaves obvious places for jokes, too. The subtitles will help if you accidentally talk over something, we can just pause and squint a bit to catch up.

    Hope I'm not being too critical or suggesting things you couldn't possibly do. Not quite sure how all this works, just bringing up anything I notice, since you wanted ideas for your first time. You already said you might replay chapters and record chunks to comment on, and that works. I'm also always glad when someone comments on the same things I notice...the Matrix cop, Celeste's weird hair, the donuts...

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  • Delta AssaultDelta Assault Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Does anyone else think of Mass Effect when they see ME? Mirror's Edge just doesn't seem to come to mind. It's quite peculiar.

    I propose we use MEEM. See, cause it's a mirror image of ME. See what I did there? Then we'll know it's Mirror's Edge instead of Mass Effect.

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  • BethrynBethryn Unhappiness is Mandatory Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Set 3 is uploading.

    With alternative paths, at the moment, I'm choosing what I consider to be the coolest paths, and pointing out the more boring ones. What I'm planning to do now in sections where I'm not being horribly chased is possibly just do a bit of one path, then go back and do my preferred path, where possible.

    I'll try and do more detail on the posters and things I point out, yup; I think I should have a lot of reaction time spare for it so I'll try doing that.

    At the moment, I don't speak during cutscene speech and I try to not speak over Merc (but he has no such qualms when I'm talking 8( ). If most viewers think I should talk over them then I'll go for it, but at the moment I'm trying not to (maybe for small sarcastic jibes at some of the writing I'll make more exceptions >_>).

    Thanks for the feedback, I'll try and make sure there's enough observation time on things I'm pointing out in particular.

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  • KitsunaKitsuna Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Bethryn wrote: »
    Set 3 is uploading.

    With alternative paths, at the moment, I'm choosing what I consider to be the coolest paths, and pointing out the more boring ones. What I'm planning to do now in sections where I'm not being horribly chased is possibly just do a bit of one path, then go back and do my preferred path, where possible.

    I'll try and do more detail on the posters and things I point out, yup; I think I should have a lot of reaction time spare for it so I'll try doing that.

    At the moment, I don't speak during cutscene speech and I try to not speak over Merc (but he has no such qualms when I'm talking 8( ). If most viewers think I should talk over them then I'll go for it, but at the moment I'm trying not to (maybe for small sarcastic jibes at some of the writing I'll make more exceptions >_>).

    That all sounds good. Regarding cutscene speech and incidental in-game speech, I wouldn't mind the odd sarcastic jibe, but I do prefer it when the game characters are given their chance to speak, especially considering I haven't played this game and want to know where the story is going. It's surprising what you miss in a throwaway line from a character, be it storyline plot or just an insight into what that character is like.

    Anyway, this is a very enjoyable LP so far. I'll look forward to the next update.

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  • BethrynBethryn Unhappiness is Mandatory Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Okay, so set 3 is done uploading and added to the first post. You may notice a slight audio delay in these, and that's because like an idiot I thought that leaving the VirtualDub settings as they were for the last two sets - which sounded fine to me - would mean that these sets would also have correctly synchronised audio. No such luck. If audio delays really get your goat, I'll probably try and fix it and upload the new ones overnight, but for now, I want my internet back!

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  • SenshiSenshi BALLING OUT OF CONTROL WavefrontRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Oh man, this stuff is delicious. I am eating it right the fuck up. Keep going, Bethryn.

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  • NappuccinoNappuccino Surveyor of Things and Stuff Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Antithesis wrote: »
    Didn't someone else do a Mirror's Edge video LP recently?

    Napp started one, but it was put on hold (AFAIK).

    I know I'll make one.

    Some day.

    I'm rather enjoying it so far, Bethryn. I'll give ya better feedback later ;)

    I think Nappucino quit because he was doing a blind run and it wasn't working out well. Didn't help that he's colorblind and couldn't see red or something.

    Yeah... I loved the game but it just didn't love me back. As it stands, I wholeheartedly support this LP :)

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    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    There's also the possibility you just can't really grow a bear like other guys.

    Not even BEAR vaginas can defeat me!
    cakemikz wrote: »
    And then I rub actual cake on myself.
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  • BethrynBethryn Unhappiness is Mandatory Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Fixed audio versions have been uploadedededed. Why am I awake at 6:30? Who knows.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Gone Fishin'Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I liked it! Still pointing out things I missed. And the commentary is still very nice. Very mellow.

    And Jacknife is totally a dick. With a sweet jacket.

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  • SenshiSenshi BALLING OUT OF CONTROL WavefrontRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    DON'T LET THIS DIE IT WAS TOO GOOD TO DIE

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  • BethrynBethryn Unhappiness is Mandatory Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    There shall be another set up soonish (in Valve time). Both of my attempts to record it before the Hallowe'en games hit failed horribly (yeah PhysX crashes :/ ), but now that I'm not so distracted by Borderlands and Torchlight I should have some more time for more attempts.

    Thanks for the support, it means a lot. ^^

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  • KitsunaKitsuna Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Bethryn wrote: »
    There shall be another set up soonish (in Valve time). Both of my attempts to record it before the Hallowe'en games hit failed horribly (yeah PhysX crashes :/ ), but now that I'm not so distracted by Borderlands and Torchlight I should have some more time for more attempts.

    Thanks for the support, it means a lot. ^^

    Good to know that there's still life here. We'll be waiting.

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  • AntithesisAntithesis Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I'm really learning quite a bit from this. Very nice job, so far!

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  • NuzakNuzak Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    just caught up with this lp, it is professional

    really good rolling commentary too, which must be god damn tricky, so bring some more beth

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  • BethrynBethryn Unhappiness is Mandatory Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Set 4 is now recorded and uploading; I am writing this from my private jet as I fly to brutally defenestrate the members of the DICE team responsible for their PhysX code. I think the rest of the LP will be PhysXless after my (five, painful) experiences recording this set, and also because I don't think there are any other really good-looking instances of it. Still, it was worth it to see me kick a guy through plastic, I feel.

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  • NuzakNuzak Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    if faith is anything to go by i don't think anyone on the mirror's edge team would be remotely affected by being hurled through a glass panel onto the concrete ground below

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  • BethrynBethryn Unhappiness is Mandatory Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Set uploaded and added to the first post.

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  • KitsunaKitsuna Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I actually felt a touch of vertigo at the beginning of this set. And I'll bet that that poor sod you kicked off of that scaffolding did as well - at least for as long as it took him to reach the ground. :mrgreen:

    I'm really enjoying this LP and I'll be damned if I don't see this game going cheap in every shop that sells games in my home town. At this rate, I don't think it'll be long before a copy of this finds its way into my collection.

    Looking forward to the next set.

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Kitsuna wrote: »
    I actually felt a touch of vertigo at the beginning of this set. And I'll bet that that poor sod you kicked off of that scaffolding did as well - at least for as long as it took him to reach the ground. :mrgreen:

    I'm really enjoying this LP and I'll be damned if I don't see this game going cheap in every shop that sells games in my home town. At this rate, I don't think it'll be long before a copy of this finds its way into my collection.

    Looking forward to the next set.

    This is one of those games that is as good as the player who plays it. I wanted this game when I picked up a next gen system, but then I played the demo and I was terrible at it and I lost my boner for it. This LP will suffice.

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  • expendableexpendable Silly Goose Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    So I hadn't realized this was on the PC.

    If I find a cheap copy of it, I'll have to pick it up. I'm more likely to stick with it and play through if I have the PC version.

    Kind of wished I'd played earlier though. I heard such awful things about it shortly after release, that I wrote it off. This is actually the first gameplay I've seen.

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    So the servers suddenly decide to cramp up during the last six percent.
    Man, the Director will really go out of his way to be a dick to L4D players.
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  • NappuccinoNappuccino Surveyor of Things and Stuff Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I got mine for 20 dollars... and it wasn't even on sale. If that's cheap in your book you might as well pick it up. Bare in mind it has a pretty steep learning curve. You can see my aborted attempt of a LP as an example of that.

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    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    There's also the possibility you just can't really grow a bear like other guys.

    Not even BEAR vaginas can defeat me!
    cakemikz wrote: »
    And then I rub actual cake on myself.
    Loomdun wrote: »
    thats why you have chest helmets
  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    expendable wrote: »
    So I hadn't realized this was on the PC.

    If I find a cheap copy of it, I'll have to pick it up. I'm more likely to stick with it and play through if I have the PC version.

    Kind of wished I'd played earlier though. I heard such awful things about it shortly after release, that I wrote it off. This is actually the first gameplay I've seen.

    I assume he's using a gamepad, because keyboard and mouse would be unwieldy, no?

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  • NappuccinoNappuccino Surveyor of Things and Stuff Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    the pc controls work just fine but you have learn how to use them to keep your speed up. Strafing, for example, is a hard habit to break.

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    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    There's also the possibility you just can't really grow a bear like other guys.

    Not even BEAR vaginas can defeat me!
    cakemikz wrote: »
    And then I rub actual cake on myself.
    Loomdun wrote: »
    thats why you have chest helmets
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