Free Running with Faith and Physx

Mirror's Edge: Graphics cards benchmarks plus comparative screenshots

Mirror's Edge is one of the first big Physx titles to hit the market. We reveal which graphics card is required to play the game. Comparative pictures illustrate the visualization of Mirror's Edge.
Mirrors Edge
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Mirror's Edge - Introduction
Mirror's Edge is a more than innovative game from EA. As the Free Runner Faith you rush through street canyons and over the roofs of the skyscrapers in the style of Parkour. Due to the first person perspective the daredevil and acrobatic movements feel quite real and with some practice the player gets the "flow”.

Mirror's Edge - Technology
On first sight it isn't really obvious that Mirror's Edge is based on Epic's Unreal Engine 3. Developer DICE upgraded the UE3 with a new lighting renderer that makes the unique visualization possible. Besides sharp textures Motion Blur and diverse Post effects create atmospheric graphics. In comparison to the console versions of Mirror's Edge, the PC version has textures with higher resolutions and the PC exclusive Physx Engine which delivers a higher number of particles, shattering glass and Cloth Simulation.

There are only few video options and besides the resolution you can only adjust the effect quality, anti aliasing and the texture details. If the latter ones are maximized, the engine automatically activates 16:1 AF. A additional option activates the PC exclusive GPU Physx acceleration on graphics cards of the Geforce 8 series and above. Radeon users get the same increased visual and physics quality but here the processor has to do the calculations.

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Author: Marc Sauter (Jan 13, 2009)

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