The most underrated games of 2008

Some of these games were overlooked by the buying public, while others were unfairly dismissed by critics. Some were overshadowed by a rival in the same genre. Whatever the reason, they all share one thing in common -- they should have been bigger hits!

Mirror’s Edge (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Mirror’s Edge was probably the most original full-price release of 2008. In a sea of generic rip-offs and samey sequels, its high concept gameplay really stood out from the crowd. The game combines an Aeon Flux-esque storyline with Prince of Persia–style platform acrobatics — all packaged in a unique first-person perspective with some of the most stunning visuals you’ll ever see. As futuristic courier Faith it is your mission to deliver mystery packages across the dystopian city landscape, which basically involves leaping across lots of rooftops. (Think Run Lola Run crossed with the free-motion sport parkour and you’re halfway there.)

Tragically, few people seemed to understand what EA was aiming for. Some critics derided the game for its trial-and-error progression, while others dismissed it as a noble failure. Personally, we loved the game to bits: not just for its originality, but for its striking design and free-flowing gameplay. If you ever needed proof that innovation still exists in the videogames industry, look no further than Mirror’s Edge. (And if you’re wondering why it doesn’t exist more, look no further than your own reflection.)

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