In Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, Faith returns to the runner’s life after a stint in the juvie. The game opens up dramatically with a freely discoverable world for you to navigate and an upgrade tree that gives you more tools to play with overtime. Since there is some freedom in that new design, we thought it would be helpful to give some tips to make the most of your time in Glass.
Follow the story
After a brief opening, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst makes you lose interest in Glass. There are plenty of activities you can take part in, but story missions are your best bet in the early hours.
Without spoiling anything, you’ll want to follow those story missions until you complete the fifth mission. It doesn’t just introduce a protagonist and missionary; it also unlocks the option to fast travel between Faith’s different safehouses.
Fast travel isn’t essential early on – there’s plenty of fun to be had and secrets to uncover as you’re just wandering around – but it comes in handy later in the game, after multiple Glasses open the door for you. There are several single-track routes between different counties, and traveling quickly helps you avoid having to run them over and over again.
Do not skip the Gridnodes – Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
Gridnodes are scattered throughout Glass, although you can’t access one until the optional quest connected to it unlocks (based on your progress throughout the story). These are the more engaging activities, and they come with the bonus of new fast travel locations.
There is only a handful of these to tackle over the course of the game – new ones are marked on your map with a red “+” symbol – and they’re worth pursuing as soon as they’re available. Usually, you’ll get a new Gridnode after a story quest gives you new gear, so check your map after key moments.
There’s really no mystery here. Gridnodes allow you to quickly travel to any safe house in their vicinity, thereby allowing you to cross larger parts of the map in no time.
Optional stuff – Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
Glass is filled with all sorts of optional ways of working – time-tested, special delivery, and more – designed to challenge Belief. Completing them will give you a small experience bonus for the next upgrade and more insight into the lives of Glass citizens.
If delving into the lore and understanding the universe is important to you, then pursue these optional quests. But if you’re just looking for a quicker route to unlocking things, this isn’t the way to go.
For one, many optional challenges are just that: challenges. There is no difficulty as you explore deeper into the city. The first challenges you face will often require three or more tries before you find the right path.
Furthermore, you unlock some tools later in the game, opening up new options for traversing the environment. It’s not that optional challenges aren’t fun; they just don’t work if you’re just after upgrading, especially in the early game.
Make the right upgrades
Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst introduces a three-headed upgrade tree that allows players to customize Faith’s growth as both a runner and a fighter.
The three upgrade trees are “Motion”, “Fight”, and “Gear”, although the last tree deals mainly with tools that you automatically unlock throughout the story. You can also upgrade Faith’s “Disrupt” ability – temporarily stunning groups of enemies – in the Gear tree, but that’s a lesser concern until later in the game.
Your first priority should be unlocking Key Move skills – some of which are things Faith did natively in the original game, oddly enough. Skills like Double Wallrun, Skill Roll (for a soft landing), and Quickturn are essential.
You should also invest in health upgrades whenever possible, as Faith is weak in combat. Also, consider “intel” upgrades that increase your damage against the different types of enemies you encounter.