The most underrated video games of this generation

17 current-gen video games that should have been bigger hits

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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 and karate-kicking cops. (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 to Mirror’s Edge. (And if you’re wondering why it doesn’t exist more, look to your own reflection.)

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