Mirror's Edge Catalyst
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Mirror's Edge Catalyst is that it was ever greenlit. True, the original is something of a forgotten gem, its breathless sense of movement through a stark cityscape unmatched even today. But it was also an underselling, niche proposition first time round for very good reasons: hampered by dreadful, jarring combat, its first person parkour could also cause immediate, bad-VR-like nausea among weaker-stomached players. The unexpected sequel nails exactly what was right about the original, but does so while also refusing to learn anything about what needed to change to break out of the fringes. And while there are still few things in games that feel as right as flowing irresistibly across Mirror's Edge's rooftops, the rest remains as unappetizing as the first time round, leaving the game less a sequel and more a tantalizing footnote for what might have been.