Mirror's Edge Hack Enables Third Person View

By Chris Faylor, Jan 28, 2009 8:58am PST A newly-discovered hack for the PC version of Mirror's Edge allows gamers to play the first-person parkour game from the more traditional third-person perspective. [videofeature]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3VnWYt9flM&feature=related [img]http://www.shacknews.com/extras/faylor/mirrorsedge3rdperson.jpg[/img][/videofeature]

The hack first showed up over on the forums of fansite On-Mirror's-Edge. As developer DICE designed the game for the first-person view, the model for Faith isn't properly animated and the camera can't be moved up or down, but the game is playable.

Directions for the hack, which requires editing the TDInput file, follow below:

go to "DocumentsEA GamesMirror's EdgeTdGameConfig"

open the file "TDInput" with notepad.

add this line to the "bindings" list:

press F4 a few times. first you get the free cam (noclip) and later the third person cam.

Thanks to YouTube's jbdvrock for the video.

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  • I'm fairly certain that the camera is attached to a bone in the head and that all the "awful" animations are in fact animated so that they look correct from first person. Most first-person shooters use a view model that's just a set of arms with a camera that's positioned somewhere over the player's actual position in the world. Now, I could be wrong but considering the very "cinematic" camera in Mirror's Edge I would imagine that attaching the camera to an animated skeleton would be easier than using some sort of elaborate, scripted camera system.