Ghostrunner is a fast-paced FPP slasher in a gorgeous neon cyberpunk world. You’ll parkour your way through city streets, dodging bullets and using superhuman abilities to make your way to the top of a super structure to confront the tyrannical Keymaster.
Ghostrunner was developed by 3D Realms, One More Level, and Slipgate Ironworks. Between them they have developed games such as Duke Nukem, Ion Fury, God’s Trigger, Metamorphosis and Ancestors Legacy.
It’s clear the developers put a lot of work and love into Ghostrunner as it looks extremely polished. The mechanics are solid and the combat is intense. You can see they’ve taken inspiration from games such as Dishonored, Mirrors Edge and Doom. The visuals, sound effects, music score and mechanics are all very good.
The game features a one-hit kill mechanic. This is true for both you and your opponents. Luckily there are frequent checkpoints so you won’t be sent too far back if you make a mistake. As you progress you’ll face new kinds of enemies that need to be dealt with in a different way. This keeps you on your toes and makes combat more interesting.
The parkour sections continue to gain in complexity as you go along. You’ll need to chain together a series of acrobatic movements to get to the next safe platform. Getting used to the controls will take some practice but it feels pretty good when you get it right. If I’m looking at a wall will I climb over it or wall run along it? Will the dash send me to the next platform or will I go too far? The more you practice the better you’ll get at these parkour areas.
There are collectibles to find along the way, including new skins for your Katana, audiologs and additional story. It’s not always immediately obvious which way you need to go so some exploring is necessary.
On the negative side some people may find the parkour sections a little too long and arduous. The puzzle parkour sections aren’t so interesting and at first you may feel like some sections require a bit of trial and error.
The game takes about 7 hours to complete which is fair value considering the price. I think most people will find Ghostrunner an exciting ride from start to finish.
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