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Mechanical Challenge on Xbox Series X|S

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satisfying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combination of angles and trajectories in Videoball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your opponents.

This list includes 28 games from the last 21 years, with 156 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to combine dexterity and instincts.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth and Strategy
Total Likes: 156
 

 

BedWars

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 19/01/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Strategy

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Blockman Go (@BlockmanGo)

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Bed Wars is a game played on Minecraft servers. It's a game similar to the official Minecraft minigames but created by independent developers.

Descenders

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 08/05/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Rage Squid (@RageSquid)

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Descenders is a downhill mountain biking game with a focus on skill. In each downhill run, your goal is to score as many points as possible by completing skill based challenges and executing as many tricks and flips as you can, all while you try to...

Hitman (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: IO Interactive (@IOInteractive)

Players: This is a single player game

Hitman 3 is a stealth game where you take on assassination missions and then figure out how to execute them. The dynamic situations you enter unfold as you play and you can try different approaches.

Skatebird

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 16/09/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Glass Bottom Game (@GlassBottomGame)

Players: This is a single player game

SkateBird is a running (rolling) and jumping game where you play a skateboarding bird who performs tricks and explores skate parks. The skate parks are made of everyday objects such as pencils, books, and staplers which have been transformed into ramps...

Skyblock

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2011, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Creative, Fighting, Platform and Strategy

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Sky Block Server (@SkyBlockServer)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 5 players online

Skyblock is a game played on Minecraft servers where you start on a bare island floating in the sky and must gather resources to thrive and reach other players. It's the Minecraft equivalent to being washed up on a desert island and is hugely popular....

SnowRunner

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 28/04/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Racing and Simulation

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Tweets Saber (@TweetsSaber)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

SnowRunner is an off-road driving simulation game that follows up MudRunner. You drive all-terrain vehicles to traverse between locations and complete deliveries. You need to use the vehicle's gears, all-wheel-drive, fuel levels and other features to...

Chrono Sword

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 01/11/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Role-Playing

Developer: David Space Duck (@DavidSpaceDuck)

Players: This is a single player game

Chrono Sword is an adventure game about Aenor, a time traveller attempting to prevent the death of her loved ones. You learn technical combat, explore the world, switch timelines and fight off enemies to discover the secrets of the past.

Forza Horizon 5 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-18 year-olds

Release Date: 05/11/2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 42 features

Developer: We Are Playground (@WeArePlayground)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 72 players online

Forza Horizon 5 is a fast-paced racing game where you drive all manner of different vehicles in races and across the vast open landscape. Building on Forza Horizon 4, this fifth entry to the series is set in Mexico,...

Super Monkey Ball (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/2001, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Physically Active, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Super Monkey Ball (@SuperMonkeyBall)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Super Monkey Ball is a rolling and balancing game where you tilt platforms to control the path of a hamster ball containing a monkey. The peculiar premise is matched with accurate challenging gameplay and some great multiplayer modes (like Monkey...

Death's Door

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/07/2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Developer: Acid Nerve (@AcidNerve)

Players: This is a single player game

Death's Door is a noir adventure game where you play a crow whose job it is to reap the souls of the dead. When one goes missing you must fight, run and jump through a fantasy world to get it back. It's a simple combat game at heart, but the unusual...

Lemnis Gate

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 28/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: Ratloop Canada (@RatloopCanada)

Players: This is a single player game

Lemnis Gate is a combat game that combines turn-taking with real-time shooting. At the start of the battle, you pick one of your seven operatives for the first 25 second round. The game then rewinds to the start and you go again with your second...

MultiVersus

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: Coming soon

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Multi Versus (@MultiVersus)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

MultiVersus is a fighting game like Smash Brothers where you team up with or against other players. The novelty is this teamwork and the deep catalogue of characters you can fight with. Batman, Shaggy from Scooby Do, Superman, Bugs Bunny and so on.

Chivalry II

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 08/06/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Torn Banner (@TornBanner)

Players: You can play this with 64 players online

Chivalry 2 is an online sword fighting game that recreates epic medieval movie battles. It's the sequel to Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and thrusts you first-hand into huge battles where you must survive clashing swords, storms of flaming arrows and...

Cyber Shadow

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Meka Skull (@MekaSkull)

Players: This is a single player game

Cyber Shadow is a retro running and jumping game where you defeat enemies and dodge obstacles. It combines classic 90's platforming games with modern controls and checkpoints that make it more enjoyable and approachable. Dodge and attack midair to...

Elden Ring

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 21/01/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: Elden Ring (@EldenRing)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Elden Ring is a role-play game set in a fictional world created by fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, with a focus on combat similar to Demon's Souls and an open world with real time and weather like Zelda Breath of the Wild.

Ghostrunner

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 27/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Oml Games (@Oml_Games)

Players: This is a single player game

Ghostrunner is a challenging, fast-paced fighting game with a puzzle solving element. Played from a first-person perspective, you navigate the world using parkour-like skills, running on walls, sliding through gaps or jumping and swinging over them....

Stonefly

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Strategy

Developer: Flight School HQ (@FlightSchoolHQ)

Players: This is a single player game

Stonefly is a tranquil adventure game where you play the pilot of insect-like mechanical craft. Tiny and living in an out-sized world, you use your vehicle to harness the wind and explore the wilderness. As you meet inhabitants, collect resources and...

Tails of Iron

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 17/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Odd Bug Studio (@OddBugStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

Tails of Iron is a role-playing adventure game with a focus on brutal combat. You play Redgi, heir to the Rat Throne, who must restore your broken Kingdom by banishing the merciless Frog Clan. It's a hand-drawn adventure equally endearing and...

Back 4 Blood

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 12/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Turtle Rock (@TurtleRock)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 8 players online

Back 4 Blood is a multiplayer shooting game where a team of four players work together to survive zombie-infested areas.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Fair Play Labs (@FairPlayLabs)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a fighting game similar to Super Smash Bros. The novelty comes not only from its roster of Nickelodeon characters, but also from its fast-paced and intense rounds, rewarding skill...

Replaced

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Fighting, Narrative, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Coatsink (@Coatsink)

Players: This is a single player game

Replaced is a platform game set in a grim dystopian alternate 1980s America. You play as an Artificial Intelligence trapped inside a human wanting to escape.

Tetris Effect: Connected

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-16 year-olds

Release Date: 09/11/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: Oculus, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Mizuguchitter (@Mizuguchitter)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Tetris Effect is a tile-matching puzzle game (just like the original Tetris) but with a surprisingly powerful aesthetic twist. The game places each level in a themed area and ties gameplay to the beat of the music across its thirty different stages.

Treasures of the Aegean

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/11/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Undercoders (@Undercoders)

Players: This is a single player game

Treasures of the Aegean is a Tin Tin-style tomb raiding adventure game. You are Marie Taylor and unveil the secrets of a forgotten kingdom trapped in an endless time loop. To do this, in 15 minute runs you explore a hand-drawn world to recover valuable...

Gonner (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Ditto Mat (@DittoMat)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Gonner 2 is a running and jumping game where you defend yourself by shooting enemies in a chaotic procedural environment as a small character called Ikk. You'll need a large amount of patience as you die a lot. To progress you need to hone your shooting...

Call of Duty: Vanguard (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 05/11/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Developer: SH Games (@SHGames)

Players: You can play this with 48 players online

Call of Duty: Vanguard is a shooting game set during end of the World War II. It's the eighteenth instalment in the Call of Duty series.

Hell Let Loose

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 27/07/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Black Matter S (@BlackMatter_S)

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Hell Let Loose is a tactical shooting game set during the battles of the Western and Eastern Fronts of World War 2. It focuses on the structure of warfare with large numbers of troops through chain of command communication. You must work with other...

Loot River

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: Straka Studio (@Straka_Studio)

Players: This is a single player game

Loot River is a puzzle fighting game where you explore labyrinths armed with the power of a relic that can shift the ground. This combines the combat with a Tetris-like tile shifting that alters the layout of each room to your advantage.

Redfall

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Developer: Arkane Studios (@ArkaneStudios)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Redfall is an open-world team shooting game set in a Massachusetts town under siege by a legion of vampires. You work with a handful of survivors to purge the town. It's a cooperative experience with diverse characters and wide-ranging ways to approach...

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