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Perfect Parry, Definitive Dodge-Roll

Games are often about fighting. The abilities, weapons and special powers characters have get a lot of attention. But a really huge part of many games is how to combat and defend attacks from enemies. This is a list of games where the most enjoyable and fun aspect is the dodge-roll or parry.

  • Dodge-Roll is the ability to get out of trouble fast. Time this correctly and it often makes you invulnerable to damage at the same time.
  • Parrying is the ability to time a defensive move so as to knock away an enemy attack, often sending it back towards them to do damage.

This list includes 27 games from the last 13 years, with 627 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to perfect your defences. We break them down into the following areas:

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 7 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE 10+ to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: PG to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 627
 

 

Skies of Chaos

Skies of Chaos is a frantic shooting game about a pilot on a mission to shoot down enemy planes. It's not a hugely inventive story and doesn't need to be, this is all about the bright frenetic action. To play you quickly move your plane around to shoot...

Definitive Dodge-Roll

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a fighting-adventure game set five years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and 14 years before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Young Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis is hunted through the galaxy by the...

Elden Ring

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.

Dead Cells

Dead Cells is a running, jumping and fighting game where you are escaping a prison. In a bright pixelated world you must accurately time attacks and dodges to defeat a wide range of enemies. It's intentionally hard, and you will die a lot. But each time...

Sifu

Sifu is a martial arts fighting game with a flowing control system and ageing protagonist. You fight with Kung-Fu combat designed with impact and authenticity in mind.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight is the final installment of the Batman: Arkham series. Nine-months after the events of Batman: Arkham City, Gotham seems safer as crime drops significantly. All good things must come to an end, as it is Halloween night and the...

Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter is a series of action role-playing games where you hunt, kill and trap large monsters through wide-ranging landscapes. Each successful hunt rewards you with materials that accrue to slowly upgrade equipment that in turn enables you to...

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Batman: Arkham Asylum is an open-world adventure game. It's the first game in the Batman: Arkham series. In the game, the Joker has taken over Arkham Asylum trapping Batman inside and watching him as he tries to escape, sending various enemies after him...

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City is an open world adventure, the second instalment in the Arkham series taking place one year after the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum. You play Batman fighting crime, and his dwindling reputation,...

Demon's Souls (Series)

Demons Souls is first a series of fighting and exploration games recently re-released on PlayStation 5. From third-person perspective you navigate interconnected locations while fighting enemies with weapons and magic. Larger boss enemy encounters...

GreedFall

Greed Fall is a colonisation-themed role-playing game with challenging combat and an intricate narrative. You play De Sardet, a noble colonising the remote island of Teer Fradee. However, you must deal with the warring factions, including the natives....

Bayonetta 3 (Series)

Bayonetta 3 is the latest fighting game in the Bayonetta franchise, where you use fantastical guns and outlandish attacks to defeat monsters and hordes of enemies in fast-paced combat. As you move through the stages, you attack enemies with your wide...

Enter The Gungeon

Enter the Gungeon is a shooting game where you use one stick for running around and the other to aim. These twin-stick controls combine with loads of enemy bullets to dodge to create a tough challenge. You play four adventurers descending into the...

God of War Ragnarök

God of War Ragnarök, the sequel to 2018's God of War, is a hard-hitting fighting narrative game where you traverse the world to battle Norse creatures and gods to prevent Ragnarök, the prophesied end of the world. It...

Perfect Parry

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild departs from the previous Zelda formula with the scale and depth of its world. You walk, fly, ride and climb your way through a landscape that varies in climate, terrain, inhabitants and vegetation. Weather and...

Cuphead

Cuphead is a running, jumping and shooting game that looks like an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. You play on your own or with someone else and work across the screen, jumping gaps, shooting enemies and avoiding projectiles.

Hollow Knight (Series)

Hollow Knight is a game where you run, jump, and battle your way through the underground kingdom of Hallownest. It’s not uncommon for platform games to invest in the environments through which you pass, but the haunting depths in this game contain...

Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima is a stealth and action adventure set in 13th century Japan, where you play as a clan leader and samurai warrior trying to protect your people and the Tsushima Island against Mongol invaders.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

This is a dark fantasy adventure, drawing on Norse and Celtic mythology, where you play a young female Pict warrior, Senua. You explore and fight your way to Helheim to rescue the soul of her dead lover. As you play, though, you hear multiple voices in...

God of War

You play super-strong Norse fantasy hero Kratos as he takes his son Atreus on a brutal quest in the wake of his mother’s death. The exploration, puzzle solving, climbing and fighting gameplay intertwines with a mythological family drama played out in...

Towerfall

Each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. The arena is a single shared screen. What makes it so competitive is the limited resource of arrows and the ability to dodge...

Dishonored (Series)

Dishonored is an adventure game series set in the fictional, plague-ridden industrial city of Dunwall. You play Corvo Attano, bodyguard to the Empress of the Isles. But you are framed for her murder and forced to become an assassin.

Way Of The Passive Fist

Way Of The Passive Fist is a fighting game where you parry, dodge, dash and counter-attack to outwit and outlast your enemies rather than kill them.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an adventure fighting game set in the Sengoku period in Japan. You play a shinobi known as Wolf, who has lost an arm, as he attempts to take revenge on a samurai clan who attacked him and kidnapped his lord.

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights is a platform game based in a fictional world called Land's End. Rainfall has transformed all living things into monsters known as the Blighted. You control Lily, a bright white figure, who awakens as the last...

Chivalry II

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...

Asterigos: Curse of the Stars

Asterigos: Curse of the Stars is a fighting adventure game where you explore and fight the monsters on a quest to find your father. Like Elden Ring, precise parries, dodges, and rolls are important but with more forgiving...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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