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Mechanical Challenge Games Rated PEGI 18 and Older

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 20 games from the last 26 years, with 116 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 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: MA 15+ to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 116
 

 

Bioshock Infinite

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/03/2013, updated in 2020

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Ghost Story Games (@GhostStoryGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bioshock Infinite is an adventure shooting game. Although the story is unconnected to the previous games in the series, it raises similar themes of dictatorship communities and alternative to capitalistic society. It's another nuanced and complex story...

Escape from Tarkov

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 27/07/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: B State Games (@BStateGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 14-player online game

Escape from Tarkov is an online shooting game set in the fictional Norvinsk region in Northwest Russia. You play during a war between two private military companies and join matches to fight others for loot, survival and ultimately escape.

Hitman (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

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

Price: 60% off

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.

Doom Eternal

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 20/03/2020

Price: 67% off

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: id Software (@idSoftware)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 3-player online game

Doom is a shooting game with a focus on movement and close-quarter combat in tightly designed arenas. Originally released in 1993, it was one of the first 3D shooting games to be made and spawned numerous sequels, novels, comic books, board games, and...

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 12/08/2012

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Valve Software (@ValveSoftware)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (commonly abbreviated as CS:GO) is a competitive first-person shooting game. You play either a counter-terrorist or terrorist. The objective changes based on the game-mode you play but generally, game modes are...

I Am Alive

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/03/2012, updated in 2013

Platforms: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: This is a single-player game

I Am Alive is an action adventure in a post apocalyptic future where an event has reduced cities to rubble. You traverse the country to find your wife and child. It draws on end of humanity fiction like The Road, and stands out for its commitment to...

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 22/03/2019

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Strategy

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: From Software PR (@FromSoftware_PR)

Players: This is a single-player game

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.

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.

Back 4 Blood

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 12/10/2021

Price: 55% off

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

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: Turtle Rock (@TurtleRock)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

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

Ghostrunner

Content Rating: PEGI 18

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

Price: 65% off

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....

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-Play

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Torn Banner (@TornBanner)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 64-player online game

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...

Nioh 2

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 12/03/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Play

Developer: Team Ninja Studio (@TeamNinjaStudio)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 3-player online game

Nioh 2 is a role-playing game that spans a period both before and after the original Nioh game. It's set in the devastated locales of Japan during the Sengoku period The novelty is the supernatural setting and thrilling horror of taking on hordes of...

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 by yourself or as a 4-player online game

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...

Sludge Life

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 28/05/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sludge Life is an open world adventure where you play as Ghost, a graffiti artist determined to put his tag all over Sludge City. You play in an adult world full of lived-in locations and intriguing characters. It requires some caution, but beyond the...

Trek To Yomi

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 09/05/2022

Price: 30% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Narrative and Traversal

Developer: Flying Wild Hog (@Flying_Wild_Hog)

Players: This is a single-player game

Trek To Yomi is samurai action fighting game set in a mythical reimagining of the Edo period of Japan. You follow a young warrior on a journey to confront the people responsible for the destruction of his village. It's a short kaleidoscope of a game,...

Zero Hour

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 17/08/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth and Strategy

Developer: Zero Hour 2020 (@ZeroHour_2020)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game

Zero Hour is a team-based shooting game played in realistic Bangladesh locations. (Not to be confused with Command & Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour, or Firewall Zero Hour that are different games). It focuses on realism in both scale and resources to...

Call of Duty: Vanguard (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 05/11/2021

Price: 50% off

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 by yourself or as a 48-player online game

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.

The House of the Dead (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 01/01/1996, updated in 2022

Price: 20% off

Platforms: PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Xbox and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

The House of the Dead is a horror-themed shooting game where you control the targeting but not the movement. Unlike general on-rails shooting games, this was controlled using a light-gun pointing at the screen (or similar controller). This gives the...

Red Faction (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 22/05/2001, updated in 2018

Price: 66% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Red Faction (@RedFaction)

Players: This is a single-player game

Red Faction is a series of shooting and sabotage games. Although the games differ in terms of player perspective, they all share the ability to destroy anything in the environment. The novelty is how believably building collapse. Bring down a wall or...

GTFO

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 10/12/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Shooting and Stealth

Developer: Ten Chambers (@TenChambers)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

GTFO (Get The F*%k Out) is a horror shooting game where you work with other players to survive. The game stands out for the high challenge it sets (and tension it creates) as you use stealth, strategy and teamwork to survive the deadly, underground...

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