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Ghostrunner Review

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Posted: A year ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: Wesley Williams, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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. Along the way you'll use your ninja fighting skills to takedown any enemies you encounter in both the real world and cyberspace.

The game is set inside a skyscraper in a post-apocalyptic Cyberpunk world, littered with graffiti and neon lights. You play as the last Ghostrunner, a cybernetic super-solider, tasked by The Architect to save the remains of humanity from The Keymaster and their army of brutal thugs.

Each mission is like it's own little combat puzzle box, where movement and momentum are key to your success. Playing as a cybernetic ninja, you, like your enemies, die after only a single strike. You can expect to try missions many times over as you attempt to plot a successful and bloody path through each level. However, any frustration generated by your failed attempts is tempered by how quickly you can get back into the action to try again.

A variety of increasingly challenging enemies will block your path through the tower, but your progress will be aided by four unlock-able special abilities and an upgrade system that allows you to tailor your powers to the specific requirements of each mission. The further you progress, the more special abilities and upgrades you have at your disposal and the more you can use. For the completionist, there are also artefacts and sword skins to find scattered about each level.

DetailsGame Details

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)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 6 hours and 8 and a half hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Ghostrunner usually costs £24.99.
 

Ghostrunner

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
Switch Store Switch £24.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 because it features graphic violence. Violence is fast-paced, strong and graphic. The player is required to use a sword to kill a large number of enemies, while avoiding their attacks. Enemies respond realistically and attacks result in characters being dismembered and decapitated, with copious blood sprays and sight of gory injuries. Enemies’ bodies remain on screen, as do pools of blood beneath them. If the player is struck by an enemy’s bullets, they are sent back to the previous checkpoint.

Ghostrunner was PEGI 16 rating when first released in October via the IARC system, where a developer fills out a questionnaire. As part of routine checks Ghostrunner in December the VSC concluded that a change from PEGI 16 to 18 was appropriate, based on our interpretation of the rating criteria for violence.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The Assist Mode, added after launch as a free update, offers a slightly easier experience that avoids the normal one-hit-death challenge. Assist Mode provides your character armour to deflect a number of hits before you die.
 
Our Ghostrunner Accessibility Report documents 13 accessibility features:

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