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Ghostrunner Review

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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 5 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

Rating:

Release Date: 27/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Developer: @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

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Blood and Gore, Violence.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Select Preset Controller Mappings: Select preset button layouts.

Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.

Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Turn Off Blood: Reduce or disable graphic content of blood and gore.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Wesley Williams


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