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11 Great Games Like Ghostrunner

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.

Unfortunately Ghostrunner is not available on Android, Mac, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 27/10/2020

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Developer: @Oml_Games

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost


 

Hollow Knight (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 12/06/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @TeamCherryGames

Players: This is a single player game

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 more than a veneer of ancient...


Mechstermination Force

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @BertilHorberg

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Mechstermination Force is a shooting game with a difference. Along with jumping and climbing around the levels the focus is on battling huge boss enemies. You do this by finding weak spots and blowing them up. It's from the same creator as the Gunman...


10 Second Ninja X

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 29/06/2016

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @GameDesignDan

Players: This is a single player game

10 Second Ninja X is a super-fast puzzle game with a difference: every level lasts ten seconds or less. In each level, your challenge is to destroy all of the enemies on screen before the timer runs out. The faster you complete each level, the higher...


Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/08/2014, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @KoeiTecmoUS

Players: This is a single player game

The Hyrule Warriors series of games are hack and slash action games, set in the Legend of Zelda Universe and focussed primarily on close combat against large groups of enemies. The latest in the series Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, merges the...


Mirror’s Edge (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/11/2014, updated in 2016

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Mirror's Edge and the follow up, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst are free-running games where you traverse a futuristic city using aspects of urban exploration and parkour movements to complete missions and evade or fight enemies. The focus is on this...


Demon's Souls (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 04/10/2011

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Players: You can play this with 6 players online

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...


Ape Out

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 28/02/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Developer: @GabeCuzzillo

Players: This is a single player game

Ape Out is a stylised fighting game where you control an ape trying to escape a facility. Although it's violent, the gameplay focuses on rhythm and style rather than just gore. As you move, grab and throw your attackers the soundtrack responds to create...


Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 22/03/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

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.


Nier: Automata

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 23/02/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @NieRGame

Players: This is a single player game

Nier: Automata is a role-playing game, that span off from the Drakengard series. It's set in an alternate future where there is a war between alien machines and human androids. But this isn't a game about winning the war. It's more focused on the plight...


Ghost of Tsushima

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 17/07/2020

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Adventure and Open World

Developer: @SuckerPunchProd

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

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.


Cyberpunk 2077

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 10/12/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Cyberpunk 2077 is a massive open-world action-adventure game inspired by cyberpunk themes, focused on the merging of humanity and technology. The line between human and machine is heavily blurred in every corner of its world. You have a fully...


Ghostrunner is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Ghostrunner in the following lists:

Unusual Locomotion

These games offer worlds you explore in unusual ways. Maybe it’s hard to put one foot in front of the other, or maybe you get a chance to climb and jump athletically. These games put you in touch what it’s like to move more easily or more difficulty than real life.
 

Persevere After Losing

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:
 

Mechanical Challenge

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 satsifying.

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 combinatino of angles and trajectories in Video Ball. 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 oppoenents.
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Collosus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 
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