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- #25 Soda Crisis
- #24 AdventureQuest 3D
- #23 Neon White
- #22 Gorilla Tag
- #21 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- #20 Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
- #19 Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
- #18 Human: Fall Flat
- #17 Brink
- #16 Inmomentum
- #15 Just Cause 3
- #14 Dying Light
- #13 Dustforce
- #12 Prince of Persia
- #11 Purge
- #10 Deathloop
- #9 Sunset Overdrive
- #8 Ghostrunner
- #7 Bit.Trip Runner
- #6 Titanfall 2
- #5 Batman: Arkham Series
- #4 Dishonored Series
- #3 Assassin’s Creed Series
- #2 Mirror’s Edge Franchise
- #1 Dying Light 2 Stay Human
Traversing in video games is important. Some video games make the traversing pretty key and it becomes one of the main talking about features for the video game. In this list, we’re going to be highlighting the best video games that offer some fun parkour maneuvering. Whether they are simple side-scrolling platformers to be big open-world AAA releases, these are some of the best video games you can pick up right now.
#25 Soda Crisis
Release Date: May 24, 2022
If you’re in the mood for a fast-paced title that doesn’t weigh itself down with the story, then you’ll want to try Soda Crisis.
In the game, you play as someone with “mysterious origins,” just the person the world needs to save from the monsters trying to take all the Earth’s soda! Yes, that is the game’s plot. But ignore that as you blitz through the levels using your protagonists’ skills and tech!
You can choose how you want to handle each level and then dive in! Even if you die, you can restart that section in seconds without doing much.
Will you be able to save the world and soda?
#24 AdventureQuest 3D
Release Date: October 28, 2022
One of the most beloved online games ever eventually took the next step by becoming a fully-fledged MMO via AdventureQuest 3D!
In the game, you’ll head to the universe’s most dangerous period, where enemies are everywhere and all the player characters must unite to fight off the evils that are invading!
Create the character you want to be, then set off on an adventure all your own! The team is constantly building up the game so it’ll have more content, so you’ll never be wanting for things to do! You can even team-up with fellow players or battle them in PVP areas!
So are you going to jump in or not?
#23 Neon White
Platform: PC PS4 PS5 Switch
Release Date: 2022
It’s rare to say that a video game is “truly unique” anymore, thanks to all the different titles that have come out over the years. But with Neon White, you will get something unique, fun, and completely over-the-top.
In the game, you play as the titular Neon White, who happens to be an assassin who was consigned to the underworld until heaven needed him, and others to defeat the demons that have invaded the holy realm.
You’ll bound through the various parts of heaven and collect cards that you can use to unlock weapons or get rid of so you can do cool acrobatic moves. You can stay in heaven if you complete your job. But is it really that easy?
#22 Gorilla Tag
Release Date: January 01, 2023
Sometimes, you just want to monkey around and see how fun that can be. Gorilla Tag gives you that opportunity in a unique VR experience. One that lets you do nothing more than moving your arms and legs around in a certain way to get your gorilla to move.
Why do you need to move them like this? Because you’re playing “Tag” or “Infection” or other games, you and your friends come up with. The game is all about embracing the hilarity of monkey movement and seeing who can come out on top.
It’s not a crime to have fun and “go ape” every once in a while. So put on your headset and get in there!
#21 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Platform: PC PS4 PS5
Release Date: November 18, 2022
The follow-up to the beloved PS4 title, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, focuses on the newest Spider-Man of New York City for his first full-on gaming adventure.
When Peter Parker leaves the city, Miles is on his own. But life isn’t easy for a Spider-Man, and he soon finds himself caught between two opposing sides in a war that could threaten his home, friends, family, and more.
You’ll use Miles’s unique abilities to save the day and prove that there’s more than one person worthy of wielding the spider logo. So suit up because New York City needs you to be the hero you were always destined to be!
#20 Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
Platform: PC PS4
Release Date: August 12, 2022
Who’s ready to go on one of the best superhero adventures ever and in improved form? If so, then you need to get Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. The original title came out on PS4, but this PS5/PC upgrade brings numerous visual and technical boosts to help the game play better than ever before.
You’ll don the suit of Peter Parker as he once again tries to save New York while also living a normal life. But when new threats show up in the form of Mister Negative and more, he’ll be pushed to the limit and have to risk it all to save his city and family.
#19 Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Platform: PC PS5 XSX|S
Releease Date: April 28, 2023
There were many reasons to like Respawn Entertainment’s first foray into the galaxy far, far away. But one of the biggest ones was the freedom of movement that Cal Kestis had, which made you feel like a Jedi. Thankfully, Star Wars Jedi Survivor brings that back and lets you use it in new ways.
Don’t worry. You’ll still be able to wall jump, double jump, grab ropes with Force Pull, and more. But you’ll get to use them in new ways to unlock new traversal methods within the title to reach new spaces! You’ll need to be precise with your movements, just like a Jedi, to reach the spots you want to reach.
Remember, some places you go to will be packed with enemies, so be ready for a scrap at any moment.
#18 Human: Fall Flat
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PS5, iOS, Android
Release Date: July 22, 2016
You likely are already familiar with Human: Fall Flat. It’s a game with wobbly physics-based mechanics that makes it a challenge to move around freely. It’s a puzzle-platform title where you’ll need to wander around the area and move around objects to reach different sections of the map. However, it’s an open-ended game, so you can just freely explore and complete puzzles. Some players also find this game to be a bit of a parkour title, although physics makes it a real challenge. There are even achievements for reaching areas in the game without touching the ground.
Platform : PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date : 10 May 2011
Genre : First-person shooter
If you don’t remember Brink then we don’t blame you. The title wasn’t that big of a hit, or at least it wasn’t as big of a hit that the marketing team was leading players to believe. This was a game that was over hyped and when it failed to deliver at launch, the product mainly dwindled to nothing. It’s a game that’s gone free-to-play although it’s not one you hear about anymore. In Brink, we get a team-based shooter which revolves around a narrative. What you have is a world that is flooding and the only chance of survival is to seek refuge in a city made to float. This of course grows to become a big problem as factions grow causing a war on what’s considered the last safe city for humanity.
As a result, this team-based shooter mixes in a few different game modes for players to compete within, either as an online MMO shooter or even through single-player using an assortment of AI bots. With that said there is a reason this game made our list and it was for the maneuvering system which was made to be incredibly simple. Players could essentially hold down a single button and it would allow the protagonist to climb up ledges and vault over objects. It was a simple system, but wrapped up in a game that just didn’t quite deliver in 2011 against other notable video game launches such as Dark Souls, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Platform : PC
Release Date : October 31, 2011
Genre : Platformer
Inmomentum is an indie title developed by Digital Arrow and released into the marketplace back in 2011. This is a platform racing game and while it doesn’t offer anything much else than that, it can be a bit mesmerizing to play or watch. The game has players going through a neon world full of platforms, walls, and ledges with checkpoints to clear off and a clock constantly ticking. Here, players are simply moving as fast as they can along the course, jumping onto the different platforms and making their way to each checkpoint. Again, not much more can be said about this game, but you might find yourself having quite a bit of fun with it, whether it’s killing time or just enjoying some tunes as you progress through the levels.
#15 Just Cause 3
Platform : PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date : December 1, 2015
Genre : Action-adventure
The Just Cause franchise is a pretty strong one for action-adventure fans and in 2015 we received the third mainline installment, Just Cause 3. This video game once again throws players into the protagonist Rico Rodriguez who heads back home to the fictional island of Medici which is under the control of a dictator. If you’re familiar with the Just Cause video games then you know there is a ton of action-packed moments and that holds with this third video game.
It’s set in an open-world environment with plenty of places to explore and battle within. Likewise, the equipment Rico has at his disposal makes it easy for players to get around the map. I’m sure you’ve seen the variety of videos surfacing online for this game as players can use their mods to lay down booster explosives and tethers to open some wacky traversing methods. It might not be parkour per se, but you gotta admit it’s quite a thrill getting from one place to the next.
#14 Dying Light
Platform : PC, PS4, Linux, Xbox One, macOS
Release Date : 27 January 2015
Genre : Survival horror, action-adventure
Dying Light, you knew this game was going to be on here. This title was developed by Techland, the same folks behind Dead Island although after their time with Dead Island, the team opted to make another open-world zombie game. Dying Light is a game where we follow Kyle Crane who is a member of the Global Relief Effort. This is an organization that assists survivors trapped within infected areas around the world. Players are jumping into a quarantine zone in search of a political figure that is out to destroy the GRE but here we have a viral outbreak turning most of the city into mindless zombie-like creatures.
While players are attempting to track down this individual, they’ll also have to attempt in staying away from these hostile enemies by any means necessary. The development team opted to bring out a more parkour movement system in this game where players can quickly zip around the city. Whether it’s sprinting down the road, vaulting over objects, or leaping around the rooftops, there’s a pretty quick way to get around the area which is a pretty key element in this game thanks to the enemies becoming very aggressive and quick during nightfall. Fortunately, fans of this game will find that Dying Light 2 is in the works for a release sometime later this year, 2021.
Platform : PC, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360
Release Date : PC January 17, 2012 / PS3, PS Vita February 4, 2014
OS X May 1, 2012 / Linux September 18, 2012
Xbox 360 April 25, 2014
Genre : Platform
Dustforce acts much like a ninja-style of the video game as you zip around the levels, gliding down walls and leaping from ledge to ledge. However, you’re far from a ninja in this game as Dustforce follows a nimble janitor who has a job of getting rid of all the debris and trash of the world. As you glide around the levels in this side-scrolling video game, players will use their broom to clear the dust and debris.
Meanwhile, for those pesky dust bunnies and other vial dirt monsters, players will use their broom to deliver a barrage of blows. There are over seventy levels available and even community-made levels to keep players going in this game. Thanks to the level editor, you can craft up unique levels and share them with the community online. However, the levels can continue to get even more challenging giving players more content to chew through in hopes of perfecting a run to showcase on the leaderboard.
#12 Prince of Persia
Platform : PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date : December 2, 2008
Genre : Platformer
Another game that you might see as a platformer is the Prince of Persia series. This is a game franchise that has quite a few installments available with players being able to quickly wall run and platform around the levels with relative ease. Not to mention the mechanic that allows players to rewind time to avoid devastating leap or combat. One of the more popular installments for this game, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is getting a remake coming out later this year. That should give players some nice refinements to not only the visuals but mechanics. We’re hopeful that this game becomes even more fluid with the new remake, but only time will tell.
Platform : Windows 98/ME/2K/XP
Release Date : April 15, 2003
Genre : First Person Shooter
Purge is quite a bit like Mirror’s Edge which we are going to be diving into later in on this list. Unfortunately, it’s a game that not a ton of information is available as it was a freeware test game made by students from a University years ago in Barcelona. The project was just a protagonist that had to escape the cities soldiers which required players to scale a tower. With the cel-shading visuals, players were sprinting across the city, scaling buildings, jumping, and sliding around buildings. While we didn’t get a full game to release for this project, it’s a freeware game that you can find featured around online.
Platform: PC, PS5
Release Date: September 14, 2021
Deathloop was released in 2021, where players are taking the role of a skilled assassin named Colt. Stuck in a time loop, Colt is forced into taking out eight specific targets scattered around the island. That’s easier said than done as the game has a time progression mechanic that will result in Colt starting over if a day completes before taking out all the targets. Then there’s also the added fact that these high-profile targets have swarms of soldiers armed to the teeth. Lastly, if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s another skilled assassin on the island. Julianna only has one target on her hit list, and that’s Colt. A good portion of this game is based around stealth and parkour. You’ll need to maneuver around the map without raising too much-unwanted attention carefully. If things get too heated, then Colt will have to parkour across the area to either gain cover or quickly get out of the way of danger.
#9 Sunset Overdrive
Platform : PC, Xbox One
Release Date : Xbox One October 28, 2014
PC November 16, 2018
Genre : Action-adventure, third-person shooter
If Sunset Overdrive proves to be true we don’t have much longer before humanity is taken over control. Sunset Overdrive was one of the Xbox One exclusives to move the console which was developed by Insomniac Games before they were acquired by Sony. Taking place in 2027 the world has become a dystopia in control by mutants. Within the game, you take the role of a FizzCo employee who is tasked with cleaning up the mess in the city after the launch of a new energy drink developed by the mutants. It’s a very action-packed and colorful game.
However, the reason it makes our list is the fact that the protagonist can quickly move around the city landscapes. Outside of having normal maneuvering mechanics such as running and jumping, our protagonist can also quickly jump and glide down around rails and power lines around the city while also using different items such as giant fans or tents to bounce the character high up into the sky.
Platform : PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, PS5, Xbox Series X/S
Release Date :PS4, Xbox One, PC October 27, 2020 / Nintendo Switch November 10, 2020
PS5, Xbox Series X/S 2021
Genre : Action, platform
Ghostrunner is a game that might have gotten overshadowed by another highly anticipated cyberpunk video game, Cyberpunk 2077. While Cyberpunk 2077 was a hot mess at launch, Ghostrunner was a solid entry to the genre. This is a game where players take the role of a futuristic ninja that’s tossed out of this massive tower. With no memories of what happened but a voice telling him to ascend the tower, our protagonist begins a journey to figure out what happened.
Of course, there’s a heavily guarded pathway waiting for players but thanks to our protagonist parkour skills players can quickly dodge attacks. With that said, you’ll die, a lot. Fortunately, the game is great at throwing players right back into the mix and getting players into the fight. As mentioned, there are plenty of parkour skills to use such as wall running and even a dash system in the air.
#7 Bit.Trip Runner
Platform : Wii, PC, Mac OS X, Nintendo 3DS, Linux, Nintendo Switch
Release Date : WiiWare May 17, 2010 / PC, OS X February 28, 2011
Wii September 13, 2011 / Nintendo 3DS September 13, 2011
Linux December 13, 2011 / Nintendo Switch December 25, 2020
Genre : Platform, music, runner
Bit.Trip Runner is an arcade game that mixes platforming and rhythm elements. Players are going through courses having to jump over obstacles and slide under walls as they attempt to help keep the beat going. The better you do and the more power-ups you’ll acquire will give the song more exuberance. It starts very simple as you run from one side to the other, but as you progress the difficulty ramps up as you have plenty of obstacles popping up to deal with. There have been three main installments to this Bit.Trip Runner franchise which mainly follows the same style of gameplay but with some visual enhancements.
#6 Titanfall 2
Platform : PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date : October 28, 2016
Genre : First-person shooter
Development studio Respawn Entertainment brought out Titanfall, an online-only multiplayer game that had players battling against each other using massive mechs or being a ground trooper fighting against the opposing team. While fans enjoyed this game, there was plenty of players wanting a campaign. Fortunately, that came with Titanfall 2. Here players not only had a short campaign but also an online component for players to battle against each other again, with massive mechs and ground troops. Despite not being in a mech, players are pretty nimble as they can double jump, run across walls, and slide under obstacles. For now, we’re left waiting to see if we’ll get a Titanfall 3, but at least Titanfall 2 is an active game.
#5 Batman: Arkham Series
Platform : Android, iOS, PC, Nintendo 3DS, OS X, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Release Date : First release Batman: Arkham Asylum August 25, 2009
Latest release Batman: Arkham Collection September 6, 2019
Genre : Action-adventure
Rocksteady Studios made the standard for Batman video games with the Batman Arkham series. The video game series got started with Batman: Arkham Asylum and continued with Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Knight. Each installment puts players in control of the caped crusader as you protect the citizens of Gotham from the villains that seek to wreak havoc. Of course, being the dark knight comes with the perks of having incredible skills to deliver some near-fatal blows against your enemies as you drop down into the ground of thugs.
Likewise, Batman is quite quick on his feet as well being able to leap around objects, scale buildings with an assortment of gear, and gliding from great heights thanks to your cape. This is a very solid video game series all around with the fun storylines, brawler-style combat, and plenty of areas to explore especially after Arkham Aylsum when the game opens up Gotham City.
#4 Dishonored Series
Platform : PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Release Date :
First release Dishonored 9 October 2012
Latest release Dishonored: Death of the Outsider 15 September 2017
The Dishonored series is another game franchise worth looking into if you want more of a parkour-style traverse system. While the game is based around being a stealthy assassin, players will have the ability to do the usual such as climb up ledges, slide under obstacles, and vault over obstacles. However, with the unique ability called Blink that allows the protagonist to teleport greater distances, players can make some quick work getting around the map.
#3 Assassin’s Creed Series
Platform : PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date : November 13, 2007
PS3, Xbox 360 November 13, 2007 / PC April 8, 2008
Genre : Action-adventure, stealth
The entire Assassins’ Creed franchise is one series that’s well worth playing if you’re after parkour games. Each game is centered around historical events and eras so you’re getting to experience plenty of different settings and characters with this IP. Overall, the game is based around power between Assassin’s who wishes to see a free world, and Templars that are after order. Players in this case are taking on the role of Assassin’s as they embark on different quests to stop the Templar leaders. To do this, Assassin’s are required to blend in with the crowd and attempt to steer away from gaining any attention.
As a result, players will find protagonists are skilled at climbing up large walls, vaulting across objects, and diving into the brush to keep out of an enemy’s view. With that said, what it boils down to is what era interests you. While there is a storyline to follow the video games, you could get away with just picking out an era that’s of interest and getting some recaps to help flesh out the storyline. Players can find Assassin’s Creed games based around ancient Greece, Egypt, to even the latest installment, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla following the Viking expansion.
#2 Mirror’s Edge Franchise
Platform : PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date : PS3, Xbox 360 November 11, 2008 / PC January 12, 2009
Genre : Action-adventure, platform
Lastly, and the game that I’m sure everyone instantly thought of when talking about parkour is the Mirror’s Edge franchise. This is an action-adventure platform title that launched back in 2008. Within the game, players are tossed into a futuristic world with a tough regime. However, while there is a more controlled state, an underground carrier crew that is skilled in parkour offers their services as a means to deliver sensitive packages across the city.
Players are stepping into the role in one of these carriers named Faith Connors. Faith is extremely skilled at parkour whether it’s bolting across thin platforms, vaulting, leaping over large gaps, or climbing up walls. While this is one of the best parkour games to have come out, it was a title that didn’t quite hit the level of success that EA was likely hopeful for. It wouldn’t be until 2016 that we got a reboot of sorts with Mirror’s Edge Catalyst that offers a bit of backstory of Faith Connors which again is very much focused on traversing around the area using your parkour skills.
#1 Dying Light 2 Stay Human
Platform: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S, NS
Release Date: February 4, 2022, TBA 2022 NS
Genre: Action RPG
Dying Light’s sequel finally hit the marketplace in 2022. The game is set years after the events of the first game. We are taking the role of a new protagonist named Aiden. Seeking his missing sister, players are venturing the world, finding what scraps of information there is to uncover. Just like the first game, the title relies heavily on parkour. Our protagonist can explore the world, vaulting, sprinting, and climbing around the environment. This game’s world is essentially a giant playground for players. Developers have also made sure to mix the parkour with combat. Essentially, you can string together some impressive attacks as vault around the rooftops to dropkick an enemy off the ledge or maneuver around obstacles to quickly get away from danger.