As game worlds keep getting bigger, the ways people go about exploring them become more and more different. The most common way to get around is to let players use a wide range of vehicles, from cars to spaceships, to get around quickly. However, one of the biggest sources of creativity comes from how game developers make characters move and navigate through the game world.
In the early 2000s, games started to come out with characters who could move more dynamically and quickly than before. Taken from the French activity parkour, the designers were able to make characters that could climb buildings, dive through crowd, and run across rooftops. This is how they did it. This led to a lot of great games in which parkour is the only way to move.
1. Thief 2014
There was a Thief game called Thief: The Dark Project made in 1998. A lot of people talked about how it was a first-person game that was more about being sneaky and avoiding enemies than fighting. After a few more games, the series went quiet until 2014, when Eidos Interactive released a new game called Thief.
This one had a very different feel from the previous ones, and it got mixed reviews from fans and people who had never read the book before. However, it made gameplay faster and smoother to make it more fun to break in and get away from people.
2. Hot Lava
There is a lot of great parkour content out there, and a lot of it makes it look like the moves are very tight and precise. The parkour in Klei Entertainment’s Hot Lava, on the other hand, is a little rougher, but it still works very well. As one of many people who have ragdoll physics, you’re in a dangerous world where the floor is lava or something else that could hurt you.
You’ll have to keep your balance as you jump and run as quickly as you can to stay in the game. This is even though it doesn’t have all the fancy flips that advanced parkour does. It takes the basics and makes them into situations where they can be both fun and challenging to use.
3. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Uncharted is one of the most popular and well-known third-person games on the market today. It’s about Nathan Drake, a snarky and confident globe-trotting thief who wants to steal as many priceless artefacts as he can. Since the first game, the series has kept getting better, making Drake’s moves more natural and real. It was released by Naughty Dog in 2016. This was the fourth game.
It was the biggest Uncharted game at the time and offered much more freedom of movement. There was a lot more world to explore and better ways to explore it, even though it wasn’t open-world.
4. Watch Dogs
In the past, hacking has become more and more popular. This means that there should be games about it. In 2014, the developers at Ubisoft made a game called Watch Dogs. It was about a hacking vigilante who was very athletic. You play Aiden Pierce, a hacker who can hack a wide range of electronic devices from his phone. You play Aiden Pierce in this game.
This, of course, draws the attention of the authorities and other people who want to find him. There are a lot of streets and rooftops in Chicago that you’ll have to run, jump, climb, and roll across.
There has been a desire for fast-paced parkour with neon lights and strong beats since the days of Jet Set Radio. Hover is a game made by Fusty Game and Midgar Studio that tries to meet this goal. It’s an online game that gives you a huge futuristic city that you can run around in.
You’ll be able to choose from a variety of characters to run, jump, flip, climb, and speed through the city as smoothly as you can. In this city, you can go over rooftops or through the streets, and there are a lot of things to do to show off your skills and be the best.
6. Infamous 2
When there are so many superheroes in the worlds of Marvel and DC, it can be hard to come up with new ideas. The people who made the Infamous series at Sucker Punch Productions did a good job. They follow Cole McGrath, a courier who gets electric powers from an orb-like device. He can use them for good or bad.
In 2011, Infamous 2 came out, and it had more parkour than ever before. In the city of New Marais, Cole was able to combine his natural athleticism with a wider range of powers that could help him get around.
A lot of things can be made better by adding giant robots to them. People who made the video game Titanfall in 2014 added them to a parkour area. The IMC and Militia are two groups that fight for control of the outer space colonies in this story.
In this game, you play as a pilot for one of these factions. At times, you can drive large robot suits called Titans to fight with you. Pilots can use their speed and agility to race across the battlefield when they don’t have Titans to drive. Their jump packs let them do things like jump higher, run on walls, and fight titans with their hands, among other things.
When people think of cyborg warriors, they don’t usually think of them as fast or graceful. This view is challenged by Ghostrunner, which was made by a lot of different people. It tells the story of a cybernetic assassin known as a Ghostrunner, who is sent by a mysterious AI council member to climb to the top of the tallest building in order to kill a tyrant.
You have a wide range of moves you can use, from wallrunning to teleporting, that you’ll need to learn how to use in order to clear the way for you to get through. Though your cybernetics are very advanced, they’re also very fragile, so you’ll have to use parkour and quick reactions to stay alive.
9. Mirror’s Edge
Mirror’s Edge may be the name that comes to mind when you think of a game where you have to do a lot of different things. The first-person freerunning, the story of a fight against a corrupt Orwellian power, and the clean cityscape. It has everything. With its clean art direction and some of the best parkour mechanics in any game, it almost looks like the game hasn’t changed a day. There is an overbearing government that runs the city, and the Runners are the ones who are trying to get rid of it. In this story, Faith has someone on her back, a sister she needs to save, and a lot of very fancy running to find out the truth.
Even though there is a sequel to Mirror’s Edge, we still love the first one. You can try Mirror’s Edge through EA Play or through Steam to see if you like it.
10. Assassin’s Creed
People can’t talk about parkour without talking about Assassin’s Creed, which makes it hard for us to talk about it. The show moves through time and space, so we get to see a lot of different eras, from Ancient Egypt to Victorian London. It changes every time, but parkour is the one thing that stays the same. You can only accidentally send your trained assassin off a ledge in very rare situations because Ubisoft has worked on its freerunning a lot over the years.
If you want to play a game, you should freerun around the world to see the history of where you are, stop bad guys from stealing apples and taking over the world, and do everything you can to stop them. To succeed in gathering information, or fighting your way to the top, your character must navigate the world’s architecture and landscape as creatively as possible, whether that’s to escape a pursuing guard or to find the perfect entry point for a stealthy assassination. In the games, you can find them on Steam or Uplay, where you can play them all.