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Ghostrunner – Review Thread

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Game Title: Ghostrunner


  • PC (Oct 27, 2020)
  • PlayStation 4 (Oct 27, 2020)
  • Xbox One (Oct 27, 2020)


Developers: One More Level, 3D Realms, Slipgate Ironworks™

Publishers: 505 Games, All in! Games

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic – 85 average – 89% recommended – 19 reviews

Critic Reviews

Cram-GamingRobert Cram

Ghostrunner then, will be a polarising game, which unfortunately One More Level, lean strongly on the side of, it’s tough-as-nails, and if you don’t like it then play something else mentality. A shame, because a little tweaking, some alternative play options, would have made it a more enjoyable experience all-round.

DestructoidAnthony Marzano – 8.5 / 10

As I played through the roughly eight-hour campaign this week I couldn't shake the feeling that I was playing the unholy union of Hotline Miami and Mirror's Edge that I didn't know I was missing in my life. Through all of the frustration and cursing at myself for screwing up something that I knew I should have gotten right, I was still having a blast and loving every minute of the game. Though the story is complete for me, I'll most assuredly be returning to this to see how well I can hone my cyberpunk ninja skills.

Explosion NetworkDylan Blight9.5 / 10

Not only is Ghostrunner one of this year’s best games, but it’s also some of the most satisfying gameplay I’ve experienced in years.

Game RevolutionMichael Leri4.5 / 5 stars

And even though that world is a broken dystopian nightmare, Ghostrunner‘s gameplay is just the opposite. Slicing and sprinting through each dilapidated factory and string of sharply lit billboards is a rush because of how satisfying it is to control as well as how it, through its design, pushes players to play well enough to get the most out of its systems. A seasoned ninja strikes perfectly without any fatal faults; an apt summary of the gameplay loop and Ghostrunner as a whole.

GameSkinnyJohn Schutt8 / 10 stars

In Ghostrunner, a single slash divides life and death. It's fast, frenetic, and, even in the face of its weaker moments, endlessly satisfying.

GameSpewRichard Seagrave9 / 10

But as long as you know what you’re getting yourself into with Ghostrunner, it might just prove to be your favourite game of the year. It’s certainly the most action-packed and exciting. It absorbs you in a world that’s dripping with atmosphere thanks to its stellar visuals, and its pumping soundtrack makes you uncontrollably tap your feet. The gameplay, though, is what will ultimately make you love it. It might take a few attempts, but when you finally clear a room of enemies in one continuous motion as if it was choreographed for a blockbuster movie, you can’t help but feel a great sense of accomplishment and awe. And Ghostrunner has so many of these moments that you can’t help but love it.

GameSpotMike Epstein7 / 10

Ghostrunner is a hard-charging parkour climb, but summiting its platforming challenges is a thrill worth fighting for.

GameblogVincent Elmer-HaerrigFrench9 / 10

Ghostrunner is a very plesant surprise for anyone who likes to keep gameplay at the center of their experience – to the detriment of the narrative side. Accurate in 99% of cases, it challenges both your sagacity and your reflexes. Those are what you will need to sharpen in order to be able to improve your scores on your second run and to benefit from all the capacities of your character. If you like Super Meat Boy and/or Mirror's Edge and adhere to the Cyberpunk worlds, don't miss Ghostrunner !

God is a GeekMick Fraser9 / 10

Ghostrunner is built for that subset of gamers who enjoy the steepest challenge. The story is solid, the world is beautiful, and the precision insane – but this is a hardcore experience from start to finish

Handsome PhantomBen Smith9 / 10

In a time where nearly every game demands your full attention, Ghostrunner actually deserves it.

IGNMitchell Saltzman8 / 10

Ghostrunner's lightning-fast gameplay makes for a short-lived but memorable action game with some incredible moments.

IGN SpainÁlex ParejaSpanish9 / 10

Ghostrunner is one of the best surprises of 2020. A must-have for lovers of fast skill experiences but not for the impatient ones.

KakuchopureiJonathan Leo80 / 100

If you want a surprise entry in the action genre, look no further than the fast and frenetic Ghostrunner. Granted, its difficulty curve will frustrate you not unlike a Souls-like game, but once you get to the rhythm and groove of it, you'll ace it and aim for a better run.

PCGamesNJordan Forward8 / 10

Unrivalled parkour mechanics and tough-as-nails combat more than make up for a bland cyberpunk setting.

Press StartBrodie Gibbons8.5 / 10

Ghostrunner might be standing on the shoulders of games like Mirror's Edge, and even Dishonored, in terms of inspiration with its parkour and slick swordplay. But it also separates heads from those shoulders and stands proud as the far better application of both disciplines-Ghostrunner is a sleek, fun exercise for deft hands.

ShacknewsSam Chandler9 / 10

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SpaziogamesStefania SperandioItalian7.4 / 10

Ghostrunner is intriguing and compelling for perfectionist players looking for a challenge, but its design is improvable.

TechRaptorAustin Suther9 / 10

Ghostrunner is an action-packed cyberpunk adventure full of speedy action. Graphically speaking, Ghostrunner really feels like a next-generation experience. The level design and combat feel satisfying and well-done, although bosses could have been better.

WccftechFrancesco De Meo8 / 10

Ghostrunner is a very well-crafted first-person action game featuring a lightning-fast pace, a very smooth parkour system, and tight platforming in addition to weighty, satisfying combat. The high challenge level and the one-hit-kill system, however, can lead to some serious frustration, as it requires a level of effort that not all players may be willing to put in the game. As such, Ghostrunner is a game that only the most hardcore of action games players will fully appreciate.

WellPlayedKieron Verbrugge9 / 10

It can be a frustrating bloody thing at times, but when it picks up steam Ghostrunner is a balls-to-the-wall thrill ride that delivers on its cyberpunk stylings and repays patience with a dystopia-grade injection of dopamine


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