Ever since the release of PlatinumGames' Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, there's been a craving for more fast-paced and frantic cyber-ninja action games. As niche as that sounds, it was still a pocket of the gaming industry that was missing its creative potential. Along came One More Level with Ghostrunner, which gave us exactly what we've needed: moving fast, killing fast, and doing so with stylish precision. Its upgraded release on PlayStation 5 has only further solidified Ghostrunner's legacy as a fun and formidable beast of a game.
Ghostrunner takes place in a dystopian cyberpunk world where players assume the role of the titular amnesiac-ridden Ghostrunner, Jack. With only a sword in his hand and a voice in his head (not his own, but that of a mysterious figure known as The Architect), he must hack-and-slash his way through adversaries - ranging from rebels to corporate foot soldiers - to find out about his strange past while trying to bring down a major organization that's at the heart of this world's conflict.
It may not be up to the level of some AAA storytelling juggernauts, but its narrative framing works well to set up some potential twists and key conflicts...
The levels are open-ended enough for experimentation...
It's frustratingly challenging and players will fall, fail and try again, but that "one more time" feeling always keeps you hooked and pushing for that perfect run.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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One More Level
28 September 2021
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