5 games with the best parkour mechanics

Parkour mechanics such as wall clinging on display in Marvel
Parkour mechanics such as wall clinging on display in Marvel's Spider-Man (Image via Insomniac Games)

Parkour mechanics in video games have been improving through the years. They allow you to travel through huge open worlds with swift movements, like jumping on top of skyscrapers, clinging to walls, or doing flips off buildings. While these games are almost always fun to play, they also provide a tough but exciting challenge.

Whilst some of these games feature parkour mechanics as the sole aspect of their gameplay, others mix parkour with quick and exciting gameplay. If you are interested in trying out some virtual parkour, here are the five games with some of the best parkour mechanics you can play in 2023.


Immerse yourself in the world of parkour with these 5 games

5) Marvel's Spider-Man

While this might not be the first game you think about when considering parkour mechanics, Marvel's Spider-Man, released in 2018, is widely considered one of the best in the category.

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You get to play as Spider-Man and swing around the huge open world using your web-slinging powers, all whilst fighting bad guys. Parkour mechanics are prevalent in the game as you get to climb, jump and even run on the walls.

The game's standalone expansion Spider-Man: Miles Morales follows in its footsteps. Although it has a shorter story than Marvel's Spider-Man, it maintains the same fluid parkour mechanics.


4) Ghostrunner

Released in 2020, Ghostrunner features some of the coolest parkour mechanics mixed in with brutal violence. It follows the journey of a technologically enhanced superhuman called Ghostrunner in a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk world.

Beautiful visuals in Ghostrunner (Image via One More Level and Slipgate Ironworks)
Beautiful visuals in Ghostrunner (Image via One More Level and Slipgate Ironworks)

Ghostrunner has very smooth gameplay. To overcome the waves of soldiers standing in your way, you'll need to master a range of movements that include wall-running and teleporting. Your reactions will be put to the test as you parkour your way through the levels while killing enemies in a violent fashion.


3) Assassin's Creed Unity

It is impossible to talk about parkour mechanics in video games without mentioning the Assassin's Creed franchise. The series is well-known for its brilliant movement and parkour mechanics, but the one entry that does it best is Unity.

French Revolution depicted in Assassin's Creed Unity (Image via Ubisoft)
French Revolution depicted in Assassin's Creed Unity (Image via Ubisoft)

It might not top the list of greatest Assassin's Creed games, but its parkour and free-running mechanics are definitely considered one of the best. You get to run on the roofs and jump from buildings whilst also getting to experience the riots and protests during the French Revolution. As with any Assassin's Creed, there's also plenty of violence.

The game was laden with bugs at release; however, all the issues have been sorted out by now.


2) Dying Light 2

Released in 2022, Dying Light 2 mixes zombie survival with parkour. It is a first-person survival horror game with plenty of free-running mechanics in an open world.

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You will have to use your parkour skills, along with a primitive arsenal of weapons, to survive. Parkour does make things easier, though, as you get to jump over zombies and then attack them, which is not a concept you'd see often in video games.

The original Dying Light built up a huge fan following, but many feel the parkour aspects of the sequel are way better and thus more deserving of a spot on this list.


1) Mirror's Edge

Mirror's Edge was a pioneer for parkour in video games. The EA-developed game introduced the concept of free-running and is perhaps the first game most people think of when they hear parkour.

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Released back in 2008, Mirror's Edge still holds up well against many similar games that have been released since. You can seamlessly jump, boost, drop, and roll across obstacles thanks to the game's first-person, momentum-driven parkour system. The exciting and immersive chase sequences mixed with the game's movement have made Mirror's Edge a cult classic.