15 Games With Awesome Movement Mechanics

Fluid controls and responsive movement mechanics can make or break a game. While some games work well with slower, more methodical animations, others must be smooth. Movement encapsulates a game’s entire experience, especially in more fast-paced ones. The gaming community loves titles like these for their exceptional movement mechanics.

1. Gang Beasts (2017)

Gang Beasts (2014)
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Gang Beasts features loveable, gelatine-like characters that wiggle around to win bizarre rounds. The maps are designed to make players stumble, fail, and fall off platforms. This game can be played in teams or as a free-for-all. The movement is the best part. Intentionally floppy movements create unpredictably funny outcomes. Gang Beasts stands out as a party game everyone will enjoy.

2. Fortnite (2017)

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This fast-paced battle royale game took gamers by storm at release. Fortnite has garnered a loyal fanbase, with players looking out for each new quirky collab. This season? Play as Lady Gaga or the characters from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Aside from the ever-evolving lore and maps, the movement mechanics are unmatched. Slip and slide as smoothly as ever to get from one place to another. Various combinations make for fluid control. The building mechanics also add a unique layer to the overall gameplay.

3. Celeste (2018)

Celeste (2018)
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Celeste is a beautiful platforming game that transports players into a charming pixel art world. Play as Madeline in her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain. Each level uncovers hidden demons and layers of mystery surrounding the mountain. Madeline gets around by jumping, dashing, and climbing up walls. Combinations of these movements construct exciting acrobatic speedruns. This game is thrilling, especially since it requires skillful maneuvers and perfect timing to progress.

4. Dead Cells (2018)

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Crawl through the dungeons and magical halls of an island castle. Dead Cells is packed with exhilarating combat and adrenaline-pumping challenges. In this game, players embody a failed experiment that has become sentient. You must explore the world and unravel the mystery of the character’s being. Dead Cells is visually pleasing and easy to control since the movements are responsive to the touch. This action game is often described as cathartic in the gamer community.

5. Warframe (2013)

Warframe (2013)
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Warframe is a story-based third-person shooter that looks unassuming at first. However, this game is built on an elaborate tale heaped with lore. Everything down to the camera movements and melee slices screams perfection. Parkour lovers will be pleased to find wall-running, sliding, and double-jumping as critical components of the game. The dynamic combat can be toyed with, as this game is also an online multiplayer.

6. Dying Light 2 Stay Human (2022)

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If Warframe wasn’t enough to scratch that parkour itch, Dying Light is here to the rescue. This game occurs in a post-apocalyptic setting, where players navigate an urban explorer Aiden Caldwell. The game urges users to bend the movement mechanics to their own will, and the reward is mighty. Leap and paraglide across rooftops or grapple along walls. Dying Light 2 offers intense survival gameplay, with day-night cycles to work around.

7. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (2023)

Spider-Man 2 (2023)
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The popular franchise returns with another addition to the game line. Spider-Man 2 forces players to navigate a mixture of movements. This game is exciting and surprising, with traversal methods ranging from web-swinging to wall-running. Peter Parker and Miles Morales go head-to-head with new villains and unexplored cracks and crevices of New York City. The fluid, realistic, and precise mechanics let players fly through the skyline. Speaking of flying, the newly added Web Wings add a whole other frontier.

8. Apex Legends (2019)

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Movement is critical in a game like Apex Legends. This isn’t your average battle royal. Apex is cutthroat. With unique Legends to play, each character brings a new mode of travel. Octane, for example, enables players to move at lightning speed. Wraith opens portals to allow interdimensional travel. Ziplines and launch pads are scattered across the map to navigate quickly and escape intense fights.

9. Sifu (2022)

Sifu (2021)
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Inspired by martial arts, Sifu combines the element of time with physical skill to create some of the most fluid moves. Players embark on the story of a young martial artist seeking revenge for his father’s death. The game employs an age system, where your character gets stronger and faster the older he gets and the more he fights. Sifu teaches new game mechanics and attack combinations.

10. Titanfall 2 (2016)

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Embark on a campaign in this first-person shooter brimming with fast-paced action. Titanfall 2 proves to the community that we still love well-made narratives in first-person shooters. This game also dives into the bond between man and machine. Movement is as seamless as can be, with super agile Pilots capable of wall-running across dynamic environments. Fans of the franchise lie in wait for another possible sequel with equally satisfying movement mechanics.

11. Sunset Overdrive (2014)

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Compared to other post-apocalyptic worlds, Sunset City is brighter than most. Sunset Overdrive is goofy and playful despite the seemingly serious undertone. Combat is rapid, and the weapons are so over-the-top, but it adds a funky twist. While trying to complete various missions, players must grind along rails and climb up walls to escape hordes of mutants.

12. Just Cause 3 (2015)

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Just Cause has explosive gameplay with unforgettably funny moments. Rico Rodriguez’s wingsuit stands out in the movement mechanics as a seamless way to travel across the island of Medici. Since this game is open-world, players can get as creative as they like. Players can latch onto moving cars or tether objects with the grappling hook, creating chaotic chain reactions.

13. Splitgate (2019)

Splitgate: Arena Warfare (2019)
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Motion is what Splitgate is all about. Players can use portal guns to create gateways to different points on the map. This game is a player-versus-player shooter that requires smart maneuvers and precise aim. This combination makes the game tricky at first, but with clever portal placement, it’ll take a lot of work to get away from the screen. The game offers a fresh twist to first-person shooters with its dynamic movement.

14. Doom Eternal (2020)

DOOM Eternal (2020)
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Doom has established a cult following since its release. Players control a Doom Slayer, tasked to save humanity from demons. The game takes place on Earth and in outer space to fight off hordes. One fun movement mechanic is the Meat Hook, which allows players to grapple with enemies and propel themselves forward. Customizations like that allow the gameplay to be more dramatic and powerful. Combat is almost like a dance routine since it’s easy to tune into the speed of play quickly.

15. Ultrakill (2020)

Ultrakill (2020)
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Ultrakill is ultraviolent, but that’s what we love about it. Slamming through floors and hopping across platforms, this game encourages aggressive playstyles. Ultrakill rewards players for chaining together stylish kills and maintaining momentum. There are ample weapon options and combos to use. The movement is a smooth blend of fluidity and acrobatics. Though the game’s pace is frantic, this game brings back the old-class shooter with a modern combat twist.

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