Video Game Sliding
Sliding in video games is unrealistic.


(permanent link) added: 2012-04-06 00:18:21 sponsor: artman40 edited by: Lyendith (last reply: 2012-12-20 20:41:08)

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In video games it's not very uncommon to have a character who has an ability to slide. This phenomenon is the most common in platform games but can also happen in other genres. However, sliding works different than it does in Real Life. One of the main differences is that definition of sliding usually means close to lying down with at least one of legs forward. Interestingly, if sliding is present, it is often faster than running and oftentimes the fastest way to move around horizontally.

See also Videogame Dashing which works like sliding, but in upright position.


  • Kid Niki 3 has a slide move.
  • A lot of the Mega Man games have a sliding move, It started from Mega Man 3.
  • InBatman: Return of the Joker, Batman can slide.
  • In Batman Returns, sliding is one of the combat moves and also very fast.
  • The main character in Bulletstorm has the ability to slide. This is much faster than running but you cannot fight.
  • A lot of Castlevania games have sliding as one of the moves that's possible to execute. Oftentimes it's faster than running.
  • Ninja Gaiden 3 has this as both a dodge move and an offensive one to put enemies off balance; it's also used to get under obstacles (even with no momentum). Interestingly, it completes the list of dodge moves with the first game's Unnecessary Combat Roll and the second's Flash Step.
  • Jazz Jackrabbit 2: The playable character Spaz's special attack is a slide move.
  • Sliding is a core gameplay element in Mirror's Edge, along with jumping and vaulting.

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