Created By: artman40 on April 6, 2012 Last Edited By: Lyendith on December 20, 2012

Video Game Sliding

Sliding in video games is unrealistic.

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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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  • April 6, 2012
    Lyendith
    • 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 past 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.
  • April 6, 2012
    Edokage
    • Jazz Jackrabbit 2: The playable character Spaz's special attack is a slide move.
  • April 6, 2012
    Koveras
    Sliding is a core gameplay element in Mirrors Edge, along with jumping and vaulting. However, I don't know how realistic that depiction is (since I am not familiar with parkour), so I'm not sure whether it falls under this definition.
  • April 7, 2012
    Unknown Troper
    The fastest way to move forward in a straight line in Mario64 is to continuously jump and do forward belly-flop slides, I believe. [actually constant long jumps tend to do just as well, if not better]

    Not really "sliding" per se but rolling is the fastest way to get around in the newer Legend Of Zelda games.
  • April 8, 2012
    Stratadrake
    In the Mega Man classic series, sliding is about twice as fast as running, and various levels require it to make it through narrow passageways. In Mega Man 5, Charge Man's attack is activated by sliding. In the Mega Man X series, it's replaced by a forward dash; X can still attack while dashing, and can also use it to make much larger leaps.

    The Super Mario Bros. series is generally an aversion; duck in the middle of a run and Mario will slide to a stop. You can slide through a few narrow gaps this way, but can risk getting nearly-stuck in longer tunnels. New Super Mario Bros still allows this, but allows the player to walk around while ducking so that they can't get stuck.

    In Super Star Wars, characters have a sliding (rolling, etc.) move, and for many characters this is faster than running.
  • June 4, 2012
    Lyendith
    bump
  • June 4, 2012
    raven2785
    • Mortal Kombat has Sub Zero, who uses this as one of his attacks across many entries in the series
  • June 4, 2012
    Prfnoff
    I thought this already had been launched. Apparently I just dreamed it.
  • June 4, 2012
    MB777
    Happens in every The Legend Of Zelda that features an ice setting/dungeon.
  • June 4, 2012
    chicagomel
    Can be intertwined with Frictionless Ice.

    Pokemon seems to avert it the position part of it, though the lack of friction is there. The Rock Slide move might be a bit closer. Anyone got any clarity on that one? Then there's the sliding around some gyms or hideouts-that probably counts, given the way you go spinning around as you slide.

    Ecco The Dolphin gives Ecco the ability to jump out of the water and slide over ice during the ice levels. Possibly justified at least partly, a dolphin might slide over the ice easier than a human, though he'd run the risk of ending up with sores on his belly in real life if it went on too long.
  • December 20, 2012
    shoruke
    Luigi, in Super Mario Galaxy. He slips and slides at least a little bit everywhere.
  • December 20, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ^^ Pokemon has no examples. The move "Rock Slide" merely drops a "landslide" worth of rocks on the opponent; it has nothing to do with actual sliding.
  • December 20, 2012
    surgoshan
    In Batman Arkham City, Batman is so Badass he can slide up a flight of stairs. Catwoman's ability to do the same (on her knees!) is probably based on the boneless sexiness videogame women possess. Robin and Nightwing can also do so in the DLC, and that's probably because they're badass members of the Bat-family.
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