You’ll need to slice through your opponents even more quickly in the new DLC for ninja parkour game Ghostrunner. The new Kill Run mode brings some extremely tough new challenges to the game, requiring you to not only rip through enemies who can one-shot you at a moment’s notice, but to find ultimate paths through enemies and execute perfect jumps, dodges, and wall-runs in order to nab a high score.
We got a chance to check out the newly announced DLC mode ahead of its reveal, and it brings an even higher level of intensity to the game than the rest of Ghostrunner. Kill Run mode contains five intense time attack levels, where you’re judged not only by finding your way through the stage, but by how quickly you do so. You’re only given around 25 seconds to beat them, but with the twist that 25 seconds isn’t really enough time to beat them. If the timer runs out, you’re killed and are forced to start the level over.
To make it through Kill Run’s stages, you’re incentivized to take out enemies, with each kill adding two seconds to your timer. You can also grab yellow clock icons scattered throughout the level, each throwing another second on your timer. But dying in Kill Run is essential, because beating the stages with a decent time–and therefore, unlocking higher ranks–is all about finding the best paths through the stage to gather kills and speed while maximizing your efficiency. So each Kill Run is a battle of attrition, forcing you to go as fast as possible, be as good a killer as you can be, and to be as observant as you can manage to find the best ways forward. Sometimes, you want to hit as many kills as you can in a short amount of time; at other points, whipping past enemies to find a quicker way to the goal saves you way more time.