The Best and Worst Walk Cycles in PC Gaming

The Humble Walk Cycle. How a character moves through the world can say a lot about their personality…for better or for worse. While not exactly the most important element of a good game, walk cycles can provide a lot of immersion: a carefree protagonist can move with a spring in their step, while a grumpier player may have heavier, hunched feet like Mr. Hyde. Some walk cycles happen so seamlessly that I don’t even notice them unless I’m really paying attention. Others make me spin my character around like a dog chasing its tail, unable to understand what they are doing with their bodies.

With so many games and an endless number of walk cycles within them, it was hard to put together a list of the best and worst I’ve come across in gaming. But a few still cross our minds many years later. With the help of my PC Gamer teammates, here are some of the most insane, coolest, and dumbest ways in the game the characters have gone through over the years.

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