5 platformers worth taking the leap for

With Ratchet and Clank reigniting our love for 3D platformers, we decided to round up some of the best games the genre has to offer.


Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped

Discussing which Crash Bandicoot game is the best could cause some heated arguments, but that’s only a testament to how good the PlayStation series actually is.

However, Crash 3 is often considered the stand-out game thanks to its diverse locales, new gameplay twists, and the addition of flying, surfing, motorbike, and jet-ski sections.

The game sees Crash and his little sister Coco setting off on a time-travelling adventure to reclaim some powerful crystals, thwarting Neo Cortex and the evil voodoo mask, Uka Uka.

The entry sees some of the most enjoyable and challenging platforming segments in the franchise, and they’re still as fun as they were back in 1998 when the game first released.


Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

Before Uncharted, Naughty Dog’s other 3D platformer was Jak & Daxter.

While the sequels diverged a little bit away from the franchise’s roots, the first entry into the Jak & Daxter series is the truest form of a 3D platforming adventure.

Jak & Daxter’s colourful open-world is full with enough collectibles to please any completionist, and features a bunch of personality in its characters, most notably Jak’s hilarious sidekick, Daxter.

Beautiful graphics, fun gameplay shake-ups, and a funny story helped propel Jak & Daxter into platforming heaven.


Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

When Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time came along, it gave gamers that one feature we had all been craving – the ability to manipulate time.

From the jump, critics and fans loved the acrobatic elements of combat, the challenging puzzles, and the attention to visual detail, making it one of the top games of the year upon its release.

Making the leap from 2D to 3D is always a troublesome one, but the Prince of Persia franchise managed to reinvent itself and stick the landing without a hiccup.


Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy 2 managed to take a great game and make it even greater. The visuals of Galaxy 2 are not worlds apart from its predecessor, but there’s definitely an improvement in the platforming madness.

The level design took a huge step up and all the added galaxies make you feel like you’ve been slipped an even stronger drug. You feel completely intoxicated as you run, swim, fly, and jump around the crazy looking levels.

Nintendo’s innovation in level design and gameplay trump even the biggest graphical powerhouses, and their platforming ideas are definitely up there with the stars.


Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time

Since its inception in 2002, the Ratchet and Clank series has become an all-time favourite amongst fans.

The famous lombax and his tin sidekick made their return to the PS3 with A Crack in Time and delivered one of the strongest games in the series, thanks to some great platforming.

Its gameplay is as solid as the metal on Clank’s back and tests your brain and reactions with some great time-bending platforming puzzles. To top it off, it’s a really good looking title that runs like a dream.

Our two favourite heroes have come a long way since 2002 and even after all this time they still managed to deliver a great running and jumping adventure that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.


Article originally published on MenStuff.co.za.

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  • OnlyOneKenobi

    It took a few tries for POP to get it right… POP 3D was a flop and then POP SOT was a hit… Warrior Within was ok, and The Two Thrones slightly better… POP 2008 was different and I didn’t really like it much, but it was interesting. POP The Forgotten Sands was again, ok-ish, but ultimately forgettable… we need a new, modern, GOOD Prince of Persia game.

  • Marius Basson

    Warrior within is till this day one of the best games I’ve ever played. It was the first game I played that had pretty much free-form-fighting… I remember I used to know all the combo’s and were untouchable at the end 🙂

  • OnlyOneKenobi

    Warrior Within was fun, but it really wasn’t a Prince of Persia game… all the “Persian” elements were replaced with gothic level design and metal music and even the voice actor was replaced with an inferior, American-sounding one.

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