I’m shocked there isn’t a thread for the genre considering most of SRK’s fondest gaming memories stem from it and how often people here wish for modern games to measure up to the impossible standards set by the 2D sidescrollers of yesterday. Platformers are my favorite, there’s nothing that can compare to a well designed one and the genre IMO exemplifies how smart level design and catchy but repetitive music can trump millions of on screen enemies or “depth” or any other benefits of technology. It’s also interesting to note how unlike other genres platformers emphasize the levels instead of the character you play as.
Am I the only person who would rather play Mario 3 (the best one or at least tied with SMG1…no I haven’t played SMG2 yet) over any of the God of War, MGS, etc?
In the past decade platformers have been stagnant but it’s nice to see a small revival XBLA and PSN. However 3d platformers are still largely lacking why is that? The only great one I’ve seen in the past 5 years is Super Mario Galaxy and besides that the only other worthwhile mention is the Prince of Persia reboot which would have been great had it not infuriatingly easy and devoid of any puzzles as the series is known for. I really hope the new one isn’t as brain dead and actually has more puzzles.
What’s your top 5 platformers? and the one that doesn’t get enough credit? For me at the moment:
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Rocket Knight Adventures
Everyone at least here on SRK played Dynamite Heady, Ristar, Vectorman, and the other so called “underrated” games but Jak 2 REALLY doesn’t get proper recognition it’s one of the best and most innovative platformers out there but at best people think of it as “the open world game” instead of a great one.