There are so many different factors that are contributing to the recent resurgence of the 3D Platformer, and the fever to jump around and collect all the dumb things is starting to catch on with more people by the day. While a return to the genre’s roots has started to trend for some, there have been a loyal few who’ve stayed devoted to 3D Platformer gameplay and the various changes it’s undergone long enough to inspire some standouts like Ratchet & Clank, or Sly Cooper, and of course, Super Mario Galaxy.
The playstyle has certainly diverged from the scavenger hunt formula, but there have definitely been a number of “purist” titles that remained true to the collecting aspect that’s so fondly remembered out of the design back in its prime. For every Super Mario Sunshine, Banjo-Kazooie, and Jak & Daxter, there were other titles that didn’t get the same kind of attention, and definitely deserve some love for what they give back to these class of titles.
Here some titles that are poised to keep that 3D platformer love going.