I need to get in the habit of writing more, and playing less. But with life, writing sometimes feels like work more than fun. What is always fun and never work (except RPG grinding) are video games. Sometimes for me the best game to sit down and relax with are good old fashioned collect-a-thons. Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64, to name a few are some of the giants in 3D platforming.
But the regular gamer knows with graphics and story-telling being the main topics of exploration in 8th generation consoles these days, those rambunctious characters of old have only been alive in nostalgia, and collecting things have mostly been side quests in mainline triple A title games (I’m looking at you Batman Arkham series games with your Riddler trophies; BLEH!)
But 2017 is seeing a new surge of the old coming around again! Some may know about Yooka-Laylee, and the remastered Crash Bandicoot titles, but I’ve also found some games of note that are rekindling the old collect-a-thon fire. So here are five games of 3d platforming guaranteed to include backtracking, powers, and hours of butt-sitting.
*Links for these games and other information are provided at the bottom.
** I am not paid by anyone to promote these games.
1.) Snake Pass | Release Date: March 28, 2017
Systems: PS4, Xbox1, Nintendo Switch, PC
Created by Sumo Digital (they helped port Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed, and help work on Crackdown 3) are the great thinkers behind this… sneaky snake silliness…?
I hate snakes… I border on a phobia with these creatures, they just…move so creepy like! And they stare… oh how they stare!
But not this little guy, or should I say big guy? The point is just like the old classic snake game where you gather power orbs and grow bigger! But in 3D! (echo).
It’s coming out soon, and for a fair price, it has hours worth of fun to have, and perhaps help those with phobias to appreciate the snake…
2.) Yooka-Laylee | Release Date: April 11 2017 ( N. Switch)
Systems: Nintendo Switch, Xbox1, PS4, PC
Yooka-Laylee is developed by Playtonic Games, and that’s a big deal.
Playtonic is heavily manned by the old guys from Rare! Rare, is most famous for bringing a few of the classic platformers from the 64 era. Banjo-Kazooie 1 &2, Donkey Kong 64, Conker? These guys did it. So without a doubt that means they know a thing or two about platforming.
So it should come as no surprise what the gameplay will be like. Jumping, attacking, swinging, swimming, flying, and…. COLLECTING!
The only matter we should care about is how much collecting ad how much challenge goes into gaining 100% or more?
Only time will tell… Much like the next game.
3.) A Hat in Time | Release date: Sometime in 2017
A Steam exclusive made by Gears for Breakfast. This indie title met waaaaaay above its Kickstarter goal, and have made stride after stride to bring this game that is geared (haha, no pun intended) for the platforming audience.
I have a special place in my heart with this game; I found it on a whim, donated to the cause, and played the beta, plugging in quite few hours. There’s mob boss battles, creepy queens, runaway trains, and tons upon TONS of stuff to collect!
This one so far has a story about this little girl who’s ship runs on time pieces, and they are scattered abroad. She must find them and put them back to her ship so she can keep flying.
She fights with an umbrella, has multiple hat upgrades, and the levels are reminiscent of Super Mario 64, with the way you interact with items on a hub world and play episodically.
I have huge hopes for this game, and at 20 bucks, this game will satisfy the inner collector that you are.
4.) Skylar and Plux: Adventure on Clover Island | Release date: March 2017
System: PS4, Xbox1, Steam
A cat dressed like Buzz Lightyear, an owl, and an island that fuses Jak and Daxter with Ratchet and Clank.
SIGN ME UP!
I found this game the same time I did A Hat in Time. Made by Grip Digital and Right Nice Games, from the looks it has all the classic formula for a right great collector game.
And at this point what can be said about can also be said for the other games, since we’re talking about 3d platformers, but this game is set apart by its creators, and the community.
One day I made a mention and shared the photos on my sites, and IMMEDIATELY was thanked by the makers. On their page, they regularly ask questions to their fans, and I love that. I’ve never felt so engaged to a company making such a clever looking game tat Ican’t help but love it before it’s out.
Their sole reason for making the game is also to pay homage to the fathers of platforming that went before it. They want to reinvent that genre, and bring it back to life, and I’m all for that. Bring it on, Skylar and Plux, let’s collect some orbs, and climb that distant mountain!
And speaking of loving something before it’s out…
5.) Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy | Release date: June 30, 2017
Long ago when J-Flo was just a wee little lad, a Playstation became his present one day, ad on that same day a Bandicoot introduced him to new possibilities, to new imagination, new adventures, new fun, and many friendships who would never have thanks to video games.
Crash Bandicoot graced the world from ’96 with the first installment. From then Four, five, may even six or seven good games with his name on it were produced. But as he was passed from maker to maker, and his last game being par-to sub-par, I didn’t really know if I would see a new Crash game, or if his name would ever rise to that glory he had.
And then 2016 came around and E3 was at it again, making old dreams new again.
It’s not hard to tell which will be my favorite release. I’m a bit biased about the Bandicoot. The three games of my childhood are remastered to current gen glory, and I love every pixel of it. Even listening to the music in the demos, every bit of the old is being redone exactly as it was.
But I wouldn’t mind EXTRA. A little longer levels, some additional levels perhaps? Harder bosses? Secrets?
I’m just throwing it out there…
Those are the five platforming games of 2017 you can look forward to. Enjoy!