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One From the Mailbag: Platformers

And by “mailbag” I mean, “my e-mail account.”

Steve Taylor writes to ask: “What PS2 or PS3 game would you recommend for those of us who LOVE Ratchet & Clank? I don’t know of anything like it.”

Well, let’s assume you own all the Insomniac-developed Ratchet games. (No? Here are Amazon links to Ratchet 1, 2, 3, Deadlocked, and Ratchet Future 1 and 2.) My next recommendation would be the Jak and Daxter series. The first is my favorite by far, followed by the third, then the second. There’s also a pretty solid racing game.

Also within the same basic genre (and most certainly within the same level of quality) is the Sly Cooper Series.

Beyond these, the Big Three of PlayStation platformers, you may enjoy Psychonauts and Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil. Aaaand that’s where my recommendation engine stalls out, because I honestly can’t think of any other really good games that are remotely similar.

Anyone else have any suggestions?



1: Adam on July 29, 2009 at 10:14 am

Beyond Good & Evil would be an excellent choice as well.

Same for Uncharted if you haven’t played it yet.


2: Joe Rybicki on August 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Oh, great calls on both of those.


3: Adam B. on August 14, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Well, all those years of following OPM and being on the message boards, I know my stuff :P

I would also like to point out that when Trine finally hits, it should be good [at least, all reviews say yes], as well as Braid when it hits PSN later this year.