What's System Wars' favorite platformer series?

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Posted by Demonjoe93 (9517 posts) 5 months, 3 days ago

Poll: What's System Wars' favorite platformer series? (66 votes)

Pitfall 0%
Ghosts'n'Goblins 0%
Super Mario (2D ones) 8%
Super Mario (3D ones) 38%
Bionic Commando 0%
Alex Kidd 0%
Prince of Persia 0%
Castlevania 3%
Mega Man 0%
Sonic the Hedgehog (2D ones) 5%
Sonic the Hedgehog (3D ones) 0%
Crystal Caves 0%
Kirby 0%
RoboCop 0%
Adventure Island 0%
Shinobi 2%
Batman (the older ones, not the Arkam games) 0%
Ecco the Dolphin 0%
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 0%
Earthworm Jim 0%
Donkey Kong Country 5%
Aero the Acro-Bat 0%
Spider-Man 0%
Gex 2%
Rayman 2%
Clockwork Knight 0%
Vectorman 0%
NiGHTS 0%
Crash Bandicoot 6%
Kid Icarus 0%
Pandemonium 0%
Yoshi's Island 3%
Wario Land (World counts as part of the series) 0%
Banjo-Kazooie 3%
Tomba! 2%
Ape Escape 2%
Spyro 3%
Jak & Daxter 6%
Pac-Man (platformer ones) 0%
Ratchet & Clank 8%
Sly Cooper 2%
Tak 0%
LittleBigPlanet 0%
de Blob 0%
Other 2%

I apologize if I missed any (no, I didn't miss Tomb Raider. I checked into it and it's not defined as a platformer).

#1 Posted by freedomfreak (38829 posts) -

Tomb Raider.

#2 Posted by wolverine4262 (18944 posts) -

Madden

#3 Posted by ArisShadows (22615 posts) -

DDR

#4 Posted by wolverine4262 (18944 posts) -
#5 Edited by ArisShadows (22615 posts) -
#6 Posted by Demonjoe93 (9517 posts) -

The 3D Mario games have always been my favorite. I love 3D platformers, and the 3D Marios are some of the best. Super Mario 64 and the Galaxy games are some of my favorite games of all time.

#7 Posted by wolverine4262 (18944 posts) -

Go back to playin's your sportz games, nerd.

Look at this troll.

#8 Posted by 93BlackHawk93 (5228 posts) -

Super Mario (3D)

#9 Posted by PrincessGomez92 (3398 posts) -

3D Mario's.

#10 Edited by Spartan070 (16328 posts) -

Gex

#11 Posted by bbkkristian (14925 posts) -

Sonic the Hedgehog, ya know, before the games sucked. (Except for the brilliant Generations)

#12 Edited by Renegade_Fury (17030 posts) -

Why did you split Sonic and Mario into 2D and 3D? I don't differentiate them in my head like that...

Anyway, this is my top 10:

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog
  2. Mega Man
  3. NiGHTS
  4. Batman (Genesis)
  5. Rocket Knight
  6. Shinobi
  7. Metroid
  8. Super Mario
  9. Ristar
  10. Pulseman

If Gunstar Heroes counts as a platformer, I'd put it at #3 or #4. It's a very close call between it and NiGHTS.

#13 Posted by XboxDone74 (2047 posts) -

The Last of Us

#14 Edited by starwolf474 (510 posts) -

Donkey Kong Country (especially the original SNES trilogy)

#15 Posted by Blabadon (25714 posts) -

Discounting the abhorrent piece of shit that is Sunshine, 3D Mario.

#16 Posted by Demonjoe93 (9517 posts) -

Why did you split Sonic and Mario into 2D and 3D. I don't differentiate them in my head like that...

Anyway, this is my top 10:

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog
  2. Mega Man
  3. NiGHTS
  4. Batman (Genesis)
  5. Rocket Knight
  6. Shinobi
  7. Metroid
  8. Super Mario
  9. Ristar
  10. Pulseman

If Gunstar Heroes counts as a platformer, I'd put it at #3 or #4.

I felt like since 2D and 3D platformers are separate sub-genres from each other, it was appropriate to separate the two since we see regular releases of both series that are either strictly 2D and 3D. For example, Mario still has a 2D series and a 3D series. Plus, there's a lot of people who prefer one type over the other and I want to see which type of Mario/Sonic is preferred.

#17 Posted by Demonjoe93 (9517 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

Discounting the abhorrent piece of shit that is Sunshine, 3D Mario.

Was it that bad? I never got around to playing it, for some reason.

#18 Edited by Renegade_Fury (17030 posts) -

@Demonjoe93:

Yeah, but for example, there are segments within Generations and SMG2 that are 2D. It switches back and forth within the same levels, and there are even dedicated 2D only stages as well. When the "3D games" interchange so much, I can't really differentiate both series based on that criteria. Different developers? Sure, but not on whether the games are supposed to be 2D or 3D.

#19 Posted by trugs26 (5242 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

Discounting the abhorrent piece of shit that is Sunshine, 3D Mario.

What was wrong with it? I thought it was a really good game. Definitely not an "abhorrent piece of shit" anyway.

#20 Posted by lundy86_4 (42875 posts) -

Jak & Daxter.

#21 Posted by jg4xchamp (47102 posts) -

Franchise?

Mario in general. Way too long in the tooth, and one too many uninspired entries in his long run(any new super mario bros game, super mario 3d land), but Mario Bros, Mario Bros 3, Mario World, Yoshi's Island, Mario 64, The Galaxy games are all legit as fuck. 3D World wasn't too shabby either.

#22 Edited by Blabadon (25714 posts) -

@trugs26: I went into the game expecting something that's at least maybe 1/2 as good as 64 and was already acknowledging that it's an old game with a decisive gimmick.

What I played was a loosely controlled, poorly thought out, and flat out monotonous Mario game that felt like concept first and gameplay 294737th. The missions were dumb, the open world was boring, the camera controls couldn't be changed from inverted, and the level design was spectacularly awful. It is literally the only game I've ever played that I wished I had not played it and done something more fun like taking a drill to the eyeball.

Granted I only got a few hours before I pretty much felt it secured a spot in the three worst games I've ever played. On the other hand, SMG is amazing and the second is my second favorite game ever.

#23 Posted by Demonjoe93 (9517 posts) -

@Demonjoe93:

Yeah, but for example, there are segments within Generations and SMG2 that are 2D. It switches back and forth within the same levels, and there are even dedicated 2D only stages as well. When the "3D games" interchange so much, I can't really differentiate both series based on that criteria. Different developers? Sure, but not on whether the games are supposed to be 2D or 3D.

Hmm, yeah, that is true. Although, for some reason, Generations is defined as 3D on GameRankings and Metacritic, which I don't get. If I recall, a larger portion of the game was 2D since the 3D levels had 2D portions in them.

#24 Posted by charizard1605 (55619 posts) -

Yes, this won't be one sided at all

#25 Edited by Renegade_Fury (17030 posts) -

@Demonjoe93 said:

@Renegade_Fury said:

@Demonjoe93:

Yeah, but for example, there are segments within Generations and SMG2 that are 2D. It switches back and forth within the same levels, and there are even dedicated 2D only stages as well. When the "3D games" interchange so much, I can't really differentiate both series based on that criteria. Different developers? Sure, but not on whether the games are supposed to be 2D or 3D.

Hmm, yeah, that is true. Although, for some reason, Generations is defined as 3D on GameRankings and Metacritic, which I don't get. If I recall, a larger portion of the game was 2D since the 3D levels had 2D portions in them.

That, and Classic Sonic's zones are only 2D, meaning the game is predominately 2D based. Since Unleashed, 2D has become a major factor in the gameplay again, so I guess you can see my point. In regards to classification, I sort of feel the same way about NiGHTS since it's considered a 3D platformer even though it plays more like a 2D game in someways.

#26 Posted by Demonjoe93 (9517 posts) -

Yes, this won't be one sided at all

I'm actually surprised there's not more votes for Donkey Kong. And where are the Sony fans at? Their franchises only have a combined two votes.

#27 Posted by Blabadon (25714 posts) -

Put Tearaway in there and I'll give it a pity vote. That game is damn good stuff.

#28 Posted by ConanTheStoner (4539 posts) -

Overall, Mario. In recent years 3D Mario. Between the Galaxy games and 3D World, 3d platformers have finally won me over. Of all time I'd say 2D Mario, but I include Yoshis Island in that. SMB3, SMW, Yoshis Island, all top tier games. Even the less inspired entries like the NSMB series are still rock solid.

If I had to pick just an individual game in recent years though, Super Meat Boy.

#29 Edited by Basinboy (10998 posts) -

Gonna take the chance to highlight how awesome Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage was.

Man, those were the days. Really wish that game series hadn't gone to total sh*t (don't talk to me about Skylanders - it isn't the Spyro I asked for).

#30 Posted by DJ-Lafleur (34129 posts) -

Gotta go with Mario.

#31 Posted by AznbkdX (3120 posts) -

There are many good platformers put there, but 3d Mario is the only group of games that are just tops imo.

#32 Edited by CTR360 (6959 posts) -

jak and daxter oddworld series crash bandicoot rayman legends and origin SMG1&2 DKCR sonic on (dreamcast the first game ) kameo blinx conker on xbox for me

#33 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8294 posts) -

Probably Metroid for me. And Castlevania. Btw I think Gex is criminally overlooked.

#34 Posted by Clock-w0rk (3238 posts) -

You forgot Klonoa, shame on you :(

#35 Posted by Pikminmaniac (8710 posts) -

Overall, Mario has had too long a history of quality to be ignored.

However, Retro has recently put Donkey Kong Country on top with their last two games. They are in a league of their own in this genre at this point.

#36 Edited by Pikminmaniac (8710 posts) -

Overall, Mario has had too long a history of quality to be ignored. It's had a few misses (Mario 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy 1 to an extent), but it's been overwhelming good otherwise.

However, Retro has recently put Donkey Kong Country on top with their last two games. They are in a league of their own in this genre at this point.

#37 Posted by radiioaktivman (8 posts) -

I don't play platformers, but I'm curious about the poll results. I only see the "vote" button on the OP. Is there a way to see results without voting?

#38 Posted by jsmoke03 (12631 posts) -

3d prince of persia games. not really a 2d guy

#39 Posted by melonfarmerz (1107 posts) -

I can't believe everyone's over looking Spelunky. That game's fun as shit.

#40 Posted by Demonjoe93 (9517 posts) -

I don't play platformers, but I'm curious about the poll results. I only see the "vote" button on the OP. Is there a way to see results without voting?

Unfortunately, I don't think so, but I can tell you what the current standings are:

  1. Super Mario (3D ones) - 43%
  2. Ratchet & Clank - 8%
  3. Super Mario (2D ones); Donkey Kong Country; Crash Bandicoot; Spyro; Jak & Daxter - 6%
  4. Castevania; Sonic the Hedgehog (2D ones); Shinobi; Gex; Banjo-Kazooie - 3%
#41 Posted by foxhound_fox (87396 posts) -

I'll say Jazz Jackrabbit solely because it was blatantly left out of this list.

#42 Posted by turtlethetaffer (16610 posts) -

Probably Mario simply because it's pure platforming and both 2D and 3D outings tend to be great. However, I really enjoy Kirby, Metroid and Castlevania along with Mario.

#43 Edited by GreySeal9 (24018 posts) -

Mario 3D but only because of the Galaxy games. The 2D Marios were better than 64 and Sunshine.

#44 Edited by ReadingRainbow4 (13152 posts) -

Croc 2 was da shit, add it asap.

#45 Edited by ReadingRainbow4 (13152 posts) -

@GreySeal9 said:

Mario 3D but only because of the Galaxy games. The 2D Marios were better than 64 and Sunshine.

Sunshine is actually my favorite 3d Mario, love Isle Delfino and those water physics. It was such a refreshing setting from the normal mushroom kingdom backdrop they had up until that point.

For the best 2d platformer I've ever played it's definitely gotta be Yoshi's Island, such an amazing game.

#46 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (5669 posts) -

Either the Sly Cooper or Ratchet & Clank games.

#47 Posted by yokofox33 (29269 posts) -

Ratchet and Clank. Always a fun adventure with those games. Hoping they make a new game soon.

#48 Posted by DivineSword (15742 posts) -

2D Sonics

#49 Posted by steamistrash (427 posts) -

mario64 is still the best 3d platformer to date.

#50 Posted by MonsieurX (29273 posts) -

mario64 is still the best 3d platformer to date.

lolno