Top 10 Best 3D Platformers of All Time

To make it fair I will do one game per series feel free to comment and please respect my opinion
The Top Ten
1 Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64 Product Image

Great, memorable music, good graphics for the time, levels made to be replayable and are like small open worlds that you can just run around in with the amazing movement mechanics that feel great. Incredibly fun atmosphere and the controls. The controls are amazing with any controller and the movement systems all link together beautifully to make some of the best speed runs of any game. They're easy to get a grip on but takes time to master them.. Only problem with it is that it was the first of its kind so it didn't invent too many new level mechanics such as something like Mario galaxy does.

An amazing game that redefined the platforming genre. Super Mario 64's atmosphere, game play, tight controls and revolutionary camera angels made this game a hit for its time. Although the game isn't perfect, it's still a blast to play today and it's a shame it this masterpiece isn't just a little higher up on the list.

When a game comes out in 1996, and I still find it enjoyable to play in 2017, the game has truly transcended anything before it. This and Donkey Kong Country are the only two games I can sit down, play, and still be amazed after all these years.

By far one of the greatest platformers ever conceived. Furthermore, my favorite Mario game of all time.

2 Banjo-Kazooie Banjo-Kazooie Product Image

By far, my #1 favorite game, of all genres, of all time (With Banjo-Tooie and The Last of Us in 2nd and 3rd place). I got this game on the N64 for my 11th birthday in August of 1998, fell in love with it then, and still adore it to this day.

I just absolutely LOVE this game. From the well written and funny dialogue, amazing graphics for its time (its honestly still a gorgeous game), memorable characters, well designed worlds, solid gameplay, memorable and beautiful music... The N64 game was amazing, and the Xbox 360 port made it perfect. There is so much to love here. Highly recommended!

Banjo Kazooie has improved a lot from Mario 64, it feels less slippery, better characters, better flying mechanics (by far), more vibrant level designs, and had more of an adventure since you weren't forced back into the hubworld after collecting jiggies like you were with collecting stars in Mario 64. Also, Banjo Kazooie I'd say holds up better after all these years, it's in my opinion the best aged 3D platformer of the 5th gaming generation by a landslide. Mario 64 is great and revolutionary, but Banjo Kazooie is an improvement on the formula.

In many regards it is Super Mario 64's lesser known little brother, but to me it is a lot better. The fun levels, the music and what you are able to do thanks to Kazooie makes this my favorite N64 game!

Talk about a wonderful game. Banjo-Kazooie is one of those experiences that, no matter how many times you go back to it, it just never gets old. The memorable soundtrack, the well-written, quirky and entertaining characters, the brilliant level design, the tight controls, graphics that truly push the N64 to it's limits...I can't do this gem justice by describing it. Go play it. Now.
9/10 (Awesome Sauce)

3 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Product Image

Mario 64 was great. It was nostalgic. But I like this better. Best 3d mario game. I will probably forever think that mario world is the best mario game. And the best game in general.

Super Mario galaxy 2 is not my favorite platformer. But all the platformers I like more then this are for some reason not on here so I picked this.

The soundtrack is phenomenal, and so are the level gimmicks!

So beautiful... so much content... and most of all... FUN!

4 Spyro: Year of the Dragon Spyro: Year of the Dragon Product Image

Without a doubt the best 3D platformer I've ever played. It has beautiful presentation, every world you visit is absolutely wonderful. The soundtrack is amazing. There is so much variety in the gameplay. There are even new playable characters and they are all just as fun to play as Spyro. The bosses are great and there are a ton of collectibles to keep you playing the game for several hours. Such a fantastic game.

Perfect from top to bottom, Spyro: Year Of The Dragon is utterly magnificent in every single way, with perfectly balanced gameplay, an enormous amount of mission variety and creative, unforgettable levels. Even if its pretty dated-looking cutscenes continue to be incredible charming.

Better than Mario 64! I know it changed Platform, But SPYRO perfected it even with a 4 legged creature!

5 Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped Product Image

This was one of the first games I played. Honestly it is still unmatchable. I played through Super Mario 64, and that was good. But this, THIS was REaLLy good. It's so good because, like original Mario games, it's just levels, only in 3D. Plus, the enemies, environments, cartoonish insanity, and magnificent, fun levels all made it such a great and awesome game.

The list is ok, but in my opinion Super Mario world, Super Mario 3 or Super Mario Bros. Should be in the top 5. Not to mention the first Ratchet & Clank should be in place of Up Your Arsenal.

So many people grew up with this amazing game and character! Sure, Mario64 deserves the top spot for practically revolutionising video games in general, but it was Crash who perfected it and improved it in many ways! Crash & Mario are both legends! :D

Really better than Super Mario 64.

6 Conker's Bad Fur Day Conker's Bad Fur Day Product Image

The only game on this list that features a segment that involves collecting pacifist bees to tickle a particularly large breasted sunflower so that you can distract her and bounce on her boobs to collect a wodge of cash.

I remember one time my mom almost bought me this game on the xbox but I was so disappointed it was rated Mature, but now I can see why they rated it M.

Rare's best game and one of my favorite games of all time.

7 Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Product Image
8 Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back Product Image

I love this game!

9 Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy Product Image

This Game has one advantage over every other entry in this list, NO LOAD TIMES! Plus it has phenomenal controls and tons of collectables in a large open world to explore with your own wits.

Favorite video game of all time. Beautiful open world and great controls. Not too much of a challenge but extremely fun, with exotic characters

Tight controls, immersive, grand, seamless world. Hilarious cutscenes, and tons of collectibles to please your inner completionist. Graphics still hold up. Super fun game, and tons of variety.

My all time Favorite game with likable characters, named my dog after Daxter.

10 Super Mario Galaxy Super Mario Galaxy Product Image

I mean he said 1 mario game and already there is 3 in the top 20!

This is super mario Galaxy the best mario game ever!

The Newcomers

? Psychonauts 2 Psychonauts 2 Product Image
The Contenders
11 Tomb Raider Tomb Raider Product Image
12 Sonic Adventure Sonic Adventure Product Image

So many childhood memories! It was an extremely cringy game, even as a kid, but I think it's vibrant environments and presentation deserve some credit.

One of the best Sonic Games out there
It has awesome level design, good handle physics, good story and just awesome music
Yes, Big and Amy are no good, but they are short, so this is not as much as a problem

Sonic Colours and Generations are better Sonic games than these!

13 Ratchet & Clank Up Your Arsenal Ratchet & Clank Up Your Arsenal Product Image

No other game in the world could ever match the badassary provided in Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal. Everything in this game is flawless. Story is great, controls are tight, weapons have a ton of variety and make the gameplay intense, and even the games on-line multiplayer is phenomenal (it's still being played to do this day! ). Mario and Jak are good, but this is KICK-ASS!

Epic Weapons. Epic universe. Epic Experience Upgrade system. Everything about this games is epic. Tons of stuff to do whether participating in arena battles to get extra bolts and experience. You can explore planets looking for some titanium bolts. Areas previously inaccessible with gadgets obtained later on. Pretty cool. And the story is hilarious at every cutscene, and Good ol Captain Qwark in here too. (As well as the Plumber)

It was more than just a game. The family feeling and all the adventure... It really rocked my world when I was a kid. Best game ever. Thanks for the memories.

Ratchet and Clank Up your Arsenal kicks everyone's ass! Mario should bow to Ratchet and Clank.
Ratchet and Clank are kings!
Mario stinks!

14 Banjo-Tooie Banjo-Tooie Product Image
15 Pac Man World 2 Pac Man World 2 Product Image

Excellent, relatively unknown. Where it really shines is the level design and themes.

This is so much fun! Why is it not on here yet.

16 Donkey Kong 64 Donkey Kong 64 Product Image

So much to collect!

17 Jumping Flash! Jumping Flash! Product Image
18 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Product Image

The first video game I've played and I still like to speedrun time to time. masterpiece

19 Super Mario 3D Land Super Mario 3D Land Product Image

Perfect blend of 2D and 3D mario.

20 Sly 2: Band of Thieves Sly 2: Band of Thieves Product Image

Amazing game, amazing gameplay, amazing worlds, amazing missions, amazing characters.
Die Mario, you don't belong in this world

With Jak&Daxter it is one of the greatest platformers of all time.

I wish it was as well known as Ratchet & Clank or Jak & Daxter.

Amazing flow, really stylistic, really solid gameplay.

21 Super Mario Sunshine Super Mario Sunshine Product Image

Why is stupid galaxy above this masterpiece?

22 Rayman 2: The Great Escape Rayman 2: The Great Escape Product Image

Easily one of the greatest games ever made, the tightest controls I've ever handled, incredible level design with the shells and slide stages, a fabulous creepy dark and gloomy atmosphere and world, a lovable cast of characters all culminate to the best (or second best to Mario 64) platformer of all time

This has to be higher up. Good controls, good music, good atmosphere, and the goods keep on coming

Great game. Sadly, it doesn't seem like it had many (if any) good ports...

Where the hell is this game on the list. It has to be in the top 5!

23 Jumping Flash! 2 Jumping Flash! 2 Product Image
24 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Product Image
25 A Hat in Time A Hat in Time Product Image

One of the best games I played in 2017, A Hat in Time is the kind of game where I could get lost for 5 hours collecting everything in the first world, not knowing that I'm only 5% of the way done. There is so much to keep me invested and playing each and every world, and the only reason why I don't play it too often is because of my awful space bar, otherwise I'd have over 50+ hours in it by now. It's great to see games that make it through a long development cycle successfully every now and again.

I love this game to pieces, it's an incredible game and deserves more love.

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