In recent times, there has been a massive resurgence in games focused around jumping and platforming. I’m really happy with that, since it was always my favourite genre when growing up, and I’m so glad that we get to celebrate that with nine potential candidates for our Game of the Year in this category, including classic characters such as Mario, Rayman and Scrooge McDuck alongside the new breed, with Knack, Tearaway and Puppeteer.
Naturally, Knack wasn’t going to win, at least not when considered against other platforming greats, but how about Tearaway or Puppeteer? Did the new games prevail, or did the classics remain top?
Well, it’s a bit of both. The delightful Rayman Legends grabbed the top spot as our best platform game this year. Building on the fantastic Origins formula, the 2D affair beat other games – 2D and 3D alike – to win out overall. Originally a Wii U exclusive, the title was delayed and then made its way to PS3, Xbox 360 and PS Vita when it released back in August. It’s even coming to PS4 and XBO next year.
Second was a brand new title, exclusive to the PlayStation Vita. Yes, it is Tearaway, of course. The wonderful papercraft platformer wasn’t too far behind Rayman, and certainly stood well ahead of the competition. Another great job from Media Molecule then, and one which felt like a much better platform game overall than LittleBigPlanet.
But Mario still managed to find his place – third place – in among our top games, with Super Mario 3D World. This wonderfully charming affair took the mechanics of the 3DS title Super Mario 3D Land and evolved them, innovating and mixing things up at every opportunity, as Mario games always do.
Further down the line we saw more superb games, some good games and even a dose of what some would consider average gaming that still managed to make its way into our voting, showing that the voting isn’t limited to critical reception.
Rayman Legends is TheSixthAxis’ Platform Game of the Year 2013.