We’ve tweaked the category this year, as some of the titles – the Ubisoft ones – couldn’t really fit properly in other categories such as action/adventure, RPG, or racing, so rather than this being a purely platforming-based pool of games, we’ve taken all forms of side scrolling games into account too.
LittleBigPlanet 3, which was our third place in this category, is more akin to your traditional platformer, however. Naturally, there’s the create options to set it apart but it is, at its core, a platform game, particularly with the new addition of Odd Sock who brings a more fast-paced style of running and jumping to the fore.
But in second place is Valiant Hearts. This side scroller is a puzzle adventure game rather than what you’d usually expect from the genre, set during The Great War. There was an odd juxtaposition between some of the comical gameplay and the depressing backdrop, but the game worked very well, with a wonderful art style completing a great package.
Just above Valiant Hearts was another Ubisoft title: the beautiful Child of Light: Ubisoft’s side scrolling RPG told in rhyme. It’s hardly a surprise, as the game features superb gameplay systems alongside one of the most stunning displays of visuals we’ve seen this year. It’s a game which will be remembered for a long time, and comes at the perfect price for a title of its size.
Child of Light is TheSixthAxis’ Platform/Side Scroller Game of the Year 2014.