The 10 Best Platformers For PlayStation 4

If you're fed up of first-person shooters and sports games, here's a complete guide to the platformers you should be playing on PS4.

The PlayStation 4 has a huge library full of games for players of any kind. Yet, the one genre to consistently make its way to both hardcore and casual users is the platformer. With simple controls, but brutal difficulty, the platformer is a mainstay in every era of gaming, and the current generation is no different.

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With indie developers creating new experiences and AAA studios trying to catch up, the PlayStation 4 has become a haven for any kind of run and jump style game, and we compiled the best 10 on the system.

10 Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee - New N’ Tasty

Developer: Just Add Water

Publisher: Oddworld Inhabitants

Release Year: 2014

Alright kids, listen up. Back when the PlayStation was making a name for itself, one 2D platformer stood above the rest — Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. Years later, the entire franchise fell into obscurity, but the power of nostalgia has brought this game back with a whole new paint job.

If you missed out on the game the first time, you now have the chance to experience a truly amazing platformer based in a one of a kind world with some memorable characters in an unusually dark story. Don’t pass this up.


9 Ratchet & Clank

Developer: Insomniac Games

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Release Year: 2016

The Ratchet & Clank series was huge on the PlayStation 2 back in the early 2000s. Then, during the PlayStation 3 era, it took a bit of a back seat with the Future Saga between 2006 and 2013 without Insomniac Games’ hand in development.

Yet, with a movie on the horizon, Sony decided it was time to bring the original developers back to reimagine the first entry in the series and the result was great. with updated graphics and a few other changes. While the movie was pretty forgettable, the game is worth a playthrough!

8 Yooka-Laylee

Developer: Playtonic Games

Publisher: Team 17

Release Year: 2017

For anyone missing some good old fashioned N64 era platforming, Yooka-Laylee should be right up your alley. Developed by former Rare employees, the game shares a lot of similarities to the Banjo Kazooie franchise we all know and love.

Swapping out a bear with a chameleon and a bird with a bat, gamers have the chance to get their hands on what is the spiritual successor to Rare’s famous series. Oh, and they brought in David Wise (known for his musical work on the Donkey Kong Country franchise) to make the soundtrack here. Go play it now!

7 Tearaway: Unfolded

Developer: Media Molecule, Tarsier Studios

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Release Year: 2015

Reimagining the original title on the PlayStation Vita, Tearaway: Unfolded is a stylish platformer Iota or Atoi as they carry a message to a strange portal that opened up in the sky that actually features the player, or “The You”. Along the way, they run into some dangerous enemies looking to harm their paper world.

While you can make an argument that the game was better on Sony’s handheld console, we think it’s almost always better to play games on a bigger screen and from a visual standpoint alone, players won’t be disappointed.

6 Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Developer: Toys for Bob

Publisher: Activision

Release Year: 2018

The Spyro franchise has experienced an up and down life as a character. With roots dating back to the original PlayStation, the purple dragon was a gaming icon. Then, he kind of went away. Sure, there was that whole Skylanders thing, but that franchise quickly put him on the backburner the more successful it got.

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Now, fans can go back and remember why Spyro was so loved all those years ago with the Spyro Reignited trilogy, a complete remaster of the first three games in the series. It’s good stuff right there.

5 Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Developer: Vicarious Visions

Publisher: Activision

Release Year: 2017

Much like Spyro, Crash was a big deal on the PlayStation. The series put developer Naughty Dog (the studio behind Uncharted and The Last of Us) on the map and it’s not hard to see why. With a good old fashioned challenge spanning three games with pretty creative level design, Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy puts players back in control of the old Sony mascot as he thwarts Dr. Neo Cortex’s hairbrained schemes.

With a colorful cast, great gameplay, and vibrant visuals, this package is a rush of late 90s nostalgia without the awful load times.

4 Mega Man 11

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

Release Year: 2018

Offering up a good old fashioned challenge, Mega Man 11 offers some truly amazing visuals, rewarding gameplay, and a lot of replayability as players face off against eight new robot masters on the way to defeating Dr. Wily.

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While that sounds like familiar ground for many gamers, it’s hardly that with the addition of the Double Gear system that allows players to slow down time and offer up more powerful attacks. This should be a must-have in any platforming fans’ library.

3 Sonic Mania

Developer: PagodaWest Games, Headcannon

Publisher: Sega

Release Year: 2017

Remixing the best 2D levels in the franchise while adding some truly amazing new ones, this love letter to the blue blurs Genesis days is almost a perfect experience.

The base game itself is enough to scratch that platforming itch with Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles as playable characters, but for an extra cost, fans can purchase the DLC to get Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel. We won’t tell you what to do with your money, but that extra bit of money is well worth the price. If you decide to pass on that, however, there are still hours of fun packed in those 16-bit walls.

2 Little Big Planet 3

Developer: Sumo Digital

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Release Year: 2014

While this isn’t technically the best-received game on this list, we’re ranking it pretty high for two reasons. The first is that it’s a console exclusive and a fully new experience on the PlayStation 4. The second reason that it features insanely user-friendly concepts.

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If you’ve played any of the past games in the Little Big Planet series, you’ll be pleased to know that all of your DLC from those titles are backward compatible with this game. Not only that, but there’s a pretty vibrant online community making new content consistently, meaning players can jump back anytime and find something new.

Mix that together with the new characters in the game and you have yourself a winner.

1 Celeste

Developer: Matt Makes Games

Publisher: Matt Makes Games

Release Year: 2018

Celeste might not just be the best platformer in the PlayStation 4 library, it may be the best game of 2018.  Players take control of Madeline, a woman who, against her elder’s wishes climbs up the dangerous Celeste Mountain. While the plot sounds pretty simple, the result is a deep and gripping narrative that you really don’t see in platformers these days.

While the journey is personal, it’s also really fun. The run and jump nature of the genre is flipped on its head with the addition of multi-jumps, and wall jumping, creating precision-based game gameplay that’s equal parts difficult and rewarding.

We could write novels about how great Celeste is, but we recommend just taking a dive and trying it out. You won’t regret it.

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