7 Best 3D Platformers On The PlayStation 3, Ranked

A lot of great 3D platformers came out for the PlayStation 3, which made the system even better than it was before.

A lot of 3D platformers came out for the PlayStation 2, from big-name franchises to smaller indie games. But the PlayStation 3 era marked the beginning of a more serious Sony, and 3D platformers weren’t as often silly.

Still, a lot of platforming characters from the PlayStation 2 era made the switch to the third Sony generation. Also, other makers still did really well with the genre in the late 2000s and early 2010s, and there are a lot of great 3D PlayStation 3 platformers to choose from.

The Simpsons Game

Lisa with her back towards the camera standing near the Sea Captain as they fight dolphins in The Simpsons Game

In spite of coming out around the same time as the movie, The Simpsons Game has nothing to do with the plot of the movie. In fact, the main plot is about the Simpson family realizing they are in a different video game and dealing with the new skills they have gained.

During the game, each family member either deals with a new strange situation by themselves or with a different family member. A lot of references are made to the main The Simpsons show and a few well-known video games, many of which are made by Electronic Arts, which is also the main company that makes The Simpsons.

Stick It To The Man

Ray in a hospital bed looking around nervously with his head wrapped in Stick It to The Man

Today, indie games have tried to keep the 3D platforming genre alive, but some writers were already working on it when the PlayStation 3 came out. One of these was called Stick It to The Man and was made by Zoink Games.

Ray has a pink arm that sticks out of his head because of an accident. The world around him is made of paper, so he can use this arm to cut it up and put the pieces where they belong to solve problems or get past obstacles.

Sonic Generations

Sonic riding a rail vertically down a tower with hot air balloons surrounding him in Sonic Generations

The number of Sonic the Hedgehog 3D platform games has gone up and down over the years. Sonic Generations, on the other hand, is one of Sega’s better 3D Sonic games. There are standard side-scrolling parts, but there are also a lot of 3D levels that are similar to games that came out around the same time.

The story is about Eggman going back in time with the help of something called the Time Eater to work with his past self to beat Sonic and carry out his evil plans. The player and his friends have to go through these levels as both Classic Sonic and Modern Sonic.

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time

Clank using a time travel mechanic to create different colored versions of himself in Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time

A lot of 3D platforming characters got their start on PlayStation. Ratchet & Clank is one that has been around for four generations. There were a lot of big 3D action games for the PlayStation 3 during that time. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, the seventh game in the series, is thought to be one of the best games of its time.

In A Crack in Time, Ratchet and Captain Qwark are trying to find Clank after Dr. Nefarious took him hostage in the previous game. As Ratchet, players will be able to experience action-packed scenes, and as Clank, they will be able to solve puzzles by moving in ways that loop time.

Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time

Sly Cooper swinging his hook at an enemy on top of a roof in Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time

Another well-known PlayStation mascot that made its debut on the PlayStation 2 was Sly Cooper, a line of games that mixed platforming and stealth. Sony only made one Sly Cooper game for the PS3. It was called Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. But a different group of people worked on it than the first three. Sanzaru Games made this fourth game.

After the third game, Sly Cooper gets his gang back together to get back the parts of the historical book that told the story of Sly’s family’s history of stealing. To put the pieces of the book back together, you have to move through open areas and hide from enemies.

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools Of Destruction

Ratchet and Clank surrounded by other aliens in Ratchet And Clank: Tools of Destruction

There were only a few 3D platformers for the PlayStation 3, and seven Ratchet & Clank games came out for that system. While there were a good number of main games and spin-offs, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, the fourth main game in the series, was by far the best.

After Emperor Tachyon and his forces attack Metropolis, Ratchet and Clank try to stop him. In order to learn more about lombaxes, they go to the Polaris Galaxy. There are a lot of third-person shooter parts to the gameplay, and Ratchet has a lot of different tools he can use against enemies.


A robed figure with a glowing scarf floats across a glowing cloth bridge in Journey

Journey is an indie game where players control a person in robes who walks through a desert. It is one of the most interesting games to come out for the PlayStation 3. Sometimes, a random other player will join, and the only way for them to talk is through musical sounds.

The main point of Survivor IO is to explore, and platforming is a big part of that.

Additionally, a scarf gives Journey players the power to fly. You can see the mountain in the distance early on. The main goal of the short game is to get to that mountain while finding certain locations and other creatures along the way.

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