Platformative 3D Platformers
This was something I meant to put together closer to the announcement that Yooka-Laylee had been successfully funded. Here's a list of all the 3D platformers I've played, and my thoughts on them. There's gaps, of course. As well as the vast number of terrible licensed platformers, which didn't skip a beat in their unimaginative aping of bigger games when switching to 3D, there's a few gems that I somehow ignored.
3D platformers are one of my favorite genres, because they appeal to both my pre-existing love of their 2D ancestors and to my obsessive need to hunt for collectibles. In the present day, the genre's either fizzled out with the exception of big names like Mario or Ratchet & Clank, or they've evolved to become open-world games (depending on your interpretation of whether the two are closely linked or not). Either way, I'm stoked to see the "pure" 3D platformer model make a return to the big stage.
As a public service similar in manner to the "Aged Well" rating for the older items in my PC Games Memento list, I've also included a "TACO Hell" rating with each of the following 3D platformers. This should give you some idea of how much emphasis is placed on collectibles, with 1 being minimal (such as Conker's Bad Fur Day) and 5 being excessive to the point of ludicrousness (e.g. Donkey Kong 64).