List of true open-world 3D Jump 'n' Runs

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List of true open-world 3D Jump 'n' Runs

Postby bjaxx87 » Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:07 pm

Hi there!

While we all patiently wait for Yooka-Laylee, I thought it would be cool to check out some 3D jumpers we might have missed.

  • The following list is far from complete, so please feel free to post games I am missing.
  • I will only add Jump 'n' Runs that...
    • ...contain open 3D worlds
    • ...ask you to actually explore those worlds...
    • ...instead of telling you exactly where to go and what to do
    • ...ask you to find lots of collectibles necessary to unlock new moves/items/levels
    • ...contain a hub world which lets you actually find and enter levels instead of choosing them in a selection screen
    • ...obviously contain some platforming
  • For those reasons I won't add games like Crash Bandicoot or Super Mario Galaxy. While the latter is close to an actual 3D Jump 'N' Run it's way too linear and action-focused to be compared to the games on this list.

"True" open-world 3D Jump 'n' Runs
(aka games in the spirit of Banjo-Kazooie and Super Mario 64)

Banjo-Kazooie
(N64/XBLA/XBO)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

Banjo-Tooie
(N64/XBLA/XBO)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

Chibi-Robo!
(GCN)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

Conker's Bad Fur Day
(N64/XBO)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

Conker: Live & Reloaded
(XB)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

Conker's Big Reunion: Episode 1
(XB360/XBO/Windows)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

Donkey Kong 64
(N64/Wii U VC)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

FreezeME
(Windows/OS X/Linux/Wii U)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
(N64)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

Psychonauts
(XB/Windows/PS2/OS X/Linux)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

Rayman 2: Revolution
(PS2)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
(Wii U)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

Space Station Silicon Valley
(N64/PSX)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!
(PSX)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

Super Mario 64
(N64/Wii VC/Wii U VC)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

Super Mario 64 DS
(NDS/Wii U VC)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

Super Mario Sunshine
(GCN)
platforming: Image
open 3D worlds: Image
exploration-driven gameplay: Image
progress through collectibles: Image
learnable moves: Image
hub world/huge coherent world:
Image

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Upcoming 3D Jump 'n' Runs

A Hat In Time
(Windows/OS X)
Clive 'N' Wrench
(Windows/OS X/Linux/Wii U)
Groovy
(Windows)
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
(PS3/PS4/Wii U/XB360/XBO/3DS/PSV/Windows)
Lobodestroyo
(Wii U/Linux/Windows/OS X/PSN/XBLA/Ouya)
Lucky's Tale
(Oculus Rift)
Oliver & Spike: Dimension Jumpers
(PS2/PS3/Wii/XB/XB360/Windows/OS X/Android/iOS)
Poi
(Windows)
Psychonauts 2
(PS4/XBO/Windows/OS X/Linux)
Ratchet & Clank (2016)
(PS4)
Spooky Poo's Happy Hell
(Windows/OS X/Linux)
Yooka-Laylee
(Windows/OS X/Linux/PSN/Wii U/XBLA)
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Re: List of true open-world 3D Jump 'n' Runs

Postby GrayMagicΓ » Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:06 pm

And there are several Spyro the Dragon and Ratchet & Clank games out there, no idea if some of those qualify?

Not sure about R&C, but of the three original Spyro games only the second one (Ripto's Rage) fits all of your criteria, neither of the others have learnable moves.

Rayman 2: The Great Escape

Only Rayman 2 Revolution followed your hub world criteria, not The Great Escape.

Psychonauts

Can confirm, fits the list. Some levels tell you exactly where to go, but most don't.

Also, I'd add Chibi Robo (GCN) to the list. Wonderful game, it's like Majora's Mask mixed with Banjo Kazooie.
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Re: List of true open-world 3D Jump 'n' Runs

Postby bjaxx87 » Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:29 pm

Thanks a lot, I updated my post! :) Now I wonder if the "hub world" and "learnable moves" criteria are a little too strict, though... As long as 3D Jump 'n' Runs invite you to explore huge worlds those shouldn't matter too much. I... will think about it (opinions are welcome ;) ).

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Postby John Enigma » Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:59 pm

Weird that you didn't mention the Ty the Tasmanian Tiger series.
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Re: List of true open-world 3D Jump 'n' Runs

Postby AJC0MICS » Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:11 pm

"FreezeME" isn't an upcoming game anymore, right?
[EDIT] Here's another 3D platformer: Poi

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Re: List of true open-world 3D Jump 'n' Runs

Postby bjaxx87 » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:50 pm

John Enigma wrote:Weird that you didn't mention the Ty the Tasmanian Tiger series.

Added them to my "unknown list".
AJC0MICS wrote:"FreezeME" isn't an upcoming game anymore, right?

Not sure... The Kickstarter failed but did they really cancel the game?
AJC0MICS wrote:Here's another 3D platformer: Poi

Thanks!

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Postby AJC0MICS » Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:06 pm

Not sure... The Kickstarter failed but did they really cancel the game?

They didn't cancel the game. Quite the contrary, they recently released it on Steam and Wii U! :)

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Re: List of true open-world 3D Jump 'n' Runs

Postby bjaxx87 » Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:11 pm

AJC0MICS wrote:They didn't cancel the game. Quite the contrary, they recently released it on Steam and Wii U! :)

Really? Guess I should check out the Wii U eshop then! :D Thanks for the heads up!

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Postby John Enigma » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:42 am

Is Poi even coming to the Wii U?

Oh, and don't forget Lucky's Tale for the Oculus Rift. Yes, I know: a 3D platformer game made only for VR systems?

And Super Mario 64 DS, which was a remake of the original one, but more different than you think.

And what used to be Microsoft Studios first succesful exclusive game Blinx.
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Postby bjaxx87 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:08 pm

I revamped the whole list. :) I thought it would be nice to have a separate list of "other 3D platformers".

John Enigma wrote:Is Poi even coming to the Wii U?

Seems the Wii U version was planned but cancelled. Well, I updated that part, thanks! :)
John Enigma wrote:And Super Mario 64 DS, which was a remake of the original one, but more different than you think.

I have played the DS version and I agree. I listed this and Conker: Live & Reloaded separately now!
John Enigma wrote:Oh, and don't forget Lucky's Tale for the Oculus Rift. Yes, I know: a 3D platformer game made only for VR systems?

...

And what used to be Microsoft Studios first succesful exclusive game Blinx.

Thanks, added them!

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Postby John Enigma » Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:21 am

I don't know if some of these Sonic games fall in your criteria-specific list: Sonic Adventure (Sega Dreamcast)/Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut (GCN), Sonic Adventure 2 (Sega Dreamcast)/Sonic Adventure 2 Battle (GCN), Sonic Heroes (GCN, PS2, XBOX), Shadow the Hedgehog (PS2, GCN, XBOX) Sonic Unleashed (PS3, Wii, X360, PS2), Sonic Colors (Wii, Nintendo DS), Sonic Generations (PS3, X360, Windows, N3DS), and Sonic Lost World (Wii U, N3DS).


And...


As much as it pains me to say it but you have to include the bad ones as well. Which one? Bubsy 3D/Bubsy is 3D in Furbitten Planet/Bubsy 3D: Furbitten Planet (PSX), Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) (X360, PS3), and of course, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U). People might see the list that you created up there, and say that some of these are great and not bad, but there will always be people asking if there were bad 3D platformer games.
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Re: List of true open-world 3D Jump 'n' Runs

Postby bjaxx87 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:22 am

John Enigma wrote:I don't know if some of these Sonic games fall in your criteria-specific list: Sonic Adventure (Sega Dreamcast)/Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut (GCN), Sonic Adventure 2 (Sega Dreamcast)/Sonic Adventure 2 Battle (GCN), Sonic Heroes (GCN, PS2, XBOX), Shadow the Hedgehog (PS2, GCN, XBOX) Sonic Unleashed (PS3, Wii, X360, PS2), Sonic Colors (Wii, Nintendo DS), Sonic Generations (PS3, X360, Windows, N3DS), and Sonic Lost World (Wii U, N3DS).

Well, none of them offer open worlds, but they fit well in the second list. I added them!

John Enigma wrote:As much as it pains me to say it but you have to include the bad ones as well. Which one? Bubsy 3D/Bubsy is 3D in Furbitten Planet/Bubsy 3D: Furbitten Planet (PSX), Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) (X360, PS3), and of course, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U). People might see the list that you created up there, and say that some of these are great and not bad, but there will always be people asking if there were bad 3D platformer games.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvZ7FrLjrAY

Heh, okay, I listed them now. And I even dug a little deeper and added some games of the "before SM64" era. This list keeps growing! I should really start sorting those "unknown" games into their respective lists (any help is very welcome).

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Postby GrayMagicΓ » Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:23 am

bjaxx87 wrote:
John Enigma wrote:I don't know if some of these Sonic games fall in your criteria-specific list: Sonic Adventure (Sega Dreamcast)/Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut (GCN), Sonic Adventure 2 (Sega Dreamcast)/Sonic Adventure 2 Battle (GCN), Sonic Heroes (GCN, PS2, XBOX), Shadow the Hedgehog (PS2, GCN, XBOX) Sonic Unleashed (PS3, Wii, X360, PS2), Sonic Colors (Wii, Nintendo DS), Sonic Generations (PS3, X360, Windows, N3DS), and Sonic Lost World (Wii U, N3DS).

Well, none of them offer open worlds, but they fit well in the second list. I added them!


Adventure and 06 did, and depending on how open your definition of open world is, Generations and Unleashed did too.
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Postby John Enigma » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:57 pm

You also forgot these games in your upcoming list:

1. Psychonauts 2 (PS4/XBONE/Win/Mac/Linux)

2. Spooky Poo's Happy Hell

I'll try to give you a list of more upcoming 3D platformer games that I found later on.
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Postby bjaxx87 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:02 pm

GrayMagicΓ wrote:Adventure and 06 did, and depending on how open your definition of open world is, Generations and Unleashed did too.

I don't know about '06, Generations and Unleashed but while Adventure had an explorable hub world, the heart of the game consisted of straightforward action-oriented levels (I think only Knuckles and Big were the exceptions).

Thanks again, John!

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Postby Rueckkoppler » Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:01 am

After my playthrough on the recently released Wii U version of Oddworld: New'n'Tasty, I started to discover the other Oddworld games.

And I did find a 3D platformer, called "Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee". I don't know much about this game, but what I know is that it's a rather linear, puzzle-platformer in which you play Abe & the new character, Munch. It shouldn't hold up too well when you compare it to other 3D platformers (and especially the first two Oddworld games), but it's worth a mention!maybe someone played it and can provide more details on which criterias are met in this one.

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Postby John Enigma » Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:12 pm

I don't know if you have the 3D Pac-man games which are Pac-Man World (PSX, GBA), Pac-Man World 2 (PS2, GCN, Xbox, Win, GBA), and Pac-Man World 3 (PS2, GCN, Xbox, PSP, NDS, Win). And the everybody's least favorite 3D Pac-Man games which are Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (PS3, X360, WiiU, N3DS, Win), and Pac-man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (PS3, X360, WiiU, N3DS).

And now here's the list that I gathered. I don't know if these fit in your criteria, but here they are:

1. Windlands
2. Oliver and Spike
3. Groovy
4. Cloudbase Prime
5. Celaria
6. Overgrowth

There was another 3D platformer PC game that I used to play when I was a kid, and that game was Marble Blast Gold (Win, Mac OS, Linux). It had a sequel, but it was for the Xbox 360, called Marble Blast Ultra. Is a shame that by that time Garage Games lost the distribution rights to those two that it got discontinued and/or removed.

EDIT: I don't know about you, but I think this topic should be stickied.
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Postby Scrubber » Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:24 pm

Crash Bandicoot
(PSX/PSN)
platforming: yes
open 3D worlds: x
exploration-driven gameplay: x
progress through collectibles: yes
learnable moves: x
hub world/huge coherent world: yes

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
(PSX/PSN)
platforming: yes
open 3D worlds: no
exploration-driven gameplay: no
progress through collectibles: yes
learnable moves: yes
hub world/huge coherent world: yes

Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
(PSX/PSN)
platforming: yes
open 3D worlds: x
exploration-driven gameplay: x
progress through collectibles: yes
learnable moves: yes
hub world/huge coherent world: yes

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex
(PS2/GCN/XB)
platforming: yes
open 3D worlds: no
exploration-driven gameplay: no
progress through collectibles: yes
learnable moves: yes
hub world/huge coherent world: yes

Sonic Generations
(PS3/X360/Windows/3DS)
platforming: yes
open 3D worlds: x
exploration-driven gameplay: x
progress through collectibles: yes
learnable moves: x
hub world/huge coherent world: yes

Sonic Lost World
(Wii U/3DS)
platforming: yes
open 3D worlds: x
exploration-driven gameplay: x
progress through collectibles: yes
learnable moves: yes
hub world/huge coherent world: yes

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
(Wii U)
platforming: yes
open 3D worlds: yes
exploration-driven gameplay: yes
progress through collectibles: yes
learnable moves: yes
hub world/huge coherent world: yes

Space Station Silicon Valley
(N64/PSX)
platforming: yes
open 3D worlds: yes
exploration-driven gameplay: yes
progress through collectibles: yes
learnable moves: yes
hub world/huge coherent world: yes

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Re: List of true open-world 3D Jump 'n' Runs

Postby Scrubber » Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:33 pm

John Enigma wrote:
EDIT: I don't know about you, but I think this topic should be stickied.

I agree. Great thread and very well organised. The perfect thread to know what games to try out during the year while we wait.

I loved glover as a kid. Would really like to play it again. Shame it's not on any e shop.

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Re: List of true open-world 3D Jump 'n' Runs

Postby John Enigma » Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:13 am

I don't know if the Mercury games by Archer Maclean (Archer Maclean's Mercury [PSP], Mercury Meltdown [PSP]/Remix[PS2], and Mercury Meltdown Revolution [Wii]), which are 3D puzzle games but somehow look like a 3D platformer game, fit your criteria.

Let's not forget the Disney Infinity series, and the LEGO video game series (which are pretty much all of them).

Here's a Wikipedia page listing the majority of the 3D platformer games.

Here's a Steam link with all the 3D platformers that are available on Steam, right now as we speak. Careful, 'cause some of them might be the same ones that are already listed up there (or in the Wikipedia page).
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