3D platformers are hard to come by these days. I’m not talking about your typical action-adventure titles with light platforming and collectables as ancillaries, but games that stand on these as foundations: collect-a-thon 3D platformers. While Nintendo keeps the genre beating faintly with the likes of Super Mario 3D World and the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey, Knack was honestly the most recent attempt in the mainstream scene to revive the days of Banjo-Kazooie and Spyro the Dragon, but it faltered with its linear levels and repetitive combat. However, with a surprising sequel on the way, remasters of the Crash Bandicoot trilogy, and indie developers taking things into their own hands with Yooka-Laylee and A Hat in Time, 2017 is shaping up to be a strong year for the beloved genre. Snake Pass is a sssplendid ssstart to rekindling its ssspirit.
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