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Old 11-23-07, 01:47 PM
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Looking for a new PS2 platformer -- any advice?

Here's a list of the games my wife and I love to play:

Jak & Daxter (entire series)
Ratchet & Clank (entire series)
Psychonauts

We have also tried Haven and the X-Men: Legends game, but didn't care for either of those.

We tried Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex, and didn't care for that either. We enjoyed the Crash games on the PS1, but this PS2 version wasn't too appealing. I noticed that there's a new Crash game called "Crash of the Titans," but I'm skeptical due to how poor Cortex was.

So, with that background, does anybody have any good recommendations for other similar games?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-23-07, 02:14 PM
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Try the first 3 Spyro games on PS1.
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Old 11-23-07, 02:23 PM
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You'd probably like the Sly Cooper series.
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Old 11-23-07, 03:15 PM
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Lego Star Wars.
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Old 11-25-07, 09:27 AM
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Just went to IGN and filtered their PS2 reviews for platformers...then sorted by score. Here's everything that scored over an 8:

Jak II Platformer 9.5 Oct 9, 2003
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando Platformer 9.4 Nov 11, 2003
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy Platformer 9.4 Dec 4, 2001
Sly 2: Band of Thieves Platformer 9.2 Sep 3, 2004
Ratchet & Clank Platformer 9.2 Nov 4, 2002
Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil Platformer 9.2 Jul 23, 2001
Ape Escape 2 Platformer 9.0 Jul 1, 2003
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc Platformer 8.9 Mar 18, 2003
Rayman 2: Revolution Platformer 8.8 Feb 5, 2001
Psychonauts Platformer 8.6 Jun 21, 2005
Dr. Muto Platformer 8.5 Nov 11, 2002
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus Platformer 8.5 Sep 20, 2002
Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams Platformer 8.4 Oct 11, 2004
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves Platformer 8.1 Sep 21, 2005
Tak: The Great Juju Challenge Platformer 8.0 Sep 21, 2005
Scaler Platformer 8.0 Oct 22, 2004

To those, I would add Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Prince of Persia: Two Thrones which despite a bit of hack n slash are at heart platformers and are brilliant.

Tomb Raider Anniversary and Legend also have a lot of platforming elements.

And as previously mentioned, Lego Star Wars has a lot of platformer elements, and is also great multiplayer fun, so you and the wife can play together.

All of the Sly Cooper games are fun and should be right up your alley.

Finally, I'd reach back to the first 3 Crash Bandicoot games from PS1, all of which have a ton of charm and control perfectly.
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Sly Cooper, Klonoa 2, both of those are great.
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Old 11-25-07, 11:17 AM
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Checkout your local SEARS store! You endup get all the games u wantes very cheap cos most of them on clearanced for while now. Just ignored the sticker price and feel free to ask the cashier for pricecheck.
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Old 11-25-07, 11:32 AM
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You should tried all three of Sly Cooper, I really enjoyed them all.
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Old 11-25-07, 12:18 PM
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Viewtiful Joe...although I'm not sure if it's classified as a platformer, now that I think of it.
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Old 11-25-07, 12:30 PM
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I'm gonna throw out a pretty unknown suggestion: Vexx. It's only five bucks used at Gamestop, and as platformers go, it's actually some great fun. Great progression of difficulty, unique worlds and puzzles to explore.

The Xbox version looks a little nicer, but the PS2 version is no slouch, considering it came out several years ago.
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Old 11-25-07, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by chess
Just went to IGN and filtered their PS2 reviews for platformers...then sorted by score. Here's everything that scored over an 8:

Jak II Platformer 9.5 Oct 9, 2003
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando Platformer 9.4 Nov 11, 2003
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy Platformer 9.4 Dec 4, 2001
Sly 2: Band of Thieves Platformer 9.2 Sep 3, 2004
Ratchet & Clank Platformer 9.2 Nov 4, 2002
Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil Platformer 9.2 Jul 23, 2001
Ape Escape 2 Platformer 9.0 Jul 1, 2003
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc Platformer 8.9 Mar 18, 2003
Rayman 2: Revolution Platformer 8.8 Feb 5, 2001
Psychonauts Platformer 8.6 Jun 21, 2005
Dr. Muto Platformer 8.5 Nov 11, 2002
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus Platformer 8.5 Sep 20, 2002
Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams Platformer 8.4 Oct 11, 2004
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves Platformer 8.1 Sep 21, 2005
Tak: The Great Juju Challenge Platformer 8.0 Sep 21, 2005
Scaler Platformer 8.0 Oct 22, 2004

To those, I would add Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Prince of Persia: Two Thrones which despite a bit of hack n slash are at heart platformers and are brilliant.

Tomb Raider Anniversary and Legend also have a lot of platforming elements.

And as previously mentioned, Lego Star Wars has a lot of platformer elements, and is also great multiplayer fun, so you and the wife can play together.

All of the Sly Cooper games are fun and should be right up your alley.

Finally, I'd reach back to the first 3 Crash Bandicoot games from PS1, all of which have a ton of charm and control perfectly.
Wow!!! Thanks for all that!!!! That's an awesome list! I'll go check out the reviews on the site you mentioned and see which ones are available at my local Game Spot today. Thanks again.

Thanks to everybody else, as well, who has offered advice in this thread. Once again, this is a great community.
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Old 11-25-07, 02:50 PM
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Another vote for Sly Cooper as it fits right in line with the games you're already playing.
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Old 11-25-07, 03:21 PM
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To all the people recommending Sly Cooper, should we start with #1 and work our way through the series, or is there one in particular that we should start with? From the ratings above, it appears that Sly 2 has the highest rating (a 9.2).
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Maximo: Ghost to Glory, and I'm sure Pixy will kick me for this but Maximo: Army of Zin is also great.
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Originally Posted by Double Down
To all the people recommending Sly Cooper, should we start with #1 and work our way through the series, or is there one in particular that we should start with? From the ratings above, it appears that Sly 2 has the highest rating (a 9.2).
Sly 2 and 3 are a little different than 1. 1 is more of a traditional straight level by level platformer, whereas 2 and 3 have a little bit of open-endedness to them. You have free roaming levels you can run around in collecting bottles, coins, etc and then you come across missions inside the level. Usually there are a few you can choose from at a time.

None of them take a really long time to complete, so I'd say start with 1 and work your way through.
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Old 11-26-07, 10:07 AM
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Tak 2, rayman 3, sly 2-3 and maybe tombraider aniversary
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Old 11-26-07, 02:06 PM
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I thought Brave was pretty good (kind of like a mix of Tak, i.e. on the easy, kid friendly side, with a Mark Of Kri environment).
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Old 12-03-07, 04:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Double Down
To all the people recommending Sly Cooper, should we start with #1 and work our way through the series, or is there one in particular that we should start with? From the ratings above, it appears that Sly 2 has the highest rating (a 9.2).
The first one is the best by far IMO, and is the one to play if you're only going to play one, but they all have their merits. I really liked how the characters developed over the series, so it's best to play them in the right order to see that play out.
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Old 12-03-07, 08:37 PM
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the jak and ratchet and clank trilogy are really fun games.
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Old 12-03-07, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by mhg83
the jak and ratchet and clank trilogy are really fun games.
Agreed. And the first post in this thread is a really fun read.

I really like Sly Cooper as well. Wonderful series. Second is my favorite. The first can be beaten in a weekend rental (and that's by me, so it should take the average gamer about one fourth as long, maybe a couple of hours).

While they're not platformers, the God Of War games and Okami are wonderful action games that are thrilling to play and just look amazing. Well worth checking them out.
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