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10 Best Platformers on PlayStation 5 (2024)

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The Platformer genre has provided some of the most memorable and fun gaming experiences. While seemingly simple from the outset, this genre offers a world of creativity and impeccable level design. These games often challenge the player to think outside the box while keeping their reflexes sharp. That said, we are here today to highlight some of the best that PlayStation has to offer. Without further ado, here are the 10 Best Platformers on PlayStation 5

10. Astro's Playroom

Astro's Playroom - Gameplay Trailer l PS5

Today, we are kicking off our list of the best platformers on PlayStation 5 with a title all players should be familiar with. Here, we have Astro's Playroom. What started out as a PlayStation 5 launch title has, through its impeccable design, become one of the most beloved platformers in recent memory. Along the way, players are able to compete against one another in time trials and simply enjoy the core fundamentals of this charming and incredibly competent game. All in all, Astro's Playroom is a great place to start for anyone looking to get into platforming games on PlayStation 5.

9. Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Sackboy: A Big Adventure - Story Trailer | PS5

We are continuing on with the theme of fantastic platforming titles with Sackboy: A Big Adventure. Sackboy, for many players, has become iconic for PlayStation as a whole. This makes seeing the character out on a full-fledged journey feel all the more endearing. For players who enjoy the thrills of fast-paced platforming action, this title has you covered. Additionally, the ability to bring friends along for the ride makes it one of the most enjoyable and accessible platformers on the PlayStation 5.

8. Psychonauts 2

Psychonauts 2 Launch Trailer

Our next entry is one that might be new for PlayStation 5 players. Here, we have Psychonauts 2. If you have not experienced the brilliant and zany world of Psychonauts, you are in for quite the treat. Through its unique approach to level design, its power variety, and many other factors, this game still stands out to this day. Through its aesthetic choices, as well as its fantastic core concept, Psychonauts 2 is excellent. Players take on the role of Razputin as they make their way through this innovative and interesting world. In short, Psychonauts 2 is one of the best platforming games the PlayStation 5 has to offer.

7. Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time – Gameplay Launch Trailer | PS4

Our next entry is one that manages to carry with it the weight of its predecessors. Here, we have Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time. As the name implies, this title has to deal with the mascot marsupial making their way through various periods of time. In doing so, players will find the novel and innovative platforming brilliance that the series has always offered its players. If you are a fan of zany characters or simple, old-school style platforming with a fresh coat of paint, check this one out.

6. Mega Man 11

Mega Man 11 – Launch Trailer | PS4

The Mega Man series has stood the test of time and become one of the most iconic platforming franchises of all time. With Mega Man 11, the series sees its legacy cemented in a brilliant adaptation of old-school game mechanics and modern polish. Players can look forward to finding a variety of game modes to enjoy, each of which brings with them a different way to play the game. The platforming levels on hand are fantastic examples of stellar design. In short, Mega Man 11 is one of the best platformers available on PlayStation 5.

5. Yooka-Laylee

Yooka-Laylee - Launch Trailer | PS4

For fans of old-school platformers, there are few titles that hold as much reverence as Banjo Kazooie. This franchise, in many ways, still resonates with players who enjoy the core mechanics and sheer fun factor platformers have to offer. So, when it was announced that a spiritual successor would be coming into the mix, fans were no doubt excited. Yooka-Laylee does not disappoint in this regard and brings with it the same sense of charm and polish as its inspiration. If you are looking for a fantastic example of exemplary platforming, this title certainly fits the bill.

4. Sonic Frontiers

Sonic Frontiers - Story Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games

The Sonic franchise has stood the test of time to become one of the most iconic platformers in history. Sonic's adventures have become immortalized through some of the most enjoyable gaming experiences the genre has to offer. With Sonic Frontiers, the franchises once again improved upon its solid foundations to show that it can still be as impactful as ever. If you are a fan of the Sonic games or are jumping in for the first time, You are no doubt in for a treat with this title.

3. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Bloodstained - Launch Trailer | PS4

We are taking a sharp turn with our next entry. From the bright and colorful world of Sonic Frontiers, we turn to the darker world of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. For fans of the Metroidvania genre, this title is a must-play. Through its clever level design and fantastic boss mechanics, this game manages to shine amongst even the brightest titles. The outpouring of creativity and freedom present in the game's powers and levels is wonderful to see. So, if you haven't, give Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night a try.

2. Cuphead

Cuphead - Launch Trailer | PS4

For the next entry on our list of the best platformers on PlayStation 5, here we have Cuphead. Through its impeccable use of both the old-school cartoon aesthetic and sound design, this game stands out beautifully. Add to this the complexity and rewarding nature of its combat, and you have a recipe for success. Players find themselves maneuvering throughout a vibrant and colorful world, where they will fight unique bosses with wholly unique mechanics. Whether you enjoy the game for the stellar gameplay it provides or simply its novel concept, Cuphead is one of the best platformers on PlayStation 5.

1. A Hat In Time

A Hat in Time - Launch Trailer | PS4

Finally, we have come to the last entry on our list. First, A Hat In Time is simple and impeccable from a level design standpoint. The game shows an in-depth understanding of what makes the classic collect-a-thon platformers so fantastic to this day. Along the way, players will earn more powers, learn more about the world around them, and experience one of the most charming stories in modern platforming history. So, if you haven't given this phenomenal title a try, now is a great time to do so. For these reasons and more, we consider A Hat In Time to be one of the best platformers on PlayStation.

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Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.