I’ve always had an interesting relationship with the platforming genre, ever since I watched and played Sonic the Hedgehog with my cousin on his Sega Genesis system. He passed each stage flawlessly and when he handed me the controller so I could have a turn, I didn’t know it then, but I was in for a wild ride.
I failed each stage and as a stubborn kid, I decided that platformers were too hard, and didn’t understand that to get good at something I needed to practice. Between my cousin and I, there was a huge difference in skill because he played video games often, and I didn’t.
Who would’ve thought I would have so much fun with platform video games eventually? I still can’t believe it.
In addition to being an RPG fan and my prior experience with the genre, platform video games weren’t always on my radar. However, sometimes we need a little break from the genres we love the most, so back in September I logged on to the PSN and downloaded the demo for Rayman Origins.
It was the best decision I ever made!
The demo was colorful, action-packed, and had smooth controls that weren’t frustrating. It made me realize that not all platforming video games are difficult, and it’s okay to try a genre again down the road if you are not into it the first time.
Here are a few games I play now that have shaped my video game collection, thanks to the Rayman Origins demo:
Ratchet & Clank Collection
Sonic the Hedgehog Classic (Android mobile app)
Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
This experience was a breath of fresh air that helped me fall in love with the platforming genre, and as a result, play more platform video games with an open mind.