Vidja Games – Rayman Legends
Rayman’s back at it, leaving memorable legends behind.
Available for PS3, XBOX 360, Wii U, PC & PS Vita
Rated “Everyone 10+” by the ESRB
Ubisoft’s franchise “Rayman” has been around since 1995, slating the first release of the game for the Atari Jaguar & Sega Saturn and later for PlayStation 1. What our character Rayman lacks in the arms, legs and neck department, he more than makes up for in his charm. He is Ubisoft’s kid friendly mascot juxtaposed to Nintendo’s Mario & Sega’s Sonic.
If you’ve played Rayman Origins, this game will fit you like a glove. All of the controls are about the same with maybe a minor tweak here and there. Our game plays out in a similar formula to Donkey Kong Country (SNES) or Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES).
Also there’s a nice challenge present. You will die many times in this game, but you are given unlimited lives so it doesn’t matter. You start in the hub world, where you will jump into paintings to select the levels and open more levels as you progress.
You navigate through the levels and try to collect as many Lums and rescue as many Teensies as you desire. The more you collect, the more you can unlock via in-game scratch tickets. The unlockables here consist of new characters, remastered levels from Rayman Origins, new challenges and strange creatures that give you items.
The aspect this game differs from the most with its predecessor (Rayman Origins) are its musical stages which are an absolute blast to play. You are forced to run through these levels and collect lums, jump over obstacles and/or hit enemies all while the music is synchronized to all of these actions.
This game has absolutely stunning visuals. It brings the lushness that Rayman Origins had and just adds even more garnish to it. The colors are bright and vivid and the levels are fully lavished with great detail.
The framerate holds at a refreshingly consistent 60 frames per second; never once, while I played, did I notice any lag. This game is presented in 2D, mixed with the occasional hint of background 3D, and it’s all done with panache. I’d love to see more games follow in the graphical footsteps of this wondrous beauty.
The sounds are as quirky as they are humorous. I enjoyed listening to the ambiance that each level brought. The Teensies will say “help me”, which will usually signify a hidden wall or entrance in the area in order to notify you to rescue them.
The music in this game is all great, but the musical levels are where it truly shines. We are given some excellent renditions of classic popular music like “Black Betty” & “Eye of the Tiger” which will simply put a wide grin of enjoyment on your face.
There’s so much to do in this game it’s almost ridiculous. In addition to the single player, you can play through the entire game with up to 4 players (5 in the Wii U version). You can also play up to four players competitively in a crazy team-based soccer game called “Kung Foot”.
I would recommend buying this game and playing through it with as many friends as possible. Christmas is coming soon and I think this would be a great gift for just about anyone.
9.5 out of 10
Trailer to the musical level “Mariachi Madness” below