Rayman: Origins is a side scrolling platformer, starring Rayman and his cast of crazy friends. The action puts Rayman and Co in the centre of numerous adventures, that require you to jump, flap and fly to save the world from an assortment of wacky villains.
This game is incredibly good fun. Every single minute of it is enjoyable. Whether you are playing along to the rhythm of Eye of the Tiger performed exclusively by ukuleles or fighting an enormous luchador, the result is the same, pure, unadulterated entertainment. I thought I would mention this at the beginning of the review because it’s what struck me first when playing it. It’s just easy to pick up, beautifully creative and whacky fun. You jump straight in and never want to jump out. It is an engrossing experience which shows what can be done using even the simplest of gaming mechanics and principles.
Its a super stylish, super crazy and exudes an absurd personality that is omnipresent within the game. The visuals and soundtrack are both completely unique. The backdrops to the side scrolling action are remarkably creative and this helps to give each adventure a unique tone and feel. The music complements this fantastically well, evoking a playful atmosphere which is pulsating throughout. An example of this is a spy themed level where the cliché Bondesque music is pastiched brilliantly. This is probably why I like this game so much, it just exudes a unique, fun character which shines a light up to the gaming industry as a whole, giving a message that games are primarily about fun, not just shooting.
Rayman: Legends is currently available on the PlayStation store for only ten pounds. This represents great value for money and is a sound investment for any avid gamer. You also get two games for the price of one as you can play every level from Rayman: Origins on this game. I had already played Rayman: Origins and enjoyed it thoroughly and replaying some of the levels was just as enjoyable as when I first played them. If you haven’t played origins then this makes the game incredibly good value. At this low price point I must say that I would recommend any gamer to buy this. It’s such a refreshing gaming experience that can be enjoyed by any of gamings niche audiences.
The new music style levels are my highlight of the game. They basically have you platforming at high speed hitting certain objects to the beat of the song, in a similar fashion to the Guitar Hero franchise. You play along to Eye of the Tiger as well as a fantastic orchestration level which is quite probably my favourite level of the game. They are a fresh idea for the Rayman franchise and give the gamer yet another means to have some great fun and memorable moments.
This game accommodates for all level of players from beginners to platforming fanatics. If you are beginner you can cruise through most levels, but if you are more advanced you will trying to find every hidden character and collect as many lumes (the equivalent of Mario’s coins) as possible. This is a huge undertaking as the game just gets harder and harder. At times it has you screaming at the screen, but I think this is a good thing as few games offer the degree of difficulty that some of the levels provide. The cliché of a game being easy to pick up difficult to master, is very apt for this title.
Despite me saying that this game is for everyone, it should be a approached in a light hearted way, this game says nothing about everyday life or the human condition, it’s just fun. So there is a chance that those less whimsical could be caught up in being cynical about the surreal nature of the game, but to the cynics, I say relax, it’s a game and enjoy it for what it is, a wonderfully creative achievement.
Offline Co-op is another aspect of this game. It allows four players to pick up a controller and jump into the action. You go through the single player campaign with multiple players. This has problems though, as the screen gets packed with too many characters and it ruins the pacing which is so fantastic when played alone. The online offering is not much better either, this game is definitely best experienced on your own, or with two players in my opinion.
I am scoring this game 9 out of 10. This is because it’s an unbelievably fun game with whimsical, eccentric environments and soundtrack. It is a unique experience and at just £10 it is a sound investment for any gamer. For me this is a standard bearer of how much fun a light hearted game can be and I will certainly remember my experiences of Rayman: Legends for a very long time.