The lights are on
It was kind of weird how Rayman Origins caught my attention while watching the Ubisoft conference at E3 2011. Why was it weird? Simply because I never saw myself playing a game starring the limbless protagonist. I do agree with Jeff Cork, who did the Rayman Origins review for GI, that Rayman is not one of the first games you may think of when you hear the term platformer. Origins changes all of that. This is the Rayman title that will take the franchise into the future and place it up there with the best of the best.
Just one look at Rayman Origins, and it'll definitely catch your eye with its artistic beauty and vibrant colors. In this age of every game gaining attention with its graphics first, Rayman Origins is no exception. Even with its simplicity, it is still appealing and proves that games don't need to always have 3D models or use the latest game engines to look amazing
Rayman Origins definitely reminds me why I love video games and why platformers got me into them in the first place. It even gives that plumber a run for his money. With the majority of games centered around their competitive nature, it's refreshing that there is a casual game to simply enjoy, although it does have its moments. The game is not the same bland level after another. It spreads its variety of gameplay styles, setting and even moods of the area equally so that it doesn't feel like the same thing over and over again.
The music and sounds of the game are fitting and properly placed in each area. From the bright exciting jungles to the dark creepy deep sea levels. No level feels like just another theme thanks to the background music. The infectiously catchy tunes during the water levels are just plain amazing.
Problems? Very similar to Jeff, I didn't appreciate having to replay levels in order to progress in the game. It is in fact wise to try and collect as much as you can during your play through rather than brushing them off until later. That's when it becomes a burden.
This is my first experience with a Rayman game and I'm convinced that I couldn't have had a better introduction. I'm so glad that I picked up this title and highly recommend it to anyone especially if they're looking for a casual game that they can enjoy. This game definitely puts Rayman up there with other big name platformers as it definitely is one of the best ones. I'm impressed by where Ubisoft can take Rayman and hope to see more in the future.