The lights are on
Rayman has always been one of my favorite videogame
characters of all time and I’ve been awaiting a real Rayman game for quite a
few years now. Sure, Origins isn’t the amazing platformer that Rayman Raving
Rabbids was supposed to be, but it’s as close as I am going to get for a while
and I’m actually more than satisfied. The things that made me so satisfied with
this title as well as the things that kind of disappointed me are all here; all
you have to do is keep reading.
As for the good things about Rayman Origins; the
first thing everyone will (or at least should) notice upon starting the game is
its unique art style. The visuals for the game are beyond beautiful and pull in
anyone looking for something different and new. Along with the visuals comes a
world with a strong imagination behind it that doesn’t take things too far and
allows everything within the game to come together perfectly.
The soundtrack for this game is brilliant and
addicting as well. With the games loony and extremely catchy tunes, you may
find yourself whistling or humming them as the day goes by. Some songs even fit
the gameplay so well that you may not show it, but on the inside you’ll feel as
if your heart is swelling up with joy. I could actually see myself downloading
most of these songs to my iPod and listening to them on a bad day just to
brighten things up a bit or even just listen for the heck of it.
Rayman Origins plays much like the classic platfomer
(ie: LittleBigPlanet, New Super Mario Bros., etc) and up to 3 of your friends
can join in. However, you can only play with 3 other players locally. I was a
bit skeptical when I found out that this wasn’t to be an online co-op game, but
after playing it for myself through the majority of my first play-through I’m
kind of glad it isn’t. Though for the most part the co-op is fun and runs
smoothly, I find the game much more enjoyable to play alone anyways; despite
the fact that playing with others makes the game slightly easier.
One of my personal favorite things about Rayman
Origins is the fact that unlike most games of its kind, there are NO LIVES.
This makes dying less stressful and learning from your mistakes a lot easier.
Actually, when you die there is no consequence at all! You simply return to the
beginning of the room you’ve died in (or the nearest checkpoint when there are
no rooms for a while) and can continue from there.
As for the bad things about Rayman Origins; I can
honestly say that there is nothing wrong with this masterpiece besides the fact
that as you near the end of it, there are ridiculous difficulty spikes. You may
even end up dying so many times that the game actually asks if you want to keep
playing. Trust me; I love a good challenge, but in this case I thought these
spikes went a bit too far.
Rayman Origins is a fantastic game that takes Rayman
back to his classic platforming roots and is definitely worth the buy for
anyone seeking something entertaining and different. Overall, it is getting a
9.5 out of 10 from me. Even those of you who are unfamiliar with or simply don’t
care for Rayman may find a spot in your heart for this title, especially if you’re
a fan of classic gameplay.
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Nice review. I have it for the vita, and thought it was great.