The Rayman videogame series, alone is enough for most people to automatically know that any new sequel will be much anticipated and rigorously scrutinized, Rayman Legends is no exception. Debuting on September 3, 2013 in the United States, developer Ubisoft once again created an amazing game to play. The 2d hand crafted design is beautiful, but real brilliance is in the level design and gameplay. There is never a dull moment when playing Rayman Legends. This is an awesome sequel to Rayman Origins and boy did it deliver.
The animation is clean and crisp. The art is in a word alluring. And gameplay is even better; now with gliding and swimming, you are able to explore with more freedom and every level has something new to do.
Even your closest friends can join the fun; up to four people can jump in at any time to play with you through the entire game. You can play Rayman Legend on PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation vita, and Wii U. It’s almost like looking at a looney tunes show back in the 90s.
The critics rave Rayman, Edge magazine gave it 9/10 said, “One of the most jubilant, vividly imagined and open-hearted platformers to come along in a long time”, Tom McShea ofGamespot rated the game a 9.0/10 praising the game mechanics, the level design and the local co-op and last Jose Otero ofIGN (imagine Games Network), an entertainment website rated the game a 9.5/10, praising the gameplay and the design of the levels, saying that “Naturally, Rayman starts out with simple running, jumping, and punching, but before you know it you’re sneaking past dozens of deadly traps, battling huge bosses, or playing through awesome challenge levels that look like ’90s music videos. Every time I thought I found a personal favorite stage, the next one came along and replaced it”, but criticized the absence of online co-op. These are just a few of many great reviews.
Rayman Legends is a 2d side-scrolling platformer. In this game you play as Rayman and an assortment of his allies. Your goal is to collect lums and rescue the teensies. I just bought this game a couple weeks ago and I am loving playing it. Let me tell you why I think the changes made to this game catapulted it instantly into my favorites.
Rayman: Legends moves the series in a more fast paced direction with levels that require constant movement. Legends also moves the series towards music based gameplay. These two design decisions are the main reason I am really liking this game. The fast paced levels are amazing set pieces, even more so if they are music focused. Timing your jumps to an orchestral track, or a heavy metal song feels amazingly satisfying. It is a really good blend of music rhythm games and platformers. There is also the addition of murphy. Murphy can interact with certain environmental elements that will allow you to progress through the levels. It really satisfying to be platforming and timing your button presses to send murphy to do something at the same time.
Even with the move towards those gameplay elements, the thing that I most liked about Legends was the way that they tied everything together. When you complete a levels you could get trophies based upon how much you completed in your playthrough of that level. These trophies would give you awesome points which add to your awesome level which is used to unlock challenge levels. Completing levels also gave you lucky tickets which could unlock rayman levels from Origins, lums, or a teensy. Lums would unlock new characters, and teensies would unlock new levels. So by completing one level you could get access to a huge variety of different things. It does a great of job of making the player feel accomplished. You play and you get rewards; it is a great example of operant conditioning.