Rayman Legends Review: A Shot of Joy Straight to Your Brain
18 September 2013
Excerpt: The adventure begins after Rayman and friends awake from a century-long sleep that leads to nightmares taking over the land. Once again, you’re tasked with saving the dimwitted Teensies and shiny Lums that act as a currency of sorts. Additionally, there are also several princesses that need saving (because what would a platformer be without princesses?), who immediately join your party of ragtag heroes upon being rescued.
Excerpt: It only took a few minutes for me to fall in love with Rayman Legends. The opening cinematic is gorgeous, colorful, surreal, wacky, and mesmerizing, and after watching it I knew that as long as the gameplay was good I'd be hooked. A few moments later and it was obvious that the gameplay was something special as well. We have a real gem here, and a game that no one who has even a passing interest in platformers should miss.
Excerpt: Michael Ancel is a creative genius. The mind behind such franchises as Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil, Ancel oversaw the development of Rayman Legends as the game's director. He is Ubisoft's French equivalent of Nintendo's Miyamoto or Konami's Kojima. In a word, Ancel is a titan in the industry.
Summary: Rayman Origins was an undeniable treasure when it was released in 2011. A masterclass in platform game design, wrapped in a beautiful artistic style and incredible soundtrack, Origins was proof that the mascot platformer can not only still work, but can boast all the showmanship of a big-budget, Hollywood-flavored, graphically intensive shooter. That, and it was simply adorable.
Rayman Legends Review for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS Vita, PC
30 August 2013
Conclusion: Rayman Legends is an enjoyable and accessible experience with some fun social features wrapped up in gorgeous visuals and a lush soundtrack. If you have any love for side-scrolling platformers, 2D art or Rayman, jumping into Rayman Legends on any platform should be an absolute treat.