Summary: Once again, Rayman Origins is a 2D side-scrolling dream come, except this time it's on a smaller screen. One of the best and most beautiful games of last year returns on the PlayStation Vita for launch, and I had absolutely no problem playing it one more time for this review.
Excerpt: Few games have won the hearts and minds of gamers over the course of several generations. Rayman has done exactly that. Michel Ancel brought the franchise to life back in 1995 on the original PlayStation. Rayman Origins, the first original platformer in the series in nearly a decade, is the best one yet.
Summary: As you may remember, Peter was more than a little bit fond of Rayman Origins when it hit full size consoles back in November 2011, calling it ‘nothing short of a work of art – both literally and figuratively’ and placing it at number 9 in its top 10 games of the year . Strong words, and quite a reputation to live up to as Origins makes its way the much smaller screen of the PS Vita. And I’m pleased to report that the transition has been almost flawless.
Excerpt: In spite of spending most of my early years playing games like Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong Country , I never got into the Rayman series. Sure, I've played Rayman: Raving Rabbids and enjoyed it for the gimmicky mini-game compilation it was, but I had no desire to check out the 2D platforming iterations that spawned it regardless of their quality.
Excerpt: Rayman Origins is unlike anything else on the market. Not only is it colorful, preposterous and manic, but it's a genuine rarity: a high resolution sidescrolling platformer released at retail. It's also one hell of a game and an old school experience that transports its players back in time – a time when consoles were connected with RF-units. To play Rayman Origins is to feel like a kid again. The grin; the joy; and the frustration; it's all in here.
Excerpt: Rayman Origins has the sublime distinction of being 2011's best 2D platform adventure. Ubisoft did a phenomenal job creating vibrant worlds bursting with color and detail, then merging addictive gameplay with this eye-popping artwork to create one of the finest titles we've played in months.
Pros: Near perfect port of the console experience, beautiful 2D graphics, pinch controls, Ghost Mode, personality to spare.
Excerpt: Somewhere out there, in a leafy private estate, there's a place called The Bubsy the Bobcat Memorial Retirement Home. This is where all the mascots went at the end of the '90s. Step inside, and you'll find a crowd of familiar faces: Aero the Acro-Bat sits in the corner, muttering to himself. Croc and Bug labour over a jigsaw, though it's missing 13 pieces. Gex the gecko just stands at the window, day after day. The one-liners dried up a long time ago.