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 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: If you had told me a few months ago that Rayman Origins would be one of the best titles of the year, I would have called you crazy. After all, this is the same Rayman that not too long ago was upstaged by a hoard of tweaked out bunnies, right? But here we are and in fact Rayman Origins marks a triumphant return for this beloved platforming franchise, bringing it back to its 2D side-scrolling roots.
Excerpt: One day, Michel Ancel and his team at France’s Ubisoft decided they were going to do it up proper. They locked themselves in some posh Parisian loft with nothing but a stack of Doctor Seuss books, Peter Gabriel’s complete discography, a box set of Pee-wee’s Playhouse episodes, VHS tapes of Terry Gilliam ’s less successful movies, a case of strawberry vodka, some whippets, a theremin, and a copy of New Super Mario Bros Wii .