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.
Excerpt: The Vita could wind up being a lot of worse things than the home for second chances. When Rayman Origins first arrived in stores late last November, it faced stiff competition from the season’s blockbusters. While consumers were busy snatching up the obvious blockbusters, they were largely ignoring a slew of other great games that didn’t benefit from a huge marketing budget.
Excerpt: It doesn’t take long for Rayman Origins to put a smile on your face. Leaping from platform to platform, everyone’s favourite jointless protagonist is a joy to control. The game’s format is as familiar as they come, but this doesn’t stop it from feeling like one of the freshest titles in years. The visuals have a lot to do with it. Beautifully drawn textures are sewn together with a parallax effect that gives each level real depth.
Summary: " Rayman: Origins " is a wonderful breath of fresh air and a perfect fit for the Vita. It remains rare for a developer/publisher to take a risk on such a wonderfully playful release, but if there is any justice this handheld release will do better for their investment than the home console version last year. If you haven’t got it yet buy it, play it, love it, then put it in your pocket and take it out with you.
Conclusion: Rayman Origins is the best game released for the PS VITA so far in my opinion, and it is only a shame that a lot of players have already played it on consoles. Had this been a VITA exclusive it would have been a system seller well worth forking out the cash for a new handheld device. Now it is an almost must buy for those who have already enjoyed it on console, and a must for those who have never enjoyed it.
Excerpt: If there is one genre that is well represented in this close to perfect category, and that are the platformers. Super Mario Bros is a legendary classic game that showed greatness, but it wasn’t until Super Mario Bros 3 that the formula bloomed into awesomeness. The more contemporary Super Mario Galaxy is perhaps an even better game. Rayman has also travelled a long way from that first Rayman game found on the Playstation.
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.