Excerpt: When it comes to Rayman, we have learned one important thing. Expect the unexpected. Rayman Origins has a quirky cast of characters, strange locations, and a storyline that makes sense (well sort of). This home console game is on the Wii, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.
Excerpt: The visuals alone are enough to lull even the most seasoned gamer into a false sense of security. Vibrant colors abound, preposterous characters gambol and cavort with giddy abandon, and vivacious animation breathes life into the already-fecund levels. But don’t be fooled by Rayman Origins.
Pros: Lush, hand-drawn visuals, Sublime level design, Satisfying sound effects and music
Cons: Brutal difficultly, Unforgiving action and controls, Chaotic four-player co-op
Conclusion: Rayman: Origins feels like something that shouldn't be possible these days - an amazing, long, retail 2D platformer. While the unfortunate release date will likely hamper sales of the game, Origins is one of the best games to come out this Holiday season and one should not pass it up if they have...
Pros: A cast of crazies, as hilarious as they are random, A long, challenging experience with much to do, Beautiful art style, looks stunning with a component cable, Multiplayer is incredibly fun, The Rabbids are finally gone
Cons: Can be relentless and cheap, Hyperactivity gets grating sometimes, Pig Latin is always annoying, Some extreme difficulty towards the end
Conclusion: Whether you choose to approach this adventure by your lonesome or with three friends, the fact remains that this is a charming, gorgeous, and thoroughly entertaining 2D platforming experience. Rayman Origins draws a lot from the past, but it does so while managing to feel fresh and full of life.
Summary: I hate Rayman. His foppish, my-mum-picked-a-style-and-I-never-changed-it haircut perched atop a perennial gormless grin; his perky attitude after he completes an area, spinning to the camera and flicking out a sign of "I did a great job" after the player has surmounted cruel levels built to cheaply...
Summary: Rayman Origins perfectly embodies what made many of us fall in love with gaming in the first place. It’s a nigh-on flawlessly executed romp through intricately designed levels that boast the most gorgeously detailed and vibrant visuals you’ll see this generation.