Summary: Parents need to know that Rayman Origins is a "platformer" game, which means players will go through a series of levels, each with the goal of getting from point A to point B. In addition to figuring out which way to turn through a series of winding paths and platforms, players need to avoid obstacles and defeat myriad enemies along the way.
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 even a remote interest in platform games. Origins is a great game to play in between sessions of Zelda: Skyward Sword and even after.
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
Excerpt: When I was a child, my favorite video games were side-scrolling action games on the NES. Games like Ninja Gaiden, Castlevania, and Metroid required skill, patience, and were sometimes very difficult to master. In fact, when I was younger I wasn’t even able to beat most of these games as either the boss battles were too hard or I ran out of lives forced to start all over again.
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. Tight controls, a perfectly judged difficulty curve, fantastically surreal boss fights and tons of replayability go that extra mile to make sure that after years of being relegated to countless remakes of Rayman...
Conclusion: Rayman Origins deserves to be recognized by anyone confident enough to call themselves a gamer. Not only does it manage to pay the utmost respect to the roots of gaming, it also puts it’s own twist on the classic platformer, making it just as good as your favorite childhood side scroller. Art style, music, sound, and gameplay play off of each other like they were childhood buddies. It’s not every day you see a game that perfects this as well as Rayman Origins does.