Conclusion: So is Rayman 3 HD a good game? Well, this game is going to deliver a different experience from person to person. It’s still a game from 2003 no matter which way you slice it, and you have to accept the total package for better or worse. On the one hand, you have a great game that looks even better – the frame rate is smooth, the environments are beautiful, and the humor is intact.
Excerpt: Everyone wants to look prettier; it's a natural part of human character. This becomes more of a priority as one gets older; bits start to sag which once held their own, and newer, advanced beings overtake you in the game of life. If the recent trend of HD re-releases is anything to go by then someone, somewhere, feels that certain games deserve the justice of a make-over so that they can keep up, and stay relevant, in the modern age.
Conclusion: While it’s not a bad game, Rayman 3 is easily the worst Rayman game of the main series and there are simply too many other games that do what Rayman 3 tries to do better than it does. If you’re looking for a new Rayman experience, Rayman Origins is your ticket; if you looking for another game by Michel Ancel, Beyond Good & Evil is particularly great and if you want a combat focused platformer with great sense of humor, Psychonauts is a fantastic choice.
Conclusion: It´s the perfect Rayman 3 version, minus the funny unlockable videos, and it has tons of replayable value, specially if you want all the achievements (using a guide can really shorten that though). If you like 3D platforming games which aren´t too easy, this game is easily recommended. Feel free to ask anything if it isn´t already explained on the review, or if it isn´t clear enough.
Conclusion: The addition of Achievements and Online Leaderboards will add a little to the experience for some, but most will come for the original game, which offers a decent amount of challenge and length and a great deal of variety in its levels. Just go into it knowing that the original game was released back in 2003 – and in spite of the HD upgrade, it feels like it.
Excerpt: Over the years, Rayman has become a household name. With the revitalization of the franchise with the new Rayman: Origins, UbisoftÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s armless, legless mascot seems to be making a big comeback.
Pros: + Funny dialog, + Nice power-ups, + Unique art style, + HD works well
Cons: Still some pixelation in a few things, Sound inconsistencies, Camera issues
Excerpt: Rayman 3 HD is a beautiful game — at times, we put down our controllers to admire the view — but all of its loving visual upgrades can’t hide the fact that it’s nine years old. Camera angles swing around randomly, often refuse manual adjustment, and are even used as a means of challenging you through poor or funky perspectives. Beating bosses requires repetitive thumbstick movements and button-presses that can leave your hands sore.
Conclusion: Certainly, Rayman 3 HD is big enough and enjoyable enough to warrant its 800MSP price tag, just as long as you’re expecting the original game as it was released and little more. An opportunity to make some tweaks and show the true quality has clearly been missed, but you’ll still have fun playing it if you can overlook its more frustrating issues.
Summary: Rayman 3 HD looks good, and plays just like it always has. A fun, frustrating, jump and glide through pretty, pleasant worlds, with a fair enough story, and a clever use of power ups to hold your interest. It has a very reasonable price of 800 MSP or £7.99 on PSN, which is actually cheaper than buying the original retail game from Amazon at the moment.
Conclusion: "Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc" zählt nicht ohne Grund zu den ganz großen Klassikern der PlayStation 2-Ära: Bereits damals war das Spiel einfach grandios, heute macht es nicht weniger viel Spaß. Die neue HD-Optik ist wirklich toll, der Preis (zehn Euro) praktisch unschlagbar. Hier könnt ihr ohne Bedenken zulangen!