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. This intensely beautiful 2D platformer can easily crack open and scramble even the most hardened of hardcore gamers. And that’s a very good thing.
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
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.
Conclusion: It's safe to say that this game ended up being one of my favourite games of 2011 but I'm well aware that with so many great sequels being released at this time, most people wouldn't have time to play a title like this - let alone have the money. But if you ever have some spare cash, a lull in your LoveFilm rentals or a friend to borrow it from - do it.
Excerpt: Rayman Origins is one of those games that is an absolute delight to review right from the start. While it might look like your standard 2D side scrolling platformer, Rayman Origins is actually one of the most important games to be released this year. It would be callous to start off the review without mentioning how vibrant Origins is: the HD sprites are something that Pixar would be proud of and really spring off the screen.
Summary: This is by far the best platform game to be released in a very long time! It can be a border line "throw the controller at TV/rage inducing/throw toys out of pram" type of game at times, but it's such a cute game you can`t stay mad at it for long. There are hours and hours of enjoyment to be had in this very entertaining and somewhat challenging game. Is it worth the money?
Conclusion: Rayman is a hard game to know how I feel about. The individual elements are fantastic, and taking individually each level is as good as the last. That being said, it’s too easy to get fatigued by long gameplay sessions and it stops being as impressive as it was at first. The game is fantastic, and the art and music are beyond reproach, but the overall philosophy behind the games organization is just a little too off and it prevents it from being the landmark it could...
Excerpt: I sometimes feel a lot older than I am. I complain about the music kids listen to today, the cartoons they watch and society in general. I often feel like I may as well be turning in my youth card and telling those damn neighborhood kids to “get off my lawn.” Then came Rayman Origins , a stupidly charming platformer from Ubisoft that harkens back to the old days of side scrolling 2D platformers.
Excerpt: I feel like I have been trapped in a time warp recently. Playing and reviewing games from my youth with Shinobi, Mario Kart, Mario Land, Zelda, Sonic and Blood Rayne all finding their way back on to my system. But of all the reimaginings to grace my consoles recently none has impressed and constantly surprised as much as " Rayman: Origins ".
Conclusion: Rayman Origins signifies a welcome return to form for the hovering hero, presenting a world bursting with charm and adventure. It’s a title that really shouldn’t be missed, but we have the sneaking suspicion that it’ll be overlooked this season amongst the slew of bigger names (the strange selection of levels offered in the demo probably won’t help either).