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
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.
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).
Excerpt: The late months of the year is not the time that you should release a game that you think is going to struggle at retail, but Ubisoft have done just that. Rayman Origins was supposed to be the triumphant return of the titular limbless hero to his platforming roots, and whilst it is exactly that, it was hardly going to sell huge amounts in the months that sees titles such as Call of Duty and Ubisoft’s own Assassin’s Creed take centre stage.
Excerpt: It’s a bit of a daunting task engaging in critical discussion surrounding the latest Rayman game from Ubisoft and industry luminary, Michel Ancel. It’s always tricky providing critique for a game of any description, but when one encounters a title that has clearly been lavished with love, care and attention at every step of development, with tons to see and loads of small touches to enjoy, it becomes a frightening prospect simply because you don’t want to leave anything...
Conclusion: Probably the best platform game since New Super Mario Bros. came out a few years ago. Unfortunately; Rayman: Origins may just prove once again that being a AAA game doesn’t equal to AAA sales. This game really should have come out at a better time with possibly a more realistic price. But that’s beside the point. The fact is that on its own, Rayman: Origins is one of the best games to come out period.
Conclusion: A triumphant comeback for the series, Rayman Origins sees the influence of creator Michel Ancel at work once more, and a strong showing for Ubisoft's hand-drawn UbiART Framework, giving the game a unique and stunning style that's entirely its own thing. Rayman Origins is addictive, entertaining and quite possibly the best 2D platformer money can buy on Xbox 360.