PS3 (also on PS4,
Xbox One, Xbox 360,
PC, Wii U, Vita)
we believing black Rayman?
You bet your disembodied booties
we are! Back in 2011 Rayman
Origins was close to the best 2D platformer we’d
experienced. Skip forward two years to, erm, now and this follow-up
IS the best 2D platformer we’ve experienced. Stick that in your
hidden-level green pipe and smoke it, Mario!
Imagine the most
beautiful traditional animation that you’ve ever loved. Imagine the
main character replaced by a curious limbless being that possesses
alarmingly agility. Imagine grabbing your gamepad and being in
charge of all that’s going on, while everything plays out with an
incredible orchestral score. You’re partway to imagining the
gloriousness of Rayman Legends.
time in the Glade of Dreams. Rayman and buddies must’ve taken
serious snoozy pills, for after ZZZing for some 100 years they awake
to find the stuff of nightmares – everything from giant toads to
rampaging Mexican Hulk-alikes - have run amok. With help – lots
thereof - from Murfy, Rayman (or whichever skin he’s in) takes off
in order to rescue kidnapped Teensies. Meh, who cares if it doesn’t
make much sense?
We’re so infatuated that we’re making less
sense than we normally do – and we know that’s setting the bar low.
Through six massive worlds surprises keep surprising, and the
creativity of the people behind this masterpiece continually
boggles. There’s too much to mention – and too much to spoil.
Suffice to say boss battles are epic, and you’ve never heard ‘Black
Betty’ until you’ve heard it here.
Controls can be cruel,
but are always fair. Add four player local co-op, online challenges
and innumerable extras – including heaps of ‘remastered’
Rayman Origins levels -
and replay value is gigantic.
We’ve never known a game that
could bounce us from tears of frustration to tears of joy within
minutes. Until now. C’mon, get legless!