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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - Mike Wilcox Email mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

RAY­MAN LE­GENDS

RRP: $ 59 ( RE­VIEWED ON PS3)

IT’S been a 100 video game years since Ray­man’s pre­vi­ous out­ing in

Ori­gins and in that time the world has been taken over by night­mares, no less.

It’s a flaky premise with a wafer- thin plot, but while the story is dis­mis­si­ble, the ac­tion is cer­tainly not.

As fans have come to ex­pect from the Ray­man se­ries, it’s all about this adorable quasi- limbed hero and a grow­ing cast of colour­ful char­ac­ters, run­ning, jump­ing and slap­ping their way to vic­tory, in what just hap­pens to be one of the slick­est plat­form­ers to grace the now age­ing col­lec­tion of con­soles.

Ray­man Le­gends bor­rows heav­ily from the game­play in Ori­gins, which isn’t a bad thing.

The el­e­gant lev­els and fluid ar­cade ac­tion are back, along with the orig­i­nal­ity and imag­i­na­tive art de­sign the se­ries has be­come known for.

Play­ing as ei­ther Ray­man or one of his crew, you’ll sprint, jump, hover, and punch your way through five colour­ful and cre­ative worlds, on a mis­sion to res­cue kid­napped crit­ters called Teen­sies and col­lect­ing scads of Lumes, all the while try­ing to achieve top scores.

Not con­tent just serv­ing up plat­form-style lev­els to com­plete, Le­gends tosses in stealth and shoot­ing sec­tions, and an ad­dic­tive rhyth­mic mu­si­cal stage to keep the beats pump­ing.

While the main cam­paign can be com­pleted in a few short hours, there is no short­age of ex­tra con­tent.

There’s remixed ver­sions of stages, un­lock­able lev­els from Ori­gins, lucky cards to scratch for bonus Lumes, and dif­fer­ent daily chal­lenges, plus more. Like its pre­de­ces­sor, Ray­man

Le­gends looks stun­ning. The car­toon style of Ori­gins has been given greater depth and de­tail with added shad­ing, mak­ing it look like an oil paint­ing that’s come to life.

Aside from the odd frus­trat­ing mo­ment, Ray­man Le­gends is brim­ming with good mo­ments and am­ple val­ueadded con­tent.

Play it alone or add three friends for a guar­an­teed ses­sion of healthy com­pe­ti­tion and whole­some laughs.

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