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.