Rayman is back, and this time make some legendary moves!
Rayman Legends is a platform game developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and published by Ubisoft and is out now on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 now and will be available on the Playstation Vita on 12 September 2013 and on 17 October 2013 in Japan, as a Wii U exclusive published by Nintendo.
Now I will hold my hands up and admit that I have never played a Rayman game before and I think that helped me go in with an open mind.
Rayman and his friends have been asleep for a very long time and the Bubble Dreamer’s nightmares have been getting stronger and stronger. They are all awoken by Murfy who tell them the bad news that all the Teensies have been kidnapped and that they need to save them. Teensies are lovely colourful little creatures spread across the levels.
The menu screens are beautiful, as you walk about in front of the paintings that depict the levels you are treated with a pseudo 3D effect that is subtle but works wonders.
I had no idea how big this game was going to be but once I got into it I was taken back by the sheer scale of it, over 100 levels 6 different worlds. Each world has it’s own theme and with the help of Murfy introduces new gameplay mechanics specific to that world. By using Murfy you can move platforms, cut ropes and even eat cake to help you move on. I later levels it can become quite difficult as you need to perfect timing to use him while jumping.
Later in the game the worlds start to invade one another and that unlocks new Invasion levels. The Invasion levels are harder remixed versions of previous levels where you have to race against the clock to finish the altered level while battling enemies from the other worlds. And if that was not enough we also have 40 levels from Rayman Origins to play as well!
You also get Creatures, Challenges, Kung Foot and Heroes to unlock. These are mini game variations using the game engine. Creatures give you extra Lums every day while the challenges change daily. Kung Foot is a 2 – 4 player game of football, and whilst playing you don’t get to unlock anything you do get to have a laugh with friends playing it. Heroes are unlocked by completing special levels or by getting gold in each lever which gets you to the higher Levels of Awesomeness.
The Heroes are extra playable characters which in essence are just Rayman, Globox, Grand Minimus and a Teensy in different outfits and with slightly different animations. You can also unlock a whole new character called Barbara who is a warrior girl. When selecting a new hero you stand under their painting and a short description appears above it giving a little background to that hero.
To unlock the worlds and the levels inside them you need to save the Teensies that are littered throughout each level. Each level has 8 Teensies that are quite easy to find because if you cant see them you CAN hear them. However each level also has 2 hidden royal ones.
At the end of each level the game counts up the Lums you have collected and awards you bronze, silver and gold cups as well as a bonus scratch card that you can use to win Lums, Teensies, Creatures and levels for Back to Origins.
The graphics are amazing, it’s like playing a Disney film. Everything is smooth and fluid while still being bright and cheerful I will even go as far as saying they are flawless. The music is spot on as well, it’s not too loud and over powering and helps convey the feelings of each level.
I found it extremely hard to pick a favourite level because when you think you have found one a new one comes along. I don’t want to spoil anything but I do enjoy the last level in each world the most.
It’s safe to say that there is a lot to do in this game and it will keep people busy for months while they try to finish it 100%. You can also play co-op with 3 other friends on one console but sadly there is no online co-op.
One nice little touch is the use of Ubisofts Uplay where you can use Uplay point you have unlocked from other Ubisoft games to buy a nice Rayman theme as well as 5000, 7000 and 10,000 Lums to give you a boost.
To wrap up I would have to say that Rayman Legends is a must for anyone because once you start playing you will find a little voice in your hear whispering “Just one more level”.
By Scott Hutcheson