Monday, 30 September 2013

Rayman Legends

“With such a rich heritage the platforming genre has never quite been the same since the golden era of Super Mario World. Rayman Origins teased that not only is platforming still an enjoyable genre, but when done properly, it’s one of the best gaming experiences available. Rayman Legends epitomises this perfectly: it’s well thought out, incredibly fun to play and is a testament to Rayman’s incredible history.“


Gameplay:
You run from one side of the map to the other, how dull and boring right? If that’s your view on platforming adventures then you’ve simply not played a game as exquisite as Rayman Legends. While on a very basic level your goal is simply to reach the end of each level, it’s the way every single level, character and sound is presented here that makes this experience so special.


Rayman Legends lasts roughly 12 hours and is full of frantic gameplay. It deftly introduces new, challenging and thought-provoking puzzles, enemies and bosses while the assorted cast keeps you entertained and often laughing out loud as the game plays on new and old puns, gags and gimmicks – a real delight. 

The best thing about Rayman Legends is of course that it’s a 4-player coop experience. Modern multiplayer games typically require you to sit on your own console and play with friends online, but Rayman Legends acknowledges that there’s something special sitting with friends on the same sofa, chowing down on snacks and playing video games. Those of you playing on the Nintendo WiiU will also be able to use the GamePad for a fifth player to help aid the other characters in a way similar to that of New Super Mario Bros. 

Presentation:
If the gameplay wasn’t enough to sway you then Rayman Legends impeccable presentation surely will. No other word than perfect can do this game justice: beautiful colour schemes help bring varied worlds to life in a flurry of vibrant designs. Character models are goofy and fun to look at but more importantly, they really pop out of the screen as they traverse the environments. Finally, the minute details in sound design really help bring this world to life, especially in the over-the-top music levels (check out the demo and you’ll see what I’m talking about).


Verdict: 
Whatever console you find yourself playing Rayman Legends on, it’ll be very hard not to have an incredible time. It’s platforming perfection: many people simply didn’t think Legends could live up to the wonder that was Origins, but it delivers and exceeds on all fronts. So if you’re tired of genetic first-person shooters or run of the mill role-play games, then check out Rayman Legends and prepare to be blown away.

Gameplay: 9
Presentation: 10
Replay Value: 10
Verdict: 10

Igor Kharin.



Rayman Legends at CeX



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