Rayman Origins First Impressions

The iconic limbless hero is back in an attractive two-dimensional platformer. And he found a friend!

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Having taken a backseat to the manic rabbid crew in recent years, Rayman made a fresh new appearance at Ubisoft's E3 2010 press conference. Rayman Origins was announced in a trailer prefaced by discussion about a unique set of tools that allow a small team of artists to bring their talents to bear in the creation of a game. Indeed, worked on by only five artists, Rayman Origins has a simplistic yet disarmingly attractive look to it, and the gameplay seems tailored to match.

At the beginning of the trailer, a narrator told of the fabled creation of an iconic character. The trailer then zoomed in on a forest glade and a hovering forest fairy engaged in the magical creation of something. After some buildup, Rayman appeared beneath her and promptly spun his hair like helicopter blades, blowing a breeze up the fairy's skirt and establishing his incorrigibility. He then trotted off into the woods, and we saw a sequence of what appeared to be gameplay clips. Rayman jumped and scurried his way through vibrant, whimsically designed environments and delivered some brisk punch combos to enemies that crossed his path.

Soon, another being crossed his path and returned his punches with glee. Rayman had made a friend. This new character looks sort of like a blue, bipedal frog--big belly, comical underbite, and slightly googly eyes. The two made an odd couple, to be sure, but it quickly became clear that they work quite well as a team. They used a variety of moves to cooperatively vanquish enemies and navigate areas, including one in which Rayman uses his helicopter hair to fly on an updraft of air created by his exhaling frog buddy. The trailer ended with a clip of them both furiously punching a massive tentacled beast with about a hundred eyes and a mouth big enough to swallow a building.

So it seems Rayman has a new cooperative platforming game in the works. The art style is cartoony and evocative of claymation, setting a bright, cheery tone for the strange worlds and stranger enemies. Rayman and his new friend no doubt have more tricks up their sleeves (despite not actually having any sleeves), though since this was a trailer tacked on to the end of the press conference, we're not optimistic that we'll get much more information anytime soon. Still, Rayman Origins certainly made a charming debut, and we'll be sure to bring you more just as soon as we can.

Discussion

22 comments
DSfanatic5
DSfanatic5

A small team of five deveopers will give us a passionately crafted game, like the good old days of 2-D gaming. This game looks amazing, like how I'd picture the future when I was playing the original Rayman on my Atari Jaguar.

Ratatoskr321
Ratatoskr321

@sgrmbagamespot haha fair enough. Long live Pong, right? I'd like to see a level editor too, they really add a lot to platformer games. For this though, I'd honestly be surprised if they did add it simply because that would put them in direct competition with LBP, not something a five person team probably looks forward to doing. That's my guess anyway.

wizdom
wizdom

Very suprise by the annoucement of the game, art style looks incredible, looking foward to the game, curious to know how long it's going to be see platforming games seem to be real short.

sgrmbagamespot
sgrmbagamespot

@Ratatoskr321 I should have been clearer - sorry. I meant to ask if it looks like they have added building levels as creatively as LBP. My first console was a pong machine and that was all that existed back then so I might be a bit old when compared to a lot of the current gamers. I might be more than a bit actually. :)

Taevataat
Taevataat

@ Ratatoskr321 I'm sure this will be the story of how he goes from a careless fun loving goofy person into the quirky hero we know.

DuncanM908
DuncanM908

NOSTALGIAAAAAAAAAAA! Do we get to fight the mosquito boss?

macca366
macca366

I think it's fairly obvious that the 'friend' is Globox from Rayman 2

DrEvilKoala
DrEvilKoala

@Ratatoskr321 Yeah I had the same feeling. I was setting there thinking: "Wait, so Rayman is a complete nutcase?". Anyways, I'm happy Rayman is back.

Cephrien
Cephrien

@Ratatoskr321 It seems like this'll be more-or-less the birth of Rayman, which I assumed took place like.. before the beginning of man or something? xD So the caveman behavior is probably due to lack of life experience.

sheepradish
sheepradish

WOW no Rabbids? good to see rayman is back.

Ratatoskr321
Ratatoskr321

@sgrmbagamespot check out last generations early Rayman 2 or even Rayman 3 to see what earlier Rayman was like. However, this game will be more like the original (check online if you don't remember or if you weren't there to see what that was like). The only way it's like LBP is that it's a 2D platformer. There was one Rayman game where you could create levels but I doubt this one will be like that.

Ratatoskr321
Ratatoskr321

I liked the art but I never thought of Rayman as so... stupid? Maybe that's the wrong word but he always struck me as a quirky yet heroic character who just had that dumb, comedic-relief friend.

Blankgen86
Blankgen86

Really nice art design for this game.

Woodoochild
Woodoochild

Rayman is back ! It's good, and Origins, speak a lot ! I'm very curious about this game. I love the graphical style. Only five persons working on, it's a lot of stuff. Waiting for more details. :) Thanks for this first impressions. :)

sgrmbagamespot
sgrmbagamespot

So this is like LBP - right? Where we get to build new levels and puzzles for Rayman?