Rayman Raving Rabbids Hands-On

Remember that quirky Rayman minigame collection that launched with the Wii? It's still coming to the Xbox 360 too.

Ubisoft's goofy disembodied platform hero Rayman lit up the Wii launch last year with Raving Rabbids, an offbeat and occasionally disturbing take on the minigame genre. Next week, Xbox 360 owners will finally get to partake in that same unique brand of madness with their own version of Raving Rabbids. Ubi apparently abandoned the ambitious plans it had for an open-world platforming version of the game, which it detailed for us back at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Instead, you'll get what's looking like a by-the-numbers port of the Wii game, with a few extra minigames added and controls that are adapted to the 360. The original game was highly entertaining, though, so that's probably not such a bad thing.

It looks like all the minigames from the Wii are in here, so you'll be hurling cattle for points, pulling worms out of bunnies' teeth, picking up piglets while riding a pterodactyl, teaching bunnies how to dance in a rhythm game, and so on. Some of the minigames adapt to the 360 controller better than others, and they mostly use a combination of rapid trigger pulls, analog stick spinning, and other actions that vaguely approximate the motions that were used to control the Wii version. There will be a little bit of new content in the Xbox 360 version of Raving Rabbids, such as one minigame we found that's similar to the cow-hurling game. This one takes place on a basketball course, though, so instead of simply seeing how far you can fling old Bessie, you'll be trying to toss her into three different moving basketball hoops.

If you really need those motion controls from the Wii, you're (sort of) in luck: A number of the games in this port support the Xbox Live Vision camera, which will let you perform Wii-like motions with your bare hands (and look like a raving loon doing so). With the proper lighting, the camera will be able to pick up the outline of your hands, arms, and body, and you'll see these represented onscreen in an unobtrusive blue dot pattern that looks pretty cool. In the cow-hurling game, for instance, you move your right hand quickly around in a circle to spin the cow, and then you use your left hand to strike at the "toss" zone onscreen that will make Rayman let go of the cow and send it flying. We found the camera controls a little hard to use precisely, but then lighting may play a factor here. Besides, the controller works pretty well overall.

Bunnies aren't afraid of the Xbox.

Raving Rabbids is definitely recognizable as a Wii port on the 360, since it's not quite up to the level of graphical flash you'd expect from games developed natively for the system. It does run in 720p, though, with what appear to be a few touch-ups on textures and such here and there, and the winning art style and the hilariously disturbing bunnies are in full effect. The game is due out on the 360 in the coming weeks (with a PS3 version said to be coming further down the line), so look for a full review in the near future.

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Discussion

38 comments
lithus
lithus

"I won this stupid game on the Wiitarded console before I sold it and made a pritty big proffit. The game took a few hours to win and the lausy controllers messed up in places, there was some funny things but it only took a few hours to win!" Reading that mess you just wrote and you dare call something else "wiitarded"? You beat/finished the game, not "won" it. You make it sound like you got it as a prize or something.

ChesterCheeto
ChesterCheeto

comming out for the 360??.. i wonder if your gunnah end up swings your controller just to swat a rabbid... :D Cheeto :P

JimBurber
JimBurber

This game is really fun for the WII, short but fun. I don't see much reason to get it for the 360 though, besides maybe making a few quick achievement points.

Rivent
Rivent

I won this stupid game on the Wiitarded console before I sold it and made a pritty big proffit. The game took a few hours to win and the lausy controllers messed up in places, there was some funny things but it only took a few hours to win!

Hedfix
Hedfix

I don't own a PS2 or a Wii. BRING IT ON!

paullywog
paullywog

yeah i don't see a point. the wii version is probably the best.

tim_aka_link
tim_aka_link

This won't be good without motion sensing.....Wii ftw

sun_spirit
sun_spirit

Seems pointless really, they did it for the PS2 now the xbox? *yawn*

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Dude this game this looks bizzare. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Psychotic rabbits are quite normal as we all know.. but anyway I do hope they get the Xbox controls good. It probably won't be as interesting even if they do, compared to the Wii though.

kmart_43210
kmart_43210

This is gonna suck i have the Wii version and most of the minugames just wouldn't work well on a 360

fjgamer
fjgamer

I hope the controls are good for the Xbox. What made the game fun was the Wii specific controls, but without them the game will just be like a normal mini-game player. Rayman would've been better as a platformer :(.

HumanoMexicano
HumanoMexicano

Damn, it is not the wii or ps2 versions. Seing as how low the graphics and sound power they have. But this game is rather childish!

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

i liked the Wii version, so i might get this (i hav 2 get the must-hav games first, like Bioshock, Blue Dragon, Viva Pinata, etc.). but when im able 2 get this game, ill most likely hav a Wii :)

WR_Platinum
WR_Platinum

cobrax80 Can it really be better than the Wii version? ------------------------------------------------------------------ An XBOX port of this game wont do any justice.

nobeaner
nobeaner

I think I'll rent this first.

Brad
Brad moderatorstaff

Sorry guys, the video link is fixed. There are a lot more gameplay clips on the "videos" tab, too.

chuggy3d
chuggy3d

Heu Gamespot - Your link to watch the video is BROKEN!

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Is this basically the PS2 version?

vterp
vterp

Same media problem here. Darn wrascally wabbits.

boricualou
boricualou

somethings wrong with the media for me, it keeps playing the advertisement and not the preview

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I hope they tweek the controls near perfect. I hate gimmicks--something just for the sake of something else--.

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

This is going on my must-buy list. Now we need Zelda TP and we'll have all the good Wii games.

blue-fish
blue-fish

...this game is a dirty port of a cool game to a console it will just feel stale on. I love 360 and I love the Rabbids but they just don't belong together.

zoo3
zoo3

the release date says may 1. the article says next week? does that mean a demo or is one of the two wrong?

cobrax80
cobrax80

Can it really be better than the Wii version?

Sacif
Sacif

I have heard good things about this game. I played a bit of it on the Wii now its time to get it for an actual next gen system. I just hope they boost the graphix

turgore
turgore

The camera seems nice...if you have one.

Mario2007
Mario2007

I have the wii version and it's fun but has too many glitches. Hopefully this version will fix them.