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Rayman Legends Is The Best Game I've Played This Year

I liked Rayman Origins a great deal, even buying it twice on different systems (360, then my Vita), but at times it was the game became really frustrating -- the final few levels were devilish in their trial-and-error gameplay memorization requirements, and really took a lot of the joy out of the experience for me.  Still a great game though, make no mistake.

 

I knew from playing the Rayman Legends demo back on Wii U in February that it was going to be something special -- the musical levels alone were better than anything I'd played in Origins.   

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However, nothing prepared me for what is easily one of the best 2D platformers ever made, a game that puts everything Miyamoto has done in the 2D realm in the last 20 years to absolute shame.  Yes, it's that good.

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Rayman Legends is just a more refined work -- more beautiful, more joyous, more varied, and more importantly, much more playable.   Gone are the nasty trial-and-error time based chase levels, replaced with gleeful musical levels that top off each already amazing world.   They're more or less a reward for your hard work -- something to look forward to after a dastardly (but awesome) boss battle.  

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It's really sad to see Nintendo beat so badly at their own game.   Mario remains entertaining but boringly safe.  Rayman Legends is crazy, beautiful, and wonderful.  

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This is a single player game with tons of content.  True, you can play couch co-op with up to 3 additional (4 if you have a Wii U) players, but it's really obvious this game is meant to be enjoyed on your own.   

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So put down your dreary, cynical shooters and multiplayer pissing contests.   Embrace teriffic creativty, beautiful art, and a game that embodies pure happiness.   Trust me, you won't be disappointed.