Rayman 3 is completely worthy of the Rayman name, and is easily one of the most satisfying platforming experiences to come to the PC in a good while.
It's been three-and-a-half years since Ubi Soft's limbless platforming hero did his part in redefining the 3D platformer. Super Mario 64 might have laid the groundwork, but anyone who's played Rayman 2: The Great Escape can tell you that this little French fellow refined the formula with impeccable production, a unique sense of style, and some of the most varied and inventive gameplay yet seen in a 3D platformer. But now that he's finally back, is Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc the life-altering follow-up that players have been waiting for? In a word, no. Rayman 3 doesn't blow the doors off Rayman 2, but it does further refine the formula, is completely worthy of the Rayman name, and is easily one of the most satisfying platforming experiences to come to the PC in a good while.
Defeating certain hoodlums and rescuing certain teensies will produce an energy canister that can grant Rayman special skills for a short period of time, though the amount of time you'll have differs for each ability. All told you find five different types of energy canisters through the course of the game. Red canisters give Rayman big metal fists that are capable of taking out enemies with one punch and busting down otherwise unbreakable doors. Blue canisters equip Rayman's fists with what look like iron jaws on the ends of chains, which are handy for grappling. Green canisters produce a sort of whirlwind punch useful for lowering specific kinds of platforms. Yellow canisters give you a helicopter hat with some upward lift. And, finally, orange canisters equip Rayman with a potent but short-range guided missile. The game introduces these power-ups slowly, initially using them just to help make the proceedings a little bit more manageable. But as you get into the thick of things, the power-ups become integral parts of puzzles, and near the end you'll find yourself juggling from one power-up to the next just to keep alive. Fans of Rayman 2 might initially be taken aback by the changes Rayman 3 makes to the gameplay, but ultimately, they help maintain the pace of the game and help bring greater variety to the action.
- Player Reviews: 8
- Game Universe:
- Rayman 2: The Great Escape (PS, PC, N64, DC, IP),
- Rayman (PC, GBC, PS, SAT, JAG, GIZ),
- Rayman Arena (PS2, PC, GC, XBOX),
- Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc (PS2, PC, GC, XBOX, MAC),
- Rayman 3 (GBA, NGE, MOBILE),
- Rayman Raving Rabbids (DS, GBA, X360, PS2, PC, WII, MAC),
- Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (PC, WII, DS),
- Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party (WII, DS),
- Rayman: 10th Anniversary Collection (GBA, PS2),
- Rayman Origins (X360, PS3, WII, 3DS, VITA, PC)
- Number of Players: