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Review

Rayman Legends Review

  • Game release: August 29, 2013
  • Reviewed:
  • PS3
  • X360
  • PS4

No arms, lots of heart.

by

The PlayStation 4 version of Rayman is visually indistinguishable from its last-generation counterparts. Considering how gorgeous the artistic design is and how smoothly Rayman runs, this is definitely a good thing. As far as extra content is concerned, don't expect anything too exciting. In fact, if you're not aware of the few bonuses, you may completely overlook them. So what does the power of the PlayStation 4 bring? For starters, you can use the touchpad to scratch off the lottery tickets you earn by completing levels. It makes you feel like you're standing in a gas station, desperately hoping for three cherries. Also, there's a camera mode that lets you take a snapshot of a particularly stunning view. The new features aren't special, but the game costs only $40, which is a great deal if you've yet to experience the delightful wonder of Rayman Legends. - T.M., 2/18/2014, 09:00 PST

Did you know ducks could wall-jump? Well, maybe not all ducks. But fowl sprouting the head of a certain limbless hero definitely can. Rayman Legends is unabashedly weird--relishes in the bizarre even--though never to the detriment of its fantastic action sequences. As you dash across platforms to the beat of a mariachi "Eye of the Tiger," or tickle armored guards to lower their defenses, you realize that Legends is strange with a purpose. It uses absurd scenes to imbue this feisty adventure with enough variety to keep you continually amazed, and presents every disparate scenario with expert care. Rayman Legends' off-kilter identity serves as the foundation for this wild and crazy journey.

Momentum is the name of the game in this 2D platformer. Rayman runs, leaps, swings, glides, and swims with a kinetic grace that compels you ever onward. Being able to squeeze past spikes and thunder across toppling towers should be expected in any adventure that presents such formidable challenges, but what makes Legends special is how joyful such movements are. Rayman chains moves together so effortlessly that you often get lost in the rhythm. Pirouette across a series of platforms at top speed and then rocket toward earth in a ground-shaking slam. Follow that up by immediately bashing a nearby baddie before bounding up that vertical shaft. Such combinations roll off your fingers as you venture deeper into this fantastical world.

Play as a lovable galoot when you want to give Rayman a rest.

A smooth difficulty curve welcomes those unfamiliar with Rayman's hijinks without annoying those well versed in the art of jumping. Achieving such a precarious balance is a testament to how enjoyable the core mechanics are. Despite minimal challenge early on, the sheer pleasure of dashing through these beautiful worlds urges you forward. And there are hidden collectibles that require a curious mind to track them down. Shining lums and crying teensies are waiting to be discovered, and nabbing all of them unlocks myriad rewards. There are goofy-looking creatures, additional playable heroes, and even dozens of stages from Rayman Origins. Such ample treasures make exploration well worth your time, and the fact that the early challenges are purely optional ensures that everyone can enjoy this game from the onset.

It's when Legends picks up steam that its impressive potential is reached. Varied situations keep you wondering what's going to come your way next. You may play red light, green light with a security system in an underwater fortress, or catch a ride on an updraft as you wind your way through spikes and parachuting meanies. Boss fights demand an inventive spark as you dodge their plentiful attacks while trying to puzzle out how to retaliate in kind. Your hovering pal Murfy may join you in some levels, spreading guacamole or poking creatures in the eye at your command. Plunging to the briny deep to torpedo past booby traps is particularly impressive. So often swimming segments derail the breezy derring-do of a platformer, but Legends makes the oceanic sections a high point. Fast and smooth, swimming's unshackled movement makes overcoming deep-sea dangers a satisfying detour.

Soar through the air in a makeshift shoot 'em up.

Speed is the most gripping of all of Legends' demands. Running is usually preferable to walking, though it's your choice if you'd rather admire the stunning sights than sprint wildly past them. However, some stages sport clocks whose ticking hands continually remind you of your pending failure. When your tail is on fire, you appreciate just how well constructed these levels are. Every enemy and trap is expertly placed to ensure you never have to slow down. Stages become invaded after you complete them the first time, which means you have to sprint through in less than a minute without getting hit even once to free trapped teensies. And sometimes, you even have a shadow Rayman right behind you mimicking your every move. When you reach the checkered flag, it's hard to contain the smile on your face because you know you overcame a formidable challenge.

Other levels thrust their excellent score to the forefront. Forced-scrolling stages set to catchy tracks such as "Black Betty" are the highlight of this frenetic adventure. Every movement you perform coincides with the background beat. So you know when to jump and when to kick, and seeing an orchestral performance come together is absolutely delightful. However, don't think that the soundtrack is important only in these stages. The score is a constant companion that has you bopping your head along as you jump and climb through the many levels. It's hard not to be awash in joy as the lums sing their companionable song while you scoop up every last one.

Legends excels as a single-player experience because traversing the plentiful worlds is eminently enjoyable and engaging. Still, there's a four-player option for those who'd rather see the various wonders with friends by their side. Maintaining top speed can be tricky with people who aren't quite as skilled as you, but if you're on the same page as your buddies, Legends continues right where the solo adventuring left off. Launching your friend's character to reach a hidden section or to collect lums shows how handy a second player can be, and you can transport yourself in a bubble if the difficulty ever becomes too high. Of course, if your friend is a dunderhead, you may have to slap him or her. Digitally, of course.

The beautiful game just got a whole lot sillier.

Fancy going toe-to-toe? There's a competitive offering as well. Dubbed Kung Foot, this rollicking mode pits up to four players against one another in chaotic, 2D soccer. Simple, yes, but oh so satisfying. Slap the ball high into the air, leap up to meet it, and then smash it toward the opposing goal. Or just ignore the ball entirely and slap your friends. It's a wild and unpredictable game that serves as a great complement to the platforming action.

Rayman Legends is an excellent game in just about every way. However, there is one problem. When a female character dies, you're treated to a creepy panty shot that's totally out of place. But that's the one negative mark this game bears. Fueled by smooth platforming, striking visuals, wacky situations, and infectious beats, Rayman Legends is a nifty platformer that exudes unabashed delight.

The Good
Satisfying and diverse platforming challenges
Impressively detailed, gorgeous artistic design
Tons of excellent stages to unlock
Precise and smooth controls
Chaotic and enjoyable multiplayer
The Bad
9
Superb
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Tom marveled at the stunning sights while bopping his head to the music during the course of the dozen or so hours he spent in Rayman's shoes. Though not as challenging as he likes his platformers, Legends exuded so much joy that Tom was helpless to resist.

Discussion

49 comments
KennyKB
KennyKB

So... its a 10 without the panty shot?

solidreaper85
solidreaper85

Rayman has always been a consistently good franchise so i was expecting this. Glad to see a franchise that is over 10 years old still able to hold itself right up there with the AAA titles.


virusqg
virusqg

DKC Tropical Freeze.... are ya taking notes? cause you should be...

biokrysty
biokrysty

I just started to play it  and I already have fun ....

net_demon_demon
net_demon_demon

to write an opinion on anything is only still an opinion. Yet every single reader here must have been some what interested in the review and the opinion other wise none of you would have even posted anything. I have played the game today and honestly not my type of game but still yet it was fun and relaxing. I think the review and the rating hit the spot. This really is a great game. As for what others have said about this game I say perhaps you should play it first before you decide to reply to a review. The graphics is nice and it holds strong to rayman games as well but better the the others.

zimerust105
zimerust105

Only idiots would buy this on console, it's $20 cheaper on PC.  Then again, console gamers are idiots...

SLimSize
SLimSize

The game is awesome,better than origins!

MetalRatex
MetalRatex

This game is definitely on my list.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Tom McShea giving a game 9/10? Gamespot, where is Tom McShea and what you have done with him!?

danyjr
danyjr

Can't wait for this personally. I really enjoyed Rayman Origins and I've been playing since the first Rayman on MS-DOS/Windows 3.1

megakick
megakick

Looks good but why is $59.99?

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

"Rayman Legends is an excellent game in just about every way. However, there is one problem. When a female character dies, you're treated to a creepy panty shot that's totally out of place."

Stop with this Justice Warrior bullshit. You've been gaming for how long? This is everywhere, its nothing new. Grow a pair.

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

why a 9? this game should have gotten a 3.. it looks and plays like a early ps2 game... and should only cost around $10-$15 dollars at most.. it's crap. ugly graphics.. boring.. too easy.. this game is a shit.. overpriced shit

unfreak-believ
unfreak-believ

Jesus, can we stop with the TLOU remarks?  It's an opinion. It happened. It's over.

missoshugo
missoshugo

I agree with the review, most of it...can't believe this guy got offended cause some cartoon panty animation...geez mc Shea is worse than those republican guys....

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

game was made for the wiiU and they review the xbox version...da fuk

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

TOM GAVE IT A 9! WE FOUND 2013'S GOTY PEEPEL!!!!

TheBigEvil14
TheBigEvil14

The first good review from McShea, this game really deserves the score it gets. The demo was crazy good and Origins was an amazing game, this is quite similar to it.

ac509
ac509

I guess that delay was worth it.

Remi2521
Remi2521

looks awesome the demo was crazy

Bobojaws
Bobojaws

A 9, from TOM MCSHEA! This game must be AMAZING!

darkwarriorx7
darkwarriorx7

@virusqg  Retro says: yeah, the next time will create a game with no lives and no continues, donkey kong will be immortal as rayman, for Noobs like you and gamespot 

explicator2
explicator2

@zimerust105 Golly, I own a console so I am going to get mad at the stranger who called me an idiot! Or not. Enjoy the 6th grade and make sure not to click those ads that pop up or your parents will get mad when the PC gets a virus.

merigoldsass
merigoldsass

@megakick becasue console only gamers are brainwashed into paying that fro new games. 

KeviNOlighT
KeviNOlighT

@thekazumalord And extremely overrated, don't forget to say extremely overrated! That's part of the stupid stuff shit like you say all the time.

supersonic125
supersonic125

@thekazumalord Nah bro , upgrade your 90's tv to hdtv , you can tell the different, also you probably are a last of us fanboy , you still mad bro from that 8 . lol 

TomMcShea
TomMcShea moderator

@NeonNinja Well, it's my Game of the Year so far, unless you count Spelunky Vita.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Prats1993 Is Super Mario Galaxy 2 better than every game that has ever existed and ever will exist? It got a 10/10 and you can't get better than that, so by your logic it's the best game ever... except maybe for other games that also got 10/10.

IronyisBliss
IronyisBliss

@explicator2  @zimerust105 I've got an idea! Why not: 


Shut the hell up 


enjoy the damn game 


and respect each other's platform of choice? 


Wow, alien concept right there! Unfathomable!

Gamod
Gamod

@explicator2 I could say the same about console, since I got a YLOD and one RROD in my PS3 and Xbox 360...I really gave up :) Had to send the consoles for REPAIR took me so many weeks... My pc is 100% secure of virus and ads, if u dont know how to use it :P It is your problem.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

@TomMcShea @NeonNinja  

Not surprising that it would be your GotY, or Spelunky.  I do recall how fondly you spoke of that game in last year's awards.

I'd probably go with BioShock Infinite, but right now it's because it's the only game that's been more than mindless fun.  Tomb Raider, Evoland, Ridiculous Fishing, Gunpoint and even the still promising with mod-content Shadowrun have been that sort of "one and done" sort of fun but overall forgettable.  If I was allowed to pick a non-2013 release it would be Ys Origin though.  I love Ys.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@drekula2 @TheBigEvil14 No, what makes a review good is that your opinion and the reviewers opinion match. In fact, every reader's opinion and the reviewers opinion should align, otherwise it's a very unprofessional review. Nothing worse than when someone disagrees with you on a subjective trivial matter.

Rayman Legends More Info

  • Released
    • PC
    • PlayStation 3
    • + 5 more
    • PlayStation 4
    • PlayStation Vita
    • Wii U
    • Xbox 360
    • Xbox One
    Rayman Legends is the follow-up to last year's Rayman Origins and aims to bring innovative multiplayer interactions for players to utilize.
    8.9
    Average User RatingOut of 324 User Ratings
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    Developed by:
    Ubisoft Montpellier
    Published by:
    Ubisoft, Nintendo
    Genres:
    2D, Platformer, Action
    Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
    Everyone 10+
    All Platforms
    Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief