Game review: Rayman Legends remains addicting

Game review: Rayman

Game review: Rayman

George Treviranus, Staff writer

Since the release of “Rayman Origins” on the PlayStation Vita in 2011, gamers everywhere have loved the reimagined side-scrolling action that is “Rayman.” From the art style to the music and sound design, to the comedic nature of the storytelling and even the painfully addicting gameplay, this is a game meant for both classic and newbie gamers.

The story is quite captivating, but simple. After sleeping for nearly a century, Rayman, Globox and the Teensies are awoken by their friend and ally, Murfy. The enemies of their past, the Bubble Dreamer and the magician, are back. Rayman and co. are thus required to save the 10 princesses of the land, as well as the Teensies due to their capture.

These details came secondary even to what I really enjoyed: the gameplay itself. Using the Wii U gamepad, players can control either Rayman or Murfy in various levels. As Rayman, the player moves side-to-side, defeating enemies and collecting Teensies and Lums (Lums are small green creatures that give extra points). As Murfy, the player lets Rayman (or Globox) move throughout the stage while moving obstacles out of the way. The gameplay is very fun, and I rarely felt bored using the Nintendo console.

Wonderful sound design, an incredible soundtrack, and beautiful visuals excellently complement the gameplay. It’s on par with games such as “Journey” and “Bastion” in this regard (though mostly concerning the latter).

Where “Rayman” really shines, however, is in the extras available in the form of daily challenges, and the goals set forth with collecting Lums during the actual gameplay. This sets the bar high, (but not unreasonably so,) for newcomers and veterans to try and be the very best. The fast-paced gameplay is demonstrated in particular when testing the abilities of the gamer. This aspect is a great inclusion by the developers.

I recommend at least downloading the demo from any of the e-store’s available for your console. If you enjoyed “Rayman Origins,” you’ll love “Legends.” Oh, and did I mention that entire game is available within “Rayman Legends?” Two games in one is nothing short of a steal.