Rayman Legends (2013) Review

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Platforming Perfection

Rayman Legends (2013): 8 out of 10: is the latest sequel in the popular platforming series. Players once again step into the shoes of the charismatic hero Rayman, with his friends Globox and the Teensies. After 100 years of sleep, they find that nightmares have infested the Glade of Dreams and it’s up to them to restore peace and order in their world.

Each level is a colorful and imaginative journey that will test the players’ platforming skills and puzzle-solving abilities. Rayman and his friends must run, jump, and fight their way through various locales teeming with dangers and secrets, all beautifully rendered in stunning 2D.

“Rayman Legends” brings unique features to the table, such as a variety of gameplay styles, including stealth, platform, boss fights, and rhythm-based stages. Players can work together in cooperative multiplayer, or compete against each other in online challenges and leaderboards, adding a new level of engagement.

The game’s intricate and enchanting visuals are complemented by a compelling soundtrack. The dynamic music and sound effects vary from level to level and are expertly designed to sync with the gameplay action.

Another standout feature is the unique utilization of the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller. Rayman’s fairy companion, Murfy, can be controlled in certain levels to interact with the environment, helping the team to overcome obstacles, solve puzzles, and discover new paths.

The Good

The Good: I am not a platforming guy. I almost never seek out platforming games and when platforming rears its head in action adventure games, it is rarely a favorite part. This has not always been true. I recall much pleasure playing Crash Bandicoot back in 1996 on the original PlayStation. But tastes change and people get older and less (what is a good word for not being as good at video games?) Let’s say patient.

However, when Rayman Legends came out, it received such universal acclaim I was curious. It was also touted as accessible. So I took the plunge and bought it. And here we are ten years later and I am finally playing it for the first time. (Video game backlogs are no joke.)

The Bad

The Bad: There is a cool Rocket League style soccer game included, but it is multiplayer only which is a shame. The only other niggle I have is that I am unclear how the different characters well differ. Though probably that could be chalked up to user error/stupidity.

In Conclusion

In Conclusion: The reviewers nailed it on Rayman Legends. It is excellent, and it is accessible. It is going to make me stop playing Crusader Kings III or Diablo IV anytime soon. No. But I am glad for the time I took trying something new. And yes, I know better than to try the Crash Bandicoot remaster. Nostalgia rarely recalls endless frustration, and I know a trap when I see one.

Rayman Legends on the PS4 is a brilliant mix of challenging platforming, beautiful artwork, infectious rhythm and sound design, offering an adventure that is as challenging as it is charming. Whether you’re a veteran of the series or a newcomer, “Rayman Legends” is well worth a try.

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