You will look long and hard to find a more accomplished game in the genre. Rayman Legends continues with that immaculate formula that won us over and delivers yet another beautiful, bountiful and joyous adventure that will win the entire family over.
Distributor: Megarom Interactive
For fans: Platformers, the series
Reviewed on: Xbox 360
Also available on: Playstation 3, Wii U
If we had to give it a numerical score: 9.5/10
What I liked
- Stunning, crisp platforming
- Breathtaking visuals
- Humorous audio
- Level design
- Solid co-op offerings
Gameplay and Features
If you loved Origins, then Legends will blow you away. Legends offers the same mechanics, with the inclusion of new mechanics to tackle some new platforming elements. New is the use of the bumper buttons to rotate platforms, and other than that you get the same, absolutely polished mechanics that make the series ‘platforming royalty’. The general theme is ‘more’ with Legends: from gameplay, to characters and game modes.
For the first few hours the levels are similar to those in Origins: the plush jungles, some water-filled stages and so forth. Then there are some very different new level designs, which almost gave me a LittleBigPlanet sort of vibe. One in particular that stood out used vegetables, like carrots, for platforms. Like the previous games, the levels evolve, differ in difficulty and wonderfully add to the gameplay. I can think of few platform games that evolve so well. I mean the devs didn’t just make things more difficult, there is a smooth flow as you progress, wowing you that little bit more than the level before.
Legends offers a good amount of singleplayer campaign time, letting you play through the characters. There’s also local four player multiplayer co-operative mode. The team play focuses on actual ‘team play’ here, so communication is key. The multiplayer mode, being local, is absolutely brilliant for families. You can loose hours of joyful platforming through the wonderful and wacky levels. A nice inclusion in Legends is the ‘Back to Origins’ mode, which has you play through levels Origins game, which include new features. Again, if you skipped Origins, this is the one to get.
Sound and Visuals
The artwork is much like Origins: beautiful, lush and colorful 3D-looking environments that trick you into thinking you are not actually playing in 2D. The Rayman series is know for the stunning artwork. The theme is humorous and spectacularly detailed in a hand-drawn style. The levels are dynamic to compliment the gameplay, and visually, the end result is just eye-popping, jaw-dropping, vibrant goodness.
The meticulously detailed visual theme is complimented by the zany scoring and sound-effects. Make no mistake, while the audio compliments the humorous theme, it still oozes absolute orchestral magic. The visuals may actually have been less impacting had it not been complimented by such a good audio back-drop.
Rayman Legends, like the games in the series before it, is nothing short of a work of art in every sense of the term. The artwork will pull at your heart-strings and the renowned, brilliantly crafted gameplay ensures that you’ll be smiling from ear to ear the whole ride through. Legends is the one to get in the series, thanks to it being the most rounded off and complete entry in the series. A must have for anyone who loves a good platformer.
Read about our ratings here.