Rayman was one of those series I loved when I was a kid, and then seemed to vanish at some point. Looking back it seems that it did pretty much vanish in 2005, with Ubisoft deciding to move the focus over to Raving Rabbids; it always feels a bit sad to me when a spin-off eclipses the original series. I was therefore very happy when I heard the news that Rayman was returning with Rayman Origins, a move back to the series’ roots. Ubisoft have done a great job of recreating the original feel of Rayman for modern systems, creating beautiful HD environments that look exactly as weird and wonderful as the original Rayman titles did.
I wasn’t the only one who was impressed by the newest Rayman title either, Blair found a lot of love for the game in our review from last year. He scored the game at a well deserved 9/10, and had this to say about the platformer:
Perhaps, though, all of Origin’s little faults – such as the lack of a tightly-knit story or online co-op – are in keeping with what Rayman is at heart: a traditional platformer. That’s all it’s aiming for, to bring that style of game into the modern age with spectacular design, incredible visuals and animation, top-notch sound and a lengthy playtime.
Rayman Origins puts Sonic in his place and stands atop the pile of this generation’s 2D platformers. It’s as close to platforming perfection as we can get from a Rayman game and not just a step forwards for Rayman himself but ultimately a step forwards for the genre altogether.
Of course that’s from the home console version of the game. Rayman Origins also has a Vita version, and we’ve looked at that too, so it’s only fair to give you the chance to do the same. That’s right, if you have Rayman Origins on your new handheld toy you can write your opinion of the game based on that. I know there are some tweaks and additions to the Vita version of the game, but the overall experience is close enough to make the comparison valid.
Don’t worry if you’ve only got the home console version, you’re still free to take part (as you are if you only have the Vita version). If you happen to have both version of the game, and you feel like putting in a little extra effort, you can compare your feelings on the two version.
If you do feel like taking part in this week’s cross-platform extravaganza then all you need to do is drop a comment below containing your opinion of the game. Once you’ve taken care of that you need to attach your rating for the game. Rather than a numeric scale, we use the Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It, Avoid It system. Simply select which of these labels best describes your feelings about the game and add it to your review. Please remember this step, as it lets us get a fully formed overview of the community’s verdict of the game.
If you do feel like taking part make sure you have everything in by Sunday evening. Any later than that and you’ll have missed the cut-off and your opinion won’t make its way into Monday’s verdict article.