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TSA's Top 100 of 2013: 8 - Rayman Legends

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8. Rayman Legends

Rayman Origins was one of the best 2D platformers of this generation. From the fantastic art style to the frantic gameplay, Origins delivered on all fronts. Rayman was reborn and the platformer genre was brilliant once again. We were all left with a big, stupid smile on our faces as we ran, jumped, punched and even swam our way through the many varied levels that Origins had to offer.

The game might not have sold well but that didn’t stop Ubisoft working on a sequel – Rayman Legends – which aims to one up Origins with some imaginative new mechanics thanks to the Wii U’s GamePad, allowing one player to control Rayman’s little green flying friend Murfy with the touch screen, activating various switches, cutting ropes and holding enemies in place to assist the other players. It seems to be a very co-operative game with a focus on local play.

Legends is all about myths, monsters and – naturally – legends, with the game featuring various mythical worlds inhabited by dragons, ghouls and other creatures. Rayman and friends enter these lands via some mystical paintings, with the refined art style reflecting this marvelously. While Origins was an interactive cartoon, Legends is more akin to a painting in style, it’s even more vibrant and even better looking than before. The characters really stand out and it all works, merging 2D platforming and some nifty 3D effects together.

It plays really well, too. I got my hands on it a few months ago at Eurogamer Expo and described it as “the reason you need a Wii U”. It’s very similar to Origins, though it seems to flow even better than before.

The E3 trailer shows off the refined art style and co-op mechanics.
There’s some brilliant stuff in Rayman Legends, including one section which plays as a rhythm game for the GamePad player, controlling Murfy, as they touch the screen to release Lums for the other players to collect. The other players – using either the Wii U Pro controller or a Wii remote – will play the same section simultaneously as a frantic platforming level, while the GamePad player bashes away at the touchscreen in time to the music.

Legends was originally meant to release back in November, alongside the Wii U, though it was delayed just over a month prior to release until the first quadrant of 2013. The date has since been confirmed as the 28th of February in Europe and two days prior, February 26th, in the United States.

That’s just two months away now, so we should hopefully find out some more information in the not too distant future. A demo is now available on the Wii U’s eShop, so if you have the console you can download it and try it out right now. If you don’t have a Wii U and you aren’t planning on buying one, then you might not get a chance to experience Legends – at least not in its current form; unless SmartGlass and CrossPlay are implemented for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions respectively.

Rayman Legends is looking like a triumph. It should surpass the heights of Origins with some really innovative gameplay and a stunning new art style. Let’s hope its just as lengthy and just as fun as its predecessor; then it might just be legendary.

13 Comments
  1. Dom El
    Member
    Since: Mar 2012

    I can’t wait for this – the demo is fantastic, and it builds on everything that Origins brought to the platforming genre. Definitely a day one purchase for me.

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 19:23.
  2. Alex C
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    YES!

    Castle Rock is amazing, more of that in the full game please.

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 20:23.
  3. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    My main reason for wanting a Wii U.

    Has a PS3 (or Vita preferably) version been announced yet?

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 23:14.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      When it dies down a bit, they’d probably announce it for other platforms.. It won’t be exclusive forever imo.

      Comment posted on 27/12/2012 at 05:21.
  4. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Hopefully the delay will bring with it a PS3 and / or PSVITA version.

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 23:54.
  5. LTG Davey
    andUandU
    Since: Aug 2008

    Copy pre ordered and paid for. Cannot come out soon enough :D

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 23:57.
  6. tactical20
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    7 to go and I think they will definitely include GTA 5, Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite and The Last Of Us, but what are the other 3?????!!

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 01:48.
    • tactical20
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      Beyond? Watch Dogs?

      Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 01:52.
      • colmshan1990
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        ThatGameCompany’s next game?

        Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 01:55.
  7. XisTG
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    This really needs to be on the Vita…

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 12:14.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      It does, I bet a year will do.

      Comment posted on 27/12/2012 at 05:20.
  8. Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Probably one of the many games thats making me go towards a Wii U in March-April…

    Comment posted on 27/12/2012 at 05:19.
  9. jimmy-google
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    I love platformers but played the demo of Rayman Origins on the PS3 and really didn’t like it at all so I’m not remotely interested in this. Don’t understand its popularity either.

    Comment posted on 27/12/2012 at 12:01.

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