WeView: Rayman Legends

With the game having just been re-released on PS4 and Xbox One, it seems as though right about now makes perfect timing for Rayman Legends to crop up in WeView. The sidescrolling platformer, a sequel to 2011’s Origins, was originally billed as a Wii U exclusive and set for release in early 2013, before being delayed to accommodate for release on more platforms, including PS3, Xbox 360 and PS Vita.

Essentially, Legends took the brilliant platforming formula of Origins and added some visual flare with 3D elements and stunning parallax backgrounds, as well as new gameplay features. A really solid platformer then, and one which exudes charm throughout.

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I personally loved the art style too, which evolved from the rather simple but wonderful 2D cartoon style of its predecessor into something resembling a moving painting, which tied into the subject matter of the game perfectly.

There’s tons of content, and it’s always fun, leaving you wanting more. From the back to Origins levels, to twisted invasion and time attacks alongside the brilliant and strange musical levels, which blurred the lines between platformer and rhythm game.

Peter reviewed the Ubisoft sequel, keeping it short and sweet and concluding with:

Rayman Legends doesn’t need a thousand words of explanation and assessment. It’s not a weighty, narrative driven game that will make you postulate meanings or attribute deep allegorical intentions. This is a game about not thinking, it’s a game about letting go and just enjoying the colours and sounds and swirling, bouncing happiness that’s taking up your screen. You’ll have to practice elements, you’ll need to learn locations of hidden areas and timings of jump sequences to progress. But you’ll certainly never be bored.

It was clear that this was always an experience built for the Wii U at its heart though – with crisper visuals which rival the recently released next generation versions, some GamePad exclusive touch features and an extra set of levels involving control of the character Murfy, but that shouldn’t take away from the other versions.

In fact, it’s more than likely that you’ve played the game on a more popular console than Nintendo’s, or perhaps even on the handheld PS Vita, but whatever the case, we’d like to hear your thoughts.

So, leave a comment below letting us know what you think of Rayman Legends, as per usual. We’ll round them all up next week, providing you gets your comments in by Sunday. Remember to add a Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It or Avoid It rating on the end, too.

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  1. Rayman Legends is a wonderful game. Some of the best graphics in any PS3 game I own, and fantastic fun to play. Level design is pretty much perfect, and there’s loads of objectives to complete and stuff to collect. The lums that require you to collect them in order for maximum points are a fantastic addition. I played through the whole game in co-op, and this is truly one of the best co-op games, right up there with LittleBigPlanet and Portal 2. Oh, and the music levels are indescribably brilliant.

    There are some minor criticisms – the game doesn’t really experiment too much with the basic formula from Origins, which is a tad disappointing; and I would have loved to see some specifically-designed co-op levels (even as DLC, maybe).

    Nevertheless, a superb game. Buy it without hesitation.

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