Released November 15, 2011
PS3/Wii/Xbox and will later be released for 3DS/Vita
Rayman Origins is re-invented as a sequel from its original games which released back in 1995. It follows the main character Rayman and his friends Globox and two teensies, in a world called Glade of Dreams, created by the Bubble Dreamer. Rayman and his friends hang out at the Snoring Tree, Bubble Dreamer’s resting place, but their snoring is way too loud and disturbs an old granny who sends in evil creatures to come in and create chaos, taking over the land.
Rayman is a side-scrolling platformer and like our favorite iconic title Super Mario Bros, running, jumping and sprinting is of course the simple game mechanics in the game, but also with unique twists where you can gain powers to swim, glide, sprint up walls and squeeze through narrow paths to get to new areas. Oh, and the punching, can’t forget about that! Multiplayer is definitely fun if you don’t mind getting slapped here and there. You can play with up to 3 friends or by your lonesome. Either way, you’ll have a blast bursting through challenges and time trials, chasing special treasure chest, and sometimes even riding on top of a mosquito.
I’m a sucker for visually artistic games and Rayman Origins is one of them. This game is one of the most creative and colorful games I’ve played yet. I love how interactive it is, with leaves flowing as you run past them, forks dashing across your face, jellyfish dancing in the sea, waterfalls in the background, and much more astonishing animations. It’s smooth and downright gorgeous.
I absolutely love Rayman Origins’ soundtrack. Even the title screen’s music was fun and made me want to dance. Seriously, I’m not joking. Here’s a link and take a listen: http://hosting.raymanpc.com/raytunes/#ro
I’m actually listening to it right now as I type. This soundtrack is definitely like no other. It’s fun, it’s quirky and it keeps you into the game. Even when the game gets frustrating at times, the music kept me in the game. This soundtrack matches the game perfectly keeping it at a great pace.
If you’re a trophy or achievement hunter Rayman will give you a challenging quest. Speeding through those time trials were very frustrating but at the end it was worth it. Most of the trophies are simply going through the game and rescuing other characters in the story, as well as completing all the medallions and collecting Lums and Electoons. It’s a Platinum that you wouldn’t think would be tough, but is. It has 37 trophies all together including Platinum trophy.
Overall it’s an absolutely well put together game, and a must have for your collection. With a cute story, amazing art, great music and a fully all around fun game, Rayman Origins deserves a 9.5