Xbox 360

Rayman Origins

Format Played: Xbox 360
Published by: Ubisoft
Developed by: Ubisoft Montpellier
Release Date: November 25, 2011
Score: 9.5/10

You have to go back to a 90’s 2D game to make it a challenge!
Those who remember the 2D era of the Nes and Master System will remember how challenging some of the platforming games were to the point where you would get frustrated and angry however you were rewarded with the satisfaction once you got past a tough area.

You see a lot of platform games today reverting back to 2D and while they have been fun to play none of them have really captured the challenge aspect of the 90’s, Rayman Origins however does!
Graphically beautiful to look at they really have found a nice style which suits the 2D world of Rayman and the music score is both fun and pleasant on the ears.

You can play on your own or up to 4 local players, the only downside being no on-line co op mode which means that you are missing out if you only have one controller or no mates!  Luckily I managed to try out this mode and playing with a buddy adds a different aspect to the game that you miss with a solo run through (much the same as the New Super Mario games).

As the game progresses, players gain new abilities such as running up walls, gliding in mid-air, swimming and shrinking in size to reach new area.  Going through Rayman origins is challenging enough but to really complete this game you have to expect to get a tiny little bit frustrated…………………  OK you will get very frustrated at times, finishing 100% is not for quitters!
Each level will have you searching every area for Caged Electoons and Lums, a certain amount of Lums will get you an 2 extra Electoon at the end of the level, 3-5 Electoons will complete a medallion.  Getting over the allocated amount of Lums per level will gain you a Gold Ribbon but you will not get any achievements or bonuses for getting them all only self satisfaction.  To complete a level’s Medallion you will need to replay some levels against the clock.  This involves racing from the start to a certain point of a level where there will be a flag, do it in the minimum time limit will earn you an extra Electoon however if you manage to do it even faster you will get a trophy.
On top of this there are chest levels where you must chase a runaway treasure chest across a dangerous course.  These can be very tough to complete as one mistake will send you back to the start.  Completing it will gain you a ruby tooth, getting all teeth will open up an extra level at the end.

I would recommend this game to any platforming fan especially if you like a challenge.  Rayman Origins has been one of the most rewarding games I have played for a long while.


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