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      24.10.2001 09:21

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      Rayman 2 is one of the strangest Adventure games you will probably play, but it’s also one of the best, and on Dreamcast it received a lot of critical applause for it’s outstanding gameplay and superb visual splendour. Released last year Rayman 2 was the game that rivalled Sonic Adventure on the Sega console, although previously released on the N64, the action and adventure in Rayman was something of revelation. Forget Tomb Raider and all that lot, this may seem to be a game aimed at children – visually amazing levels, lavishing in replenishing colour – it’s a delight to play through for the graphics alone, but the gameplay is something else. Marvellous control system, really easy to play although the levels are a good challenge – it has a lot of character, totally bursting with life as you set out on your quest as the limbless hero. Loads of levels including online downloadable ones, Rayman will be jumping, swimming and solving problems with your help. Plus points: A vast selection of variation in levels, the gameplay is absolutely brilliant. It’s not as fast as Sonic, but just as good. The graphics are spectacular, so, do not be put off by its youthful looks! The control system and camera system are brilliant. Price – only £15 from most places! Downsides: It’s very strange and that may put some people off = limbless hero? Odd! That’s all the downsides! Overall a strong contender for adventure game of the last decade, brilliant 5 stars.

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      14.09.2001 06:39
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      Rayman 2 is one of the strangest Adventure games you will probably play, but it’s also one of the best, and on Dreamcast it received a lot of critical applause for it’s outstanding gameplay and superb visual splendour. Released last year Rayman 2 was the game that rivalled Sonic Adventure on the Sega console, although previously released on the N64, the action and adventure in Rayman was something of revelation. Forget Tomb Raider and all that lot, this may seem to be a game aimed at children – visually amazing levels, lavishing in replenishing colour – it’s a delight to play through for the graphics alone, but the gameplay is something else. Marvellous control system, really easy to play although the levels are a good challenge – it has a lot of character, totally bursting with life as you set out on your quest as the limbless hero. Loads of levels including online downloadable ones, Rayman will be jumping, swimming and solving problems with your help. Plus points: A vast selection of variation in levels, the gameplay is absolutely brilliant. It’s not as fast as Sonic, but just as good. The graphics are spectacular, so, do not be put off by its youthful looks! The control system and camera system are brilliant. Price – only £15 from most places! Downsides: It’s very strange and that may put some people off = limbless hero? Odd! That’s all the downsides! Overall a strong contender for adventure game of the last decade, brilliant 5 stars.

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        29.08.2001 05:20

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        Rayman 2 is one of the strangest Adventure games you will probably play, but it’s also one of the best, and on Dreamcast it received a lot of critical applause for it’s outstanding gameplay and superb visual splendour. Released last year Rayman 2 was the game that rivalled Sonic Adventure on the Sega console, although previously released on the N64, the action and adventure in Rayman was something of revelation. Forget Tomb Raider and all that lot, this may seem to be a game aimed at children – visually amazing levels, lavishing in replenishing colour – it’s a delight to play through for the graphics alone, but the gameplay is something else. Marvellous control system, really easy to play although the levels are a good challenge – it has a lot of character, totally bursting with life as you set out on your quest as the limbless hero. Loads of levels including online downloadable ones, Rayman will be jumping, swimming and solving problems with your help. Plus points: A vast selection of variation in levels, the gameplay is absolutely brilliant. It’s not as fast as Sonic, but just as good. The graphics are spectacular, so, do not be put off by its youthful looks! The control system and camera system are brilliant. Price – only £15 from most places! Downsides: It’s very strange and that may put some people off = limbless hero? Odd! That’s all the downsides! Overall a strong contender for adventure game of the last decade, brilliant 5 stars.

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        16.11.2000 02:50
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        This game is the Shenmue of platforming. I have not ever seen a platformer with this much art and design since my snes days. Rayman is alive and kicking once again and ready to be played. Rayman's world in incredibly designed and full of slendor and awsome graphics. Gameplay is easy to pick up and the overall quest will satisfy your thirst but leave you craving more. Rayman 2 is the best effort at platforming on the DC and will be for a long time. Rayman 2 deserves a spot next to your Code Veronica and Crazy Taxi and NFL 2K. Don't read and more reviews. Go do your self a favor and buy this game

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        08.11.2000 03:13

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        Rayman 2 is the second (How ironic) platformer to come out on the dc after sonic, and I think that it really does beat sonic in every way. It has much better graphics, sounds, game play, length and is a lot harder game to complete. The aim of the game is to go through various levels rescuing the lums, little fire fly type animals. There are 1000 and 1 of these little animals to find over the many levels. There is also a terrific 4 player game to unlock. Rayman 2 is a very good and well made game and is worth buying.

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        28.09.2000 04:08

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        Rayman 2's concept is not particularly original. The game takes its basic framework from popular console platform games such as Super Mario 64. You explore a series of connected environments collecting objects (glowing stars called Lums), learning new skills, and returning to previously visited areas to re-explore them and dig out secrets you may have missed the first time through. The underlying purpose behind all of this activity is the hunt for several rarer objects, in this case four magical masks that can release a creature called the Polokus, who will rid Rayman's world of the evil Admiral Razorbeard and his robotic pirate invasion force. Within this familiar structure, Rayman 2 displays an exuberant ingenuity and technical excellence that make it significantly more than just another Mario clone.

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        13.09.2000 03:51

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        this is a cool game, i dont own it but i have played it, and i really liked it, rayman is this stange looking man who has no neck, legs or arms. his head, hands and feet just float, very weird. this is raymans first 3-d adventure, he has been on playstation with a 2-d game but that was rubish, rayman 2 is really good. im not sure what you're meant to do but i now that you can collect there little things called yums, i think there are 100 on each level, and rayman cam throw white power ball at his enemies, this is how he fights, and as you get further, you get more powerful. this is a really fun game, i recommend buying it, but dont if you dont like cartoony games.

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        21.08.2000 02:10
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        It's the sequel to that cheesy (but pretty good) platformer Rayman. And it's got a real bad point - graphics. They're terrible. "What?!?" you say...well they are! A Dreamcast could do a lot better. The same happened on my PC - it was top range but the graphics only equalled Playstation level. Despite the poor transition to Dreamcast, the numerous buttons on the joypad are welcomed, as is the traditional game itself - fun, varied and pretty original. There are loads of things to do and it's great to explore. The worlds are all different and wonderful, and you should ignore the graphics. This game is excellent. One of the few platformers on the Dreamcast, and it rules. I enjoyed it more than Sonic Adventure. Although bettered by platformers on other formats, you can't do much better for your Dreamcast. Get it and keep the housemates out - you'll be playing awhile.

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        18.08.2000 19:29
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        Rayman's first sojourn into the gaming world was a fairly generic 2D platform experience from a few years back. With Rayman2, UbiSoft sent their odd-looking French fellow into 3D. Appearing originally on the N64 last year, Rayman2 is a beautiful platformer loaded with absolutely acres of gameplay. Although simple in premise, Rayman2 plays like a dream. The control system is intuitive, allowing you full control over jumping (accurate leaps are required), shooting (glowing ball thingies) & flying (Rayman has helicopter styley ears). The level design is beautifully drawn and consistent throughout, the Dreamcast's graphical power being used to da max. Controlling Rayman, you slowly work your way through each level, gradually opening-up bonus areas and further more tricky levels. Some back-tracking is required to collect and explore everything the game has to offer, thus ensuring plenty of longevity and value for money. On the surface a simple platformer, Rayman2 is a distinctly old skool affair, with depth of play normally reserved for the best Nintendo games. The best Dreamcast platformer so far (and that includes Sonic Adventure), this challenging game literally oozes quality from every polygon and frankly shouldn't be missed.

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        15.08.2000 06:55

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        Rayman 2 is the best example of how to do a platform game (in the vein of Super Mario 64), in my opinion. It has a cartoony goofiness that's sure to entertain, and manages to achieve that perfect balance of making the characters cute without being annoyingly so. The gameplay is simple and elegant, and the game itself contains enough different types of levels to beat that you don't get stuck in a rut of just jumping around the world avoiding bad guys. Different objectives, from waterskiing holding onto a snakes scarf to using Rayman's helicopter hair to fly up a lava flow to riding on a flying shotgun shell to actually piloting a flying pirate ship, keep the game fresh from level to level. The gameplay of the different methods is done very skillfully, making each method relatively easy to control, while balancing them with challenging levels. The collection of yellow lums in the game also adds to the replayability of Rayman 2, while not resorting to simply making certain lums nearly impossible to get. The only two flaws I could see would be the lamentable brevity of the game and the "bonus" levels you get when you collect all the lums/cages on a level. The bonus levels are rather pointless, and a pain in the neck, but they're easy to ignore in light of the quality of the rest of the game. All in all, I definitely consider this a must-buy game, more so than Sonic Adventure (not to put Sonic down, but Rayman 2 truly tops it in everything except length of the game).

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        11.08.2000 03:50

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        This game was ment to be good ,the 64 version anyway and it is good. It is a great 3D rpg. It is good but can take quite a while to get used to as the views are difficult at first. Once you master it though you fly through levels but if you think it's all going to be easy, don't be fooled it does get harder. The game seems to get really difficult and then not get any harder. It is a good game though and gets addictive.I would hardly say it's the best game ever but it's not rubbish either. Good graphics and gameplay, though i would only recom=end it if you like RPG's . If not then think twice about buying this.

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        26.07.2000 15:58
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        Rayman 2 is, as you may have guessed, the sequel to Rayman which was released on the PSX and Saturn to fill a void in the Platform market. Rayman was introduced to us as a little magic creature who could fire balls from his fist and was noticeably missing some crucial body parts - arms and legs. Not one to let this slow him down he went on to get good sales and so Ubisoft have drummed up a sequel - the aforementioned Rayman 2. For a start, this is the final release of Rayman 2 - the others having been released on the PSX, N64 and the PC to good reception. Again you play as Rayman who, this time around, has been given a small back story and a 'quest' where he must upgrade his magic powers along the course of the story. It seems that all his friends have been kidnapped by Space Pirates and with the aid of his cute companions he must find the four magic masks which will in turn unlock Polokus - the spirit of the world and he will sort the whole mess out. In other words this means you need to jump and run your way through some beautiful, but similar, levels collecting Lums - yellow ones for bonuses, red ones for health and green ones to save your game. These Lums are in typically hard to reach locations and so if you want to unlock all the bonuses you will need to collect all of the yellow ones. Of which there are 999. When you play through a level you need 50 to guarantee you unlocking the bonus stage...miss one Lum on your travels and you need to replay the whole level to get it. Since some of the sections are on slopes where you must slide or on vehicles you cannot stop, if you miss one Lum you can't go back and try again without replaying the entire level. For gamers who want o get stuck in and find every secret then this game is for you, but for most of us it just frustrates. While obviously a kids game, the above point, and some really tricky bits mean it can be enjoyed by all members of your family, - young kids ar
        e unlikely to be able to pass the point where you need to stand on a bouncing fruit and move it by shooting in the opposite direction. Things like this really let the game down - in terms of difficulty it is unbalanced and features some unnecessary sections like the bouncy fruit bit. While you can get pass them they are likely to frustrate when you have to play them over and over. Other levels are well crafted with some breathtaking scenes. The action is never always just run and jump as Ubisoft have scattered in some other surprises - the legged bomb and the flying barrel are two examples. The cartoon graphics present a certain style to the proceedings and you have to give the developers the credit they deserve for combining all the textures into such a seamless experience. Each area has it own them and with unique textures and sound, Rayman 2 certainly looks the part. You may have gathered there is a distinct lack of fighting in the game, and while it combines every single platform element you can think of, it still has the odd battle or two. The pirates can either be taken out with the magic fist or buy throwing things at them. There are some however who require a bit more skill - the voodoo spider crops up on some pillars above a river and you have to stop the skulls he throws at you by shooting them, then jump on this to the next area. When you combine this with avoiding the fireballs he hurls at you and the hoop swinging, you get a fiendishly difficult section combining some of the best platform elements! Rayman himself still has the same basic moves, but now can get new ones by helping Ly the fairy. He progresses from simple magic fists into the power shot and the ability to swing from hoops in the air, kind of like Samus Aran in the old Metroid games. He can use his ears to helicopter himself to safety in the air and can use vehicles and other objects. This Dreamcast version of the game has some great extras whi
        ch include...a four player puzzle mode, some new levels (the Globox village), a new world map and the ability to download new levels off the internet. In reality this just unlocks levels already in the game, but the thought counts. Ubisoft have spent a lot of time making the game looks fantastic with a 60htz mode and the highest resolution of any of the versions bar the PC one. Rayman 2 is a good game with plenty of variety and set pieces thrown into the usual platform game setting. The whole 'run and jump' aspect of the game is countered by the excellent bonus stages and the various abilities Rayman has to navigate the levels. Slightly frustrating, but overall a polished and well crafted game, Rayman 2 is the finest example of Mario 64 to grace the Dreamcast - providing more of an adventure than Sonic

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        18.07.2000 02:50
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        I never actually played the original Rayman game. I own a Sega Saturn but I was put off Rayman by the fact that everyone said it was VERY, VERY difficult. But then I read about this, Rayman 2: The Great Escape. It sounded promising with the N64 and PC versions getting rave reviews so I decided to wait and buy the Dreamcast version because Dreamcast is the 'Next-gen console'. So I bought it and what I played was beyond my expectations. It was magnificent. I played through the first level 'The Woods Of light' and witnessed the unbelievable graphics and brilliant sound. The gameplay was excellent but I thought that it was a bit too easy. I played through the next few set of levels and although they were strictly linear, they were golden. The design is expert with every level having a different theme which adds to the cartoony atmosphere of it all. From the swamps of the 'Marshes of Awakening' to the sheer cliffs of 'The Precipice', the game has loads of memorable moments that you'll want to keep going back to. The difficulty curve is without a doubt, one of the best I have ever witnessed. It is a pleasure to experience it. At first as I mentioned, it is really easy but it eventually gets a bit harder and I did find myself stuck on 'The Sanctuary of Stone and Fire' level. So, I battled my way through the levels and I finally finished it. Excellent, I thought. But I can't believe something so good has ended. And to my delight, I found out that it hadn't! I had only completed the game 67% because I had not found all of the 1001 lums that are spread across the levels in the game. Finding these is practically another game itself with a more explorative tactic needed to successfully find them all. It took me absolutely ages to find them all, with some being above dangerous lava and others in difficult to get to places but eventually I found them all and I really did feel a sense of achievement. I then discov
        ered that you had to find the 6 crystals which themselves opened up a number of bonus levels which also add to the fun. But the best bit comes when you have collected all 6 crystals. You then get access to the brilliant multiplayer maze game which can handle up to 4 players. This in itself is an amazingly addictive game that I found myself playing for ages right up until I wrote this review, 4 months after I bought the game. Everything about this game is perfect from the cartoony graphics to the brilliant musical soundtrack. It is one of very few games that is truly a joy to play. Highly Recommended!!

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          15.07.2000 17:12

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          Having never played Rayman before, I bought this game as it had good reviews from many magazines. Well, I can say that it's one of the best platform adventure games available on the Dreamcast now and easily comparable to Sonic Adventure. Rayman 2 is quite unlike the speed thrill you get from playing sonic. It's got many puzzles and minigames of various types to solve. There's a 4-player game, which can be unlocked, and while it's not addictive, it certainly is fun! Oh, there's also the extra level which can be downloaded from the Internet, which is great and all these add to the replay value of the game! The graphics are one of the best I've seen and there's an air of cuteness to the whole gameplay. If you enjoy platform games like Sonic adventure, then this is a definite must buy.

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          11.07.2000 05:53

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          Being a big fan of the first Rayman I just had to go out and buy this Rayman straight away. The first Rayman was very difficult and so is this one. It starts off quite easy and all of a sudden it becomes very difficult. In the game there are many different views which can be annoying but you get used to them pretty quickly. The graphics are much better than the first Rayman and so they should be, its the Dreamcast for heavens sake! Overall, its an addictive and enjoyable game that is for all ages.

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