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Origins was going to be a prequel to the original Rayman until somebody realised that only four people remember the plot of the original Rayman and the rest of us are surprised to discover that the original Rayman had a plot. So Rayman Origins has a brand new story! Rayman and his friends are noisy around a tree and then some bad guys take over. This may hardly seem like Shakespeare to you, but I'm sure that in ten years the prequel game Origins of Rayman Origins will finally give us the narrative catharsis all us gamers secretly crave with all our hearts.
Until we get that narrative catharsis, we might as well spend our time enjoying this brilliant platformer. Origins features great controls, superior gameplay to even the best Mario titles and the beautiful animated graphics and wonderful soundtrack make this possibly the greatest 2D platformer I've ever played. And I've played far, far too many.
Rayman controls like a dream, the game is fast paced and full of collectibles for the more obsessive gamer, but these can easily be ignored. However, don't be fooled into thinking this is a kids game. They'll enjoy it, sure, but this is one of the toughest games available for the 3DS. It starts simple enough but the difficulty curve soon ramps up to horrifying levels in which you'll have to play perfectly to complete levels. The infinite lives system means you're never set too far back, which some have said makes the game 'never frustrating'. As a counter argument to that 'never frustrating' claim, I'd like to present the amount of times I swore when failing some of the later levels (easily in the high hundreds) but that's probably more of a reflection on my young disrespectful vocal chords rather than the excellent game design. If you don't mind a challenge and like platformers then you should be playing Rayman Origins right now.