Product Type: Ubisoft Wii games
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Good old fashion platforming fun
Rayman Origins (Wii)
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Rayman Origins (Wii)
Advantages: cartoon visuals, fun addictive gameplay
Disadvantages: very difficult from the start and it only get worse
Rayman has been a strong IP for Ubisoft for a long time now, and as with all nearly all Ubisoft IPs is completely insane in its own way. And this latest instalment is a fun, but difficult addition.
Well there's not much story to Rayman Origins, there's not much story to any platformer game of this type really since that's not what they're about. Rayman's snoring annoys some old woman who decides that she's had enough of the noise. In a rather over the top move, she releases an army of evil Toons on Rayman and his friends. They must overcome this army and save the Glade of Dreams.
It's a simple story so the main focus is on the platforming. Which is fun, but hard. Like seriously hard. You can only get hit once and your dead. Fall off and you're dead. As you go through the game it becomes harder and harder and it wasn't so easy to being with. This game does not hold your hand or treat you nicely. I've found it one of the hardest games I've played in this generation, some of it making me want to run away, and not even attempt it, but this game has such a great cartoon charm that makes it so much fun.
The core mechanics are your basic platforming. Each level involves a lot of jumping and climbing, all of which must be precise. As you progress through the game you gain power ups that help you through the later levels. These powers range from wall running, to swimming, and even upgrading your attacks. There is some co-op play in the game, but it's offline only and as with all of these kind of games, co-op play makes it a little chaotic and even more difficult to complete, which should be the opposite goal of co-op play. There are also side scrolling shooter levels that involves a flying mosquito, which sucks up bad guys, fires them back out. There are collectables to grab through all the levels, giving some replayability... if you can face play through the game again without smashing your controller.
The backing singing repeats throughout the levels, since there aren't that many songs, and it can get pretty annoying. It's an okay soundtrack, but it would have definitely been better with just a couple more songs added to it.
This game looks fantastic, even though the Wii version doesn't look as good as the other console versions. The cartoony style is great, giving it a pretty unique look amongst games - a lot of which strive for realism now, so it's great to have something different. The levels are well designed and flow naturally.
This is a fun, challenging game
Summary: great cartoony platformer
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