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Recycled 'Rayman' looking his age
Apr 25, 2011
By John Powell - G4 Canada
He might not have arms, legs or even a neck but as we know by now, Rayman has a huge heart. The floppy-eared hero who defies logic has returned to free his good friends from the clutches of a band of evil pirates. These aren't your ordinary pirates either. These are Robot-Pirates from…space. The bad thing about that is, the metallic monstrosities are as tough as heck. The good about that is, you can blast them to pieces and not feel guilty because they are just buckets of bolts.
With his friends and other resistance fighters captured and imprisoned by the cruel Razorbeard, the leader of the Robot-Pirates, Rayman must travel throughout the Great Forest freeing them and generally becoming a huge thorn and nuisance in Razorbeard's side.
To help him on his adventure, Rayman can jump, swim and climb between walls like no ninja you have ever seen. He can even hover using his ears as helicopter blades. Don't ask. Just accept it. This is Rayman we are talking about. You should know by now that the normal rules of logic and gravity don't apply. The helicopter maneuver though can only be used when Rayman is in the air.
Not only can Rayman use his abilities to flank his foes or conquer obstacles in his way, he can also kick robot butt with the energy spheres he can create in his hands and hurl at opponents. The spheres can also be charged up to do even more damage against bigger enemies.
'Rayman 3D' is actually a Nintendo 3DS port of 1999's 'Rayman 2: The Great Escape' which was originally produced for the Dreamcast console. The adventure does utilize the 3DS system really well despite some sporadic “ghosting” issues. For the most part, the 3D world is fantastic to explore even though it does have some camera issues here and there, hence Ubisoft dedicating buttons to controlling the finicky camera, and the aging graphics are kind of drab.
Having been released over nine platforms over the last 12 years or so, Ubisoft has gotten a lot of mileage out of 'Rayman 2' but the title is really beginning to show its age. There is no arguing that 'Rayman 2' is one of the greatest 3D platformers ever developed. The gameplay has stood the test of time but the graphics are beginning to look somewhat dated and no amount of digital Botox is going to improve things. If you have never played the original and would like to experience a true classic of the genre, 'Rayman 3D' is worth a shot but only if you can overlook the intermittent 3D and camera glitches.
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