Rayman Origins Review - Destructoid

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11:38 AM on 07.04.2012

I've been playing Rayman Origins on the Xbox 360 and I have to say it's pretty fun and serves a wide demographic. The game follows the classic side-scrolling method and the goal is to get from point A to point B on every stage and there are some collectibles along the way. I say it serves a wide range of people because the graphics are very well done and their style appeals to the younger generations and the game is easy enough for them to go through. However, getting the collectibles is actually challenging. As a "veteran gamer" myself, I had to retry some of the stages about a dozen times in order to get a certain piece. However, the game is very forgiving when it's being playing with the intention of simply beating the stages.

Rayman doesn't have any great new innovations as far as I can see but that's not a bad thing at all. In fact, the game play is great. I'm sorry Mario, but I think Rayman has you beaten. I bought the game for the co-op but I was expecting an ok game that I can spend some time in cruising through the stages. Fortunately I was wrong and I'm impressed. The game also has some water stages that weren't horrible and if that wasn't impressive I don't know what is.

Almost every stage gives you a reason to go back to it. Beating the stages is simple, but you will almost always miss a few things that will keep you coming back for more. There is no shortage of levels in the game but even with the ones there, you'll almost always miss collectibles. Actually I never completely cleaned out a stage yet (to be completely honest) but that's something I'm putting on my back burner for now. I definitely plan on backtracking all the way to the beginning of the game to get the items that I have missed. A typical stage has 5 face-like things, a trophy and a coin. In order to get all said things one must collect enough coin like objects throughout the level, find 2 hidden areas and perform a time trial. So if you're wondering about lasting appeal, you have a ton of stages to go through and you'll need to go through more than once. After all, this game isn't just a piece of DLC.

Backtracking in Rayman doesn't feel tedious. Playing the same area on a trial run and a normal way feel completely different and doing so with a partner is a great experience. The co-op is awesome and potentially very funny. My only problem with it is that it's way too easy to hit your partner by mistake and knocking them into a hole or into something that kills. Now it can be funny, but annoying at times. The game somewhat makes up for that by being even more forgiving in co-op. A player can die all he wants as long as the other is still alive and kicking.

So to sum this up I'd like to say that I would recommend this game to just about anyone. A person who wants some family gaming time, or looking for a platformer or just looking for anything good in general.

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