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Rayman Origins - The reward of Music

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Rayman Origins was my most adored and loved game of 2011. There were plenty of games that year that I played and thoroughly enjoyed but Rayman Origins gave me something I hadn't experienced in years. It's a perfect recipe of graphics, gameplay and music. Rayman Origins excels at all three of these and blends them perfectly together. However I want to focus on one specific aspect from the game, namely it's music and sound department!

I've come across plenty of games before which include music or sounds that I'll go out of my way just to hear. For example in Ratchet and Clank : Crack in Time it has a weapon called the 'RYNO V'. An incredibly over-powered weapon that fires out tons of ammunition, but that alone doesn't make it satisfying to use, when you use it the song "1812 overture" plays whilst firing. So you have the wonderful scenario of running around reducing everything to ashes whilst grand orchestra music plays over it all. God fucking yes.

One more example, for those of us who have played Sonic 2 I'm sure without a doubt you also loved turning into Super Sonic. Again blazing through the level at mad speeds is incredibly satisfying but it's the transformation sound and then the music that makes it all the more sweeter for me.

Now onto my original point about Rayman Origins. This game features some of the most wonderfully creative soundtracks I have ever heard in a videogame; and that's not just from the background music. We have these little fella's to give us a wonderful tune.



These levels basically feature some of the most tightly designed platforming you'll experience. It's very similar to Super Meat Boy in terms of getting every single jump right and get every bit of timing right and one slip up pretty much ensures instant failure.

They provide some great extra challenge that are in no way obligatory but open doors to some more content in the game. They're pretty damn difficult as you can imagine but yet again Rayman Origins doesn't mess things up by continuing it's perfect recipe blend of being perfect and god I've lost where I'm going with this!

More amazing music plays in these levels, it's the same piece of music every time so that may make you think the music gets repetitive or even annoying after a while if you keep on going, that however is not the case.

It's full of so much energy that it always eggs me on to keep trying, I don't think I gave up a single time when I kept on failing. I wanted to keep on playing it, not only to beat the level but to keep on hearing that damn addictive piece of music!

So I guess I'll end this here till the post becomes novel length. Perhaps I'm seeing things that aren't there at all but I feel this game is a perfect example of great gameplay and rewards perfectly intertwined for an overall engrossing experience. I can't recommend this game enough and it's made me appreciate the length's games go to make our gaming experience all the more better.
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About DeadRadicalone of us since 11:15 PM on 02.13.2011

I'm the iron blooded, hot blooded, cold blooded human, but you can just call me Josh.

I try to transform my thoughts of video games into words for you to digest and enjoy, if I'm not doing that I'm either thinking about video games or looking up awesome Bruce Lee Quotes.

So let's turn the world upside down yeah?!



PSN ID:Insomniac-Josh
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