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Rayman: My Hero Makes an Epic Return

The Rayman series has been one of the the very first few platformer games that I knew and played back then (the others being Kirby and Megaman Zero). Here's a little history with the Rayman games I played and the experiences I had with the series.

When I was eight in Japan, I visited this person dressed up as Santa Claus. He was happily bringing smiles to other children, which obviously made me want to meet him myself. I don't really remember what I said, but after talking to him for a while, he was really happy and gave me a game he used to play himself. I was filled with joy as I wanted to play that game so badly. That game was Rayman for the Game Boy Color, and that was the very first Rayman game I owned and played.

This Rayman game was interesting. This game has the Rayman 2: The Great Escape worlds and levels, yet it still has the plot of Rayman 1. I didn't notice this back then, but I find this a unique way to sort of port the game. The game was very challenging for me, but it was still fun. I found out from one of my friends back then that this version is said to be the hardest Rayman in existence. I suppose I wouldn't be surprised if what my friends said was true because I never was able to clear the game, and I'm usually really good at platformers.

By the way the visuals were beautiful for a Game Boy Color game in my opinion, but the music did annoy me a bit.

Unfortunately I couldn't find the game anymore. I lost the game at the beach in summer. This was upsetting to me because back then I didn't have a console at all, so I couldn't play the console versions of the games. While the console versions of the games were fairly common, the handheld ones were extremely rare and expensive, which also meant that I couldn't play another Rayman game for a while. A couple of years actually. Fortunately after waiting such a long time, my brother (Travis) saw his friend have the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc that he didn't want anymore. I wanted to trade my Sonic Advance 2 game with his friend's Rayman 3 Advance game, since I already completely cleared Sonic Advance 2 before. He gladly accepted my offer, and I quickly put the cartridge into my Game Boy Advance.

I was a bit iffy about this game at first because ever since I heard from some of my friends back then that Rayman 3 wasn't anything special, I wasn't expecting anything out of the handheld either. Fortunately, the game proved me wrong. This was one of the most beautiful Game Boy Advance games that I ever played, if not THE most beautiful. I was drawn into the game instantly just because of the visuals, and the game's animations wasn't bad either. I find one way to get someone's interest. The gameplay was as great as usual, and the music was good as well. Not as fantastic as the Sonic Advance series, but far from being bad or annoying. The game was actually much easier than the Rayman game I previously played, but the bosses were still a bit of a pain in the neck. Unfortunately months later, I lost this game as well. I had this cat named Arthur that apparently had a hunger for my video game. We got rid of the cat afterwards of course.

This screenshot obviously doesn't tell you how beautiful this game was. I seriously hope for a 3DS re-release so that I can have another go at it.

That was my last Rayman game for over five agonizing years. I was seriously about to lose my interest towards the series. I knew that the series was still alive though because of the Raving Rabbids series, but I honestly could care less about those. They caught my interest at first, but I soon lost interest after playing the demo of one of the games. I loved the insane rabbids though. Anyways after seven years, I found Rayman 1, 2, and 3 for the PC on eBay. Altogether as a bundle, the games cost an unbelievably cheap amount of $2.99. What a price! I quickly ordered them for my birthday. After installing all three and immediately tried to play them many times, the games just constantly kept deleting themselves for no exact reason. Soon after the attempts I gave up trying to play them. Hours later I found out that the games put viruses on my computer and they literally crashed the whole thing....I'd say that those games was such a wonderful way to tell me to get a new computer.

Death towards my computer......on my birthday. Lovely......

After that retarded event, I was a pinch away on saying "I give up" on the Rayman series. I did notice DS and 3DS versions of Rayman, but I heard that those games were terrible from a ton of people (and not just from critics either). Besides, the stores I visited had them for over forty-nine dollars, so I obviously didn't waste my time. I couldn't get the old versions of the games that they re-released digitally because I didn't have a PS3, and I also didn't have WIFI at the time so I couldn't get the DSi version either. I was literally stuck......until Rayman Origins came along.

I heard many fantastic things about this game, which made me want it so badly. Plus, I was really happy that it was a new Rayman and not another port or Raving Rabbids game.

Last year on Christmas, I finally got a PS3, WIFI, and earned enough money to get a PSVita. I was so happy because the very first PS3 game that I wanted was Rayman Origins, and now I can get it. I soon found out that the game was also coming to the PSVita. Being more of a handheld gamer than a console one, I decided to wait for a few more months and get the Vita version. The wait was worth it. Last week, I was able to get the Vita and the game.

The game is just breathtakingly beautiful. It animates so fluidly and it looked really colorful. I thought Skullgirls was the most fluid and best looking, but this game does just as well as Skullgirls. I know because I got Skullgirls too. Anyways, nothing much to say except that the gameplay is just as great as the other Rayman games I played, which is a fantastic thing. There are many things to do in almost every level, and it's not annoying at all. This game is challenging, but fair. Many things to collect, accomplish, and explore. I am filled with joy while playing this game. This game got my love for the Rayman series to return.

The faces and behaviors of the characters are so full of win.

I was also finally able to get the first Rayman game as a PSOne classic on my PS3, and it just helps me love the Rayman series even more. I am disappointed that I wasn't able to play this game when I was younger though. I could've been showing this great game off to so many of my friends. Oh well. Glad I was able to get it at least. Such a classic this game is.

So old.....yet still so fun and beautiful.....and hard.

I haven't gotten far on Rayman Origins, but I didn't need to in order for me to get the message that this is going to be one hell of a great experience. By the way I don't want Rayman 2 and 3 anymore (actually not exactly. I still want the GBA version of Rayman 3) because my cousins have those and I can just play it over at their house now. I'm also very excited for Rayman Legends. I saw the preview, and because of how fantastic Rayman Origins is, I plan on getting Rayman Legends as soon as it releases next year. All in all, I would like to thank Ubi Soft for finally making such a wonderful Rayman game, and I surely will never forget the experiences (good and bad) I had with the Rayman series.

Rayman fan for life, baby!
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About Solar20XXone of us since 4:50 AM on 06.04.2012

Here's some of my favorite video games and video game series.

Street Fighter
Advance Wars (definitely)
Marvel VS Capcom
Sonic the Hedgehog (only Advance series, Rush series, and Adventure series)
Guilty Gear
Disgaea (only played 3 and 4 so far)
Ghost and Goblins
Rock Band
Guitar Hero
Rayman (excluding Raving Rabbits. Never played those)
Castlevania (Handhelds)
Patapon (definitely)
LocoRoco (definitely)
The King of Fighters
Samurai Shodown
Last Blade
Capcom VS SNK
Soul Calibur
Virtua Fighter (only played 2 and 3 so far)
Shikigami No Shiro
Shin Megami Tensei (I actually love these more then the Persona series)
Vocaloid (definitely)
Ratchet and Clank
Fire Emblem
Project DIVA (definitely)
Pop 'n Music (definitely)
DJMax (definitely)
Jak and Daxter
Mortal Kombat
Killer Instinct
Dynasty Warriors
Warriors Orochi

The games I completed:

NES (3)
Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda

SNES (8)
Super Mario World
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels
Acro Bat
Super Metroid
Final Fantasy V (NEW)

Neo Geo (26)
The King of Fighters 94
The King of Fighters 95
The King of Fighters 96
The King of Fighters 97
The King of Fighters 98
The King of Fighters 99
The King of Fighters 2000
The King of Fighters 2001
The King of Fighters 2002
The King of Fighters 2003
Samurai Shodown
Samurai Shodown 2
Samurai Shodown 3
Samurai Shodown 4
Samurai Shodown 5
Samurai Shodown 5 Special
Metal Slug
Metal Slug 2
Metal Slug 3
Metal Slug 4
Metal Slug 5
Last Blade
Last Blade 2
World Heroes
World Heroes 2
Magician Lord

Genesis (14)
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Sonic and Knuckles
Golden Axe
Golden Axe 2
Golden Axe 3
Altered Beast
Street of Rage
Street of Rage 2
Street of Rage 3
Vectorman 2
Phamtasy Star 4 (NEW)

N64 (4)
Pokemon Stadium
Pokemon Stadium 2
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Super Mario 64

GC (8)
Zelda: The Wind Waker
Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
Super Mario Sunshine
Pokemon Colosseum
Dragon Ball Z Budokai
Dragon Ball Z Budokai 2
Megaman Battle Network Transmission

PS1 (10)
Spyro the Dragon
Spyro 2 Ripto's Rage!
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Crash Bandicoot
Crash 2 Cortex Strikes Back
Crash Bandicoot Warped
Crash Team Racing
Crash Bash
Cacom VS SNK
Final Fantasy Origins

PS2 (12)
Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3
Dragon Ball Z Tenkaichi
Capcom VS SNK 2
Marvel VS Capcom 2
Disgaea Hour of Darkness
Disgaea 2 Cursed Memories
Tekken Tag Tournament
Tekken 3
Tekken 4
Capcom VS SNK 2
Persona 3
Shadow the Hedgehog

PS3 (36)
Final Fantasy 7
Arcana Heart 3
Persona 4 Arena
Blazblue Calamity Trigger
Blazblue Continuum Shift
Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend
Street Fighter 3 Third Strike
Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition
Tekken 5 HD
Tekken 6
Disgaea 4
Persona 3 FES
Final Fantasy 13
Final Fantasy 13-2
Virtua Fighter 5
The Fancy Pants Adventure
Modnation Racers
Infamous 2
Mortal Kombat 9
DC Universe Online
The King of Fighters XIII
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
SoulCalibur 4 (NEW)
SoulCalibur 5 (NEW)
Dynasty Warriors 7 (NEW)
Dynasty Warriors 8 (NEW)
Warriors Orochi 3 (NEW)
AquaPazza (NEW)
Chaos Code (NEW)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds (NEW)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (NEW)

PC (25)
Touhou 6 Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
Touhou 7 Perfect Cherry Blossom
Touhou 7.5 Immaterial and Missing Power
Touhou 8 Imperishable Night
Touhou 9 Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Touhou 9.5 Shoot the Bullet
Touhou 10 Mountain of Faith
Touhou 10.5 Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
Touhou 11 Subterrainean Animism
Touhou 12 Unidentified Fantastic Object
Touhou 12.3 Hisoutensoku
Touhou 12.5 Double Spoiler
Touhou 12.8 Great Fairy Wars
Touhou 13 Ten Desires
Touhou 13.5 Hopeless Masquerade (NEW)
Touhou 14 Double Dealing Character (NEW)
Melty Blood
Melty Blood React
Melty Blood Act Cadenza
Melty Blood Actress Again
Guilty Gear Isuka
Sonic CD
Sonic R
Sonic Heroes

GBC (14)
Pokemon Yellow
Pokemon Blue
Pokemon Red
Pokemon Gold
Pokemon Silver
Pokemon Crystal
Tom & Jerry
Hamtaro Ham Hams Unite
The Powerpuff Girls: Bad Mojo Jojo
The Powerpuff Girls: Paint the Townsville Green
The Powerpuff Girls: Battle HIM
Dragon Tales
Kirby Tilt N' Tumble

GBA (27)
Pokemon Ruby
Pokemon Sapphire
Pokemon Emerald
Pokemon Fire Red
Pokemon Pinball
Fire Emblem
Fire Emblem Sacred Stones
Advance Wars
Advance Wars 2 Black Hole Rising
Yoshi Island
Dragon Ball Z Super Sonic Warriors
Tekken Advance
Street Fighter Alpha 3 Upper
Golden Sun
Megaman Zero
Megaman Zero 4
Megaman Battle Network 2
Megaman Battle Network 3
Megaman Battle Network 4
Megaman Battle Network 5
Megaman Battle Network 6
Sonic Advance
Sonic Advance 2
Sonic Advance 3
Sonic Battle
Kirby Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Amazing Mirror

DS (57)
Pokemon Diamond
Pokemon Pearl
Pokemon Emerald
Pokemon White
Pokemon Black 2
Dragon Quest 4 Chapters of the Chosen
Dragon Quest 5 Hands of the Heavenly Bride
Dragon Quest 6 Realms of Revelation
Dragon Quest Monsters Joker
Dragon Quest 9 Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Bleach Blade of Fate
Bleach Dark Souls
Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded
Pokemon Trozei
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Blue
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of the Sky
Pokemon Ranger
Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia
Luminous Arc
Luminous Arc 2
Final Fantasy A2 Tactics
Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2
Megaman Zero (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman Zero 2 (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman Zero 3 (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman Zero 4 (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman ZX
Megaman ZX Advent
Megaman Starforce
Megaman Starforce 2
Megaman Starforce 3 Black Joker
Lunar Knights
Metal Slug 7
Zelda Phantom Hourglass
Zelda Spirit Tracks
Knights in the Nightmare
Yoshi Touch and Go
Yoshi Island 2
Super Mario 64 DS
New Super Mario Bros.
Cave Story
Sonic Rush
Sonic Rush Adventure
Sonic Chronicles The Dark Brotherhood
Star Fox DS
Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon
Advance Wars Dual Strike
Advance Wars Days of Ruin
Kirby Canvas Curse
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Radiant Historia
The World Ends With You
Luminous Arc 3

PSP (58)
Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles
Castlevania Rondo of Blood
Castlevania Symphony of the Night
Persona 2 Innocnet Sin
Persona 3 Portable
Final Fantasy Dissidia
Disgaea Afternoon of Darkness
Disgaea 2 Dark Hero Days
Prinny Can I really Be the Hero?
Prinny Dawn of Oeration Panties Dood!
Phantom Brave
Tactics Ogre Let Us Cling Together
Final Fantasy Tactics War of the Lions
Yggdra Union
Knights in the Nightmare
What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord?
What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord? 2
No Heroes Allowed!
Cladun: This is An RPG
Cladun: This is An RPG X2
Fate/ Unlimited Codes
Fate/ Extra
Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max
Street Fighter 2
Street Fighter 2 Champion
Street Fighter 2 Hyper Fighting
Ghost And Goblins
Super Ghosts and Goblins
Goblins and Ghouls
Final Fight
Street Fighter
Samurai Shodown 6
Metal Slug 6
Metal Slug XX
LittleBigPlanet PSP
Lumines 2
Every Extend Extra
Tekken 6
Blazblue Calamity Trigger
Blazblue Continuum Shift 2
Guilty Gear XX Access Core +
LocoRoco 2
Patapon 2
Patapon 3
Wipeout Pulse
Wipeout Pure
Project Diva
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep
Final Fantasy Anniversery Edition
Final Fantasy II Anniversary Edition
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy IV Intrelude
Final Fantasy IV The After Years
Dissidia Final Fantasy Duodecim

3DS (13)
Kid Icarus Uprising
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor Overclocked
Super Mario 3D Land
Zelda Ocarina of Time
Mutant Mudds
Dead or Alive Dimensions
Super Street Fighter 4
Pokemon Rumble Blast
Code of Princess
Samurai Warriors: Chronicles (NEW)
Tetris Axis (NEW)
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance (NEW)

PSVita (14)
Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3
Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend
Rayman Origins
Disgaea 3 Absence of Detention
Persona 4 Golden
Lumines Electric Symphony
Street Fighter X Tekken
Aqua Kitty
DJMAX: Technika Tune (NEW)
Cytus Lambda (NEW)
Chaos Rings (NEW)
Ragnarok Odyssey (NEW)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (NEW)
Spelunky (NEW)

Total So Far: 292 Games Completed (22 NEW GAMES COMPLETED!)
Updated: 12/2/2013