UBISOFT has done it again.
Rayman Legends brings us another helping of some of the best 2D platforming there is to offer. Developed and published by Ubisoft, the game takes the similar play style of Rayman Origins and ups the awesomeness! The first thing I noticed in Legends was just how great it looks; Rayman Origins was one of the best Vita games early-on and Legends definitely gives it a run for its money. The game plays identically to Origins so if you’ve played that one, Legends will feel no different in your hands.
Rayman Legends’ story has you finding your friends called the Teensies. They’ve been kidnapped by the Five Evil Teensies and by beating them you beat the game! These little guys and gals are hidden all over the worlds – and by finding enough of them you can unlock more levels. Some of their hiding spots are quite obvious while others make it them challenging to locate. If you hear one saying “help me!”, you know you’re close – so have a good look around.
Legends adds some new features that expand on the idea of what 2D platforming. With all new touchscreen-based levels, you control Murfy; a flying frog-like creature that assists Globox through challenging levels. The only problem I have with these levels is are the gyroscope controls, as they doesn’t seem to work correctly all the time. The only fix I found was to die and have it restart, which would reset the gyroscope. That said, even with this minor problem the touch screen levels can still be quite fun.
In addition to the touch screen levels, you will be able to take part in challenge levels that will really test your ability to maneuver through a level with out dying. The challenge levels can be a lot of fun, but tend to get old quick. Rayman Legends also adds to the fun with new music levels – taking familiar songs and crafting levels with the music in mind. These levels have to be (by far) my favorite in the game, the only problem being the sync. You can force yourself to stay in time, but if you punch or kick early it will make the timing seem a tad off. That aside, I still find myself going back to these levels as they are enjoyable almost every time.
Rayman’s game play is just as you’d expect – the same as Origins. The controls never get in the way of your platforming, which is important as you can die quite easily in Legends. If you’ve never played a Rayman game, the controls are not that difficult to get around – not long in and you’ll master those controls and perfect your timing. By collecting Lums (the equivalent of coins in Mario) you can unlock new characters that are essentially just cosmetic, as they don’t have any new abilities. I haven’t collected all the characters, but I have beat the main missions. The way they’ve set it up though makes you want to keep playing to see what new character skins you can get next.
The difficulty in Legends seems to be just a little easier than Origins, but there are a few levels that will test your abilities. I noticed that I was able to get through the main portion of the game pretty easily, while in Origins I remember struggling a bit more. Legends does have boss battles that are pretty tough at times; one mistake and you must restart. This can be frustrating, but for me I just started learning what I needed to do differently if I wanted to advance. If you’re a person who wants difficulty don’t forget that you can test your skills in the challenge modes for some added difficulty. My favorite challenge level is basically a Rayman version of an infinite runner – the second you take your first hit the level ends and tells you your distance. This can keep you busy with other types of challenge missions, especially if you’re a score chaser and you hate to see your friends take the top spot from you.
If you still aren’t satisfied with the content in the game, did I mention you can play a few of the Origins levels? By completing levels and collecting enough Lums you can earn scratch tickets which will unlock bonus features – for example Origins levels, more Lums, a creature, or a Teensie. The creatures only purpose is for you to come back to where they are located and collect the Lums that show up everyday.
Rayman Legends is a great game that you will be hard pressed not to like. With easy controls, great graphics, and some of the best level design out there – Rayman Legends deserves to be played. Although it’s missing a few levels from the other versions (whichhave been confirmed as coming later), it’s still one of the best versions to get. If they added online multiplayer (infrastructure mode), they could really bring it to the next level – but any fan of the Rayman series should grab this one as they shouldn’t be disappointed.
After beating the game and playing a lot of the side missions I can safely say this is a solid 4 out of 5. When they add the missing levels you may see a bump in the score, but for now 4/5 is a great score so go get this game!
Legends offers mulitplayer, but unfortunately its Ad-Hoc/LAN only, therefore I was not able to give it a go. If you and a friend grab Legends and can get a local match please let us know how it is!