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[Singleplayer Review] If you were a fan of past battlefield games, you'll most likely enjoy this too.

8.0

Superb
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Solid"

Summary

Pros:

+ beautiful graphics
+ variety of good looking environments (e.g. jungle, desert, snow, etc.)
+ tons of weapons and vehicles
+ same great destructible environment with explosive barrels/crates just asking to be shot
+ amazing audio/sound effects that make the game all the more realistic
+ entertaining characters
+ numerous operable vehicles such as jeeps, boats, ATV's, tanks, etc.
+ great voice acting and facial animation
+ fun sniping and vehicle segments

Cons:
- campaign story is rather generic/bland with a couple predictable plot twists
- campaign is on the "shorter" end

Just a quick review on this game. As you can see from my previous Battlefield: Bad Company review, the open battlefield/vehicle game play is not the right sub-genre of FPS for me (which is why I did not really get into the online play in this game). I prefer close-quartered combat such as in Call of Duty. In my opinion, Bad Company 2's campaign was decent, but I can't say much more because I know the main aspect of this game is the online play. If you were a fan of past battlefield games, you'll most likely enjoy this too.




RAYMAN IS BACK!

10

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Hard
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Old-school"

Summary

Very few thought it was possible to bring Rayman back to life. Since the Rabbids came Rayman's fame began to fade and soon the Rabbids took over and Rayman was no more. Then the original creator spoke: A New Rayman is coming! It caused quite as stir, and many and most (including me) tought it was going to be another failed re-hash. But boy were we wrong. Ubisoft had a golden oppurtunity to bring rayman back into the digital world, and they used that oppurtunity to make the best platformer EVER! Yes it's 2D but if crysis was 2D Rayman whould have better graphics. Everything is hand-drawn and animated as smooth as possible. The enviroment, character animations and basically everything is breathtaking. The only problem is to fully enjoy every aspect of Rayman Origins you need to play at 1080p. At this resolution you can take everything in and you will feel as if your in a new world. The gameplay is smooth and challenging. This game makes Mario look like Dora the explorer. The 4 player co-op is as fun as it could be. The gameplay is perfect. Now $60 for a 2D platformer is expensive, but this isn't your average platformer. THIS IS RAYMAN! If your a fan of Rayman or just enjoy a brilliant platformer you should stop reading this now and go buy it. If all the Rayman games coming is like this, I say well done Ubisoft. Well done. You have succesfully brought Rayman back into the gaming world.




A very funny game.Maybe the best fun game of 2011.

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Very Easy
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Amazing"

Summary

A very funny game.Maybe the best fun game of 2011.Ubisoft done a fantastic job again and showed for one more time that is one of the top video games developers!!!!!For my Ubisoft is the best with amazing titles made like prince of persia,splinter cell,assassins creed,rayman,I am alive (Coming on 2012).Ubisoft for me is in the top3 of developers between Rockstars and EA.The game was very funny but sadly very small and easy.Amazing colours and revolutionary 2-D graphics.Rayman is one of the legendary video games character so what ubisoft made is what many people wanted!!In my opinion it's the best 2-D game for now and for everyone that loves rayman it's a "MUST HAVE" game!!Hope games like rayman will never end end always come sequels or remakes out!Only problem is it was to small.I hope to be released some add-ons to extende the gaming!




This is the real story of rayman with no rabbits

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Rocks"

Summary

Sixteen years have passed since Rayman starred in his first outing, so it's with some surprise after much time spent dabbling with the third dimension on consoles that this latest iteration sees a return to the 2D platform genre in which he made his debut.It's a genre that has undergone a quiet renaissance in recent years, thanks largely to Nintendo, which has kept getting things right, while many other big developers seem too often to miss the point. Not so Ubisoft. The company's imaginative Montpellier studio has crafted something marvellous with Rayman Origins. It is a platform game brimming with good ideas and, particularly in motion, it looks exceedingly pretty. The numerous stages twinkle constantly with such detail that it feels like a crime to tear through the game at the speed its play encourages.

Equally enjoyable played as a single or multiplayer co-operative game, Origins isn't afraid to use influences from platform greats from the past, at times even making playful nods at the titles that have clearly influenced the game's creators. Criticism might be aired at the precision of control being a mite loose for some of the game's more intricate sections, but to overemphasise such a minor fault would be unfair to a game that really does get so much right.

The music and sound, for example, make for a particular highlight, while the volume of secrets and new abilities to discover makes Rayman Origins a game that consistently rewards and delights.




Origins is among the elite in its respective genre as it excels in all it endeavors to accomplish in its splendor.

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Amazing"

Summary

Rayman is the closest character Ubisoft have had to a mascot. After several solid releases, Ubisoft has returned Rayman back to his roots, creating the first console 2D platforming game in the franchise since the original Rayman, released for the Playstation back in 1995.The genre has gone through a renaissance in the past decade, with games introducing new clever mechanics with old elements, and packing a heavy punch in aesthetic value, with some of the greatest art direction of the current generation being found in these titles.

Origins not only manages to keep pace with its contemporaries, but in excelling in all it endeavors to do with its sensational visuals, soundtrack, and invigorating gameplay, it is among the elite releases in the genre in the past ten years and of all time.

Rayman finds himself seeking to rescue the electoons who have been captured by the evil beings from the Land of the Livid Dead. The plot intro sweeps in the goofy and hilarious personality of the title, as all havoc is caused because Rayman and his buds are chilling out.

Origins wastes no time thrusting the player into its zany universe. Early stages are simplistic, but the game's difficulty steadily curves, with the pacing increasing in speed, and latter stages resembling Super Meat Boy with its exhilarating challenge.

Each stage contains three cages holding electoons. The electoons are hidden in secret areas in the levels that are sometimes a bit tricky to find. Inside the secret doors are mini-challenges that must be completed in order to free the electoons. The challenges in these areas usually consist of defeating all of the foes in the room, though some are a lot harder to pull off.

Strewn throughout the stages are golden lums. Gathering a large number of these glowing, winged creatures also helps tally up the electoon count. Large gold coins within the stage can be retrieved for twenty-five lums a piece. Scavenging for a grand number of lums within the stages can prove to be quite difficult. In many instances, the lums are placed in a pattern in the levels, and are retrieved best when Rayman is running full speed ahead, making perfectly timed jumps along the way.

Fresh changes in pacing helps Origins stay fresh. A trusty mosquito that Rayman uses as a form of transportation provides R-Type like shooting action. These stages are fantastic, and serve up some of the most enjoyable, challenging portions of the game.

Wild chases kick up the adrenaline a notch. Aside from some of the frantic chases in a few of the game's "regular" stages, there are ten stages where Rayman is in hot pursuit of a runaway treasure chest. Inside these hard-to-get treasure holders are goodies that go toward unlocking one of the most difficult challenges in the entire game.

Origins is the prettiest 2D game ever made. While familiar landscapes such as deserts and oceans return, Origins manages to breath new life into these age old locations with vivid color. Everything is brimming with life. Character animation is splendid, especially the enormous bosses. Stringing together the action and visuals of the title is the incredible soundtrack. The game's humor can certainly be found in some of the tunes. One stage has a tune of hot Spanish flavor, with what seems to be Johnny Cash singing jibberish in the background. The music does well when it takes on a more serious tone as well such as in the water stages where the instrumentation is just as beautiful as the underwater world in which Rayman swims.

Over sixty plus stages can be conquered in Origins. Completing each stage requires a lot of time and patience. Aside from freeing electoons and collecting lums, time trials are also present. Then there are stages that revolve around or feature boss battles. These enemies are all ginormous, and put up an interesting fight. Driven by simplicity, it usually takes three strikes to take down a boss, but each battle offers something new.

Rayman's latest adventure is a rare title: a game that finds itself on all three major consoles in all its glory...almost. The Wii version is cheaper than the HD Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 installments, but the graphics are not quite as sharp. I chose the Xbox 360 version, and while the graphics are beautiful, the core of what makes Rayman so wonderful is the gameplay. Wii owners should pick this one up immediately as well. The splendor of the graphics are not lost in translation on Wii.

Though the title has failed in sales thus far, people need to take notice of this exceptional platforming title. While the game is consistently wacky in its humor, it needs to be taken seriously as one of the most original, enjoyable games of this generation.

8.5

Superb
8.8
GameStop, Inc.