((Hey everyone, just a quick note on Previews before I get this one started. From time to time I might come across games before their release (in demo form or from developers) and will preview them for you all. the Previews for obvious reasons won’t have a rating and are ment to show you all some of the newest games to hit the scene, if at a later date this moogle gets his hands on a title you can expect a proper Review so enough talk, let’s get this Preview started.))
Rayman Origins (Ubisoft)
Systems: PS3/Xbox360/Wii/Nintendo 3DS/psVita Release date: November 15th, 2011
ESRB rating: E10+
Running through a lush jungle, the sunlight breaking through the thick overhead canopy and illuminating the bright flowers that litter the forest floor; hoping and gliding from one perilous floating platform to another. All of this and you don’t even have any limbs.
Welcome to the world of Rayman Origins, the newest title in the platforming franchise that started back in 1995. Taking place in the earliest days of Rayman’s life, Rayman Origins will explore the events that lead to the titular character’s heroic exploits in the later Rayman games.
Now I gotta say I was excited to finally get my hands on the demo for this game as the screenshots looked amazing, but let me say that they don’t do this game justice. The environments have real depth; and the animations are beautiful. It’s no exaggeration to say this game looks like a high budget Animation/Cartoon. At 60 fps and true 1080p high definition there isn’t a single blemish or snag.
As for gameplay Rayman Origins stays true to its predecessors in mostly all points, you swing, jump and punch your way through each colorful and imaginative level. To break up the standard platforming, some levels contain fast paced ‘chase’ scenes deep in underwater caves while others might have you flying on creatures (like a giant mosquito) over steaming pits of lava. The level design is really well done and gives you a good sense of speed that harkens back to the old Sonic games on Sega Genesis.
Lastly I’d like to cover Multiplayer. For anyone who has played other classic multiplayer platformers (Little Big Planet, New Super Mario Brothers Wii) the experiences is much the same but with the added charm that pulses and breaths in Rayman Origins. You’ll be smacking each other and swinging around with your friends effortlessly. This added with the ability to wear costumes you earn in game Rayman Origins is shaping up to be quite the party game to play with up to four friends.
With over 60+ levels, an amazing painted animation style and beautiful HD backgrounds, along with a unique sense of humor makes this a game to watch. Any fans of Platforming should check this out. My best advice is to try the Demo which is out now on PSN and Xbox Live. It really is a game that has to be seen to be believed.