Rayman Legends Preview
There’s one excellent franchise out there that never seems to get enough credit. It’s Michel Ancel’s Rayman, which always manages to be wildly entertaining and beautiful to behold. Granted, the challenge is usually pretty stiff (as those who played Rayman Origins well know), but the satisfaction one receives from conquering gorgeously designed levels is pretty special. Now, the newest installment in the critically acclaimed series is headed your way in early September, and it’s going to be even more diverse and entertaining than ever.
Not only will there be stealth elements this time around, but the variety of locales and the unbelievable aesthetics are bound to please. The sneaking joins familiar mechanics like sprinting and hovering, and you can expect distinct levels that offer plenty of different gameplay. For instance, there’s the new 20,000 Lums Under the Sea and Mansion of the Deep levels, which feature plenty of swimming and platforming. Throughout your adventure, you will marvel at the new dynamic lighting component, and you will pit your prodigious skills against a slew of fresh enemies. If things are getting too tough, then just invite a partner to play.
That’s right, cooperative fun can be had in Legends. In fact, it’s probably a good idea because at least you won’t be alone when facing such challenging perils. If you die when playing alone, you obviously have to restart at the last checkpoint. But having a buddy along makes resurrection a very real possibility; your ally only needs to smack you to wake you up. This will come in awfully handy, especially when facing down a few of the game’s more fearsome bosses. There’s this giant mechanical dragon, for example, that will chase you through the level, while you have to dodge and land damaging punches. Clearly, teaming up on that thing is a good idea.
There are special music sections as well. The Eye of the Tiger music level sounds like a blast, and we can expect a fantastic soundtrack for the entire game, too. It’s interesting that the game’s composer created music specifically for various levels; we’ve learned that one section – which features lots of moving and rotating – boasts a score inspired by the laser sneaking scene in “Ocean’s 12.” These titles always have such great production values, though, so maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised. As for more variety, how’s about a game of 2D soccer with a teammate? There will always be something to do and memorable sights to experience!
Lastly, some fans didn’t like that the game was delayed in order to release on other platforms. Rayman Legends was originally set to be a Wii U exclusive and it had a launch date of February 26. But it got delayed into September so the team could bring it to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. At the time, the press release offered the following statement from Ubisoft marketing boss Geoffroy Sardin:
“We heard from many Xbox & PlayStation owners and Rayman fans who told us they really wanted to play Rayman Legends on their current system. We decided to give the fans what they wanted while at the same time broadening the audience exposed to this innovative and memorable game.”
Well, we can definitely get behind that. Aren’t you looking forward to this one, regardless of platform?
7/3/2013 Ben Dutka