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Rayman Legends Review

I hate Michael Ancel. At least I thought I did. The Ubisoft developer has frequently delayed work on Beyond Good & Evil 2 to focus on the Rayman series, and before I played Legends, I resented him for it. Now though, I can see that my childish tantrum was unfounded - Rayman Legends is a terrific game that justifies the oh-so-painful wait for a sequel to Ancel's 2003 hit.

Picking up where 2011's Origins left off, Legends's adventure is spread across five diverse and wonderfully crafted locations. Your mission (if you choose to accept it) is to rescue the blue, big-nosed little creatures known as Teensies from imprisonment by the evil witches that put them there under orders from a mysterious force. Sounds simple doesn't it? Well, it kind of is, but simplicity isn't always a bad thing.

Instead, your enjoyment is going to come from the rather excellent platforming on offer. Controls are as refined as you could possibly hope for, and when you do succumb to death, you'll never feel like you were cheated out of a perfect run by the game - it's probably your fault if you fail. With that said though, there is a steep learning curve in the later stages, and sometimes you'll be expected to simply know how to proceed when presented with a new obstacle.

Once you get settled in with the formula though, you'll never want to leave. Not only does Legends look marvellous - with charm oozing out of every pixel - it also comes stuffed full of content.

The main story alone will take you at least five hours to complete even if you're rushing through with the bare minimum amount of collectables. Each chapter follows the standard procedure of several platforming levels that culminate in a boss fight (which are excellent by the way) and the coup de grâs: musical stages. It's a testament to how good these stages are that I could have played an entire game based around them, and a highlight has to be jumping, swinging and bouncing through a stage whilst an acoustic version of 'Eye of the Tiger' compliments your every movement.

Aside from this, there's a lot here for those of you who will continue to play beyond the end credits. The Teensies mentioned earlier are the lifeblood of Legends, and on your journey to collecting all 700, you'll be treated to a commendable amount of unlockable content.

The shining example is the inclusion of stages from Origins which are an entire game in their own right. Extra levels, characters and challenges make up the remainder. None of it is necessary of course, but credit to Ubisoft for giving fans a huge helping of extra content that's actually worth investing in.

If optional extras aren't your thing, then you can always get stuck into four player co-op instead. Every stage is playable this way, and whilst there is no dedicated content for sociable players, it's still a blast to cruise through the world with others - especially if you're having trouble finding some of the more elusive Teensies.

Legends is a fantastic follow up to its predecessor - full of charm and personality. If you missed Origins the first time around, then Ubi's latest is essentially two games for the price of one and with an offer like that, how can you refuse?

9.00/10 9

Rayman Legends (Reviewed on PlayStation 3)

Excellent. Look out for this one.

Legends is a fantastic follow up to its predecessor - full of charm and personality. If you missed Origins the first time around, then Ubi's latest is essentially two games for the price of one and with an offer like that, how can you refuse?

This game was supplied by the publisher or relevant PR company for the purposes of review
Joe Pring

Joe Pring

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Spends a lot of time writing. If he doesn't have a pad of paper, he's likely to start scrawling indecipherable sentences all over the walls.

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robgisbey
robgisbey - 11:44pm, 3rd April 2015

I'm definitely going to buy this at some point, although I'm not sure which platform to buy it for. I wonder how much difference the Wii U Gamepad makes on the levels where you control that little flying chap?

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The Griddler
The Griddler - 11:44pm, 3rd April 2015

Glad to hear this is so good. I loved Origins and 100% completed it so will have to pick this up at some point.

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joe.pring.5
joe.pring.5 - 11:44pm, 3rd April 2015 Author

I'm definitely going to buy this at some point, although I'm not sure which platform to buy it for. I wonder how much difference the Wii U Gamepad makes on the levels where you control that little flying chap?

I would hold off on the Wii U version, people have had issues with controls with the gamepad.

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