|System: Wii, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Ubisoft Paris||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Ubisoft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 13, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Matthew Walker
July 2, 2007 - If there is a reason that you have not played Rayman Raving Rabbids on any of the consoles, then I suggest you visit your game store or rental shop because there is no game to compete with it. In addition, if you have a Wii then make sure you pick the title up on that system, because that is where the game will truly capture your funny bone.
Now I know that there have been several mini-game based games that are both entertaining and wonderful as Rayman and his Rabbid friends. Considering the game's mega popularity on the Wii and other systems, it really should come as no surprise that there is a sequel coming soon. This time around, it will only be available on the Wii and DS, where it was intended to thrive.
While they first centered around the rabbits trying to take over the fantasy world of Rayman, this time they have their beady, misshapen, bug eyes set on another location and another goal - TOTAL DOMINATION OF PLANET EARTH! In order to prepare for the battles that assuredly await them, the rabbits have set up a scouting base near a mall to do their training, and it appears that Ubisoft have shifted focus away from Rayman this time around. You will be able to play as Rayman, but in a different way. Rayman has disguised himself as one of the rabbits and infiltrated their operating base to try and thwart their attempts. Since the rabbits are on earth, they felt the need to fit in with the public. Therefore, we can expect the rabbits to don costumes of several of our favorite pop icon characters. Of course, these will all be rabbitized versions of the icons, but we can expect parodies of Spider-Man, Jack Sparrow, Naruto, Mario, Harry Potter, SpongeBob Squarepants, Darth Vader, and I even saw in one screenshot a Sam Fisher type costume. There will be several others, but that is just enough to get anyone anxious to see how they work in the game.
There will be around 60 new mini-games for us to compete in, laugh at, and replay over and over to satiate our hunger for hilarity. A few fan favorites will be making the return to the series, specifically the dancing and plunger shoot outs will return, but with a twist. Ubisoft is not talking about these twists just yet, but given how enjoyable the game has been and the sequel looks to be, I have no fear. As far as the new games go, the few that have been revealed will produce hours of laughter. One of the biggest reasons is that the game is completely exclusive to the Wii and DS, so developers do not have to worry about prepping the game for port, thus can become totally immersive in the control schemes of the Wii-mote and Nunchuk. One game revealed for the title has the player chomping down on a carrot, and then swinging around a veggie spit rope, finally dropping the spittle with chunk into an unsuspecting rabbit's mug. There is also a baseball type game. Here you will do a drum roll with the Wii-mote and Nunchuk to make the rabbit race around the bases and then finish it off by swinging the Wii-mote like a bat to drive your rabbit home. There will also be a balancing act game where you will have to carry massive sandwiches balanced on one hand. Screenshots suggest a mini-game involving the rabbits in a movie theater on cell phones and another shows the rabbits strapped down to tables and being shocked with bolts of electricity. Not sure what these games will be, but the smile across my face when I saw those images reminds me that they will undoubtedly be fun.
We will also have a stronger multiplayer system this time around, with anywhere between two to four other players joining in on the fun. Since this seemed to be a huge problem on the first title, with only a few of the games being multiplayer, it is great to see that Ubisoft is rectifying this by making the sequel more multiplayer oriented. Even though Ubisoft is tight lipped on the online aspects of the game, we can cross our fingers and hope that there will be online capabilities for the game.
There are a lot of high hopes for the sequel with what some refer to as the shining light for third party games on the Wii. I have been a huge fan of the Rabbids since I first popped it into my system. The hilarious misadventures of Rayman and these psychotic bunnies have made me laugh time and time again. The sequel has a high standard to live up to and, so far, it appears that Ubisoft has it well under control. Keep checking back for more info on the rabbits as the release date gets closer.
CCC Project Coordinator