|System: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii|
|Release: November 15, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence, Suggestive Themes|
Multiplayer gameplay occurs in the main levels of the game, and is the way to go for less hardcore players. Up to four people can play at once, though the result is a bit of a different feeling than the elegant single-player game evokes. There's a lot more push-and-pull involved. Though players are able to help keep each other alive, they can also accidentally (or purposefully) knock each other around. Still, it's an easy drop-in, drop-out system, so it's worth giving a spin.
Rayman's spell does break occasionally. The checkpoint system disappears during the speed run challenges that are a part of every medallion. That means one hit or slip and you're back to the beginning of the level, which is likely to be frustrating to all but the most hardcore players. The controls can also be a bit hard on the hands. Between holding down the hover button and pressing in the trigger that allows for wall-running, it's advisable to take regular breaks from the game in order to avoid hand cramps, especially if you have stupidly small hands like I do. Finally, more casual players may be disappointed to learn that later in the game, access to bosses requires having filled a certain number of medallion slots, meaning that a certain number of "optional" challenges must be completed in order to finish the main story of the game.
Rayman Origins has received just short of a "Must Buy" rating due to the design decisions that may frustrate some players. Hardcore platforming fans, however, absolutely must pick up this title. It's some of the most interesting and challenging platforming to come along in some time, and the excellent audiovisual design is icing on the cake. Platforming fans who felt that Super Mario 3D land was just a bit too short will find Rayman Origins to be refreshingly lengthy and more challenging throughout. More casual players will enjoy the amazing world and the diversity of levels available, although they may not make it to the end of the game. I implore anybody who enjoys traditional two-dimensional platformers to put down their guns and swords at some point this holiday season and grab a copy of Rayman Origins. You'll be glad you did.
CCC Contributing Writer