Having already thoroughly played Rayman Legends including all of the Back to Origins levels I almost didn't see the point in getting Origins as surely I'd already seen it all? In fact there is an awful lot of new content in Origins which didn't make it into the Legends revisit which certainly makes it worthwhile in its own right. In addition the level motivation is quite different in Origins, here you are encouraged to collect as many Lums as possible otherwise you don't get to rescue all the small creatures known as Electoons. The other thing mostly absent from Origins are the bosses, these are not something I miss particularly - the bosses themselves are not usually that tough but the level designers like to make reaching them as difficult as they can. Content wise there is nothing like as much here as Rayman Legends - no daily or weekly challenges, fewer levels and less collectables, but none the less it is still an excellent game in its own right.
Rayman Origins is a 2D platform adventure that really packs a punch and the colourful cartoon-style graphics are fantastic. I think it's a strong contender for other platform heroes such as Sonic The Hedgehog and Mario as it's incredibly fun with a loveable assortment of crazy characters. You can unlock additional challenges and skills as you collect the elusive Electoons and there's plenty of replaying potential with over 60 levels to complete. The levels themselves are quite diverse and range from windy deserts and slippery glaciers to exploring the dark depths of the ocean - there is even the occasional flight on the back of a giant mosquito to keep you amused! The Boss levels and Tricky Treasure speed levels are certainly a challenge but I think Rayman is a rare classic gem that everyone should have in their collection - it's silly platforming fun at its best. I would definitely recommend it.
In a time where 3D games are dime and dozen and the PS3 is filled to the brim with mind numbing FPS after FPS, Rayman Origins took the PS3 world by storm. It is, without a doubt, the most beautiful 2d platform game for the PS3, and it just doesn't stop at being merely beautiful. As of 2012, there isn't a game in this genre for the PS3 that can equal Rayman Origins in terms of graphics, sounds, and multi-skill level gameplay.
The best part about this game is, you can choose the difficulty you want by choosing how perfectly you want to play the game. The game allows you to revisit levels you're already completed and replay them to better yourself and to gain more lums or trophies. It doesn't force you to play a level absolutely perfectly, you can either run through levels to completion or you can try to collect all items, find all secrets and perfect the level. It's your choice! This way you won't find yourself frustrated about not finishing a level, you can always come back to it!
While this game can be extremely difficult in certain levels (some of the treasure hunt levels) and the sheer satisfaction of trying a level 20 or 30 times (without getting bored!) and finally capturing that treasure is hard to explain in words, they are not necessary in order to complete the game.
So it's clear that this game can be played by a very wide variety of skill levels, don't let the cartoony graphics fool you into thinking this is a walk-in-the-park 1 hour game. There are many lums to collect and secrets to find and even more fun with couch sharing local co-op!
The story isn't really amazing, but the game does a fine job of explaining things and has some unlockable character costumes for Rayman and his friends. The creatures, levels and ambiance are varied and very aesthetically pleasing to look at. Some truly gorgeous background and object artwork!
Pros: - Amazing full HD graphics, silky-smooth animation and high level of detail - Vibrant colours, loads of levels with varied artwork - Super-easy controls, very responsive - Challenging you at every level to push you just that little bit more while not frustrating you with defeat - Well placed checkpoints will keep you from getting frustrated when you character dies - Has 4 player co-op mode, need I say more?
Cons: - No network play - No DLC
The only reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars is lack of DLC. This game is just too good to keep it back in the box and forget about it for years.
Bottom line: Like 2d platformers? Get this. End of story.
I'll keep this review short(ish). This game is quite simply perfect.
The magic of the original Mario or Sonic games has been recaptured and perfected! The gameplay - good old school platforming- is the epitome of how this genre should work, it can't be faulted at all. The graphics are stunning and beautiful, each world is so full of colour you'll think your eyes are on acid. The soundtrack is not only perfect for the levels they're in but are great orchestral pieces of music that can at times be hilarious (especially when the dude with the deep voice starts singing lalalala).
Finally, the game starts quite easy but ends insanely difficult, without ever becoming tedious. The difficulty curve is well paced and enjoyable.
P.s. If you can make it to end of the Land of the Livid Dead (the final unlockable stage) you deserve the title of God of Games!
Rayman Origins is one of the best platform games I have played (and I've played a lot). From the moment I picked up the control pad everything just felt right. The controls are responsive, the artwork is fantastic (it's all hand drawn) and the music has a real charm to it. In fact I have very little to criticise the game for.
Rayman Origins follows the usual 2D platformer rules in that you run from left to right avoiding obstacles and punching/jumping on bad guys while trying to reach the end of the level. Once you reach the end you obtain an Electoon. When you collect enough of these you unlock later levels and new playable characters. There are between three and six Electoons available in each level for completing various tasks, these include finding secret areas, collecting Lums (the in-game currency) and finishing a speed run within a specified time. This gives the game a fair amount of replay value as you soon find yourself replaying levels to find missed Electoons, Lums or trying for the speed run Electoon. Each level also offers a Medallion for obtaining 350 or more Lums and also a Gold Cup for beating the more challenging speed run time. Neither Medallion nor Gold Cup add anything to the game (other than Trophies/Achievements) and you do not need to collect these to progress within the game.
In addition to the standard platform levels there are the mandatory side scrolling shoot 'em up levels and also my favourite part of the game, the Tricky Treasure levels. Each world/area has one Tricky Treasure level in it, if you complete the level you earn a Skull Tooth. These Tricky Treasure levels are a white knuckle ride of platforming genius. You chase the chest from the beginning of the level to the end. The difference here is that if you make one mistake it's all over. There are no checkpoints and no second chances, it's do or die. These levels are easily some of the best I have played (check out Pirates Treasure - one of the most perfect examples of platforming). Complete all ten of these levels and you open up the Land Of The Livid Dead bonus area. If you get this far prepare to die quite a lot, this final long level is the games most challenging.
In general the difficulty level isn't too tough. I read several reviews saying that the game gets too difficult as you progress but I never felt like it was overly hard. There are generous checkpoints throughout most levels and respawns are infinite so you only ever have the next checkpoint to beat. If you want to collect and earn everything the game has to offer then yes it does become harder, particularly the latter speed runs but none of this is required to beat the game. I'd say it was challenging but fair.
The story of the game is probably it's weakest point. I have no idea what was really going on and I kinda wished for the simplicity of a missing princess or something along those lines. Completing the last story level left me feeling a little hollow. The game does tend to lack a final finishing touch which is a bit of a shame.
I originally bought Rayman Origins to play in co-op with my 6 year old son. While it's probably too difficult for him to play alone the drop in/out co-op co-op is perfect. If any character dies onscreen they appear in a floating bubble which you can guide to another player, once the bubble is burst they are back in the game. There were a few occasions where having more than one person playing at a time was a drawback, the screen tends to follow one player or another which can result in those exploring or taking their time being left off screen and killed. Aside from that it all works well.
Rayman Origins really is one of the best platformers I have had the pleasure to play. It's better than some Mario games and on a par with the best of them. Enjoy.
This game can't possibly be oversold. Its one of the most enjoyable and addictive platform games I've ever played and blows most of the competition out of the water. It opts for the more classic 2D platform style but is visually stunning. The music is brilliant from start to finish. Some of the levels will frustrate at times but only because you become so determined to beat them. If you've ever enjoyed a platform game then this is an absolute must. I can't speak for the versions on other consoles but the PS3 version is almost perfect.
My son aged 8 loves this game very much. He raved on about it after playing it at a friends house so we bought it for him for Christmas. He still loves it and it gets played more often than most of his other games at the moment. Delivery was great and in time for Christmas so all good there plus it was in perfect condition.
This game is platforming perfection, that's all there is to it. It's by far the best platforming game this generation beating any Mario game or anything else. The graphics are insanely beautiful! The controls are perfect, the music is charming and the gameplay is stellar. I'd write a longer review but it's just so much darn fun I'm going back to playing it! 10/10!!!