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Rayman Legends Review

Rayman Legends is released this week on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In this respect we have bumped our previous review as we feel it represents these new versions well.

Rayman Legends is a fun, frustrating and co-op happy platformer, which much like the game before it, is full of style, colour and hours of gameplay. Best of all, playing this game with a friend really brings out what’s best in Ubisoft’s latest platformer and takes you back to a time when this genre was king.

What I love best about Rayman Legends is that it’s both fun for adults and children. The kids have already sat for hours playing through the game together and when they head to bed, I pick up the reigns (i.e Dualshock 3) and continue where they left off, probably getting just as much enjoyment out of it as they do.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Rayman is the love that has went into it. Every level feels different, like they have all been thought about long and hard. They all work perfectly too, no matter which of the heroes you choose to play through them with. Whether playing co-op or solo, the levels feel perfectly designed for the action that is unfolding in front of your eyes as you go about collecting the glowing yellow Lums to unlock new heroes and what feels like an unlimited amount of content.

Even the mini games are fun, with me and my family spending a good few hours exploring content such as Rayman Football, otherwise known as Kung Foot (if you’ve not tried this yet then you must). Perhaps my favorite content though is the musical stages. Unlocked at the end of each world each of these levels are set to classic music tracks, with each beat perfectly choreographed to the action. Your feet will certainly be tapping as you zip along each of these levels.

Rayman Legends will certainly feel very familiar to those who have played the first game, but you needn’t worry about it being too similar, since Ubisoft has mixed things up with the addition of a new character. This familiar face comes in the shape of Murfy, who now joins you to cut ropes, tickle and slap monsters and move platforms for easier passage. This works particularly well on the Wii U version where another player can take control of him, while on other versions he is assigned to the right stick. Murfy's addition is a welcome one, and although controlling him can get tricky in the latter stages, you'll always be glad of his help.

All in, Rayman Legends offers around 12 hours of gameplay, with five of the six level unlocked early in the game. Each level is represented with a painting, so it’s quite easy to jump in and get started in your chosen area, be it the levels themselves or the daily and weekly online leaderboard challenges, the ‘invaded’ bonus levels or the previously mentioned Kung Foot.

Graphically Rayman feels better than ever before. Every small detail seems to have been given plenty of love and attention, making it feel like you are playing through a work of art rather than a video game. To make the experience all the more exciting, all of this wonderful and artistic eye candy is accompanied by the perfect soundtrack, making for a highly polished gameplay experience.

There’s not much else to say about Rayman Legends other than to urge you to buy it. We’ve all played the Call of Duties and Grand Theft Autos of this world and while they provide a wonderful, cinematic experience, sometimes they forget that video games aren’t always meant to be serious, as on occasion it’s nice just to have a little fun. Rayman Legends provides fun by the bucketful and what a happy, bright and colorful bucketful it is. 

(Version Tested: PS3)


+ Bright and colourful
+ Packed full of content
+ Great co-op mode
+ Lots of fun


- Murfy can be difficult to control in non-Wii U versions

Edited On 19 Feb, 2014

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Robichoico 3 years ago
Gotta agree. It's an amazing game. We been playing the co-op on and off for the past few days.
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ZdravkoN 3 years ago
I have played the demo. Amazing game. Will definitely consider getting it, after I clear my backlog a bit.
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Old Timer 3 years ago
Another game I can't wait for, it looks like a lot of fun!
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
Ordered my ps4 copy last night tide me over till thief next week been ages since i played a decent platformer so looking forward to it

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