by Gordon Coleman
My friend on the opposite side of this article will be promoting Titanfall this week, but I would like to remind readers that it is rated Mature for players 17 and older. The game is also only available for PC and Xbox One.
Now if you don’t care for Titanfall or don’t fit the above criteria to play, I have a top notch game for you. I would like to introduce you to Rayman Legends for PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U and PC.
Rayman Legends is a platform game that performs like the traditional side-scrolling adventure, yet takes it to new levels. Set in a prehistoric cartoon world, players are surrounded by vibrant landscapes covered in trees. The story focuses on an unique hero named Rayman, who has floating arms and legs that are not directly connected to him. With this strange body of his, he is able to grab faraway objects and can attack enemies at a distance.
These abilities will come handy for the adventure on which Rayman is about to embark. An evil wizard named The Magician has grown in power lying in the shadows waiting to attack Rayman’s village. The Magician’s plot is to enslave the people and to steal powers from the magical princesses who also live within the village. Of course, the bad guy is not alone in this, he has an army of henchmen to come along to help wreak havoc.
Thankfully Rayman has backup of his own. With over 20 playable characters, you and up to three of your friends can play together to take down The Magician and his army.
Being able to play with your friends is not the only reason you should consider this game. Players are given about 15 techniques they can use to reach the end of levels. You will have to sprint, jump, glide, run up walls, swim, crouch and crush to reach your goals.
The animations for these moves will also give you a good laugh.
Creators of Rayman Legends did not hold back on the visual style either. Every bit of gameplay looks like you are watching a well -crafted Saturday morning cartoon. It is a combination of 2D art with 3D effects. For example, you only see from one angle of view in the entire game but the characters have depth in their design. Subtle details like reflections in water and rotating objects makes it feel like you are still playing a current generation game with old-school, traditional play style.
I have been a fan of Rayman since the first game released on PlayStation in 1995. Running from left to right and solving puzzles along the way has never gotten old for me. Every new entry adds dynamic gameplay that increases the overall joy of the titles. Rayman Legends continues the great formula that has been established and I recommend all gamers should try it sometime.
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