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Rayman Origins
Reviewed by
James Wright
on
Rayman Origins PS Vita Review. Rayman Origins is the best fun I've had on the PS Vita that has definitely set the arcade benchmark quite high for future arcade titles.
Rating:
4.75

Gameplay 9.5
Graphics 9.5
Sound 9.5
Value 9.5
Distributor: UbiSoft
Classification:
G
Review Date:
Mar 2012
Reviewer:
James Wright

9.5


Rayman Origins

Rayman Origins is basically a PlayStation 3 port of this addictive arcade game that was definitely one of the best arcade titles of 2011. Best of all, the PS Vita version is not a cut down version of the PS3 and plays in our books, even better, thanks to the portability of this new console. Although it's a classic 2D side-scrolling, the title contains some beautiful stylised hand drawn backgrounds and some fun modern gaming elements which creates a rather special experience on the PS Vita. The only let down of the game is that multiplayer is unfortunately absent in this version but even so, four players on the console versions did get a little too cluttered.

The story of Raman Origins is littered with French paradigms and some truly whacky and colourful cutscenes that generally make absolute no sense whatsoever. However its whacky charm is what makes Rayman Origins such a thoroughly enjoyable experience on the Vita as you attempt to free these cute little purple blobs. Apart from controlling Rayman, there are 3 more characters that are available to player but generally most characters play similar, even though they have a few different tricks up their sleeves.

Controls have been well mapped on the PS Vita and you won't get your fingers in a knot while you’re playing for 10 minutes or 2 hours. The game does support the touch screen of the Vita but this is generally to collect things on the screen, although you can complete the game without using this feature. I actually found the touchscreen well implemented, especially as the bubbles or "lums" in the game (the in-game currency) began  float away as it was easier to swipe your finger on them as opposed to trying to get Rayman to collect them. Another handy feature of the touch screen is that you can zoom in and out in the gaming environment which does assist in the more tricky areas of the game. UbiSoft should be commended on such a tight control system and thankfully doesn't drop you in the deep end straight away because as you progress, additional abilities are slowly unlocked like Rayman's glide ability or wall jumps.

Given all the fun in Rayman Origins, the game can be quite unforgiving at times, especially during the later levels where things become quite interactive as passage ways get crushed, monsters become more dangerous and the world becomes a living breathing deathtrap. Even though some save points are scare, this game was too much fun for me to be inflicted with gamer rage. Generally, most of my mistakes were due to timing issues and when you do finish the level and get to the interactive world-map, this reward was more than enough, even if it's only a picture of Rayman dressed as a Valkyrie!

From puzzles and a plethora or enemies plus some tricky boss battles, the gameplay of Rayman Origins is quite diverse which even has this cool side scrolling shoot 'em up! This reminded me of those classic bitmap games of yesteryear. The only downside to the gaming engine is that sometimes you need to revisit other areas in order to ensure that you have collected all your items required to progress to the next level. Needless to say, it's still a fun experience.

Graphically, Rayman Origins is probably one of the best looking games on the PS Vita thanks to its gorgeous hand drawn backgrounds that are quite diverse as you progress through the various levels from jungles to deserts and amazing snowfields. Although the game is hosted on a 2D surface, the developers have added some interesting special effects like foreground effects to help liven up the gaming world. The musical score is just as good as the graphics as are the strange sound effects that create a very impressive and dare I say, the best launch title for the PS Vita.

Final Level

Rayman Origins is the best fun I've had on the PS Vita that has definitely set the arcade benchmark quite high for future arcade titles. It may not have an online mode but for a single-player game, the title ticks all the right boxes and creates one of the most addictive challenges on this brand new console. Even if you have played and finished the PS3 version, you still may want to check out the Vita version because revisiting this universe has never been better. Highly Recommended!






 
 



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