Rayman Raving Rabbids Wii Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.5
Graphics 9.0
Sound 8.5
Value 8.5
Distributor: UbiSoft
Classification:
 M15+
Reviewer:
Edward Millarion

8.5


Rayman Raving Rabbids

Experience the return of Rayman when his world is threatened by a devastating invasion of crazed, out-of-control bunnies. Whether it be crazy Kung-Fu action or competing in the cow toss, players will use the Wii Remote in the most imaginative and innovative ways possible to defeat these wacky rabbids.

Developed by the team behind Beyond Good & Evil and Peter Jackson’s King Kong, Rayman Raving Rabbids is the edgiest and most off-the-wall gaming experience in the history of the Rayman franchise.

This new Rayman game features the funniest, zaniest, wackiest antics ever when hordes of nasty bunnies invade Rayman’s world and he is enslaved and forced to participate in a series of gladiator- style trials. In order to win his freedom, Rayman must entertain and outwit these crazed, out-of-control bunnies.

Features:

  • Over 70 Quirky Trials in Unique, Stylized Worlds – Engage in contests that entertain the bunnies and gain popularity for Rayman in order to take over the Rabbid’s power! Run races on animals, fight in the arena, dance or engage in plunger-shooting action!

  • The Ultimate Party Game for Home Consoles! – Party with friends and experience the frenzied competition with up to 4 players in frantic and funny offline multiplayer trials.

  • Customize Your Environment – Become more and more popular in order to unlock and collect additional items, such as costumes, music and items for Rayman’s prison cell, and create your unique style! Go punk, pop, rock or hip hop and use your funky dance moves to outwit the bunnies.

Originally planned as a multi-platform 3D platforming sequel to Rayman 3, the development team focus and game plan was quickly changed upon series creator Michel Ancel's introduction to the Nintendo Wii and its motion-reading controllers. The final product is a mini-game explosion, not unlike Nintendo's own Mario Party series, boasting over seventy motion-controlled trials that all involve making the lives of Rayman's newest nemesis, the off-kilter bunny-like rabbids, that much harder. Delivering on both the single player and multiplayer front, only a few unrealised or unmemorable mini-games can bring this awesome game down a bit.

Rayman Raving Rabbids opens with Rayman enjoying a picnic with the frog-like Globoxes. In the middle of this shindig, the raving mad rabbids come up from the ground to wreak terror and kidnap everyone in sight. Next thing he knows, Rayman is standing in the middle of an enormous, bunny-filled arena, as they wait for him to perform for their amusement. Rayman soon realizes that his only chance of returning freedom to both him and the Globoxes is to overcome every trial set in front of him.

Though their distribution is different for each mode, the trials fall under three main categories - bunny hunt, sports and dance. Instead of normal titles for each trial, each one is introduced with a sentence describing how the following trial will better or worsen the lives of the rabbids. Thankfully, very few of these are for the better and every single one will have you laughing. Some of the highlights include "Bunnies Have a Soft Spot for Plungers," "Bunnies Sometimes Recycle the Scenery from other Games" and "Bunnies are not Ostriches." I'm not sure what is funnier - reading these out loud or having to think them up in the first place.

The gameplay may have a few downsides, but the majority of what you will find here is of the upward nature. As much as I'd like to dig deeper into all the games, that would deplete the fun out of discovering them for yourself! Two quick notes though - I would not recommend this to any gamer who has yet to get their feet wet with the motion controllers in Wii Sports, as acquiring the feel and timing from that game flattens the learning curve of most of the trials here significantly. And despite story mode being a single player only endeavor, I highly recommend playing through it with a couple friends, each taking a turn, as rabbid insanity is definitely a spectator sport.

While other companies prepped only ports of existing games, Ubi Soft found time to port games and bring new titles built specifically for the Wii. Following through on a game plan of innovation and entertainment, they stuffed the game to the brim with personality and called it Rayman Raving Rabbids. Standing as one of the brightest spots in the Wii's current library, there is no denying the rabbids their ambitions of world domination this holiday season as they penetrate households across the planet. Being invaded has never more enjoyable!






 
 



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