» Previews: Rayman Origins Puts the Fun in… Classic at X’11

L.E. Green

|    Thursday, August 25, 2011

  • Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platform: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, PC
  • Players: 1-4 Simultaneous
  • Rating: E
  • Genre: 2D Side-Scrolling Platformer

Ubisoft is bringing Rayman back to his roots with its upcoming title Rayman Origins. It’s the first Rayman platformer in years and the first title in the franchise to actually focus on Rayman himself since… well, the second title in the Raving Rabbids portion of the franchise. Michel Ancel and his team have been working hard preparing the game for release, and it showed at X’11 last week. The game’s cartoony art direction is reminiscent of the original classic 2D platformers, but steps it up a notch with a heavy dose of hand-drawn art. Even if everything in the demo wasn’t hand-drawn, it sure looked like it was.

Rayman Origins also takes the franchise’s platformer portions to a new level by integrating simultaneous multiplayer for up to four players and large, fast-paced levels with unique challenges and obstacles around every corner. As I found out, it’s particularly fun, not to mention boisterous, with four players in the same room. There were some minor glitches in the demo build though, which occasionally dragged players far in front back to those lagging, usually killing the character. Hopefully that will be fixed before the game’s November launch.

 

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