#56 Rayman Legends

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  • Original release year: 2013
  • Consoles: Wii U, PS3, XBox 360, PS Vita, Windows (later: PS4, XBOne)

Sometimes, a game comes out that is just perfect, flawless, fun, amazing and it’s frankly near impossible to find a fault with. Rayman Legends is one of those games.

For those who have lived under a rock for the last… 20ish? years, Rayman was originally a 2D platformer on the PS1 and Sega Saturn. It was really good actually, but with 3D being all the rage in the mid to late 90s, they sadly chose to (or were forced to) continue the series in 3D. Rayman 2 was pretty good, but I never tried the rest. To be honest, Rayman always seemed like the kind of game that was best in 2D, so thank God the developers decided to return to their roots with Rayman Origins and this game, the sequel, Rayman Legends which improved on pretty much everything they did with Origins.

To be honest, Rayman Legends is a little controversial for a lot of Wii U owners like myself. It was originally supposed to be a Wii U exclusive, planned as a launch title for the system. It got delayed by about 4 months, then mere weeks before it was due for release in March, Ubisoft announced the game had been delayed again by about 6 months. Why? Well, not because the game wasn’t ready for release (truth was, it was ready), but because they had made the decision to make the game a multiplatform title and they wanted to spend 6 months porting the title to the PS3 and Xbox 360.

But that’s all in the past, because, well, when a game is this good, who really cares now? Despite this controversy, Rayman Legends is just a joy to play and believe me, you can tell the game was made for the Wii U, with it making great use of the gamepad. It’s one of the best 2D Platformers ever and has some brilliant co-op gameplay too. With lots of collectibles, unlockables, challenges and secrets, there’s plenty here to keep you playing for a long time.

The art design and 2D graphics are simply beautiful and the music is fantastic.

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