Rayman Legends (PlayStation Vita)
Rayman Legends is a great little 2D platform game that you can just dive in and play straight away
- Imaginative 2D art style and presentation
- Well balanced platforming gameplay.
- Some of the motion based mini-games are a bit iffy
- Inclusion of levels from Rayman Origins have limited appeal to seasoned fans
Rayman Legends successfully recaptures the charm and wit of its predecessor. The traditional 2D platforming may not be for everyone, but fans will get a kick out of it.
Price$ 48.00 (AUD)
Rayman Origins was one of the more imaginative titles to come out on the PlayStation Vita on launch, even though it was not an exclusive but a multiplatform title. That game received praise for its unique visuals and well-tuned 2D platforming gameplay, and the expectation is that the sequel, Rayman Legends, will do the same.
Originally announced as an exclusive for the Wii U, Ubisoft made the welcome decision to bring Rayman Legends to other platforms such as the PlayStation Vita, packing in the same gameplay and presentation to be found in the console version in a handheld package. This is the version we’re looking at here.
Back to the Glade
Rayman Legends harks back to the old days of platforming where the focus was entirely on the gameplay. That means the story is more or less non-existent. All you need to know is that the game world, populated by limbless hero Rayman and his team of Globox pals, is called The Glade of Dreams. The core of the game consists of navigating the themed environments and defeating enemies, as well as collecting Lums and Teensies. The former are blue humanoid characters scattered throughout levels, and are used to unlock new levels in the game. Teensies are small pixels that are gathered to unlock medals, as well as scratch-it cards to unlock in-game bonuses.
Without any story exposition in between levels, you are able to dive in and play one level after the other. As you unlock more new characters, they can be selected and used in levels for a slightly different platforming experience. The look and feel of Rayman Legends is mostly unchanged from the earlier title, which is not such a bad thing considering how fun Rayman Origins was. What the game does have is a more varied and imaginative look to the game worlds, which are overflowing with activity. Bosses have also been upgraded to polygon models, which mesh surprisingly well with the game’s 2D presentation.
Some gameplay modes, such as flying levels on a mosquito, have been replaced with other types. One mode, with touch based gameplay reminiscent of Cut the Rope, requires you to remove obstacles as a Globox navigates the level. This mode is well implemented and makes good use of the Vita’s touch functionality. When it comes to rescuing certain Lums, the player also has to use the Vita’s motion controls to navigate the Globox through a maze-like level. The occasional imprecise nature of the handheld’s motion sensor in these levels means that you will have to attempt it more than once.
As a bonus, Ubisoft has included the levels from Rayman Origins into the game, which aid in collecting additional Lums to unlock levels in the main game. Those who have already played Rayman Origins won’t find much value in replaying these levels, but it’s a nice bonus for those who didn’t have a chance to play the first game.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 3 LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- 4 Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch and Android Wear 2 review
- 5 Moto G5 Plus phone: full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Hands-on: Middle Earth: Shadow of War gets more creative with Tolkien's universe
- Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire shows off old friends and a mysterious new world
- E3 2017 day 2 wrap-up: Destiny 2 on PC, Wolfenstein returns, and Ubisoft games galore
- Xbox One X vs PlayStation 4 Pro: The console wars level up with powerful new hardware
- E3 2017 day one wrap-up: Call of Duty WWII, Intel's wireless VR, and crushing crowds
PCW Evaluation Team
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
- Ring Video Doorbell review
- Alcatel A3 XL phone: Full, in-depth review
- Sony X9300E 2017 TV: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- TPSenior Business Analyst | 12 month fixed term contractQLD
- FTSenior Security Analyst - TelecommunicationsOther
- FTSenior iOS DeveloperWA
- FTPython Fullstack Developer (Full Stack Environment)Other
- FTResource /Operations AnalystOther
- FTIT PMO OfficerOther
- FTBig Data ArchitectOther
- FTApplication Support AnalystOther
- FTAccount ManagerOther
- FTC# DeveloperOther
- FTSolutions ArchitectWA
- FTJunior-Mid Level Implementation CoordinatorQLD
- CCSolaris Migration SpecialistNSW
- FTSharePoint DevelopersOther
- FTPayroll Project ManagerOther
- FTPractise Manager - SecurityVIC
- TPFront End .NET DeveloperQLD
- FTService Desk AnalystACT
- FTData Analyst (Dialler Analyst)SA
- FTASP.NET DeveloperNSW
- FTEmail Marketing Specialist/ Campaign SpecialistOther
- TPInfrastructure Project ManagerQLD
- FTWintel Server EngineerOther
- FTSenior Project AnalystOther
- TPICT Customer Support Officer - ArmidaleNSW