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Beautiful platforming bliss,
This review is from: Rayman Origins - Nintendo Wii (Video Game)
I love the recent return to 2D platforming. Although this game isn't a Wii exclusive, the Wii definitely started this trend, which is one of several reasons why the Wii remains my favorite platform. Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby's Return to Dreamland (and Epic Yarn), New Super Mario Bros Wii, and others like A Boy and His Blob and LostWinds are among the best 2D platformers of the past few generations. I'm a gamer born and raised on 2D platformers, and Rayman Origins reminds me of my childhood; my salad days as a gamer.
The game is a welcome departure from the Rabbids series, which bears little resemblance to this game. It is a return to the original 2D Rayman, but it's faster paced than the original Rayman game, borrowing from DKC Returns and New SMB Wii in terms of challenge and pace. It also reminds me quite a bit of the 16-bit era Virgin Games platformers like Aladdin, Cool Spot, and The Jungle Book in terms of humor and style. You will find yourself cracking up at the characters' antics throughout the game. The levels are designed brilliantly and will keep you challenged without too much frustration. You'll be just as awed with the graphics and sound, which both contribute to the charming style of the game. The only platformer I've seen that's this good looking is DKC Returns; I'd go as far to say that Ubi Soft has topped Nintendo in terms of polish with this game.
It's a great game that kids and adults alike will enjoy. I haven't even touched on the multiplayer--the game is even more fun when played with 2-3 others, though things can get confusing with too many people on screen, especially in the bigger levels or the "shadow" levels. But it's certainly one of the best multiplayer experiences I've had, and few games are this beautiful and complete. Must buy.