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Rayman Legends is a platform video game developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and published by Ubisoft. It is the fifth main title in the Rayman series and the direct sequel to the 2011 game Rayman Origins. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PlayStation Vita platforms in August and September 2013. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions were released in February 2014. A Nintendo Switch port, titled Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition was released in North America, Europe and Australia on September 12, 2017.
Warning: The plot description reveals major plot points and events in the story. Reader discretion advised.
Rayman and his friends fell into a hundred-year long nap. During that time, the nightmares took control of the Glade of Dreams and imprisoned the Teensies, while the Magician splitted into 5 beings known as the Dark Teensies. Murphy awakens the legendary heroes who, along with their new ally Barbara the barbarian, must rescue the Teensies and defeat the Dark Teensies.
Why It Rocks
- Everything the previous game does that makes it good returns and is improved.
- Absolutely beautiful graphics, art-style and environments and looks much better than Rayman Origins that keep the funny and colorful cartoony look. to the point that this game is often considered one of the best-looking games for consoles, especially on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 versions.
- Great and incredible gameplay, which is still fun and is not repetitive because it is the same as the previous game.
- The controls are also extremely fluid and responsive.
- Over 120 levels, including 40 remastered levels from Rayman Origins.
- Great and fantastic soundtrack composed by Christophe Héral. It would make you want to try to get it to your head or play the levels longer to listen to the music, or even go to YouTube and download the music on your computer, phone or tablet.
- 700 Teensies (826 Teensies in the Nintendo Switch version) to rescue, the latter of this could give you a character.
- At the end of each level, if the player finds enough Lums they obtain Lucky Tickets, which give the player more lums, teensies, creatures, and unlock Rayman Origins levels.
- All the power ups from the previous game are unlocked from the start.
- Just like with the previous game, the game has unlimited lives and frequent checkpoints to balance its difficulty.
- The introduction of Barbara effectively gives 4 different playable characters (not counting alternate skins), making it easier for players to tell their characters from the rest in co-op mode.
- Memorable and really beautiful level design that make excellent use of the game's. Each world includes unique gimmicks to make them different from the rest. For example, two levels in Fiesta de los Muertos have the players literally become ducks (which make the characters look very hilarious) through the duration of the level.
- Murphy can interact with switches and obstacles to assist the player in many levels. In the Wii U, PS Vita, and Nintendo Switch versions an additional player can take control of Murphy with the Gamepad allowing a total of 5 players at once. The other versions control Murphy with a specified button which makes the Murphy mechanic quick-reflex based.
- Like Grand Theft Auto IV, There is a famous glitch called "Murphy Reset Glitch", and not only that, it also works for the daily and weekly challenges in "The Endless Pit: As Far As You Can!" and you can easily win a diamond cup, which glitch is quite useful for some people and players.
- Better yet, the glitch has never been patched, which is worth it and also using this glitch in challenges is not banned.
- Lots of secrets within the levels, including two puzzle minigames in every level which reward the player with teensies when completed.
- Surprisingly good and awesome 2.5D boss battles.
- Invasion stages have you complete alternate versions of regular levels with enemies from other worlds within 40 seconds, what it does is to rescue tiny ones before they fly so as not to be late.
- Also, many players beat quite challenging world records, just like Challenges.
- The addition of Rhythm based levels, which are unlocked by defeating the main bosses. Rhythm Levels also have harder version where special effects affect your view so you must guide yourself with the music's tempo to navigate the level.
- Observant players will also notice that some of the music used in the rhythm stages are loosely (some more obviously) based off of well known real life songs, including "Black Betty", "Antisocial", and a mariachi rendition of "Eye of the Tiger" of all songs.
- The Kung Foot minigame offers a fun multiplayer game.
- Also, in the Nintendo Switch version, you can play a new Kung-Foot and CPU to practice, which makes it very pleasant to play.
- Tons of replay value.
- Large amount of unlockable character skins.
- Or also Champion Ray that you can unlock if you play every day and get a ton of diamond cups and most importantly you can be VIP!.
- Weekly and Daily online challenges, which adds more replay value.
- Speaking of which, Daily and Weekly Challenges are a perfect addiction to winning too many cups the next day, and sometimes players will challenge you to a challenge for a record, and to this day, players continue to play these fun and addictive challenges.
- Like Dragon's Dogma and Resident Evil: Revelations 1 & 2, an online subscription service is not required to play the challenges online.
- On the Nintendo Switch version, the levels were you control Murphy are made into alternate versions on a new world, "Murphy's Touch", allowing those levels to also be played regularly.
- Also exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version, all the characters that were once exclusive to each platform like the Assassin's Creed and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell skins now all come together on the Switch. Making it the only version to include every single character skin ever in the game.
- The character designs are eye-catching and attractive, especially Raymesis and Selena.
- The PS4 and Xbox One versions have NO loading times, for example, if you enter any level or invasion or to enter to put a skin, it will not load immediately.
- The Nintendo Switch version says it's the definitive version, but it has its unimaginably good things, high-quality, clean and improved graphics, almost perfectly fluid frame rate, They are one of the few games where this time there are absolutely all the Rayman skins that were on Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Wii U (as mentioned before), yet it contains some missing features like using Murphy touch controls in Multiplayer and only up to four players while the Wii U version allows five. Meaning it's false advertising, but because of this, the port still remains surprisingly good and impressive, and to this day, they are one of the best ports for Nintendo Switch.
- Close to zero and inferior plot after the opening scene and like World of Light from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there is little to no cinematics, a repetitive pacing. There isn't even an ending cutscene after defeating the final boss, however, for some people it may be considered decent and well-done.
- While it's a different experience and it works well enough, the button based controls for Murphy are not as good as the touch controls for him in Multiplayer for the PlayStation Vita and Wii U versions.
- Sometimes the effects used during the 8-bit Rhythm Levels can get eye straining.
- The levels where you control Murphy can get frustrating because the AI controlling your character tends to be uncooperative. The Nintendo Switch version of those levels can't be played in TV mode.
- Absence of online multiplayer.
- The PlayStation Vita version is the record holder for the slowest loading times.
- Nowadays, there may be some daily and extreme challenges are very frustrating and difficult, Although the "As far as you can!" they are not as difficult as the others.
- While being a VIP is awesome, it is absurdly difficult to be a VIP, for example:
- You have to BE IN TOP 1 OR 10 EVERY DAY.
- Win ABSOLUTELY all the diamond cups.
- In case you are an expert, you have to do "Ybyups".
- The infamous dialogue of the wrestler in the "Lucha Libre Get Away" level as he SAYS A CHILEAN INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE CALLED "Conchetumare" IN A GAME FOR KIDS! Doesn't that sound familiar?
- Worse still, in case you live in Chile you understand this profanity, And unlike the word "Hell" in Rambo on the NES and in Hong Kong 97 as "fuckin' ", you can NOT omit the rudeness, and it often says it throughout the level, and they are also one of the most controversial dialogues in history from Rayman.
- Although the difficulty is balanced and a funny AI, The AI is extremely lazy, very delayed, and lackluster, For example, in almost all levels, there are some enemies that are just standing and nothing else, and if you try to chase you, it will not move either, it will just hit you without moving. Fortunately, in the bosses it has decent AI.
Rayman Legends received critical acclaim, with critics praising it's clever level design, outstanding visuals, beautiful graphics, and improvements over it's predecessor.
This game along with prequel are frequently praised as being "some of the best 2D platformers ever made that aren't Mario or Sonic" and were very well received by the fans for having Rayman return to it's platforming roots
The game currently has a Google users rating of "95% of users liked this video game".
The game was originally going to be a Wii U exclusive title but do to the console's poor sales, Ubisoft decided to delay the game and release the game with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions simultaneously. It did infuriate some fans because the Wii U version was already finished.