Review: Rayman Legends

Review: Rayman Legends


If you've come here hoping for a review replete with loads of changes and advancements to the next-gen version of Rayman Legends, you’d best prepare for disappointment. There's very little to add in this new iteration, so if you've played it before, don't expect anything mind-bogglingly new. That said, the new version does remove some of the quirks and niggles that marred an otherwise perfect experience. For this article I’ll focus on the version differences and refer you to Cav’s current-gen review for a more detailed look at the game itself.

I first played Rayman Legends on the Wii U. As such, one of the biggest differences to my experience was that the touchpad levels were completely different. Gone were the Teensies auto-running through the level whilst you manipulated hazards using the touchpad. What replaced it was a similar, if a little more boring, concept. You now run the level yourself hitting a button every so often to make Murphy automatically manipulate hazards. I’d hoped that connecting my Vita in “second screen” mode would bring back some of the Wii U gameplay, but it wasn't the case. Keep that in mind if you've got multiple consoles at home and you're looking to pick up the game.

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Despite Ubisoft’s claims of improvement, I was unable to discern any difference in graphical quality. I ran the Wii U and Playstation 4 copies side by side and managed to -- if I tried really hard -- convince myself of a slight improvement during cutscenes… maybe. For such a stylised and pristinely presented game, it was hard to see how they could improve it so, I suppose, a lack of discernible improvement was to be expected.

So what else is different? Both versions score some new heroes (costumes), with the Playstation 4 version getting an Assassin’s Creed 4 hero whilst its Xbox One counterpart receives Splinter Cell and Far Cry 3 getups. Both versions also have the option to purchase Funky Ray using uPlay points.

Aside from new heroes, there are a few more system specific benefits to each version. The Xbox One copy gains some unique challenges whilst the Playstation 4 integrates the Share button and allows crossplay with a PlayStation Vita. The integrated Share button is a nice feature, but the crossplay is the big winner in my books. For those unaware, crossplay means you can pause your game on the PS4 and resume playing on the Vita. No more pausing to go to work or the toilet; just take your game with you! Crossplay in Rayman Legends has the additional benefit that certain features and controls automatically remap to take advantage of the Vita’s unique control inputs. Unfortunately it doesn’t appear running the Vita in second screen mode does anything at the moment.

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The greatest improvement in the next-gen version is, perhaps, the least obvious; its performance gain. Load times for levels and respawns are almost non existent to the point that Ubisoft has done away with the silhouette load screen completely. This may seem like a small thing, however instant reloads when playing challenges or levels make for a very smooth experience with very little disruption or downtime.

Aside from those minor differences this game is, essentially, the same; something with which I have no problem whatsoever. Rayman Legends was near-perfect before and this new version seems to address minor quirks rather than change it up.

What makes Legends so great is it's non-linear approach and gameplay variety. Steering clear of the “tried and tested” forest, desert, lava and ice levels, Rayman Legends gives the player different means to complete a level rather than remaining a platformer and just varying the environment. Turn into a duck, shrink, swim, flat, fly… it’s all there! The variety of the levels is enough to keep the game constantly interesting whilst the visuals and music provide the “wow factor” to keep you amazed. Don’t believe me? Watch the Castle Rock level on Youtube and tell me that’s not an innovative way to mix up a level. The collectibles and additional challenges of each level coupled with the fantastic checkpoint/replay controls mean that there's no reason not to replay levels... unless you hate gaming. Do you hate games?

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The non-linearity of level selection is a real winner for Legends. New levels have requirements that must be met before they unlock however multiple worlds are simultaneously available meaning, if you're stuck in one, you can jump into another and keep playing. Or, if you get tired of the regular levels, you can go try challenge mode, remastered levels from Rayman Origins or a coop minigame, Kung Foot.

Difficulty-wise, Rayman falls into that “easy to play, hard to master” category. Most gamers shouldn’t have trouble completing the game however getting all the secret areas and levels can be quite challenging. Personally I felt the difficulty level was just right. There weren't many areas where I felt the game was unfair; it was more a case of me needing to practice a little more and get my moves right.

So is it worth getting? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes... but allow me to quantify. If you already own the game there’s very little about this version that will add to your experience. You could replay the single save on your current version and get a very similar experience. If you’ve never played Rayman Legends, want a whole new set of trophies/achievements or just want an additional copy so you can have your own save game then it’s well worth the purchase.

About the Author
Dave Haldane

There are two things I love in life... video games and my family. I work full time as an IT manager to provide for my wife, three kids and a heavy gaming habit. I own almost every console since the Atari 7800 and am proud of my extensive collection of games. I'm more of a single or coop player but I do dabble in multiplayer on the odd occasion. If you want to have a game or just chat feel free to add me, PM me or email me.

  • Arnold Stallone

    I always wondered how graphics could be improved.on the ps3, at 1080p, graphics were already fantastic, like watching a Disney movie on a TV.colors, everything, were so perfect, bright, clear, no sign of aliasing, nothing. Just perfect colorful graphics. So the question was ‘ what can they do more, with maybe 10 times more power, on a ps4?”

    While rayman legends will be a great game, for the ps4 owners that never played it before, for gamers like me, I will buy it, when it costs like 20$ or less.

    Would it be possible to do raytracing on the full game? I am sure it would…
    They had lots of power to work with. Did they apply some crazy MSAA x 4,8,16…whatever possible, so the final graphics look like a Pixar game,with frames rendered on farm servers? What kind of AA did they use?

    Did the use like 4-5 times more polygons, to render the main characters and enemies, with perfect textures, so they look even better and pixar-like?

    Did they use the free space on bluray, and put some pcm uncompressed sound on it, for people that have nice av setups? Or did they just use a simple/weak Dolby digital track, so the download file is as small as possible, on the psn, and it uses less bandwidth?

    Since the game was already 1080p60fps on the ps3, x360 and Wii u, I am sure it would be possible to run the game at 4k, on the ps4. If one day Sony unlocks 4k games, just imagine this game running at that resolution, on a big 4k display? It would be a true showcase, with those fantastic colors and animations the game has. Did ubisoft think about that, and can enable 4k,with a simple patch? This question, I wish ubisoft could answer.

    Those are the things I wish they had improved.but it looks like ubisoft has used 100% of the ps3 assets, and did a simple port. Too bad, they could have reached some graphics quality never seen before. At least, Trine 2 uses all the next gen power, and I think, it even runs in 3d. Ubisoft was a bit, if not, very lazy, with this port, that already was fantastic, on last gen consoles.

    • Dakan45

      wut? wut??????

      • Arnold Stallone

        stop replying to all my posts, nolife.
        stop following everywhere i post, to post counter-comments, like this one.
        go play your damn pc pirated games, and leave people alone.
        why are you so jealous of people? is it because you have no friends, no life, nothing, only your computer and your downloaded pirated games, and you feel the need of annoying people, like you do to all the console gamers?
        damn, how old are you, man? aren’t you able to live and react like a man, instead of pursuing people over different forums, like a frustated cunnt, that absolutely need to revenge, and make them look bad ? man, those are girls behaviours, not men’s.
        when will you fking grow up, and stop acting like that ?
        how many times do people need to remind you that ?
        do you think people respect you, on internet and forums, because you try to look like you perfecly understand about graphic cards, fps, benchmarks, and cpus or antialiasing procedures, and you know more than devs and engineers themselves ?

        each one of your comments, there are 99% of people laughing, because they have been following your pc master race non sense comments since forever, and instead of looking like a smart geek, you look like a total idiot.yeah, idiot.
        there isn’t a single comment from you, no matter where, where 99% of the replies are just to call you pc master race,dumbass, idiot, etc.
        if it was just me, then ok. but everybody thinks the same about you.
        all your pseudo debates, on many forums, always end up with people calling you moron, non-sence, idiot, pc master race, etc.

        damn, isn’t that enough clear for you to notice that you act, talk, comment, etc, like a dumb kid, who thinks he is smarter than people from nsa, google or harvard? on each comment, 100 extra people laught when reading your shit and stupid combats of pc vs consoles.

        everybody knows you hate consoles, specially sony, and sony gamers. ok, fine. go play your pc games, that are and will always look better than consoles. we all know that since forever. why the need of always telling that ps3/ps4 /xbox one has less good textures than X pc game, or doesn’t have mods, or there is aliasing,etc.
        how many hundreds times you criticized the last of us graphics, lights, etc? thousands times. ok, we know ligthing isn’t as perfect as a pc game. we know textures aren’t as clear as a pc. can’t you see that that game is running on almost 10 years old hardware ? damn, you’re not a kid. you’re a child. if you have a mini 1 inch boner because the last of us doesn’t run at 1600p, with global illumination, perfect textures, etc, and pc games look far better, if you can’t see that game is running on around 400 megas of ram , on a 10 yo architecture, and what they did is almost a miracle, taking into account the hardware, etc, if you are so happy current pc games run at higher fps and resolution than your hated the last of us, and you feel the need of always bashing the ps3 and its games, like the last of us, etc, than, you aren’t a kid, or a child. you’re a baby.

        eat some vitamines and hormones for growt. it will really help you.

        • Dakan45

          too long didnt read,

          But its a well known fact that games on pc destroy consoles

          Bf3 on old consoles= low pc settings.

          Crysis 3 UNDER lowest pc settings.

          Even new games like cod, bf4 and assasin creed look better, its not just higher fps, its BETTER graphics.

          Pc gaming is doing better than ever, at a survery in game developers convention, more developers work on pc games than consoles and pc has more exlusives than all consoles combined with good ratings.

          imgur.com/tsCq4Qg.png

          Pc has mods, backwards compability and while you claim its all piracy YET every developer puts their games on pc, new old, everything, are they idiots? Why is ikaruga, enslaved,brutal legend and killer is dead being ported to pc after al that time? Becuase they are making money unlike you consoles idiots think.

          Funny you see peopel “laughing” kiddo because i see my posts getting thumbs up, face it dipshit you are alone and crying and hate pc like a butthurt dudebro.

          Seriously grow the fuck up kiddo, also yeah the last of us is NOT a good game, good story sure, but i have been playing games ACTUAL REAL games from the fuckign 90s and the last of us is not a game with good gameplay.

          Only you morons think of that bullcrap.

          Ps pc lead the industry, or you think its suprising that sony uses pc architecture, digital distrubition, mmos, f2ps and indie? Ofcourse not, everyone is copying pc, even ken levine said it, “if you want to see the future of gamign buy a pc”

          Thus he closed down his studio to become indie on pc. Same goes for cliffy b

          So cry some more clueless consoletard.

          Everyone who reads your post is facepalming at the stupidity, if you dont know for a fact that pcs destroy consoles, then you are a idiot.

          Pc is cheaper, has better graphics, better controls, more exlusives, backwards compability, better sound, innovation, better mp, free mp and emulators.

          What do your consoles have? Plug and play, infact not evne that anymore, now you got to install games and set up acounts, BULLSHIT just buy a pc already.

          Ps 150$ gpu beats ps4 and xbone on bf4 and thats WITHOUT mantle, face it, in 2 years your consoles will be low end garbage.