Greatest Platformer Ever!? (Rayman Legends)

Game: Rayman Legends
Genre: Platformer
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Switch (in development), Xbox 360, Xbox One
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Completion Time: 9 hours
Average Critic Score: 90/100
My Score:
95/100

Here we go again, another platformer. Listen I’m sorry, but since I started this whole thing I’ve realized that platformers are great for casual gaming. They’re easy to get used to and you can put them down and pick them up weeks later without missing a beat. That’s just the way it is, but I digress. The Rayman series has been around since 1995 and it’s never ceased to weird me out. I remember playing Rayman 2 back in the day and thinking to myself, “where are his arms and legs?” and “how does he get his hair to spin like a propeller?” Needless to say, Rayman left me with more questions than answers. But I was young and naive then and now I’m slightly older but not much wiser.

A Treat for Eyes and Ears Alike

I won’t lie to you, Rayman Legends looks awesome. Each level is beautifully designed in its own unique way to help keep things fresh. The levels are designed to please both the speedrunners and passive players. Things definitely run more smoothly if you run through the levels but a lot of times you might find yourself stopping just to enjoy the view. The sound design, too, is fabulous. The music of Legends’ does a great job of tailoring to the situation. Whether you’re in a fast paced situation, being stealthy or fighting a boss, the music fits the mood. I don’t know if Rayman Legends is the best platformer of all time but it’s definitely my number one.

It’s so beautiful!

No Story, No Problem

Let’s be frank, this game has no story. But who really cares? As long as you understand the basic premise (your friends, the teensies, are taken and scattered throughout the world and you must go through the levels and save them) you’ll get by just fine.

Plenty To Do

Rayman Legends is a game that I’ve had in my library for quite a while. I downloaded it on my Xbox as a free game of the month a couple years ago, but I was never compelled to jump in. Now with this blog, I felt it was a perfect fit so I gave it a shot and I’m glad I did. This game has so much to offer. Overall there’s 120 levels to complete. The main story takes up about two-thirds of the levels. The rest are refreshed levels from Rayman Origins, invaded levels, and music based levels. The invaded levels are condensed versions of previous levels with more obstacles and a time limit that requires you to speed run through it. The music based levels are also created around the speed run element but they’re much easier and you run and jump to the beat of a song. Legends builds off of its predecessor in the best ways with little tweaks that make the experience all more enjoyable. I mean if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

That’ll be all for me this time. Hope you all enjoyed, see you next time! Here’s the various critic scores.

Critic Scores

  • Metacritic:
    PS4 – 90/100
    Xbox One – 91/100
    PC – 89/100
  • GameSpot: 9/10
  • IGN: 9.5/10
  • Polygon: 8.5/10
  • Game Informer: 9/10

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