With the release of Rayman Legends, we were once again delighted to see Ubisoft Arts & Music, the game's soundtrack composers, debut sweeping, original music for Rayman Legends. At times, its playful signature sounds and energetic horns and drums are high on adventure, while other sections are delivered much more somber in nature, laden with melancholy and emotional undertones. In any case, the music is captivating and brings much joy and laughter across each level. The soundtrack is easily one of the strongest aspects of the game and comes packaged in a two-disc special edition score CD/DVD combo disc format, offering 160+ minutes of wondrous, high-energy music that spans every mood and tempo across each of the game's 10 chapters.
For newcomers, it's no longer necessary to wonder what the big deal is about 2D platforming gameplay. Rayman Origins was enormously successful for its creators, Ubisoft, in part thanks to how simple and non-intimidating it made the game, and in playability and execution, few games have done it quite so well. To backtrack a bit, Rayman Origins follows the lumbering, limbless hero and his drooling gang of friends (yes, including Globox et al) in a vacuous quest to rescue a group of fairy tale-esque characters (who are essentially kidnapped to create impromptu, cartoonish events) as he traverses across a fantasy land that is reminiscent of (and may well be an homage to) classic LucasArts adventure titles. As we mentioned, there is a core series of gameplay elements in Rayman Legends (dunking, wall climbing, minigames, button-plucking sequences, punching, etc.), but much of the game takes place in an open world format with 100+ levels to explore that gets more challenging as you go, and a clever series of named stages that provide a central narrative (that you're not really supposed to care about much) with which to tackle.
With the same rich environment, vibrant art, and lovingly crafted soundtrack from its 2016 predecessor, Rayman Legends takes the popular platforming genre in new directions, but definitely not new places. It remains true to the series' DNA from the original with its simplistic platforming gameplay, colorful art, and silly humor. However, it adds a new dimension to the platforming action by providing a rich and cohesive main story akin to a graphic novel, single-player narrative driven adventure. In fact, it has some elements reminiscent of both traditional adventure games and episodic storytelling, giving Rayman Legends an accessible, personal touch that sets it apart. d2c66b5586