Rayman 3D review: It's been a long time since Rayman fans were treated to a new game. What we have here is the umpteenth version of Rayman 2: The Great Escape, released on the N64 in 1999 and as a DS launch title.
It does look impressive at times. While it shows its age for the most part with dull textures, poor lighting effects and angular, flat walls and environments, the odd set-piece moment really gives the 3D effect a chance to shine.
Sometimes the camera pans back and the level suddenly seems vast, as a tiny Rayman stands in the middle of the screen, while at others the camera pans above Rayman's head as he falls down sizeable caverns and pits. It's safe to say Rayman 2 has never looked this good.
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What is disappointing, however, is that other aspects of the game are really starting to show their age. The camera can be horrible at times, especially when you try to swing it round in a thin corridor and it gets stuck in the walls, leaving you unable to see in the opposite direction.
The sound is also disappointment as effects are often nonexistent, such as when you throw a projectile at an enemy. Worse yet, the voice acting that was present in the PS2 version of the game has been scrapped here, lumbering players with the gibberish chat that featured in the N64 and Dreamcast versions.
None of this detracts from the fact that, ultimately, Rayman 3D is still a fun platformer. It takes a long time to collect all of the 1000 Lums that are scattered throughout each area and completely finish the game. The script is generally quite funny, and the games different worlds are varied and enjoyable to wander through.
Its just annoying - and a teensy bit rude - that this is essentially the 10th re-release of the same game in 12th years. If youve already played through it on the Nintendo 64, PlayStation, iPhone, DS, PC, Dreamcast or what-have-you, there's nothing here (other than the 3D effect, of course) that you havent seen before.
This is an edited version of a review that will appear in the May issue of Official Nintendo Magazine. Want to make sure you never miss and issue Subscribe now and save money.
Want to to find out more about the game? Here's a Rayman 3D interview.