Long ago when I was but a young lad, I happened upon Rayman for the Nintendo 64. I don’t recall how I got it, only that it was a unique platform that had a whimsical class. Since then I never had the ability to engage on that same level of fun. Now with the Nintendo Switch out and about, I can finally relive that amazing experience again. Rayman Legends Definitive Edition is the wildly fun and musically charged Rayman game that I have been waiting for. While it is the more polished release of the game by the same name on past consoles, it feels best on Nintendo’s Switch.
The game is as colorful as it is musical and boy is it a sight to behold. Following standard platforming mechanics, Rayman Legends Definitive Edition (Rayman from here on) plays with this mechanic by introducing some layering to the levels and a degree of verticality. This vertical nature provides a wider play-space and it lends heavily to making the boss fights more memorable. While the heavy reliance on pursuing the available play space is grand, it feels a bit forced, especially in the boss fights.
The use of the ‘hovering’ mechanics are a bit played out and while I enjoyed the implementation of it all, it managed to become stale rather quickly. That being said the mixture of themed levels were a delight to play through. The usual exhaustion one develops from level fatigue is lacking and the levels themselves offer superb build and thoughtfulness that seems to be lacking in most modern titles. The clever and humorous addition of musically themed end levels are a massive addition to the games appeal. Taking covers of popular songs like Black Betty or Eye of The Tiger is a brilliant move on the part of the creator and I wish more games took this sort of pop culture appeal seriously. It was joyful fun to be had when playing these levels in a Rayman environment.
The overall feeling and performance for the Nintendo Switch version are notably solid, for both handheld and docked use. The game will run at 1080p-6ofps while docked and while in handheld it runs comfortably at 720p-60fps. The game also benefits from a simplified control scheme, meaning one Joy-Con is more than sufficient to play the game. I personally used both in conjunction with the grip and still found it to be comfortable. However you plan to play this title it will be both a visually enjoyable play and a comfortable controlling experience. I found myself predominantly playing the game in a handheld mode.
Regardless of the day you are having the playful humor and delightful tact of Ubisoft with this rebirth of Rayman will be a sure fire add to anyone collection. As of this writing the game is currently 19.99USD at most United States retail stores. I would argue the original 39.99USD price point is well worth it for the amount of content you get out of this game and the replay factor alone.
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