Review by Hank
"Looking for a good Dreamcast platformer? Look no further!"
Rayman 2: The Great Escape is pretty much a port of the N64 game, but it has a few extras and beautiful graphics to make a purchase worthy for the Dreamcast owner. New additions are mini-games that you can unlock as you find Globox keys throughout the game's many levels. These mini-games support up to four players, so you can have some fun with friends.
One word, breathtaking. More than that, really, but that's what comes to mind when you first boot the game up. The character design is much better than that of the N64 version, and runs super smooth, with no slowdown. Everything that was beautiful in the N64 version now looks even better, thanks to the Dreamcast's more powerful processor. The textures aren't blurred out anymore, not holding anything against the N64 version, but everything is overall clearer in the Dreamcast version. You won't have to buy an Expansion Pak to behold the great graphics(sorry for going on so long here, but I really need to make four hundred words!).
For a good part, it's about the same. The characters still babble in voices you can't understand, but it adds some humor to the game. Some sound samples have been changed, and some music tracks have been as well. It sounds better than the N64 version, but there's not a lot of change in the sound effects and music.
The Dreamcast controller is used really well for this game. Move with the Analogue Control Stick, turn the camera with the L and R buttons, jump with A, and shoot with B. Couldn't be simpler, well, except for Virtua Tennis. No problems here, easy to pick up and play.
Has all of the levels of the N64 version, but packs a few new secrets. Don't think for a minute that it's a bad thing that it has all the levels of the N64 version, but really no new ones. The levels are well designed, prove some challenge, and have some ingenious puzzles to solve. You won't be disapointed. As for the extra modes, you now have mini-games that you can unlock by finding the Globox keys, and they support four-players.
If you can find it, it makes a worthwhile addition to your Dreamcast library. It has spectacular graphics, excellent control, pretty good sound, and the game is a lot of fun to boot. Add that with a multiplayer mode, and this is a better purchase than the N64 version.
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 11/30/01, Updated 11/30/01
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