Review by ScrawlKnight
"A decent remake of an awesome title."
Rayman 2 was first released on the N64 and Dreamcast. It was an amazing game with its environments and its content. It has now been remade for the DS. In some ways it's just as good as its predecessor, in a lot of ways it isn't.
The graphics in this game are very good. They are outstanding and provide a different environment on each level. There are many explosions of pirate ships and the graphics show that extremely well. Rayman himself looks great. His face is particularly animated and has a good expression. The graphics on this game are also unique with the different characters such as Ly the fairy and Globox.
The sound on this is really good. The character have their own language on this game and it is translated at the bottom of the screen. The sounds on each level are very good but could be a little different as some levels have very similar music. Something that is not heard a lot on other games is you can hear Rayman when he walks. There is also a good range of character voices. The sound can also be quite dramatic.
Gameplay and Controls
(Non-Touch Screen): 8/10
(Touch Screen): 3/10
The gameplay is really, really good on this and so are the controls. There are only a few so it doesn't get to confusing but Rayman still has lots of moves and attacks. Such as a power shot and if you hold it down longer the shot will be more powerful. Just with a single button you already have 3 Separate moves. The controls are also close together so it is easy to get to as well. However, that is for the control pad. The touch screen controls are terrible. You get a tiny arrow pad on the touch screen you are expected to tap to make him move. It doesn't work very well at all.
Replay Value: 7/10
The replay value on this game is huge. Apart from going over the main quest again and again like many have done. There is also the quest to collect all the 1000 Lums. This will take a lot of time and effort but is also a lot of fun to do and you will be very proud of yourself when you manage to complete it.
This is a very challenging game but not so hard that after a while you will just want to give up. There is a lot to do and some of the puzzles you must complete will take a lot of practice.
Rent or Buy?
In my personal opinion (being a Rayman fan) I would buy the game. However, if your new to Rayman you may want to rent it first. There is endless fun and a lot of replay value. The graphics, sound, controls and gameplay are all fantastic. There is so much to do in this game it will keep you entertained for weeks.
I gave this game a 7/10. If you have read my Rayman 2 review for PC then you'll know I gave that a 9. That is because the game has not been improved enough and does not make enough good use of the touch screen. However, it is still a fantastic game. If you have never played a Rayman game before you can still just go onto this one without any trouble. I strongly recommend you get this game and Good Luck to you when you get it!
Reviewer's Rating: 3.0 - Fair
Originally Posted: 06/28/05, Updated 08/31/11
Game Release: Rayman DS (AU, 03/31/05)
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