Review by heywallace47

"Rayman Raving Rabbids- alliterated and awesome"

After the long awaited day of November 19, 2006, the Nintendo Wii was released in the US. One of the launch titles included Rayman Raving Rabbids. As many may know, the game is a load of mini-games that involves the use of the new Wiimote and nunchuck. However, using just wacky bunnies and Rayman as a main character, does it live up the hype to be a great Wii launch title?

Story: 5/10

Unfortunately, the game does not particularly hold a noticeable storyline. Mainly, it is a parody of the movie Gladiator. Rayman is stuck in an arena and must beat mini-games to get out.

Graphics: 7/10

Yes, one of those debatable topics. Of course the graphics for the Wii are not as good as the PS3 and X-Box360. But I'm rating this not just analogous to the other consoles, but the environment in general is not very much concentrated on for this game. Since the game is mini-games, most people are focused closer to a small portion of the screen, and the overall view is not something people will really notice/appreciate. Hence, I was not too harsh on this part.

Sound: 9/10

Somewhat surprising to me, but the game had some popular tunes. One of the mini-games is a DDR-type game, but instead of using your feet, you are shaking the Wiimote and nunchuck on the beat. The sounds the bunnies make are hilarious also. Many people will be familiar with some songs, such as a remix of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."

Gameplay: 10/10

Ah, here is the fun part. This game really shows the use of the new controller and the uses of it. Some games involving shaking the nunchuck and aiming with the remote. One game is a tricky one, where you jump rope, but one hand shakes in a CIRCLE to move the rope, while the other hand flicks the wrist UP and DOWN to jump. Other games just involve you shaking the nunchuck and remote like a madman. A final example is like a FPS. Instead of using a real gun, you're shooting plungers instead. And bunnies are trying to attack you. The game has different modes to play, sometimes requiring combos, while others require reckless, fast shooting.

Replay: 8/10

There's always an incentive to increase your high scores to unlock the bonuses, but they are not very well worth the effort. However, there are games you'll want to beat records with to show off and brag. The lack of multiplayer is a flaw seen in the game. Many games will be turn based instead of simultaneously.

Overall, the game is well-done to show the capabilities of the wiimote and nunchuck. For the graphics fanboys saying, "ZOMG, the graphics are horrible," the gameplay will definitely assuage their feelings against the graphics, because they will be having too much fun using the wiimote. A final note that makes the game great is the bunnies behaviors. They will just scream recklessly, and often they do completely arbitrary and funny gestures, such as when a bunny holding a club, stares at you, then around him, then randomly whacks one of the other bunnies into the ground.

In general, even playing the games as 1-player still racks up a lot of fun. Also, people enjoy simply watching people play. So if you want to find the great use of the new controller scheme and have a great sense of humor, I would definitely recommend this game.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 01/03/07


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