Review by scarlet_puppy

"The Rabbids are back in town!"

This game is the sequel to the highly successful Rayman Raving Rabbids, and the reason it was so successful was because of one simple thing: the rabbids. Seriously, anybody who has played the game will agree that they were hilarious. A sequel was almost inevitable. But how does it fare against its predecessor? Read on to find out.

Story: 5/10
This time round, the Rabbids attempt to take over the world. Rayman disguises himself as a Rabbid, and they believe that he is a real Rabbid. The story is kind of dumb really, but I suppose that fits quite well. What I really dislike is that Rayman has such a secondary role considering that he is the title character. In the free play mode, you can even choose not to play as him!

Graphics: 8/10
The graphics are very similar to what they were in the first game, except that the textures have been improved slightly, and the animation is more fluid and realistic. The characters look much goofier in this game (a good thing). Overall, the graphics are good.

Sound: 8/10
The music in this game is good, capturing the mood of the game very well, while being nice to listen to at the same time. The sound effects also fit the crazy mood of the game. The voices have been recycled from the previous game, including the infamous ‘DAAAAH!', but if the voices did the job in the previous game, why bother coming up with new ones?

Gameplay: 9/10
As was the case with the original game, this game consists of numerous minigames. In story mode, you play through five trips which contain ten games, but you will only play five, so you have to do it twice to unlock all the games. You unlock a shooting game after each one, ending up with a total of fifty-five minigames. Not bad at all, even if it is less than in the previous game. Once you have unlocked the minigames, you can play them in free play mode.

It is worth noting that the games have been simplified a bit, so that a wider audience can enjoy it. Fortunately, it is not so simplified to the point of being ridiculous. Overall, I think it is a good thing, if only because more people can play it.

There is a lot more emphasis on the Rabbids this time round, with Rayman being left in the background. The Rabbids are still as funny as ever, with all their stupid antics, screams and zaniness overall. Hearing them shout, ‘DAAAAH!' never gets old.

A new feature that this game has is that you can customise the Rabbids as well as Rayman himself. You unlock costumes by doing well on minigames. You can dress them as a rugby player, a cowboy or a space alien, or some bizarre mix. It can have some quite humorous results.

Whereas the previous game focused mainly on single player while having not so great multiplayer, this game does the exact opposite. This game includes simultaneous multiplayer, something which the previous game lacked. However, possibly as a result of this, the single player is a bit thin. It is fun at first, but pretty soon it starts to go stale.

The only other noticeable flaw is with the shooting games. They are entirely optional this time round, and they have been made a fair bit worse. You now reload with the A button instead of with the Nunchuck, and they removed the grappling hook altogether! It is still fun (how can it not be when you shoot rabbids with plungers?), but nowhere near as much so as before.

Overall, however, this game is on par with the previous game and makes for a very enjoyable experience, as long as you remember to bring somebody else to play against.

Replay Value: 7/10
If you are on your own, the game may start to get boring after a while. It might not, but it depends on your opinions of the game, really. However, throw in a couple of extra players, and the game immediately becomes the life of every party, regardless of how often you have played it.

Pros:
Still hilariously funny!
Customisable Rabbids.
Great minigames…
… of which there are many.
Simplified, but not too much so.
Good graphics.
Screams from the Rabbids still funny.
Simultaneous multiplayer.
Brilliant at parties.

Cons:
Single player is a bit thin.
Shooters have been made worse.
The story feels very last minute.

Buy, rent or avoid: If you are playing on your own, rent first, then decide if you want it or not. If you are going to play with other people, then buy as quickly as you can.

That concludes the review of the sequel to one of the funniest games ever. I can guarantee you that when they get the right mix of single player and multiplayer, the series will go down in history.


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 06/19/08

Game Release: Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (EU, 11/16/07)


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