Review by DarkMark42

"Spectacular platformer"

Rayman 2: The Great Escape was released for multiple platforms back in the late 1990's, one of which include the Nintendo 64. The original Rayman was only available on the Playstation and was a 2-D sidescroller. It was very good, but I think this one really started up Ubisoft's franchise. Now, Rayman himself is a very unique character. He has his name for a reason... he has no arms, no legs, or a neck. Just his head, hands, legs, stomach, and he wears a bandana. The setting of Rayman 2: The Great Escape is in a world called The Glade of Dreams. Aliens have invaded it, so in order to repair the damage done to the World and defeat the invasion force, Rayman has to collect 1,000 pieces of the world's core(called lums) and reunite four magical masks which will awaken Polokus, the world's spirit. Polokus has gone into hiding a long time ago, however as he is the creator of "all that is and will be", he is the world's last hope.

The game play of Rayman 2: The Great Escape is very fun. You navigate through various linear levels, fighting enemies, solving puzzles, and collecting lums. Difficulty wise, it won't make you pull your hair out, but some levels can indeed be fairly challenging. There's bonus levels too that can be played. Rayman attacks using his fist, which act as energy orbs that can be shot. The plum is back from the original and this time the vegetable can be ridden or even used to immobilize enemies. Globox, Rayman's friend, also is featured in the storyline.

Graphically, this game looks really nice. The 3-D visuals are bright and really give the game's world a nice appearance. Enemies and characters are drawn out very well. I think Ubisoft just did a really good job drawing this game up and provided a nice looking game.

Sound wise, since this is the Nintendo 64 version, and since the Nintendo 64 utilizes cartridges instead of discs, the sound quality is not as sharp. But it still is good enough to hear the very nice tunes and sound effects included in this game. All the characters speak gibberish, and it sounds very funny. This game has comical moments. So overall the sound is really cool.

To sum it up, Rayman 2: The Great Escape is an outstanding game. It's my favorite in the series and is definitely worth a purchase. The series itself is great and this one will surely get you into it. Long live, Rayman!

Final Score-9.8

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 08/16/10

Game Release: Rayman 2: The Great Escape (US, 11/06/99)

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