"Finally, A Fun Game Where The Hero Isn't Armed."

Rayman 2: The Great Escape is the first Rayman game to appear on a Nintendo system. Fortunately, his first Nintendo appearance wasn't a failure. I'll tell you why this game belongs in your Nintendo 64 collection. (Geez, I sound like a car salesman...)

Story: 9/10

A group of robot space pirates, led by Razorbeard, land their flying pirate ship on Rayman's world. The pirates, after they land, somehow shatter the heart of the world and begin capturing the inhabitants of the planet. The shattered heart of the world is spread across the planet as 1000 lums. Since the world is shattered, Rayman and his friends are weakened. The pirates capture Rayman and bring him to their ship. (Which has its own slave counter. :D) The pirates aren't too smart, so Rayman ends up inside the same cell as his friend Globox. Globox coughs up a white lum, and Rayman gets his power back.

Rayman and his froggy friend break out of the ship, and Rayman must find a way to restore the heart of the world and destroy the pirates.

Graphics: 10/10

Wow! This game is stunningly beautiful, with or without an Expansion Pak. Everything and everyone in this game has lots of detail, and the animation is always smooth, never choppy. In the cutscenes, most of the characters, including Rayman himself, look like they're mouthing out what they're trying to say. Also, their is no glitches that I know of (except one, but it only appears under special conditions) in this game, but that's a bad thing for glitch hunters.

The characters are very unique in this game. Rayman will encounter undead chickens, a green legless cyclops with a magician's hat, robot space pirates, and much more. There is no color overused in Rayman 2.

The graphics are the main reason why this game needs to be in everyone's Nintendo 64 collection. I could go on all day about the graphics...

Gameplay: 10/10

The gameplay revolves around two things; Rayman's fist and the lums. In order to complete the game successfully, you must learn how to use Rayman's fist correctly. Rayman's fist is used to push switches, hit enemies, swing from purple lums, and much more. (Be the fist...)

In each level, you must collect two things; cages and lums. Lums are the most important item in the game, and cages often contain more lums. You need to collect lums, because some levels can only be opened if you have enough lums. You need to look everywhere to get all the lums in each levels, so keep an eye open.

The Gameplay is simple, yet fun. The lum collecting draws you in like an interesting T.V. show, making you want to play this game until the end.

Control: 9/10

The controls, like the graphics, are smooth and hardly ever get confusing. However, the camera and Rayman's gliding technique can be hard to control at times.

Sound: 8/10

The sound is a mixed bag. The music fits the game's atmosphere, but it sometimes turns itself off, leaving nothing but silence. The sound is crisp and clear, although the talking noises can get on one's nerves. Rayman sounds like he's talking his own language, with a mix of French and English, which is probably a step-up from Rareware's Banjo-Kazooie to some.

Replayability: 8/10

Although some Rayman freaks will play this game again and again, others will dump this game once they finish the game. Some perfection freaks will want to collect every single lum, while others will leave the game unfinished. It depends on the type of gamer you are.

Buy or Rent?

Buy this game if your a fan of collection, platform, and adventure games. If you hate collecting things, then rent first.

You won't be disappointed if you decide to buy Rayman 2: The Great Escape. It's a game that everybody should have in their game collection.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 08/09/02, Updated 08/09/02

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