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Game Reviewed: Rayman Legends
Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
Platform: PS 3, Xbox 360, WiiU, PS Vita, PC, PS4, Xbox One
ESRB Rating: E
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Rayman is a nice exception to a certain rule of video games: kid-friendly franchises that started on the Playstation are awful now. Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon, two of the darlings of the PS1 era, have been sold from their original creators and now star in wave after wave of awful games (though Skylanders is an exception, it is also barely a Spyro game). But here is Rayman, still helmed by its creator, Michel Ancel, and still producing fantastic games when Ubisoft isn’t making them spin off into weird Rabbid minigames.
Rayman Legends is a platformer of refreshingly classical sensibilities. It feels rather familiar and nostalgic in a way, harkening back to when platforming was one of the dominant genres of games. The player controls Rayman, moving in 2D space (like classics of the genre such as Mario) and moving past obstacles. Perhaps most notable about this game is the cooperative multiplayer. While not as player-centric as the New Super Mario multiplayer modes (in which players can interact with each other, helping or harming each other as they please), it does allow up to four players to take on the challenges of the game together, and it works very well.
So then, what dangers might this E-rated trip back to the era of family-friendly obstacle courses pose to your children? None. Seriously, this is fine for your kids. Just go get it if you want it. Go on, enjoy!
…still here? Alright, well here’s a list of all the stuff that’s not offensive about this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Characters face enemies, using attacks like kicks and slaps to defeat them. When enemies are defeated, they disappear in a puff of smoke. Some bosses involve projectile attacks, but still no more graphic violence.
One female character shows a bit of cleavage and midriff, but it’s not emphasized or over-sexualized. One alternate character looks like Rayman with a leaf over his pelvis (well, as close to a pelvis as you can have when you have no arms or legs, just hands and feet).
Nothing beyond some whimsical fantasy-like elements.
My nephew played this a bit, and had plenty of fun.
It’s as I said; this game is nothing but appropriate fun. The violence is mild in comparison to even the tamest of children’s cartoons, and what little skimpy clothing is in the game is either played for laughs and just plain not sexual (as with the leaf) or is just really tame. I personally don’t see a reason why any age group couldn’t play this game, and the gameplay is simple enough to be grasped by any age while still providing enough of a challenge to entertain even the most seasoned platformer fan. I don’t even have much to say about this game, because that’s basically it; it’s fun, and appropriate for all ages. If you’re looking for a fun game that you and your kids can play together, this is one of the safest bets in a good while.