I chance to play a childhood favorite in 3D
I remember being in 5th grade and our school got these things called book orders, and flipping through it I came across Rayman 2 for PC. For those of you who are just tuning in to Rayman for the first time Rayman 3D is just the third re-release of UbiSoft's 1999 Billion seller Rayman 2 which came out originally for the PS One, N64, GBColor, PC, and Dreamcast. the second re-release you can pick up for the DS original called Rayman DS. Back to my original story so when I saw Rayman 2 for sell I absolutely wanted it because I had just some time before beaten the first game Rayman Forever also on the PC. I was a big Rayman fan when I was a kid so I really wanted to get this game, and when my mom bought me it I couldn't wait to get it. Then one day at school on my desk was the game. And once I played it I couldn't stop the graphics and game play were awesome. It was Rayman at his best, and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an addicting adventure title.
Best Rayman 2 port out by a long shot
I have tried out all of the Rayman 2 ports, from the great Dreamcast to the horrible iPhone and DS versions. This new 3DS version is easily superior to all of them. I work at a Best Buy, and I was able to play the game for a good two hours one day. The sterescopic 3D really adds a lot to the game (namely it's a lot more fun and easier doing tricky jumps), and Ubisoft has made the camera more managable, tighter controls, and overall the best graphics for any Rayman 2 port. The only real complaints I have about it is that the sound was entirely unchanged, and it's the same cheesey voice acting from the Dreamcast version.
2 words.... SUPREME AWESOMENESS!!!
I cant wait to get this, for new people this is a remake of Rayman 2 which I had for PC(Didn't have a console back then) and it was great. I played the dreamcast version at my friends house and it was loooooong, way longer that -/+ 15 hours. Maybe +1000 hours to get everything 100%. The dreamcast versionn got a 9.5 from IGN and I expect it to be better. Thumbs Up If You Agree! ;)
Rushed port of a great game
Rayman 3D is a port of Rayman 2 The Great Escape, released for almost every single system from the late 90's, and ported to a great many systems afterwards. The core game remains unchanged, it's a 3D platformer where you run from the beginning to the end of a level, collecting yellow orbs called lums and breaking cages. You'll fight robot pirates along the way and visit many strange and wonderfully designed worlds. Platforming is abundant and clever, and the game still has awesome gameplay and a visual style that has stood the test of time.
The game itself is great, the port is not however. This game reeks of being rushed, which is undoubtedly the case here. Despite being a port of an old Dreamcast game to a system much more powerful than the old SEGA system, the game looks and performs considerably worse. There's nothing wrong with the geometry or textures, but the framerate is incredibly unstable (as opposed to the smooth original), Ubisoft has removed the dynamic level and character lighting, and there are some minor graphical and animation glitches. These downgrades are unacceptable considering the hardware it's on. Even basics like the sky texture can screw up sometimes. Many sound effects won't play and aren't loud enough.
I also ran into a bug that makes it impossible to collect the final yellow lum without exploiting a glitch. It's a big mess overall. I'm wondering whether this game was even ported by any of the original developers.
The game itself still plays fine though. Controls are great, which is the best thing i can say about the porting job (after playing the control mess that was Rayman DS). The game hasn't changed any in core gameplay over the years. It's the best portable version of the game to date as well. The 3D effect is hit or miss. Where it counts, it really works. During the parts where you're in control of Rayman (gameplay), the effect is quite impressive. It actually enhances the platforming too, sharpening the depth and making it easier to judge the distance between platforms. Outside of gameplay however, the effect is worthless and full of ghosting. This includes cutscenes, the map, and anything else. The only 3D is between the letterbox bars and the scene itself (no 3D in the scene itself). At least it works where it counts though.
I'm hard pressed to recommend this game to anyone. It's certainly still a great game. The 3D effect DOES add to the gameplay, and it's at least a decent portable version that plays well. But if you can find the original Dreamcast or even PS2 version of Rayman 2, i'd try to find that. They are both superior versions without downgrades in graphics or signs of being rushed out. I do recommend this if this is the only version you can get however. If you can get past the glitches and downgrades. I wouldn't buy at full price though.
Rayman 2 is back yet again... but in 3D!
Yes, Rayman 2 is back... again. The game was first a Nintendo 64 and PC game back in 1999. It was then ported to the Playstation 1 and Dreamcast in 2000. Then it was on the Gameboy Color, and soon the Playstation 2 in 2001. It was then ported to the Nintendo DS in 2005. It then hit the appstore as an ipod game download and reached the playstation network as well. As you can tell, this game has already been on many game systems in the past 11 years. So should this 3DS game even exist? That is debatable, but what isn't debatable is that this game is still fun, and one of the most successful ports of the classic game ever created. -----GRAPHICS------ The game has the same graphics as the original n64 classic, so the the visuals are not the best show case for the 3DS. The graphics are not bad though, and they actually look great because of the graphics are brighter because of the 3DS screen resolution. -----3D EFFECT----- The 3D effect in this game is great. I'm not saying it has the best 3D effect out of all the games, but you can definatly tell distance and debth better, and it seems as though Rayman pops out of the screen at times. -----GAMEPLAY----- The gameplay is the same as all the other Rayman 2 games, but that is not a bad thing. Great level designs and good controls with the 3DS circle pad. It is a precision jumping platformer with some minor combat. The leangth of the game is pretty long, especially if you plan on beating the game to 100% by collecting all 1000 lums. -----CONCLUSION----- This game is on one hand, an old dusty platformer that has been ported many times, but on the other hand, a solid remake of a fun adventure game with a cool 3D effect. If you have a past version of Rayman 2, it may be fun to revisit the series again in this fun 3D port. If you own many versions of this game though, you may want to pass up on this. If you have never owned or played this game, get it. Nice 3D ramake.
Great Game Really Recommend to everyone Out there.
Well this game is actually fun and full of adventure . My little brother plays it and i played it to i beat the game . the storyline is good and the game play is great even if you don't get enough yellow bugs once you beat the whole game your gonna get sucked into getting all the mosquito's to get 100 % complete ^__^ . another game , another big success . People Buy This Game . This Game is amazing and really fun.
Definitely a good port, but better console version
This is definitely good for a portable console like 3ds. Rayman is a lot better on console though. I recommend travel in time for 3ds if you wants a handheld. My other recommendations are rayman arena, orgins, legends, rabbids 1, 2, tv party, and go home
An excellent Dreamcast port on the go!
This game is more of a port than a remake. It's the exact same game you've played on the Dreamcast, but that's not a bad thing. It still holds up to this day (I don't own the Dreamcast version, just the N64 version). The controls are fantastic! No longer will you have to use the touch screen for control like in the DS version. Instead, you use the analog slide pad for controlling your character, and it works great! The platforming is still fun as ever to use your awesome helicopter hair and shoot projectiles out of your hands! The stereoscopic 3D is ok, but there are ghosting effects with the 3D turned on, at least what I've encountered. The graphics look just as good as the dreamcast version, but with some slight downgrade pixels. The lighting effects on the stages look spot on, but there are no lighting effects on your character. I've encountered some glitches, like when I went right through a wall while I was climbing up and fell to my doom. The difficulty is slightly more challenging than the N64 version. The developer said this game would be easier. I wouldn't say it's easier, but enimies appear more often in this game than the N64 version. The final boss against razorbeard is still a pain! The only difference is your flying shell's afterburners block half of the screen for the 3D effect. The voice acting is the same as the N64 and Dreamcast version, but I've encountered some moments where text goes by, but I don't hear any of the gibberish voice acting. Overall, this is a great port to a classic game I've loved back then and still do today! I recommend this game to everyone who love 3D platformers and Rayman!
Rayman, I love it.
For those that care, this Rayman 2 is a re-make of the Dreamcast version, NOT the Nintendo 64 version. That includes the graphics, the new soundtrack, not the old one, a different overworld map, and a somewhat different enemy placement. It also means some of the gameplay is a bit different, such as falling into something lethal destroying Rayman in a single blow, instead of just taking a chunk of health away and respawning. Luckily dying this way doesn't respawn you to the beginning of the level. The controls are much easier than the DS remake of Rayman, and the difficulty of the game is just a tad easier because the 3D effects add depth, making jumps easier. Though it's easier, it's much more exciting BECAUSE of the 3D. I did have a problem finding a good spot to hold the 3DS so that there wouldn't be two Raymans, but that seems to be a problem with more games than just this one. In my personal opinion, I prefer the Nintendo 64 versions soundtrack, but there's nothing too wrong with this newer soundtrack either. The biggest problem I had was that the games sound is terrible. It's louder than any other 3DS game I've played so far, which is a plus in my opinion. But the quality of the music becomes static when it reaches a spike in the song, even if you turn the volume all the way down or use headphones. That's the only real problem I have with the game, other than that, collect all 1000 Lums!
Rayman is finally done with the rabbids.
I have been disapointed by recent rayman games.I loved rayman 2 on the dreamcast and the 64 version was exceptional but than ubisoft got cocky with a flood of remakes of this game it was on about 8 systems.These ports were average and rayman 3 was okay I liked the first rabbids game but again they got cocky and made a flood of rabbids games.However rayman has made a comeback this is one of the best launch titles on the 3DS.I love it! The gameplay is flawless the graphics are amazing and they are epic in 3D it feels so lush and real like you are there it is just that great the sound is one of the best parts of these the sound reminds me of super Mario 64,Pac man world 1&2.This game is perfect for 3DS owners i would highly reccomend it.