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After playing great games like Mario World, Zelda, and the scores of other 3D platformers out there, you'd think that they would become redundant and lack originality. Well, think again. Rayman 2 brings the same kind of fun that you will find in other great games of the genre, while at the same time creating its own identity and following. When it comes right down to it, Rayman 2 rocks!
The Next Level
Speaking of the Dreamcast, here's a question to wrap things up: should you get this or wait for the DC incarnation? For those who have only a N64 or DC, just pick up the game for the respective system. If you own both, I guess the DC version would be in order; better graphics, better music, the story will remain the same, more levels will be added, and multiplayer action will be there. Being one of the best games of 1999, I can't see how you could go wrong either way. Then again, you could always buy both. ;)
Wer sich an umwerfenden Panoramen, flüssiger High-Res-Grafik, einem actionreichen Gameplay, herausfordernden Endgegnern und einer kinoähnlichen Komposition erfreuen kann, liegt mit Rayman 2 genau richtig. Das coole Auftreten des Helden kombiniert mit den zum Teil aberwitzigen Ereignissen spricht jüngere wie ältere Jump&Run-Fans gleichermaßen an und braucht sich nicht hinter den Genrereferenzen zu verstecken.
The N64 is well know for it’s platformers. There’s no denying that Mario 64 still towers over most platformers released over the past couple of years. Personally, I consider Banjo Kazooie to be the best game of ’99 after Zelda. Rayman 2: The Great Escape comes to this system and establishes itself as a contender amidst the likes of these legendary games. In fact, I can say with a clear conscious that Rayman 2 is absolutely THE BEST FORCED PATH 3D PLATFORMER ON ANY SYSTEM TO DATE. PERIOD. I’ve played just about every platformer on every system and I can honestly tell you it’s that good. Whether you’ll like it more than Banjo Kazooie will simply be a matter of personal preference. But hey, with platform games this good, who really cares which is better.
Rayman 2 is definitely one of the best platform games I have ever played. With a wonderfully humorous story, excellent game mechanics, and perfection in almost all other categories, I don't see how Ubisoft could have done a better job with Rayman 2 on the N64. A truly excellent game on all fronts, Rayman 2 proves that sometimes you have to take a little time to do something right.
R2's ultimate accomplishment is that it entertains in a feel-good manner, leaving you with a sense of accomplishment instead of failure, even if you can't get past a particular boss or other obstacle. Rayman 2 deserves to be recognized as one of the top N64 titles of the year, and I for one am hoping that many more games of this caliber will come from Ubi Soft.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Stating that Rayman 2 is a must-buy if you're into platform gaming should hardly come as a surprise at this point. Despite its intimidating and non-adjustable difficulty curve, Rayman's world is filled with lush backdrops, characters bursting with personality, and the kind of challenge that will either have you worked up to a happy frenzy or pulling your hair out in frustration. Camera issues aside, you'll find that the game serves up some truly ingenious puzzles, devious little obstacles, and a big helping of fun. Rayman has made a staggering comeback, as has UbiSoft, and proven that not every franchise is content to rest on its laurels.
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Once you get right down to it, Rayman 2 is truly a great game. Plenty of action and variety is scattered throughout the numerous 3D levels, and it's all tied together with a slowly but surely rising difficulty setting that allows you to get used to a new ability before it forces you to extensively rely on it. The puzzles also take on a nice and natural feel as if you're not dealing with things that were merely contrived for the sole purpose of making your life miserable. They blend into the levels seamlessly and follow through logically. Rayman 2 is a joy to play, and play it you shall!
Ubi Soft hoppas nog att Rayman med sin lilla röda snusnäsduk runt halsen ska bli en lika känd fransk symbol som vin, ost, baguette, basker och Eiffeltornet. Bland plattformsälskande TV-spelare blir han nog ännu kändare.
Au niveau du gameplay, Rayman fait toujours figure de modèle même en 3D. Il n'a absolument rien à envier à un jeu comme Kazooie, au contraire. Les commandes, très intuitives, ne prennent qu'un minimum de temps et avec la fluidité dont fait preuve Rayman 2, le pilotage de ses petits membres est un bonheur. Le système de caméra, sans faire de miracles, est tout à fait au point et permet de s'y retrouver dans le dédale que représentent certains passages.
If you love platformers, you must buy Rayman 2: The Great Escape -- it's that simple. If you mildly enjoy platformers, you must buy the game. Here's why: it's a remarkable 3D platformer that delivers on all ends. Flawless control; huge, stretching worlds; extremely clever puzzles; loads of variety. And it's all brought together with some of the very best graphics yet seen on Nintendo 64. This is a deep, rich platformer that must be experienced.
I really enjoyed this game and think everyone else will too. If you can get past the occasionally frustrating camera angles, you will be in for a huge adventure full of surprises and fun. You will never know what to expect next. The graphics rival the best on the system and the gameplay is always exhilarating. Well worth the purchase price.
Rayman 2 is a wonderful game. Hands down. It outperforms a majority of the graphical work done by Rare and Nintendo. What would have made Rayman an incredible game? Some cool Mario Party-style multiplayer games and a few more levels. While some gamers may take exception to the forced path style of the game, I rather enjoyed it. What really took me about Rayman 2 was its ability to cross age, gender and preference boundaries. My girlfriend liked this game, my 2 year old nephew giggled at Rayman and I (predominantly sports and action) loved this game. Miyamoto once said something to the effect that games which have mass appeal have really captured the joy of gaming and excellence. I think that Rayman's incredible appeal is the biggest indication of its success. Or, as my two year old nephew says when he puts in Rayman 2, "Zio…boingo kick ass!"
Rayman 2 is absoluut een major player op de competitieve markt van de 3D-platformgames. De graphics zijn prima, het geluid is oké, de gameplay is gevarieerd en dat alles wordt gecompletteerd door een prima verhaal. 3D-platformliefhebbers zullen zich hier zeker geen buil aan vallen.
Although Nintendo 64 owners certainly have no shortage of 3D platform games to select from, Rayman 2 does stand out as one of the finer choices. Despite its camera problems, the overall atmosphere and generally cooperative control make it a more entertaining experience than many similar games. Gamers who enjoy 3D platformers should definitely consider purchasing Rayman 2.