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It's a shame that Rayman 3 HD is little more than an upscale of its initial release; it features the same models and the same wayward camera, which reduces its appeal when compared to more modern platformers. However, it still has bags of imagination and these flaws don't entirely diminish its appeal, only dent it. Rayman 3 HD is still a great platformer – it's just one that's showing its age.
To sum up, I really enjoyed playing Rayman 3 HD. So much so that I’m surprised (and a little miffed) that I didn’t play it in its earlier form. Its set in a bizarre world, with a straightforward story, quirky humor, and - some might say - it's trying too hard to break the fourth wall, but I actually had fun playing Rayman 3 HD. So if you’re looking for that nostalgic hit but don’t want (or aren't able) to dust off the old PlayStation 2, I’d say this would scratch that itch.
Rayman 3 HD is an HD remaster that fans of the original may love, but may be a bit more difficult to access for Rayman fans who had never played the game during its original release period. The changes from the series’ traditions and the usual gameplay design may put off some, but fans of the Super Mario 64 era of platformers should very much like Rayman 3‘s gameplay experience. Ubisoft did a solid job of handling the game technically and brightening up the visuals for the high-definition era as well. Rayman 3 HD is a solid PSN port/remaster of a solid PS2 platformer that, for newcomers, may show signs that it was released in a previous generation, but will prove to be an enjoyable experience for those who liked the original release.
Rayman 3 HD a is nicely done HD remake of Hoodlum Havoc. There is a good 3D platformer here and the game looks incredible. The variety the game offers is great and should be taken note of. The dialogue and voice acting is also well done, though can get repetitive. What lets the game down is the camera, which is a big problem as it can hinder progress and leave you frustrated. It’s worth a playthrough if you like platformers but some design decisions could leave you frustrated.
Is Rayman 3 HD for you? It all comes down to what you want out of an HD re-release. The textures are cleaner, the animation’s smooth, and the humor remains, but gameplay is still rooted in 2003. Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc is still a good game and a lot of fun for 800 Microsoft Points, but don’t expect a complete overhaul of a once great platformer.
Rayman 3 HD è platform dall’indubbio valore, capace di divertire ed entusiasmare il suo pubblico. Vanno però fatte diverse considerazioni. E’ un gioco indubbiamente invecchiato e, al di là dell’upgrade grafico, non ha subito alcun power-up contenutistico. Ciò significa che chi lo ha già spolpato all’epoca, e ne possiede tutt’ora una copia fisica e funzionante, avrà pochi motivi validi per considerarne l’acquisto. Allo stesso tempo i neofiti dovranno scendere a patti con un fisiologico invecchiamento che ha colpito in modo particolare il sistema di controllo e il level design. Potenzialmente insomma, Rayman 3 HD è un titolo che potrebbe scontentare e ammaliare qualsiasi videogiocatore. Ciò che è certo è che la creatura Ubisoft possiede carattere e resta un buon platform anche nel 2012.
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Overall, Rayman 3 HD has many things going for it. It has a somewhat interesting story; the high definition graphics look good; collecting and unlocking content is enjoyable; and for those that enjoyed the original game you will enjoy going down memory lane. Unfortunately, I just found the experience dated and lags behind today’s standards. Rayman 3 HD did not provide those same thrills I had when I recently played Rayman Origins. This being said, if you are looking for a cheap Rayman fix Rayman 3 HD may be right up your alley.