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Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc (Xbox)

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Advertising Blurbs

www.xbox.com:
    When Globox accidentally swallows the Lord of the Dark Lums, Rayman must face the Hoodlums—a bumbling, deadly army bent on recovering their leader and overtaking the land. Go on a quest to find a cure for the manic Globox, scour the land for unearthly powers, and win the allegiance of the fierce Knaaren warrior tribe in Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (15115) on Oct 03, 2010.

www.nintendo.com.au – GameCube:
    Ubi Soft's charismatic - and limbless - hero is ready for another eye-popping 3D adventure. Known for its incredible psychedelic visuals and great gameplay, the Rayman series is a well-loved franchise which will surely shine on Nintendo GameCube. A recent press release from Ubi Soft promises the following features:

    - A fully-realized immersive world: Journey through an extravagant cartoon fantasy and discover never-before-seen regions of Rayman's world, including the Swamp, Moor and Deadlands.

    - Challenging tactical battle system: Fight huge transforming bosses or hordes of enemies, including evil Dark Lums, Hoodlums and the savage Knaaren, each with advanced AI and specific strengths and combat strategies.

    - Deep, unique gameplay: Acquire all-new action-based Rayman powers, utilize new means of transportation and devise battle tactics for facing the unknown around every turn.

    - Next generation experience: Stunning graphics with multi-texturing, dynamic lighting, real time shadows and varied weather effects fully maximize the hardware potential.

    - New movements and powers include The Power Fist, Grapple and Super Helicopter.

    Exclusive Rayman 3 Multiplayer Functions -

    Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc comes to the Nintendo Game Cube with the exclusive ability to link up the Nintendo Game Cube console with Game Boy Advance hand held systems for a unique multiplayer experience that up to four players can enjoy.

    In a Tetris style affair, the Game Boy player must join different shaped segments of a road to create a path for the Game Cube player. This means that your friend on Nintendo Game Cube will drive on the road you’ve just built on the Game Boy Advance in a frantic race across the finish line.

    Apart from this promising Tetris-Racing multiplayer game, players can also download 10 new maps and an extra ‘Final Challenge’ from the Game Cube to the Game Boy Advance.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54497) on Oct 03, 2005.

2002 PCPowerPlay Guide (UbiSoft):
    FAST FACTS
    Fact: Rayman has sold over 11 million games since 1995. Not bad for a guy with no arms, legs or neck.

    The limbless one makes his long-awaited twist. For the two people out there who have never heard of him, Rayman is one of the most recognisable game characters around. He's featured in two adventures (and a few spin-off titles) on numerous game formats and is rested and ready for his third major outing.

    In Hoodlum Havoc the Lums, small light beings that are the power source of Rayman's universe, are becoming tainted by an evil influence, transforming into Dark Lums. Their new purpose is to taint the Heart of the World, the centre of all existence. Rayman, being the hero he is, must avert this catastrophe causing this new Hoodlum Army to put a bounty on his head. With his bloated mate, Globox, in tow Rayman will find defeating the Hoodlum Generals only the first part of an even bigger story. Old friends return to offer assistance, new foes form alliances to create bigger troubles for Rayman, and Globox develops a drinking problem and a bizarre split personality!

    More in line with his first adventure, Rayman is back to relying on good old-fashioned face-smashing to fend off the enemies. Rather than having to collect items to further the game there is now a heavier emphasis on combat. The enemy AI is one of the numerous strengths of the game. Hoodlums can be very hard to get a lock on - they evade, hide, retaliate and pursue.

    Different enemies may even team up so that a sniper Hoodlum can keep you at a distance while a sorcerer Hoodlum builds up a powerful attack. This is where Rayman's new powers come into play. The power-ups take the form of chunky hi-tech gauntlets that snap onto Rayman's hand., allowing him to lock on to enemies, smash down walls and take out the Hoodlums from great distances.

    Graphically, Ubi Soft France have outdone themselves with some of the most amazing landscapes and locations seen in a game. Each level has its own wildlife and atmosphere so you'll keep spotting bizarre creatures roaming around each level. Rayman himself has a new streamlined look with a hooded shirt, elastic shoes and giant eyes that makes him look like he's just been out clubbing.

    When a game of this genre hits PC it usually has to work a little harder than console versions to get the attention of savvy PC gamers. With so much to see and do in this game, Rayman 3 looks like it hits the mark and gives gamers a lot more than your average 3D adventure.

    About Michel Ancel
    Rayman's creator, Michel Ancel, was only nineteen years old when he created Rayman. Ancel's next project will be released in 2003. Like the Rayman series, the new game features a vast, amazing world to explore but this time the main character is a photographer called Jade.


    Contributed by Jeanne (75604) on Nov 27, 2004.

de.playstation.com:
    Übersicht

    UbiSofts beliebtester Abenteurer kehrt zurück, um seinen bisher stärksten Herausforderern in einem brandneuen Cartoon-Abenteuer gegenüberzutreten. Diesmal tritt der unerschrockene Rayman der wahnsinnigen Hoodlum-Armee gegenüber, die, seit der geizige Globox den Dark Lum Lord verschlungen hat, unter der Kontrolle der Hoodmonger steht. Unter Verwendung von brandneuen Kräften und Ausrüstungsgegenständen muss Rayman sich durch riesige bizarre Welten, die von seltsamen Kreaturen bewohnt werden, kämpfen, um die Hoodlums davon abzuhalten, die Herrschaft zu übernehmen. Sie werden sich in diesem Plattform-Abenteuer sowohl auf Ihre Intelligenz als auch auf Ihre Reaktionsfähigkeit verlassen müssen. Das neue taktische Arcade-Kampf-System beinhaltet, dass jeder Gegner über spezielle Stärken und Strategien verfügt, die Sie durch Anwenden der passenden Kampftechnik überwinden müssen. Es steht buchstäblich eine Armee von gerissenen Gegnern wie HooDoo, Slapdash-Truppen und gigantischen, sich verwandelnden Endgegnern zwischen Ihnen und dem Sieg.

    Details

    Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc lässt sie in vollständig neue, lebhafte, magische und verrückte Welten wie den Umbra-Sumpf, das Moor der wahnsinnigen Geister und den Wald der reinen Blätter abtauchen, während Sie die Hoodlum-Armee bekämpfen. Eigentümliche, magische Wesen wie Mawpaws und Squabs helfen Ihnen, die faszinierenden Umgebungen zu beleben. Weiterhin sind die Legionen von Raymans wahnsinnigen Gegnern vom für diese Reihe charakteristischen Humor und der fantasievollen Gestaltung geprägt. Es gilt, sich mehr Gegnern als je zuvor zu stellen, aber glücklicherweise stehen Rayman alle Kräfte und Ausrüstungsgegenstände, wie z. B. den Schock-Raketen, den Kiefersperren, der Vortex-Faust, dem Mini-Schuh-Auto und den Funky-Boards, die er für diese Aufgabe benötigt, zur Verfügung. Von diesem Spiel kommen Sie so schnell nicht mehr los, da es darüber hinaus einen Haufen Bonus-Features wie Mini-Spiele und geheime Videos enthält.

    Die detailreichen, wunderschönen zu entdeckenden Welten, coole neuen Fähigkeiten und Ausrüstungsgegenstände und eine feindlichen Armee von Gegnern, die dringend besiegt werden muss, machen Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc zu einem herrlichen Stück Abenteuer-Chaos.

    Features

  • Völlig neue Kräfte und Ausrüstungsgegenstände, wie z. B. Schock-Raketen, Kiefersperre und Vortex-Faust

  • Erkunden Sie die lebhaften, irren Welten, die von ekstatischen, seltsamen Wesen bewohnt werden

  • Neues taktisches Arcade-Kampf-System - stürmen Sie in den Kampf und nutzen Sie Stärke und Strategie, um Ihre Gegner zu besiegen

    Contributed by Xoleras (66212) on Sep 15, 2004.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:

    Ultimate Powers. Ultimate Enemies. Ultimate Havoc!



    Rayman's Bustin' Loose!
    Rayman's in prime form with new high-tech powers and gear like Shock Rockets, the LockJaw, Funky-Boards, and other cool stuff.

    Totally Wicked Enemies
    Charge into intense strategic battles with the crazed Hoodlum Army and massive transforming bosses.

    A Bizarre, Epic Adventure
    Plunge into enormous, eye-popping worlds packed with zany comedy and a wacked-out cast - featuring John Leguizamo as Globox.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69754) on May 20, 2003.