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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.0
Overall User Score (15 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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GamePro (US) (Jan 01, 2000)
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 (Jan 29, 2000)
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. ;)
Total! (Germany) (Oct, 1999)
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.
Nintendojo (1999)
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.
GameSpot (Nov 09, 1999)
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.
Das Spiel saugt Dich förmlich auf, und nach jedem bestandenen Level hast Du das Gefühl, der Größte zu sein. Du freust Dich auf jedes Wiedersehen mit dem flüsternden Murfy (an dieser Stelle nur ganz kurz: Auch Sound und Soundtrack sind klasse!) und mit Deinen anderen Freunden. Und darauf, die Welt zu befreien. Nach seinen größten Inspirationen für Rayman 2 befragt, nannte Produktionsdirektor Marcel Ancel einmal Star Wars, Indiana Jones und Robin Hood. Besser könnte man es kaum auf den Punkt bringen. Wer diese Filme mag, wird auch Rayman mögen - von der fast schon epischen Geschichte bis zu den Aufgaben im kleinsten Detail. Was weder Croc noch Tonic und auch Gex nicht schafften, bei Rayman 2 wird es Wirklichkeit: Bei und nach dem Spiel hast Du einfach nur ein gutes Gefühl. Und wenn Du noch nicht alle Lums gesammelt, alle Käfige gesprengt und alle versteckten Levels gefunden hast, wirst Du es garantiert immer wieder hervorholen. Bis zu Rayman 3!
Mega Fun (Oct, 1999)
Es ist mir ja schon fast ein bisschen peinlich, dem N64 immer wieder so gute Wertungen zu bescheren. Aber was Ubi Soft sich hier geleistet hat, ist wirklich aller Ehren wert. Rayman 2 - The Great Escape ist ein fast perfektes Jump&Run-Vergnügen für alle Altersklassen und überzeugt auf ganzer Linie. Das ausgefeilte Gameplay lässt kaum Wünsche offen, ebenso die technische Komponente. Grafisch habe ich selten ein Modul gesehen, das so knapp an der Perfektion ist. Am meisten hat es mir der kleine Helfer Murfy angetan, der für mich mit einer der lustigsten “Sprachausgaben“ überhaupt unterlegt wurde. Rayman 2 ist ohne Einschränkung für alle N64-Fans zu empfehlen, die seit Zelda auf neues Modulfutter für ihre Konsole gewartet haben.
HappyPuppy (Dec 08, 1999)
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.
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.
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.
90 (Dec 01, 1999)
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.
IGN (Nov 24, 1999)
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.
Gamezilla (Dec 02, 1999)
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.
Nintendojo (Dec 03, 1999)
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!"
Video Games (Oct, 1999)
Rayman 2: The great escape bietet euch Jump‘n-Run-Spaß pur. Knifflige Rätsel werdet ihr weniger vorfinden, dafür erwarten fordernde Sprungpassagen und abwechslungsreiches Gameplay. Vor allem die witzigen Animationen des Helden, wenn er z.B. mühsam ein TNT-Faß schleppt oder sich kopfüber an einem Gitter entlanghangelt, haben es mir angetan. Im Gegensatz zum ebenfalls in dieser Ausgabe getesteten Kingsley finde ich hier sogar die “Brabbei-Sprachausgabe“ ziemlich witzig und gelungen. Obwohl sich Rayman auch in der dritten Dimension pudelwohl zu fühlen scheint, fehlt mir allerdings doch ein wenig dieses Cartoon-Flair, das dem ersten Teil anhaftete.
Power Unlimited (Nov, 1999)
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.
Gaming Age (1999)
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.