Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition (September 2017)

System:
Nintendo Switch
Publisher:
Ubisoft
Developer:
Ubisoft Montpellier
Series:
Rayman

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition is an improvement over the original game. I won’t really say that it’s a great improvement, because the original was so good. But they have added a few things here or there.

So what are the new features? Let’s-a-find out. A one, a two, a thre-ee!!!

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The Review

Gameplay

Being straightforward, Rayman Legends is a Platformer. You go from right to left (or left to right in challenges) to get to the goal. But honestly, Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition is so much more than that.

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition

Lucha Lucha! Ahahahahhahahahahahah!

The mechanics are fluid. I cannot efficiently describe how good it feels to play this game. When coupled with all the different moves Rayman can do (such as glide, punch, and run up walls), this game is about a solid as any 2D platformer possibly could be.

I had already played this game to completion once before, and to prove just how good this game is, I played the whole thing again. It’s not like this game is light on content; to be honest, it’s quite the opposite. Tons of new levels with a huge smattering of Rayman Origins thrown in.

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition

Super Ninja Murfy Levels

The only thing I hate about this game are the Murfy levels where you pull the Switch off the dock and use the touch screen to control Murfy like in the original Rayman Legends on the Wii U. These levels are like a horrible nightmare. You have to be super hand-holdy with Rayman in these segments, which makes it extremely slow.

I honestly think it’s because of this new addition that Rayman Legends is better on the Wii U. Somebody takes control of Murfy on the Wii U gamepad while everyone else takes control of the characters. It’s simply more fun this way.

The heroes of our quest

The music levels make a return as well and are loads of fun. When playing Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition, I couldn’t help but feel that it would’ve made the game even better if they had added more music levels, especially for people like me who have now played both games.

All in all though, the gameplay feels amazing and anyone who hasn’t experienced this game definitely should, especially if they’re a huge platforming fan.

Story

To be honest, there’s not much of a story. Bad guys came back, and now Rayman has to go take them out. It doesn’t really go beyond that.

But, does the game really need much more of a story than that? It’s a good excuse to go on a grand adventure, and I’m onboard the whole way.

Visuals

The visuals are everything I love about hand-drawn graphics. I honestly wish more games adopted the hand-drawn style. Then again, I know it can be hard and takes a lot of time to do. But that’s what makes Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition so special. This art is flawless in my eyes and it simply doesn’t get old.

Sound

Rayman Legend: Definitive Edition has a phenomenal soundtrack.

The music stages are a phenomenal addition to the Rayman gameplay and are the parts I always looked forward to at the end of every world. I still just boot up the game to play the music levels. They’re that good.

Conclusion

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition

What the Duck?

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition is awesome. If you missed it on the Wii U, or any other console, then pick this game up on Switch. If you have a Wii U though, I would almost recommend it more for the Wii U just so you can use the touch screen and another person can play the game with you.

Overall, this is still one of my favorite platformers, and it’s an amazing title that deserves to be played. It may be tough for some, but the quick-restart system can make this game passable for anyone.

I hope others enjoy this game as much as I did. It’s seriously worth the time.

The copy of Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition used for this review was purchased by Skylar and not provided by Ubisoft. You can read our ethics policy for more information. The links to purchase below go to Amazon.com or Target.com. Purchases made through those links may give us a small commission fee at no additional cost to you.

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition

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Gameplay

9/10

    Story

    8/10

      Visuals

      10/10

        Sound

        10/10

          Difficulty

          9/10

            Pros

            • Music Challenges Are Amazing
            • The Visuals Are Gorgeous
            • Extremely Fluid Controls
            • Mario and Luigi Costumes

            Cons

            • Stupid Murfy Levels
            • The difficulty can be offputting



            Skylar DeWeese

            Hello, my name is Skylar DeWeese. I'm a long-time Nintendo gamer. I'm also a Video Game Composer. My favorite series are the Super Mario, Metroid, and Pokemon series.