First up this was a 3DS launch title and yes it may be a port but to me its the second-best launch title for the 3DS. I had never experienced Rayman 2 before this and now I know why its held in such high regards this is one of the best 3D platformers of all time. This game, this fantastic, game though does have its problems many of which are just personal the graphics may not be up to par with Ocarina of Time 3D, Super Mario 3D Land. or Resident Evil: The Mercinaries but its not bad either personally I don't care about graphics. Another problem is sound quality don't get me wrong the music sounds amazing but its not loud enough or clear enough for my tastes, but a solution to this is earbuds. The gamplay is why your going to play a platformer and Rayman does some of the best you will ever see its fun and inventive yet not strafing to far from normal plaforming standards. You may be still wondering why a port deserves such a high score...because its a good port if your looking to get your platforming fill out of the 3DS I highlly recommend Super Mario 3D Land, Sonic Generations, and Rayman 3D. Rayman 3D is a port if your looking for the best experience I recommend finding the N64 or Dreamcast version but this is also avalible on PS1, PS2, and DS.
I never played Rayman until the 3ds version....
I have seen a lot of bias in the reviews because they've all played it before and on different platforms, well I haven't and if I didnt go for it I would have missed out on one of the greatest platformers created. The environments are vibrant and I love the art design, its timeless.
I am not sure about the 3d, at times I really like it...when barrels fall, jumping etc...with the 3d turned off, the jump in graphics is equally impressive and runs smoother.
This is a remake of a great game, but as I never played the original, I'm reviewing it as a new game. Some might consider this unfair, but I believe even remakes should be considered brand new when ported to new platforms.
Graphics: The worst aspect of the game. For this generation of gaming, this game sub-utilizes the graphic processing power of the 3DS. Models and text look obsolete. The 3D effect though welcome and comfortable, also feels like it could be more.
Plot/Story: Having played other Rayman games, I believe this is the game with the best plot of them all(haven't played Origins yet). Characters are likeable and villains really give a reason to keep playing til their defeat. I recommend playing it just for the story.
Sound: It is hard to sincerely say I enjoyed the music, as it felt like everything was kind of the same. The tunes for battles/vehicle riding parts were cool, but they kept playing even after failing and starting over. The SFX were well used, and it didn't really bother me that the character's voices didn't match the dialog. It gave the game a distinct feeling that matched the world where it plays.
Gameplay: The major problem here is the camera that sometimes gets buggy and difficult to control. The 3D platforming feels right, and the control scheme with the stick-pad and the face buttons was natural. The enemy-targeting during battle works and the sliding/vehicle riding parts were entertaining and challenging. Swimming and flying/free falling mechanics were also easy to grasp and difficult to master. The fact that the game is not limited through lives but check-points was also well implemented. This is a long game (10 h+) but the way different chapters are separated and played allows for enjoyable portability. One complain I have is that the second screen is only used to display the same info every time. maybe they could've used it to show the knowledge from the lums, or some other extras for this version of the game.