Hello and welcome to today’s blog post on Stephen Niven – Mainly about video games! In this, I am going to be reviewing my history of the video gaming series Rayman; which created and published by Ubisoft, debuted in 1995 with the well-known title of just ‘Rayman’.
Unusually, unlike other reviews that I have done on my WordPress blog recently, I feel that there isn’t actually any specific reason for doing this post today. Anyway, consider yourself being asked about famous video game characters, where Rayman, created by French video game designer Michel Ancel would surely appear on the list. The series has appeared on many different consoles, and in my own knowledge, I own titles from the franchise on consoles such as the PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, and PlayStation 4 game systems.
First of all, I feel that I should start my review off by talking about the original Rayman games on the PlayStation. Rayman, released in 1995 is a 2D based platform game, while on the other hand the 1999 title, Rayman 2: The Great Escape is a 3D polygonal action adventure game. Both games were received quite well critically, especially with the sequel, which since has been ported to many different consoles, and are both contenders to be my greatest games in the franchise. The switch from 2D to 3D for Rayman was revolutionary at the time, in my opinion, but however, it doesn’t always mean that it will work. The current game – 2D platformer Rayman Legends, released in 2014 for the PS4, is a fantastic title.
Secondarily, I want to talk about the lesser known games in the franchise, for example titles released for the handheld consoles, such as the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. For Rayman’s 10th anniversary; celebrated in 2005, compilations were released for many different video game systems, including the GBA, which included the 32-bit form of Rayman Advance and also Rayman 3. Adding to the handheld discussion, I also own a DS game – Rayman DS, which is basically a ported version of Rayman 2. Finally, I will write about the PlayStation 2 line-up, which includes multiplayer title Rayman M, Rayman 3 and Rayman Revolution, as well as the 2006 title Rayman Raving Rabbids, which was critically very poor.
So to end this blog post, what I have written about above in this are basically my thoughts on the much-loved platformer series. In my own opinion, I think that it is easy to say that the franchise has had both fantastic titles, but also some that did not live up to the quality standards. Anyway, repeating what I said earlier about games in the series on that I own on different consoles; I would like to add to this by saying that ideally, Rayman is most loved on the PlayStation. However, I also feel that the newer games are good to play as well.
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