I have been playing way too many crappy games lately, and I'm so glad that this broke the cycle. It's safe to say this is my second favourite platform game now. Let's talk about that.
So in Rayman Origins, you play as Rayman(Or another character you earn.), and go around saving the princesses or something like that; story isn't too important here.
Gameplay wise, RO isn't a revolutionary game to the genre at all; instead, it does a few simple things, and it does them well. There are several "worlds" with several levels each. During these levels, you collect the equivelency of coins to get extra medals at the end to unlock other levels that unlock other stuff. Each world has it's own gimmick that it uses a lot. In the water world, you swim around, in the air world you fly everywhere, etc...
The gameplay is very fast-paced and very rewarding. This game will never make you frustrated, but it is still very challenging. But there is one problem, in that the pace really slows down in the water world. I love running around smoothly in an awesome world, but the water world is so super slow. It's my least favourite world for sure.
GRAPHICS!!! My my, where do I start. They're georgous. I don't know if they're hand drawn, but I would assume so. I beileve the game is rendred in 2D, but it sure looks 3D with all the paralax scrolling. (Which is surprisingly not killing my 2.2Ghz CPU.) All the animations, like all of them, for everything
, is smooth. No clipping, no random misplaced transitions, etc... All and all quite awesome graphics!
The music is great, very comedic and funny. Mixes up jazz with wierd child-friendly noises. The music is so unique, in fact, that if I heard it anywhere, I would know where it's from.
As for the PC port, it's great. Solid 60FPS with my 128mb vram, and very rarely drops below 30. The options menu isn't stellar, but has everything you could possibly need. Volume sliders, resolution and fullscreen, and key mapping. (Even for gamepad!!)
I think for $10, it's hard to find a reason not to pick up this gem of a game. Great example of how videogames are, in fact, art.