I love platformer games. They're such a nostalgia blast, taking me back to the old days where I was parked on the living room floor, 5 ft. from the TV trying master that epic double jump without falling in the hole for the 10th time in a row. Rayman Origins came along and proved that that old school platforming action could still be viable, fun and challenging. Now, Rayman Legends has managed to come along and actually improve on the foundation that Origins laid!
Rayman Legends packs a ton of fun in one single package. You have unlocks to collect, in the form of lums, characters, monsters and even old Origins levels. You have challenging platformer action. You have varied platformer action! You have a great sense of humor. You have a great art style to make it all shine. It's really great.
Sometimes, games of these types reach a point where the game becomes too difficult. It makes the experience nothing but frustrating and then the fun falls off fast. Even Origins suffered from this from time to time. In Legends, they've managed to find a perfect balance in the difficulty. Most maps are challenging, without becoming anger inducing. You might have to take two or three tries and a particular jump, but the pattern will click. These types of games can also suffer from repetition, but Legends break that up as well. You'll find the puzzle style changing from level to level, even within the same groups, keeping the game feeling fresh and entertaining.
Beyond all the platformer action, I'm really impressed with the style and art direction going on in the game. The end levels in each section doing something really great in how the tie in the games music with the game play. This really stood out when I was playing a boss level to a Rayman-esque rendition of Ram Jam's "Black Betty". As I came to obstacles, it because clear my jumps were timed to the drum beat of the song. As you progressed, hearing that familiar back beat, you noticed the entire level was timed to it. I couldn't help by smile and play the level over a couple times, just to marvel at the fun of it all. They do this on every level and it's an attention to detail that you don't see to often!
So, should you snag Rayman Legends? Yes. Yes you should. Don't even debate it. Really, this game is worth it at any price. Definitely bring your game pad though, I can't imagine pulling this game off with a keyboard and mouse.