Platform: Wii U
Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
Release Date: November 18, 2012
Game Description: Rayman Legends is the Wii U-exclusive sequel to 2011’s 2D platforming masterpiece, Rayman Origins, a game that currently holds the dual honours of being the highest rated Rayman game ever, as well as the highest rated 2D platformer on the Wii. The sequel to such a highly regarded game was always going to be met with equally high expectations and, thankfully, everything we know so far about Rayman Legends leads us to believe that Ubisoft Montpelier have struck gold again with not only more of the same platforming goodness, but plenty of new ideas too.
While Ubisoft were certainly not shy about bringing Origins to almost every system under the sun, Legends is, for now at least, going to be exclusively available on the Wii U. Reason number one for this is the much-touted new character, Murphy. This little guy is going to be Rayman’s method of showcasing the Wii U gamepad, with his touch based control and emphasis on asynchronous gameplay (and if you’re not yet familiar with that term, get used to it quick because you’re going to be hearing it a lot over the next 5 or 6 years). A lot of what Ubisoft have been showing involves one player taking control of Murphy with the Wii U gamepad while others use Wii Remotes to control Rayman and his other buddies. Gameplay for the latter is as you would expect, especially if you’ve played Origins (gloriously fast-paced and fluid platforming), and as for the former… Well, you’re going to be attacking enemies directly with taps on the touch screen, moving obstacles to create platforms for your fellow players, solving puzzles with information that is only available to you on your small screen… Basically a lot of very cool-sounding stuff that you’re obviously not going to be able to do on any console other than the Wii U this year.
Of course, there’s more to this game than just Murphy, and you shouldn’t worry if you fall into the seemingly non-existent demographic of gamers who don’t actually have 4 friends chilling at their house at all times, as Ubisoft have stated that the whole thing will be playable in single player mode. Other new stuff that we know of includes new characters (Barbara!) and a new rhythm-based level (or set of levels) that looks to take Origins’ precision-requiring treasure-box-chasing levels to the next logical progression. Which, by any measure, should be fantastic!
Rayman Legends launches alongside Wii U later this year. For all the screenshots visit our Rayman Legends screenshot gallery.
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