Review: Rayman Legends (Next Gen)
If you’ve read my Rayman Legends review when the title first came out back in August last year, you will see that I absolutely loved it. The gorgeous art, platforming perfection and the football mini-game offered some of the most fun local multiplayer sessions I’ve had in ages.
But now we’re in the new age of 8th generation home consoles and one of the best titles of the 7th is getting another run out. In my original review I mentioned how timeless the presentation was. When it comes to this next gen upgrade it’s therefore hard to criticise how little improvement there is when it’s already so beautiful. I had to look at several videos online to see the fractionally improved presentation but if you were to tell me I had an Xbox 360 version of the game running on the TV I’d believe you. The only actual improvement made to the game is with the reduced loading times. After jumping into the painting (the level select method if you haven’t played this before) it’s only moments until you’re in playing. This does sacrifice the extra little heart that you could grab yourself before starting a level but immediate loading times take precedence.
As is standard with re-releases you get extra content. In this case you get three exclusive costumes and 10 exclusive challenges. It’s not exactly much but then again this hasn’t received batches of DLC like most games do these days. There’s no advantage of the new features that the Xbox One offers too. SmartGlass just offers title details and there’s no Kinect functionality. I know the Xbox 360 had that but now everyone has a Kinect so you’d imagine at least a token feature would be included. But those screaming at me from their computer or phone, yes I hear your side of the argument too. Ubisoft hasn’t added those features potentially harming the performance of one of the best games in the last few years.
At the time of writing the Xbox 360 version is £18.49 on Amazon and Xbox One version going for £25. Depending on which side of the fence you’re sitting on the lack of extras in this basic port isn’t worth it, but to others it’s a pure slice of platforming perfection that hasn’t been needlessly tinkered with. Either way, you must simply buy this game if you haven’t already.
To sum up
The same amazing game as before but now with reduced waiting times. Not worth the upgrade if you already own the title but worth buying on the Xbox One or PS4 if you’ve yet to sampled the wonder of Rayman Legends.
Version reviewed: Xbox One
Rayman Legends is out now on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PS Vita and PC.