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Rayman 3D

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Well-done remake of a classic platform game, now in 3D.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game teaches the value of loyalty as Rayman finds and rescues friends and defeats the pirates who are invading his land.

Positive role models

Rayman is a charming, loyal role model who acts heroically and shows great loyalty to his friends. He also eschews over-the-top violence when fighting enemies.

Ease of play

The game requires players to find hidden objects as well as to defeat enemies -- and some of those objects are hidden a bit too well. The 3D effects on the 3DS are used well, but can also make the game more difficult than playing it in 2D mode.

Violence & scariness

Rayman is roughed up by robot pirates and shoots balls of energy at enemies, but there is no blood nor any sounds of distress. Powder kegs can also be used as explosives.

Language
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Consumerism
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rayman 3D is a remake of the classic game Rayman 2: The Great Escape, which came out more than 11 years ago. While the title is updated with stereoscopic 3D effects, the gameplay is identical. Rayman fights a band of robot pirates who have invaded his world, but the action never gets more intense than balls of light coming from his hands and an occasional comic explosion from a powder keg. The game stresses the importance of loyalty and friendship. Parents need to remember that Nintendo is warning parents not to allow kids age six and under to view the graphics in 3D because that viewing "may cause vision damage." The Nintendo 3DS offers parents the ability to lock out the use of 3D graphics in the system's Parental Controls.

What's it about?

RAYMAN 3D is a remake of the 11-year old Rayman 2: The Great Escape, just this time the graphics are in 3D. When an army of robot pirates invades his world, Rayman must repair the damage by collecting 1,000 pieces of the world's core (called Lums in the game) and awaken Polokus, the world's God-like creator and last hope. He is assisted occasionally by his friend Globox, who quickly goes missing. Rayman endeavors to find his ally at the bidding of Globox's children and wife. The game is played from a third-person perspective, giving the player control of the camera angle, which allows them to look around to find hidden objects.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Rayman 2: The Great Escape is often cited as one of the best games of all time -- and it hasn't lost a lot of its luster. The game, now called Rayman 3D, is reinvigorated by the 3DS's 3D effects, which does a good job of simulating a world with depth. But the 3D effects can sometimes make the game a bit more difficult -- and many players may feel eyestrain after playing for an extended period (or even a short one). While the gameplay elements are still a lot of fun, UbiSoft did not take advantage of many of 3DS features, such as the gyroscope or touch screen functionality, which is a bit baffling. Still, this is a fine port of a very good game -- and one of the better launch titles for the 3DS.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lengths friends will go to for each other and when it's okay to fight for a cause.

  • Families can also discuss whether the 3D effects make the game better or worse.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:March 27, 2011
Genre:Arcade
ESRB rating:E for Mild Violence

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Parent of a 2 year old Written byundefinedcat April 7, 2011
Adult Written bynduns April 2, 2011

Hey, it's better than Rayman DS

Rayman 2 has gotten a number of ports, hasn't it, and so far, the original DS port stands as the worst. This is at least an improvement not only in the graphics department but also sound and gameplay. Where this port suffers is mostly in the smaller details, most notably the cutscenes. There are a couple of moments that were removed for unknown reasons, like the explanation behind Rayman being captured at the beginning and a bit involving Jano gnashing his teeth threateningly at Rayman before chasing him. As for the sound itself, while the music is improved, there are some things they messed up. For instance, certain tracks that are only supposed to play during certain moments will likely still be going even after the moment is done. This was never the case with the original. Also, the music highly overpowers the dialog to the point where you can barely hear it. Sure, it's gibberish, but it's even more quiet in this version than it was in the original DS version. Either way, it's much more enjoyable than Rayman DS but little things prevent it from being a perfect port of Rayman 2.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byEpic1991 March 30, 2011

Is good if you haven't played it

This game is good if you haven't played the original Rayman 2, but if you have this will seem like all the same, other than that, I personally found that Rayman 2 was a disappointment in comparison to the first, which was a side-scroller.