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What 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.
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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?
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.
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