What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rayman Legends is a side-scrolling platformer with some cartoon violence -- including punching, kicking, slapping, slamming, and shooting a gun-like weapon at times -- but it's quite tame compared to most violence in video games. Gamers who play online with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions can talk without any filters or moderators, which means one might hear profanity, racist comments, inappropriate personal questions, and so on.
What's it about?
He's baaaaaack. The shaggy-haired Rayman has returned in RAYMAN LEGENDS, a new side-scrolling platformer for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Windows PC and PlayStation Vita. After the antics in the previous game, Rayman Origins, our wacky cast of heroes take a 100-year nap, which inadvertently allowed for nasty nightmares to infest the "Glade of Dreams." And so the agile hero and his buddies set out to save imprisoned friends, restore order to the universe, and push back against the evil force with all their might. Along with running, jumping, and climbing through multiple colorful levels, they'll also fight using an arsenal of moves, unlock new areas and outfits, and engage in new musical, rhythm-based stages.
Is it any good?
Yes, it's a blast for the entire family. Along with accessible controls and great graphics and animation, most of the platforming stages are well thought-out, providing some fun, varied, and often challenging ways to tackle a level. This diversification helps keep things fresh. Plus each of the characters you can play as offers their own unique ability, so changing around is fun. Even better than playing alone is exploring with some friends beside you, cooperatively -- four, in total, for most platforms but a fifth on the Wii U version (as "Murfy") -- as each player takes control over a different character. There's also the option to play online with others. While the music stages aren't as entertaining as the action-filled platforming stages, overall the latest Rayman adventure is a delight.
Families can talk about...
Rayman Legends is available for multiple platforms -- including all three main consoles and the PC. Is this a good thing for the industry or do gamers prefer when the title is exclusive for their platform? Does it make Nintendo owners proud that they are the only ones who can play a Super Mario game? What's better: all or one?
How do you set rules around playing video games?
|Platforms:||Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360|
|Skills:||Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together |
Self-Direction: achieving goals, set objectives, time management
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, strategy
|Price:||$59.99 ($39.99 for PSVita version)|
|Available online?||Available online|
|Release date:||September 3, 2013|
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Bugs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Wild animals|
|ESRB rating:||E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief |