Apart from anything this is one of the most visually stunning games we’ve ever seen, and those that dismiss it as ‘only’ 2D deserve a lifetime of generic brown landscapes and tedious simulations. Not only is the gloriously Gallic art style full of personality but the attention to detail and clever use of polygonal graphics means you can never guess what’s coming next, from being pursued by giant dragons and trolls to underwater sections of staggering beauty.
But what truly marks Rayman Legends out as something special is that it does fulfil the Nintendo promise of a new idea every level. This was one of the main failings of Rayman Origins, but Legends manages to almost effortlessly reinvent itself at every turn – despite a 12+ hour running time.
As ever the platforming feels a little floatier than the Mario bros., but the controls are nevertheless precise and reliable – with Rayman’s spinning haircut still allowing him to glide gracefully through the air. That’s an old trick for the series though and Legends eagerly piles on new features such as levels more focused on shooting, puzzle-solving, stealth, and just about every other game genre imaginable.