Games I Played 2012: Episode 7- Rayman Origins

Alright duders on to episode seven of my 2012 game blogs. Here goes my customary preamble bear with me if you have read another one of the blogs. These episodes have been created as a result of the fact that I am never able to create a proper game of the year list at the end of the year because I am too thrifty to purchase ten sixty dollar games each year. Instead I typically buy older cheaper games on my radar and play those instead. So these blogs are not a top however many of these I do but rather just a series talking about the games a played this year in the order I played them. Feel free to check out the earlier episodes if you like this one. Now onto the good stuff.

Smacking Each Other in Co-op is Always a Good Time

RAYMAN!! So after hearing the 2011 game of the year podcasts and the Giantbomb’s staffs opinions on Rayman this game immediately hopped up my must play list. When its price dropped to twenty bones I knew it was going to be a definite win. This is in spite of the fact that I did not have any previous attachment or knowledge of the Rayman world. This was also a strange choice for me because 2D platformers are not really my thin. Typically stuff like Mario just frustrates me and I have no reason to keep playing (save the princess whatever). This made me a little worried but the game seemed to have many redeeming qualities that made me pursue it anyway. Such as the co-op which I thought to use to get my gf to play a game with me. Also the visuals which looked striking and the weirdness that appeared from trailers. I will be the first to admit that I should have listened to Patrick when he said do not play Rayman with your girlfriend. That it is not an easy platformer and a newcomer to games will get easily frustrated as well as the gamer for the newbie dying all the time. God damn what a bad game to play with my gf. I thought the whole she doesn’t get it thing would be fixed after a little while. I also though my own patience was good enough not to become irritated at the constant fumbles and death in game. All in all we played maybe fifteen minutes together before she and I weren’t having fun. However, this is not a point against the game at all because the co-op when executed well is incredibly fun and challenging. My girlfriends sisters boyfriend (what a mouthful) is a big time gamer and helps contribute to my trophy hunt (he is also the guy who got me Twisted Metal from earlier episode). Anyway I invited him over to help me collect more lums and pass more levels. He loved the game and we had a blast. For days we had an inside joke about getting to this platform where I was trying to explain and kept saying he has to “hop-hop”. Which was the new term of the week. I just wanted to put on record that playing with more than one person increases the games natural fun as well as makes the collectathon more manageable.

Um..I think Mr.Ancel likes his Pixies Busty..ok?

I’ll talk about the game itself which feature Rayman rescuing various pixies from evil creatures after antagonizing a couple of old people by being loud. These old people punish you by sending minions to capture the pixies and ruin your nap. The game is one of the most stunning I’ve played all year. The bright colours and interesting art style make Rayman: Origins a joy to look at. I occasionally even found myself distracted by the new art in a new set of worlds that it caused me to slow down and look at it. This game was made by Ancel who also made Beyond Good & Evil which should have told me how much I was going to like this game as I loved BG&E and it was one of my favourite PS2 era games. The collectathon that this game (and most platformers) is all about never appealed to me very much. I would often get enough of the stuff to move on and nothing more. This game almost forces you to collect as much stuff as possible even if it puts you in harms way. I felt rewarded when I grabbed a hard to reach coin which was delicately balanced between thorns and the edge of the level. The reason I felt rewarded mostly has to do with Rayman’s difficulty.

Shadow of the Colossus: RAYMAN STYLE!!

Based on the other games I had played this year I was not really prepared for a challenge like Rayman. This game is hard. Maybe I just suck but I died a lot and the game steadily ramps up the difficulty the deeper you get in. It never feels cheap, you know that you missed the jump or didn’t punch the guy at the right moment but can be frustrating when the difficulty halts your overall progression. However, when you breach the level which has been giving you trouble you feel so elated (and sorta like what huh screw you!! Got yo ass!) that previous frustrations are left behind. One of the types of levels I hated but quickly became my favourite (funny how that works) are the treasure chest levels. What these levels are is a chase sequence (Rayman after the chest) where the level collapses as you go through. Basically you run full tilt after the chest mimicking its jumps and try to stay ahead of the collapsing level behind you. These levels were such a pain that I would be gritting my teeth in frustration. But soon I would learn to love them as I came to understand these levels and enjoy them for their panic and speed.

Ok trophies. So even though I am over my own personal goal of half of the trophies I still want to return to this game and attempt the platinum. One so that I can have the plat for a game I admire and two because it would be a challenge to achieve this difficult trophy. Overall the Rayman trophies which are not collectable related are fairly easy to get. The trophy list itself only consists of like thirty five trophies to begin with. It is the complete all medals, collect all teeth, find all cages and do all speed runs which will make up most of your time. When I return to Rayman I will be on the hunt but also there to enjoy the rest of what the game has to offer. Trophies as they should be, come second to this amazing game.

So to wrap it all up with a bow, Rayman: Origins is delightful. It’s weird, beautiful and despite my tastes not running toward 2D platformers I had an incredible amount of fun. If you can find a friend (who games regularly) I think this game is at its best on the couch playing co-op. I can easily say that Rayman should be played by everyone especially now that it is so cheap!

Alright duders thanks for reading, next up in the series is…PixelJunk Monsters!!

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Posted by D_Bones

Alright duders on to episode seven of my 2012 game blogs. Here goes my customary preamble bear with me if you have read another one of the blogs. These episodes have been created as a result of the fact that I am never able to create a proper game of the year list at the end of the year because I am too thrifty to purchase ten sixty dollar games each year. Instead I typically buy older cheaper games on my radar and play those instead. So these blogs are not a top however many of these I do but rather just a series talking about the games a played this year in the order I played them. Feel free to check out the earlier episodes if you like this one. Now onto the good stuff.

Smacking Each Other in Co-op is Always a Good Time

RAYMAN!! So after hearing the 2011 game of the year podcasts and the Giantbomb’s staffs opinions on Rayman this game immediately hopped up my must play list. When its price dropped to twenty bones I knew it was going to be a definite win. This is in spite of the fact that I did not have any previous attachment or knowledge of the Rayman world. This was also a strange choice for me because 2D platformers are not really my thin. Typically stuff like Mario just frustrates me and I have no reason to keep playing (save the princess whatever). This made me a little worried but the game seemed to have many redeeming qualities that made me pursue it anyway. Such as the co-op which I thought to use to get my gf to play a game with me. Also the visuals which looked striking and the weirdness that appeared from trailers. I will be the first to admit that I should have listened to Patrick when he said do not play Rayman with your girlfriend. That it is not an easy platformer and a newcomer to games will get easily frustrated as well as the gamer for the newbie dying all the time. God damn what a bad game to play with my gf. I thought the whole she doesn’t get it thing would be fixed after a little while. I also though my own patience was good enough not to become irritated at the constant fumbles and death in game. All in all we played maybe fifteen minutes together before she and I weren’t having fun. However, this is not a point against the game at all because the co-op when executed well is incredibly fun and challenging. My girlfriends sisters boyfriend (what a mouthful) is a big time gamer and helps contribute to my trophy hunt (he is also the guy who got me Twisted Metal from earlier episode). Anyway I invited him over to help me collect more lums and pass more levels. He loved the game and we had a blast. For days we had an inside joke about getting to this platform where I was trying to explain and kept saying he has to “hop-hop”. Which was the new term of the week. I just wanted to put on record that playing with more than one person increases the games natural fun as well as makes the collectathon more manageable.

Um..I think Mr.Ancel likes his Pixies Busty..ok?

I’ll talk about the game itself which feature Rayman rescuing various pixies from evil creatures after antagonizing a couple of old people by being loud. These old people punish you by sending minions to capture the pixies and ruin your nap. The game is one of the most stunning I’ve played all year. The bright colours and interesting art style make Rayman: Origins a joy to look at. I occasionally even found myself distracted by the new art in a new set of worlds that it caused me to slow down and look at it. This game was made by Ancel who also made Beyond Good & Evil which should have told me how much I was going to like this game as I loved BG&E and it was one of my favourite PS2 era games. The collectathon that this game (and most platformers) is all about never appealed to me very much. I would often get enough of the stuff to move on and nothing more. This game almost forces you to collect as much stuff as possible even if it puts you in harms way. I felt rewarded when I grabbed a hard to reach coin which was delicately balanced between thorns and the edge of the level. The reason I felt rewarded mostly has to do with Rayman’s difficulty.

Shadow of the Colossus: RAYMAN STYLE!!

Based on the other games I had played this year I was not really prepared for a challenge like Rayman. This game is hard. Maybe I just suck but I died a lot and the game steadily ramps up the difficulty the deeper you get in. It never feels cheap, you know that you missed the jump or didn’t punch the guy at the right moment but can be frustrating when the difficulty halts your overall progression. However, when you breach the level which has been giving you trouble you feel so elated (and sorta like what huh screw you!! Got yo ass!) that previous frustrations are left behind. One of the types of levels I hated but quickly became my favourite (funny how that works) are the treasure chest levels. What these levels are is a chase sequence (Rayman after the chest) where the level collapses as you go through. Basically you run full tilt after the chest mimicking its jumps and try to stay ahead of the collapsing level behind you. These levels were such a pain that I would be gritting my teeth in frustration. But soon I would learn to love them as I came to understand these levels and enjoy them for their panic and speed.

Ok trophies. So even though I am over my own personal goal of half of the trophies I still want to return to this game and attempt the platinum. One so that I can have the plat for a game I admire and two because it would be a challenge to achieve this difficult trophy. Overall the Rayman trophies which are not collectable related are fairly easy to get. The trophy list itself only consists of like thirty five trophies to begin with. It is the complete all medals, collect all teeth, find all cages and do all speed runs which will make up most of your time. When I return to Rayman I will be on the hunt but also there to enjoy the rest of what the game has to offer. Trophies as they should be, come second to this amazing game.

So to wrap it all up with a bow, Rayman: Origins is delightful. It’s weird, beautiful and despite my tastes not running toward 2D platformers I had an incredible amount of fun. If you can find a friend (who games regularly) I think this game is at its best on the couch playing co-op. I can easily say that Rayman should be played by everyone especially now that it is so cheap!

Alright duders thanks for reading, next up in the series is…PixelJunk Monsters!!

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Digging the blog. I had to spend the majority of 2012 as a budget gamer too, and I enjoy reading others experiences with games past the release window. Good stuff here. I haven't pyed Rayman Origins, but it's been on my radar for a while now. I'll have to pick it up sooner or later.

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Posted by kindpixel

I loved the hell out of Rayman: Origins. Definitely one of my top favourite games of all time. The whimsical art, really fun levels, and variety of challenges really make it stand out in an otherwise tried-and-true genre.

Posted by D_Bones

@Sparky_Buzzsaw: Glad you like it. Being a budget gamer can suck but I like that I play the "cheap" games that I might otherwise miss. Also dude if you aren't playing some big game right now (dunno if you were waiting for big fall release like ACIII etc.) you should definitely put serious though in grabbing this. For twenty buck even if you play half of it (and stop cause it's hard or you're done with 2D platforming) i'm sure you'll come away with a smile on your face.

Posted by Cyrus_Saren

It's funny you mention trying this out with your girlfriend. I also played it with my girlfriend and we ended up getting through the whole thing. There were definitely some frustrating segments (most of the chest stages and the land of the livid dead) but we both had a good time with it, those parts excluded.

The co-op definitely does make the game a lot more enjoyable than it already is. Glad you had someone else to play it through with! It really is a great game.

Posted by SSully

I also played it with my girlfriend. Things were pretty good for the most part. She was actually good at the game, and I rarely had to wait for her. In fact she won a good majority of the chest runs for us because I would die half way in. But oh my god the last level, the land of the dead level that is unlocked after getting all the teeth, almost destroyed our relationship. Ok, not really, but holy shit we were yelling at each other the whole way through and refused to quit until we beat it. Which made things worse because that level took a good 3 hours to beat. Despite that set back it was a great experience. Easily one of my favorite games this generation.

Also on a side note, on iOS and Android there is Rayman: Jungle Run. It is basically the chest run levels created into a whole game. It is a great mobile game, but when they start introducing more mechanics it just shows why touch controls do not work.

Posted by D_Bones

@Cyrus_Saren: @SSully: alright duders you guys either must have decent videogame girls in which i say NICE or just have girls with more patience (interest) in games. For me it is more of an uphill battle trying to get her into games. The only games that have gotten her hooked so far are Wipeout HD (which we played ridiculously for like a month) and she likes her sisters Wii with new super mario brothers. Personally I don't want to get a wii and want to play co-op games i actually like rather than just "lady-friendly" ones (like Lego games, which aren't bad just not what I would want to get). So i'll continue my search hopefully more sweet co-op games will come out with gf appeal.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Definitely, man. If Amazon runs a B2G1 free sale, I'll use it to pick it up. I did pick up a few recent games to get through, but I managed to nearly wipe out my console backlog this year, so if this comes up on sale, it'll be a just a matter of time before I get to it. Thanks for the advice!

Hope you don't mind me pimpin' your blog out, either. This is good stuff. Deserves to be read by more people.

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