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Five years ago, the 3-D platform genre was exciting, as titles like Crash Bandicoot and Mario 64 ruled the console roost. Since then, we have seen the 3-D platform genre fill out with a few copycats and some outright stinkers. However, there have been a few classics in the intervening years, such as Banjo-Tooie, and now Rayman 2: Revolution can join the club.

Like past installments, Rayman 2: Revolution borrows gameplay elements from a variety of different sources, but they are sources worth borrowing from. Several elements from Rayman 2: The Great Escape have been pilfered, including a similar story line. Revolution has a good combination of beautiful graphics, great controls, and enhanced gameplay. This will astound both hard-core gamers and those new to the hobby. There is enough puzzle solving, lever pulling, item collecting, and platform jumping to keep even the most ardent platform enthusiast busy for quite some time.

The pirate Admiral Razorbeard and his army of robots have enslaved the planet, and it's your job in Revolution to help Rayman search for pieces of the Primordial Core and summon Polokus to get rid of the robotic pirates. The levels are even the same as they were in The Great Escape, although there have been some slight changes made to the order in which they appear. Due to the power of the PS2 and the detail put into reworking the levels for the game, they look spectacular. Ubi Soft has mixed old-school gameplay with graphics power, and those ingredients mixed together make this game a must-play for gamers of all ages.

Despite the borrowed elements from The Great Escape, Revolution for the PS2 offers up plenty of new things that will make the hearts of platform gamers skip a beat,

Five years ago, the 3-D platform genre was exciting, as titles like Crash Bandicoot and Mario 64 ruled the console roost. Since then, we have seen the 3-D platform genre fill out with a few copycats and some outright stinkers. However, there have been a few classics in the intervening years, such as Banjo-Tooie, and now Rayman 2: Revolution can join the club.

Like past installments, Rayman 2: Revolution borrows gameplay elements from a variety of different sources, but they are sources worth borrowing from. Several elements from Rayman 2: The Great Escape have been pilfered, including a similar story line. Revolution has a good combination of beautiful graphics, great controls, and enhanced gameplay. This will astound both hard-core gamers and those new to the hobby. There is enough puzzle solving, lever pulling, item collecting, and platform jumping to keep even the most ardent platform enthusiast busy for quite some time.

The pirate Admiral Razorbeard and his army of robots have enslaved the planet, and it's your job in Revolution to help Rayman search for pieces of the Primordial Core and summon Polokus to get rid of the robotic pirates. The levels are even the same as they were in The Great Escape, although there have been some slight changes made to the order in which they appear. Due to the power of the PS2 and the detail put into reworking the levels for the game, they look spectacular. Ubi Soft has mixed old-school gameplay with graphics power, and those ingredients mixed together make this game a must-play for gamers of all ages.

Despite the borrowed elements from The Great Escape, Revolution for the PS2 offers up plenty of new things that will make the hearts of platform gamers skip a beat, just like when they first played Mario 64 or Crash Bandicoot. It looks like this time, Rayman will finally get the respect he deserves. --Todd Mowatt

Pros:

  • Incredible graphics
  • Simple, effective controls
  • Smart camera angles always provide the best view of the action
Cons:
  • Fans of Rayman 2: The Great Escape may find too little that's new

Customer Reviews:

  • Good Idea, Horrible Execution
    Rayman 2 on the load screens claims the name, "Rayman: Revolution", but a revolution it certainly isn't. The game pretty much is a port from the other Rayman 2's, just with special little PS2 type enhancements. It follows the same storyline and everything. It even has the same levels and stages, so if you own the other Rayman 2's, this is a waste of money.

    If you don't, it's still a waste of money. There is a lot of loading, and takes a long time. The game save eats up 270 KB on the memory card. It has alright game play, but NOT worth the money unless it's for a six year old....more info

  • Rayman is a GREAT game
    I have quite a few games now for the PS2, but one thing I did not have was a platform type game. I tried the Donald Duck one, but just found it okay, not great. So I was looking forward to trying Rayman. I have never played any of the previous Rayman games so I did not have any preconceived notions. I was blown away from the very first screen, and it only gets better from there! The sky, and especially the water effects are amazing. Despite the cute cartoon-like graphics, I would not consider this a game for young childern, so parents be advised. Some of the puzzles can be quite a challenge, even for adults! The only drawback to the game, is the camera sometimes does not go where you want to look, but that problem exists on every 3-D platform game I've ever seen, so that shouldn't stop anyone from trying Rayman. If you own a PS2, you should put Rayman on your list. I rank it right up there with SSX. And graphically, Rayman surpasses anything currently available (3/01) on the PS2....more info
  • A great game
    I was looking for a Mario type game for my 5 year old, so I bought this game. While after the first couple of scenes it became too hard for my 5 year old to play, I thought it was great. I thought the game started out very easy, and I liked the way it introduced new moves and concepts by incorporating tutorials into the game play. I don't understand the comment another reviewer made about not being able to figure out the game without the instructions. The game held your hand all the way until you mastered all the different moves (except the flying and running missles. I don't think anyone could master those.)

    Another comment I would make is concerning having to watch all the videos between the diffent levels. If you hit the START button, you could skip past a lot of those. I would watch them though since they let you know what the object of the next level is.

    One more comment is regarding the simplicity that some reviewers have complained about. They obviously didn't play the game very long. It progressively gets harder (the most difficult parts being at around %50 and %88 percent through the game).

    This game hung my PS2 a couple of times, but you can save often so that wasn't a big deal. Overall, I think this was a great game and look forward to playing it again in a year when I've forgotten everything....more info

  • The other Rayman 2 just sucks
    You know, it's kinda funny. Every once in a while a game with a create aspect will come out and just sell like dirt. Then, in desperation, the company that made it remakes it and it still sells like dirt. Well, the case with this game is completely different. It sucked before, it's better now. Anyone who bought the Dreamcast version and doesn`t want to bother with this version is really missing out.

    First of all, unlike the original game, this game is actually PUZZLING. For example, before, the game's puzzles were basically the same throughout the whole game: shoot pirate, hit switch, enter door. That is not even close to what we are looking at in this game. In this game we are looking at puzzles that may take hours to figure out. And once you have figured them out, the results are usually spectacular. In other words, this game WILL take you a lot more time than the original Rayman 2:The great (quote: not so great) escape.

    Second of all, the graphics in this game couldn't be any better. Backgrounds have a smooth, almost "Monkey Island 3" type of aspect to them. Every 2 dimensional picture from the original game has gotten a new 3D look. Plus, Rayman looks and moves astonishing. He has about 4 times the amount of Polygons that he did in "that other game" and his animations are way smoother. If you're a graphical geek like me, you will enjoy looking at your TV screen during a session of this fantastic game.

    And finally, this game couldn't have more levels or secrets than it does. Over all, I would say there is about 40 massive levels and about 50 cutscenes. There's probably near 100 secret rooms and levels hidden in this giant maze of graphical genius and fun that is Rayman 2: Revolution. Even in the beginning you can get a feel of how massive the game is. Definately not going to end soon.

    On the whole, if you haven't got Rayman 2 on PS2, you are poo....more info

  • Tough for younger kids...and too many video clips!
    I was in search of a "simple" game for my 5 year old to enjoy besides sports or "shooting" games. Although the graphics of Rayman2 are phenominal, the game play is difficult for younger children. My 5 year old likes to briefly play the parts that are simple, but most often would rather watch me play.

    I find the constant animated video scenes annoying. You have to watch 2-3 minutes of video before you can do anything, then after punching out one door, you have to watch another 2-3 minutes of video. The first levels of the game are all cluttered with constant video clips... enough already, just let me play the game!...more info

  • Great Game Worthy of 5 Star Rating!
    What a great game! I can't put the controller down! My wife has to shut the PS2 down just to get me to go to bed! Thought it might be a little boring (being rated "E") at first because I like the "BANG! BANG! Shoot'em Up" type of games but this game is great if you like levers, puzzles, and thinking type games. This game gives me hope after the LACK LUSTER launch titles Sony and friends gave us. The graphics are outstanding ofcourse, but the game play is EXCELLENT! The controlls are easy and very responsive. If you like adventure games this is the one for you! HAPPY GAMING AND MAY YOUR THUMBS NEVER GO NUMB!...more info
  • Rayman 2: Revolution
    Rayman 2: Revolution is not only the next in the series of many Rayman games for all consoles-- its bigger, bolder and better than all of them put together. The first thing I noticed when I played it was how beautiful the graphics were. They're just what I'd expect my PS2 to produce, I am not disappointed at all... the gameplay is Mario 64-esque, but much deeper, with an entertaining plot and many cinematic sequences (and voice clips for everything that the characters say).

    Rayman is a pretty odd heroe-- he looks like a chicken and he has no limbs attaching his hands or feet to his body... he has many powers (he can rock climb, rain dance, rapid fire, use his head as a helicopter + more). Most of the game is spent gaining new powers, exploring beautiful worlds, finding "Lums" and saving his various friends from enslavement by evil robots. The camera controls are great, it always locks on right behind him. The characters are cute and the worlds are colorful, but this is no kiddy game- it requires skill to beat. I have a feeling that it is going to be one of my all-time favorites. If you're looking for a game with adventure, action, engaging gameplay and beautiful graphics, Rayman 2 is for you!...more info

  • Wow. Don't make the same mistake I did.
    I was looking for a Mario-type game for the PS2, and saw the excellent reviews people had given this game. Without even doing any research on this game, as I had never heard of it before, I went and ordered it based on what everyone else had said. What a mistake. I played it once, for about 45 minutes, and kept waiting for the gameplay to suddenly get a lot more exciting. It never did.

    Sure, the graphics and sound are amazing, but the game is boring. There's not enough action. It has to do more with roaming around an environment and only occasionally encountering enemies than it has to do with constantly jumping over obstacles and the like. I'm 25 years old, so maybe I'm too old for this game, and it would be better received by a younger crowd, but it definitely failed to grip my attention and keep me engaged.

    So, don't make the same mistake I did. If you're older than 15 or 20, you really might want to go out and rent this game before you buy it. It bums me out when people give bad reviews on games that I really like (like FIFA or Tekken, for example), but I was so disappointed by this game that I just had to share my opinion on it. It definitely is no Mario, I'll say that much....more info

  • not to many games for girls
    didnt buy this game but i have a problem you need to gear games towards the female,s
    i didnt find to many games for girls
    age 6-13...more info
  • Best non-sports PS2 game
    I recently purchased Rayman 2 and it is the best non-sports game released by PS2. Aside from its detailed graphics, each level is full of challenges. The game just keeps going and going. I highly recommend this game to anyone who has played Mario-64 or Sonic, only Rayman 2 is fifty times better. Every board unlocks new challenges, and requires thought and trial and error to conquer each level. Which keeps the gamer going and going....more info
  • Solid Platformer with a some flaws
    As a huge fan of the platform genre I purchased this game after the many positive reviews I read of this game. First Off, I would have to say that I was very impressed with the diversity and the rich colorful graphics of the game. I was also very impressed with the camera and character control which I feel was one of the best I've experienced in any platformer yet.

    Many people keep saying that this game isn't any good because it's not as nice looking as Jak & Daxter nor a fun as Spyro or Crash and I would have to agree. One reason for this is that Rayman is not these games, but nonetheless it's a wonderful gaming experience. I know this is a first gen PS2 title and there are tons of better looking games on the market, but I would have to say that I really liked the atmosphere and environments of Rayman. The game was a little slow moving at first but if you have a little patience the intensity of the game will beging to increase as well as the fun factor. It may seem a little childish at times, which to me was fine, but if you need a little more maturity you can always slap GTA3 into your PS2 and get your fix.

    I gave this game a 4 instead of a 5 for a couple reasons; which seemed minor in the beginning but became very frustrating as the game progressed. The were as follows:

    1. The constant loading and then asking you if you want to save was very very annoying, probably the worst I have ever experienced. There are times when you will come out of loading and then go thru a door or down a path and immediately be asked to save or continue and then the game would start to load again. I know this may sound like I'm overreacting, but when you have to go back and forth between areas, this becomes a real pain in the A**... real fast.

    2. There is quite a bit of aliasing (jaggies) during the game although it is not overwhelming it is noticeable.

    3. The voice acting was subpar and low in volume. There were times when I just couldn't make out what the heck the characters were talking about or what my next mission objective was.

    Overall this game is a solid experience and ,especially at the new reduced price, a solid PS2 purchase. It may not be the flashiest or most original title on the market, but what it lacks in luster in makes up in spades with consistency....more info

  • Jaw Dropping!
    Wow. That's it. This game is outstanding. I can't believe how much detail Ubisoft but into this! The graphics are amazing and the music and sounds are great. This is definetly a must have for the Playstation 2, along with Madden 2001 and Sugglers Run. Trust me and all the reviews, this game is great. Buy it right now on amazon.com. You will NOT regret it....more info
  • Hard, breathtaking, and just simply amazing.
    First of all, I thought the game would be a lame-o game until I read reviews. Most of the reviews were on the posotive side, but some were on the negative side, with ... little complaints. I got Rayman2 for my birthday. I opened it up and popped it into my Playstation2. My first hour of gameplay made me experience one of the greatest games I have played. OKAY, so I'm thirteen years old and I am controlling some freakish looking character that has no arms or legs. Rayman 2 covers almost every genere except simulation or sports...The game covers HARDCORE adventure...this game is so terribly big....you'll be playing it for at least a year. I guess I could classify it as an RPG also. Don't expect blood and gore for the action either, simply, Rayman will throw some force ball or something strange like that. Puzzles are everywhere in this game also. The way Rayman can can interact with other heroes and the environment is also amazing. The only reason I rated it 4 stars is because of difficulty. I know a lot of people will give up after a while, or look up some cheat codes to show you how to beat the game with your eyes closed. I know the whole concept is more on a puzzle genere, but im just warning you if you give up a lot. To close it up, Rayman 2: Revolution would be a great game to swallow you up for a year. If you're not interested in armless and legless characters, I reccomend you rent it first, because this game is hard as heck too, which makes it a great game. With renting, yeh dont have to gamble 50 bucks into seeing if you like it or you dont...just use up a lousy 5 bucks and rent it, then buy it....more info
  • Well worth the wait!
    Rayman 2 is without a doubt the most beautiful game on PS2! The levels are HUGE, and Beautifully well rendered... The game play is smooth with no signs of slowing down, and theres like 20 different games in one here! Tons of challenges! and TONS of fun! Rayman 2 will most Definitely give Mario a run for his money... Wether your a 6 year old or a 60 year old this game is for all ages... Abosolute 5 star game!...more info
  • I WAITED FOR THIS !
    I waited for this for quite a while,being a big fan of Rayman since it first was released on the p.s.x.

    Wow I cannot believe how incredable this game is. What I really enjoy is that ubisoft used the same type of songs and sounds as the first Rayman Making it an absolute Blast..

    The Controls Could not be better at all they are perfect..

    The graphics in the game make you feel like you are right in the action, 3-D In your face butterflies and so on..

    I am playing the first level right now and it is huge, So I can only imagine whats in store for later..

    If you like Rayman the origanal, This is an absolute MUST BUY !!

    This is a game a family can sit down and play together or one player alone..

    Ubisoft also put 3 Multi-player mini games and 2 bonus levels..

    I Must Mention RAYMAN is a cute little guy, I love the Helicopter floating...

    THIS IS MY FAVORITE P.S. 2 GAME....

    Thank you for hours of fun, Ubisoft !!...more info

  • Rayman 2 is great if you love Zelda or Mario-like games
    Like another reviewer posted, this is the game I've been waiting for. Game play is very intuitive--I've played for about 5 hours now and have done well without any hints or guidebooks.

    The levels become more challenging as you progress, but there is usually a hint or two that will help you take the next step if you get stuck. For example, if you need to shoot a structure to weaken or break it, the game creators use a band-aid to indicate a weak area that you can shoot at. In other games I'd have to get on the Internet and look up the next step, but so far I've managed to progress quite nicely.

    The challenges throughout the game are also easier to master. Sometimes with Mario and Donkey Kong, for example, I would have to play a particular challenge 10 or more times to get through it. With Rayman, I can usually get through it in 3 to 5 attempts. This keeps me playing the game instead of getting frustrated and putting it away.

    The perspective seems much better in this game than the N64 Super Mario game. In that game I sometimes inadvertently fell off cliffs or ledges (call me coordinated) but that doesn't happen with Rayman. The camera angles also tend to move smoothly (and are easily adjusted) though in some parts of the game, the camera zooms way out and there is no way to adjust the angle. Fortunately this doesn't happen very often.

    If Rayman2 were my only PS2 game, I'd be perfectly happy and probably wouldn't buy another game until I completed this one. I'm not into sports or driving games, and for lack of better options I bought Summoner and Unreal Tournament, but I didn't play either for very long. With Rayman2 to keep me entertained, those other games are just gathering dust!...more info

  • Low-Pressure Fun
    I'm not your typical game nut. As evidence, I just finally finished this game after first starting it 5 years ago. I'm also female, and in my early 30s. I game very infrequently, and I'm very particular in what I like: I don't like dying, and I don't like fighting in my games. Rayman 2: Revolution does involve both of those factors, but they're a very minor part of the game, so it's OK.

    The factors that kept me coming back to the game when I allowed myself time to play were the fun cartoonish 3-D animation and the challenge of hunting down and puzzling out how to get at all the collectable lums while exploring a wide variety of pretty and interesting locations. There were a few battles required, but once I got the techniques figured out each time (and it's different every time, which keeps things interesting), it was just a matter of refining my execution. A lot of the game play required coordination to do the tasks, whether that was guiding a flying vehicle through an obstacle course at high speed or timing shots correctly during a battle, but you get a lot of chances to try the tasks before "dying", and dying just means you get sent a little further back in the game (and you get to keep any lums collected before dying). I often got frustrated with the physical coordination tasks, but I just kept trying and finally beat them, and usually felt that much better for the challenge required.

    This game is long enough and complex enough that I might play it again, trying to get more lums and play more of the mini games within it, and I'd definitely play a sequel done in a similar style. There were a number of minor glitches in the game, including occasional sounds that would get stuck in an infinite loop and other odd lockups, but as long as you save regularly, it's not a big deal to reset the console and start again from the last save point. I think this is a game that will hold up well over time, and is quite enjoyable for atypical gamers (and probably the typical ones too)....more info
  • BUY IT YOU'LL LOVE IT
    I bought this game because I needed an adventure game really bad. This game simply amazes me. The levels are huge and you'll fall in love with the characters. Once you've bought all the powers you can buy multiplayer mini games. I've played rayman on 64 and this is ten times better. The graphics are unbelievable and the gameplay and camera angles are simply wonderful. It took me twenty hours to clear all the levels and I still have to go back and get al the stuff. Just buy this game you'll love it if you like endless adventure....more info
  • The best platformer since Mario64
    Those silly French sure can make some great games. And Rayman is right at the top as an example. It can best be described as "trippy." The characters, settings and levels are all fantastic. What else can one say for a protagonist with no arms or legs, but does have floating hands and feet mind you!

    Ok, let's hit the nitty gritty. The control scheme is very intuitive. The left stick controls movement while X jumps and the square attacks. The L2 button is used for strafing and locking on to targets so you are always facing them (ala Zelda64).

    The L1 and R1 buttons can be used to adjust the camera. This is just about the only area of the game that isn't perfect. Sometimes the camera isn't exactly in the best position and has led to a couple of annoying deaths.

    However, the saving, loading and continuing options are all extremely well implemented. You can save anywhere on a level. And while you may start back at the beginning, all collected items will remain and the levels are so huge as to be a chore to go back through.

    The variety between the levels is very refreshing as well. A lot of the game is standard run, jump, fight. But there are plenty of unique levels like water skiing behind a giant snake swimming through a swamp. You can launch yourself off of ramps to grab items or avoid obstacles. There are also some snowboard-esque levels thrown in as well. All are very well done.

    The only other minor gripe I have is that the controls aren't given to you. A little trial and error is needed to figure out how to perform an obvious task. Like climbing up between two walls takes positioning yourself in a specific location not readily indentifiable. Oh well, not a big deal.

    The game is hard to describe. Kind of Sesame Street on a really great acid trip (not that I'd know of course). So do yourself a favor and pick up this gem. It's worth every penny....more info

  • Where is Clark?
    This is a very good game but not spectacular (felt Zelda on N64 was beter. Can you help me find Clark? I was told to go to Skull's Cave to meet with him to fight pirates. I go there, enter the cave, see the skull and lava, BUT NO CLARK!...more info
  • wow...psm is right!
    i read psm and they said rayman2 was a great game...so i got it. and psm WAS right. this is one of the better games i've played in my life and i can't get away from it. i've played a good time and the game is still going...so i can tell you now it's a good sized adventure! i like the 2player mini games which adds replay value. this game really's got it all. go ubisoft for 1 of the best games you will ever buy. you owe it to yourself to get this game...NOW!!!!...more info
  • Goooood stuff
    This game really is amazing. Sure, it looks like a Disney cartoon and maybe it's geared towards the younger crowd, but this game is good enough for all ages. The control is dead-on and the music is great. The graphics are fantastic as well. There are a few polygon seams occasionally, but it's got such a huge amount of colors at once and the framerate is liquid smooth. The games fun too; good amount of challenge, not so much that you'll become frustrated. The only downside is the camera. While it behaves most of the time, it does sometimes go nuts. Still, you like games? You'll have a good time here....more info