Rayman 3 HD Review

Rayman 3 HD (Available on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360)
ESRB Rating: E10+
Number of Players: 1
Genre: Platformer
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Paris
Release Date: March 20th, 2012
Price: $10/800 Microsoft Points

Parent Talk: The ESRB rates Rayman 3 HD E10+ because of cartoon violence.  This one is about as damaging as Mario, except some of the levels have a much darker tone.

Plays Like: Rayman 2 and a lot of the early 3D platformers.

Review Basis: Played the PSN release long enough of the game to see all the differences compared to the original.

Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc was one of the best platformers released in the early 2000s.  This HD upgrade only enhances the visuals.  That means you get the same excellent single player campaign with tons of mini-games, and a hilarious storyline, but also have to put up with some funky controls and an old-school camera system.

The Great:

This is the same Rayman 3 you loved when you were younger.  It retains the same humor, memorable boss fights, and fantastic gameplay.  Being the last of the traditional Rayman games before the Rabbids took over the universe, it holds a very special place in the hearts of many gamers and for good reason; it’s just an excellent game.

The Good:

+ Great use of power-ups.  By finding special cans Rayman gains new abilities that make him stronger, jump further, etc.  Coupling these powers with excellent puzzles makes for a welcoming experience.

+ Featuring nine unique worlds that offer great variety, and a difficulty level that’s more than manageable, makes this a platformer for everyone.  Note that Rayman 3 is significantly easier than the tough-as-nails Rayman 2.

+ The HD restoration isn’t perfect, some pixel ugliness shines through during different effects like explosions, but for the most part Hoodlum Havoc has never looked this good.  Everything has a deeper, richer look and feel to it.  The framerate is consistent and animations look excellent.

+ The longevity and replay value make this a worthy purchase for $10.

The So-So:

+/- The controls aren’t quite as fluid as modern gamers are used to.

The Bad:

– The camera system hasn’t aged nearly as well as the rest of the package.  The camera constantly tries to swoop behind Rayman, regardless of whether or not a wall happens to be blocking its path.  There are also lots of scenes where the camera gets stuck, starts jittering, etc.

– Glitches haven’t been fixed so it’s still possible to fall through a stage.  One would have hoped these would have been touched up, some nine years after the original game was released.

– Odd audio glitches are also present that disrupt the dialogue.

The Lowdown:

Rayman 3 remains a fun and entertaining platformer even after all these years.  For such a low asking price, it’s a really easy recommend for long-time fans, or platforming fans in general.  Just remember the camera system isn’t as smooth as what we have today, and there are a few technical hiccups here and there.

Average Score Scale: 7.5 (+/- 0.5) out of 10

Personal Final Score: 7.5/10 (Neutral)

Reason for +0.5 Inflation: You love Rayman 3.  This bad boy has never looked this good.

Reason for -0.5 Deflation: If you have a hard time adjusting to some of the more primitive camera designs in earlier 3D platformers you might be put off.

2 thoughts on “Rayman 3 HD Review”

  1. Good review. Too bad about the bugs but I’m glad there’s nothing game-breaking. Didn’t play the original but I heard a lot of good things about it back in the day, particularly the full blown voice acting. Thinking of checking this out.

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