Rayman: Raving Rabbids

Cameron Nutter - Staff Reviewer

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GAME TECH INFO

Computer Platform: PlayStation 2 (Sony)
Produced by: Ubisoft
Price Range: $11-20
Learning curve time: 1-30 min.
Age level: All Ages
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Patches / Upgrades: None

Reviewed By: Cameron (evileye)
VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER

Overall Rating: ★★½☆☆
Genre: Other Mini-Game Compilation
Christian Rating: 4 of 5 (good)
Gameplay: 2 of 5 (poor)
Violence: 4 of 5 (barely present)
Adult Content: 4 of 5 (barely present)


Rayman: Raving Rabbids.  Illustration copyrighted.

We all know and love Rayman. He has so warmed our hearts for years, and he has done no less this time around. But this time he took a different role. Instead of a platformer, this game is a assortment of little mini games, that range from fun to quirky to just plain stupid.

Plot:
Rayman and his little green friends are having a nice little tea party in a nice field. Suddenly the ground starts to rumble. Then one of Rayman's little friends starts to hop up and down, right before he is sucked underneath the ground. The other two are also sucked under. Then three huge rabbits appear from the hole. Rayman offers the rabbit some food, but it just stands there.

All of a sudden a shadow is cast around Rayman and a gigantic bunny grabs him and takes him away. The next thing he knows he is in a very old and musty jail cell. The bunny's then make Rayman go into a arena that has five doors. Four of them are doors that lead to mini games, that you have to beat to open the fifth door that leads to the next section of the arena. And whenever you beat an arena they give you a plunger and tell you to use it wisely.

Rayman: Raving Rabbids.  Illustration copyrighted.

After you are put into your room, Rayman does not know what to do with him plunger, and just throws in aside. But within four of five plungers Rayman notices that there is a window WAY up high in his cell. So he sticks the plungers to the wall and starts to climb.

You will see as you go on that the bunny's will slowly start to actually like Rayman. They will give him better things and treat him with respect.

Language:
There is no language because there is no words. No voice-overs, no text, no nothing. No-one talks at all.

Sexual Content:
While there is no Sexual Content, there is “Bathroom Humor”. The bunny's are trying to use the bathroom, but the door keeps opening, and you have to hit the door to close it. Some people might find it offensive.

Spiritual Content:
Nothing at all.

Graphics:
If this game came came out at the beginning of the PS2's life cycle it would have been an amazing game. But to todays standard's, the in-game graphics look awful. There is lag, even with it looking bad. When your in the arena, the bunny's that are all around you look just awful, and Rayman looks alright. The CGI cut scenes look great on the other hand, though people who have a fat PS2 are going to feel sorry because they stutter so bad that the only reason I saw the scene is because I went to a friends house who has a Slim PS2 and watched it there. Same goes for the bonus features, they all stutter.

Controls:
In the Arena, the controls are just awful. Rayman cant jump, walk or do anything besides run. Though not much more is needed. In the mini games, some of the controls work fine, but most of them you can tell were meant for the Wii's controller. Sometimes the “Hit 'L' and 'R' buttons as fast as you can” get kinda hard because of the angle of the buttons, and is not nearly as fun as it would be on the Wii.

Sound:
The music by far is the best part of this game. The bunny's sound absolutely hilarious, making all sorts of weird sounds, and the in game music is just as funny. It gives the game a better feeling while you are playing it, especially the dancing games where they take songs like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and make the voices squeaky. The sound just goes with the game.

This is a game that I am glad that I got, because there is a lot of fun mini games that come with it. But the truth is, there is not enough meat to this game. I had it beaten 100% within a day-and-a-half, playing it off and on. Its worth a buy, but don’t pay more than 20$ for it. Or better yet, go and buy it on the Wii.

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