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Rayman 2

video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Rayman 2 Publisher: UBI Soft
Category: Action
Platform: Dreamcast, N64, PS1, PC
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: February 2000

Overall Rating: 3 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3 Stars out of 4
(Review of Dreamcast version)

Imagine Banjo-Kazooie for Dreamcast and you have a fairly good impression of what Rayman 2 is like. Colorful graphics, amazing lighting and texturing, cute characters, and smooth animation are the highlights of this 3-D platform action game.

Unique to the Dreamcast version are hidden mini-games, accessible at via the Dreamcast Network. Even without this feature, the normal game offers plenty of expansive levels to keep you busy. In the early levels, you will notice yellow lums and purple lums. (Lums are colored balls and rings.)

To advance to the next level, you must find all the yellow lums; you will have to return to these levels at a later time to make any use of the purple lums.

While the game play is a bit derivative, the levels are still challenging and fun. Trying to put my finger on the animators' inspiration for certain characters was in itself an exercise. I could take a moment to complain about how animators spend too much time copying Warner Bros. and Disney, as opposed to forging their own path and vision (like Titan A.E. and South Park), but I've been there, done that.

Rayman is not a particularly interesting or well-developed character, but he kind of grows on you. The cinemas use the in-game engine, so don't expect extravagance there. In fact, be prepared to see them repeatedly, as you can not skip previously seen scenes. (Say it ten times.)

As I've said in other Dreamcast reviews, graphics can have a tremendous impact on the enjoyment of a game. Rayman 2 is one of those titles where that is the case. Thankfully, there's enough quality game play to back up the visual dynamo.

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