Video Game: Rayman Legends
Become a hero of legend...Rayman Legends
is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Rayman Origins
. The game takes place one hundred years
after Rayman Origins. After defeating The Magician and saving The Glade of Dreams, Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies take a century long nap, during which the nightmares grew in numbers and strength, becoming monsters of legend, like dragons and giant frogs. Rayman and friends wake up, and with the help of Murfy and new friend Barbara, must save the world again.
The game was originally set to be released as a Wii U
exclusive in February 2013, but a couple weeks before its release date Ubisoft
announced that it would be delayed until September in order to have a simultaneous multiplatform launch on Xbox 360
, Playstation 3
, PS Vita
, and PC as well. As an apology, the Wii U
got the game's Challenge Mode as a free download in April. Plus, the production team used the extra time to add a lot of additional content to the game, including dozens of new levels. The sequel retains the first game's gameplay, art style (though the characters have a more painted look to them), and 5-Player co-op (5 players on the Wii U
version at least), but goes in a more fantasy-based direction, with worlds based off fairy tales and Greek Mythology
. The exceptions would be a Dia de los muertos-themed level and an underwater spy-themed level that also pays homage to Jules Verne
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Rayman Legends contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Barbara and the other princesses.
- Advancing Wall of Doom: Advancing luchadors, walls of fire, Dragons, sea monsters, eels, small furry creatures...
- Aerith and Bob: The princesses have rather fancy names, like Aurora and Estelia, but then there's Emma, and Barbara herself.
- All There in the Script: The soundtrack implies that the boss of Olympus Maximus is none other than the god Hades.
- A Load of Bull: The main enemies of Olympus Maximus are Minotaurs.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: The colors on Aurora's skin will switch sides if she turns around.
- American Kirby Is Hardcore: The Japanese Box art involves Rayman and co. in their usual happy-go-lucky stance a la Origins, bar monster fighting. Compare with the International Box art, with Rayman ready to punch a monster directly in the mouth, with the help of Murfy.
- And I Must Scream: The fate of the Dark Teensies is to be painfully used as instruments by demons on the moon. This is, of course, Played for Laughs.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes:
- The costume rewards from the previous game are back, and you can unlock tens of new skins for Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies by getting enough Lums.
- There are two "Warrior Princesses" in every world to save. As all of them are identical twins of Barbara (albeit with highly varied fashion sense), well...
- Saving all 700 Teensies unlocks the Golden Teensie costume, while collecting one million Lums unlocks the Rayomz character.
- An Axe to Grind: Barbara, unlike Rayman and pals' fisticuffs, wields an axe.
- Art Evolution: Legends moves away from the Thick-Line Animation of Origins in favor of a more painterly look, to show off the latest version of the UbiArt engine's ability to light 2D characters in real time with 3D lighting.
- Artificial Brilliance: When playing the co-op alone, the computer player that you need to clear the way for is surprisingly smart. If waiting for the path to be cleared will waste time, it will rush in headlong, hoping the player does their part in time. If it won't waste time, it will stand patiently instead of getting itself killed needlessly. It doesn't dash, but this is likely to reward players playing co-op together.
- Asymmetric Multiplayer: The player using the GamePad can control Murphy at any point to clear obstacles and tickle enemies.
- A Winner Is You: You beat the last boss, and punch the final Magician to the moon, then... the game just sorta stops and rolls the credits.
- Background Boss: El Chile, the boss of Fiesta de los Muertos. Yes, he attacks with his hands.
- Badass in Distress: Rayman in the epic E3 trailer. He's rescued by Barbara.
- Badass Princess: Barbara and her sisters.
- Bag of Spilling: Averted. Rayman and pals keep all the moves they learned in the previous games.
- Almost averted with the Vita version; the ability to tap the screen and pop Lum bubbles like in Origins was removed. This was likely done because the leaderboards are shared across all platforms of the game, which would make challenges revolving around collecting Lums skew unfairly towards Vita players.
- Balloon Belly/Pop Goes the Human: Happens to any character who dies, like in the previous game.
- Baleful Polymorph: In some of the Fiesta de los Muertos world levels, The Magician appears and turns Rayman and friends into ducks. They still retain all of their attacks, though.
- Bare Your Midriff: The default outfit for new character Barbara.
- Big Bad: The Magician. All five of him.
- Blank White Eyes: Whenever any of the characters freak out or get hurt.
- Bubblegloop Swamp: The first level of Toad Story
- Call Back: After each boss fight, The Magician gets launched into space and passes a constellation that looks like a pig from the Raving Rabbids series.
- The invasion level for "What the Duck", a level primarily involving cakes, has Dark Rayman as its main enemy, similar to how Dark Rayman first appeared in a cake themed level in the first game.
- Speaking of Dark Rayman, his invasion levels force you to keep moving as he'll mimic your every action, just like what he did in the first game.
- The previous game had you freeing electoons from cages, like the first Rayman game. In this one, you'll free teensies, as in Rayman 2.
- Cap: You're limited to collecting 999 Lums in one runthrough of a level. This is the easiest to attain in the final boss level and subsequent credits.
- Checkpoint Starvation: There are no checkpoints in the entirety of Living Dead Party.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The nymphs are oddly absent in this one. The Princesses take their place.
- Cloud Cuckooland: Naturally.
- Cool Old Lady: The Grannies, a rock band with old women.
- Co-Op Multiplayer:
- With Rayman, Globox, Barbara, and a Teensie. You can unlock more characters like in the previous game, however.
- A fifth player can use the Gamepad to play as Murphy, who can manipulate platforms and mess with enemies. However, you can do this style of play with as little as two players as well.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Each world has the captive Teensies in clad in different colored prison uniforms. Teensies in Trouble has them wearing yellow, Toad Story has them in green, Fiesta de los Muertos in orange, 20,000 Lums Under the Sea in purple, and Olympus Maximus has them in blue.
- Creative Closing Credits: Like in Rayman Origins, you can run around and destroy the letters as they scroll.
- Cue the Flying Pigs: One-eyed winged pigs appear in Olympus Maximus.
- Cute Bruiser: Barbara and her sisters.
- Cutscene Power to the Max: see Megaton Punch.
- Damsel out of Distress: The lady teensies who manage to free themselves from each Dark Teensie.
- Dark Is Evil: The Dark Creatures and the Dark Teensies.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Elysia, Twila, Selena, and Sibylla wear black clothing with gothic elements, like bat wings on the helmets. However, they're no less heroic than the other playable characters.
- Deranged Animation
- Dem Bones: The main enemies in the Fiesta De Los Muertos world.
- Development Gag: The appearance of Rabbids in an in-house concept trailer could be a bit of a reference to the cancelled Rayman 4, where they were the main mooks of the game before it turned into Rayman Raving Rabbids. The level they're shown in even looks like a 2D version of early screenshots of Rayman 4.
- Do Well, but Not Perfect: The challenge rooms open up when you gain enough Awesomeness. It is entirely possible to get silvers and golds before the day/week ends. However, you have to explicitly get bronze on one challenge to get the appropriate achievement/trophy: getting silver does not unlock bronze.
- Eldritch Abomination: The boss of Olympus Maximus.
- Elevator Action Sequence: The aptly named Elevator Ambush level in 20,000 Lums Under the Sea.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: 10 of them, and they're all playable.