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Rayman 3D (3DS) – The Verdict

Rayman 3D (3DS) – The Verdict

You’ve got to hand it to Ubisoft; in what has to be some kind of record-breaking attempt at all-out stubbornness, they just will not let go of Rayman 2: The Great Escape. Since its release in 1999, the first 3D platformer starring the French publisher’s gormless and limbless character has appeared on and/or been ported to the Nintendo 64, PC, Dreamcast, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Network, Nintendo DS, iPod Touch and iPhone. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of another videogame that has appeared on so many gaming formats over such a long period of time in more or less the same form and I’m in two minds as to why this is. On the one hand, the game must be doing something right if Ubisoft sees fit to continue releasing the same game each time a new console hits the market; after all, if the game wasn’t raking in the money and (presumably) still garnering a certain level of critical acclaim even after 12 years, then surely Ubisoft would have given up on it by now? Or, as is possibly a more likely explanation depending on who you talk to, Ubisoft is still clinging onto Rayman 2’s status as one of the rare top-tier non-Nintendo 3D platformers and sees it as a quick and easy sure-fire way to get a previously well-received game onto the market upon a new console’s release in the hopes that it will bring in a quick buck. Whatever the case may be, Ubisoft has once again brought Rayman 2 to the masses, this time in the form of Rayman 3D on the Nintendo 3DS.

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