Reviewed for: Playstation 3 and Xbox 360
Also available for: Wii
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ (comic mischief,
mild cartoon violence, suggestive themes)
By Billy O'Keefe
Every post-holiday afterglow, when the gaming industry briefly but emphatically hibernates in advance of livelier spring release schedules, there inevitably emerges a game that demands another look after getting unjustly buried in the sea of sequels and blockbusters that released all around it in November.
In a year as stacked as 2011, there is no shortage of candidates. But even on those grounds, "Rayman Origins" belongs at the top of the list, and it really isn't even close.
Though not framed as an origins story — or concerned with storytelling in general, really — "Origins" earns its name by taking Rayman back to his two-dimensional roots. Like the 1995 original, "Origins" eschews three dimensions in favor of 2D platforming in the classic "Super Mario Bros." vein.