Review: Rayman Legends On PS4 Is Only Fantastic
Rayman Origins was a breath of fresh, colourful air amongst a sea of dull grey. Rayman Legends, after some development delays went and topped its predecessor. Now, the game has been brought over to two consoles that are just starting out their quest to top their predecessors. Let's see if Legends helps the PS4 and Xbox One out.
- Worth The Time?Without a doubt, even if you've already played the game there's still so much joy this game has to give.
- Things LovedEverything we loved about the original version of the game is still here. Use of the PS4's touchpad is almost non-existent but those moments when you do get to use it feel intuitive and natural.
- Things HatedEverything we disliked about the original version of the game is still here, of course there wasn't very much to hate at all. The new versions boast no new features, improvements or anything of the sort.
- RecommendationIf you've played Legends before then there is no point in buying it again when your experience will be exactly the same. If you have not played the game and are yearning for a vibrant platformer, think a moment before purchasing it because the older versions are cheaper and no different.
- Name: Rayman Legends
- Genre: Platformer
- Players: 1-4
- Multiplayer: Local Multiplayer
- Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
- Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Price: R530
- Reviewed On: PS4
This is going to be shorter than a legless pygmy goat and only half as intriguing.
Last year Rayman Legends was delayed so that the game could be ported to other platforms. Originally intended as a Wii U exclusive, that version of the game is still regarded as the superior of them all. Now Legends has been brought to PS4 and Xbox One because why the hell not?
Unlike other cross-generation titles, Legends doesn’t boast any tangible improvements, visual or otherwise, on PS4 and Xbox One. The clsoest thing to it in terms of circumstances is Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. Both are games that released on the old generation and months later found themselves being re-released on the big and scary next generation amidst KIllzone, Forza 5, Titanfall hype and “resolution-gate.”
In my review of Tomb Raider’s Definitive Edition I joked about being the same game. Nothing new to see here so just go read our review of the original game. That didn’t stop me from talking at length about the graphical enhancements.
This time I’m not joking.
Rayman Legends on PS4 is the same game that you got on PS3 or Xbox 360.
That’s not hyperbole nor is it exactly a strike against the game. You see, the game is still fantastic. It’s charming, immense fun and can be maddeningly tricky at times. Especially if you’re trying to collect everything. The game still has challenges on top of the standard campaign with plenty of characters to choose from and unlock. There’s a range of other things to do as well. The problem is that it’s all exactly as it was before. There is no added content or anything of the sort.
Graphically the game is identical to its counterpart on the older consoles. No effort has been made to boost the visual quality or there has been, it is less noticeable than a drug addict at a trance festival. Of course, when a game is less about polygons and texture but more about an incredibly vibrant visual style then you can hardly improve on it. Rest assured, the game still looks incredible and is as colourful as a rapper’s vocabulary.
The only real enhancement is the use of the PS4’s touchpad which of course means that the Xbox One version has no improvements whatsoever. The touchpad is used to engage photo mode so that players can pan and zoom to perfect the shot they’ll share. Or you could simply use it to ogle the game’s visual splendour in freeze-frame. It is also used to ‘scratch’ the lottery tickets you are awarded upon completion of a level.
Rayman Legends is the exact same fantastic game that you could have played on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii U and therein lies the problem.
There is no reason to buy it if you’ve already played it and no reason to buy it if you own one of the above mentioned consoles. Granted the price difference between PS3 and PS4 versions of the game is only R80 but it is still a worthwhile saving when you consider that you’re getting the same game.