January 11, 2001
The original Rayman was released on Playstation way back in 1995. Since then the 2D side scrolling platformer has sold an incredible 6 million copies. The sequel, Rayman 2 has been released on Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, Playstation and PC and has received rave reviews from the press and public alike. The Playstation 2 version , Rayman Revolution, looks set to take the game to the next level with the introduction of a 4-player mode as well as new game modes, graphics and gameplay elements.
Rayman 2 also has an interesting storyline. Space pirates, who plan to sell them to an intergalactic circus, have captured Rayman and the other inhabitants of his world. Rayman is released from his prison by Globox and has to free the enslaved inhabitants by completing the levels and collecting lums, which give him extra powers during his journey. To defeat the space pirates Rayman has to travel through over 20 different worlds and defeat the many bosses along the way. As with previous games humour plays a major role in Rayman with many amusing characters discovered during your journey.
Graphically the developers sem to have gone to town with the Playstation 2 version. The levels appear more colourful (if that was possible) and the lighting effects have been improved thanks to the power of the Playstation 2's graphics chip. If the frame rate is a rock solid 60fps like the Dreamcast game then there should be no reason to doubt this title at all. Rayman's animation is exemplary with an almost limitless amount of things for him to do including swimming, climbing, flying (using his ears as propellers), jumping, running, sliding, throwing. You name it, Rayman can probably do it.
Anyone who has read the Future Gamez review of the Dreamcast version of Rayman 2 will know exactly how awesome that title was. Who would have thought that less then a year later the developers would be releasing Rayman Revolution on the Playstation 2 which looks set to offer an almost totally new experience. The developers haven't just ported the Dreamcast version to the Playstation 2 but have added in new levels, new gameplay elements and new graphics. This truly is a "must have" title on the Playstation 2, especially if you've never played the Dreamcast version.