on Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The original Rayman featured rich colors and an attention to visual detail that set it apart from its competition in the 2D side-scrolling platform genre. Rayman 2 takes the same lush aesthetic and successfully transforms it into a seamless 3D world. While the game's geometry is not particularly complex, each of its levels is expansive and beautiful thanks to amazing textures and vibrant lighting. You'll travel from verdant forests to the shores of vast glowing oceans, and from flying pirate ships to moonlit bridges. Due to the game's consistently unique artwork, each of these environments, while not at all realistic, is utterly convincing as a real place within Rayman's world. It would be a pleasure to simply walk around Rayman's levels, even without the underlying imperative of the game itself driving you forward - a sure indication of a great design.

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