Out of the blue comes Ubisoft’s stunning Rayman Origins! Some have said it is not often we write something rather serious on Professional Moron, so we’ve been leaning towards a more dramatic edge of late.
Gone are the articles on Baked Beans, nose picking, and wondering what an ingrowing toenail is. In are new things. Dramatic stuff! Violent stuff! The film review the other day, the mention of the word “existentialism”, and now today a game review, all hint at a new maturity for the Professional Moron office. And this isn’t just any game – it’s Rayman Origins.
Professional Moron’s Mr. Wapojif is a major nerd. He grew up playing video games from the NES, SNES, N64 to the Wii. Rayman Origins is on the latter. He has played the finest games in the world, and yet for the first time can confidently claim that this one game has what it takes to end wars and start a new Hippy movement. Read on, Macduff!
Where do you begin with Rayman Origins? Well there’s Globox (pictured below), who is our favourite character! The plot is as absurd as they come, so that’s a good place to start.
I’ve kind of forgotten it in all the excitement, but it has something to do with Rayman and his mates (one of which is Globox – he’s our favourite. Did we mention that?) having a mid-afternoon siesta and snoring uproariously.
This annoys a neighbour and, presto-hey, the neighbour messes up their world! What follows is a traditional 2D platformer of vivid imagination and breadth.
Why is the game so good? As it’s got vivid imagination and breadth? Yes. This is one of the best games on the Wii. Rayman Origins is such a glorious slice of loveliness it is difficult to name its best bits as there are so many.
The music is gorgeous, for a start, as are the graphics. The world you interact with is teeming with energy and life. And it all plays so most excellently…. and those chasing levels where you speed after the footstool are just epic! Totally immense!
We can’t do justice to this thing. We’ve been left dribbling numerous times at the sheer joy of it all. And this is coming from a miserable git, you should know. Seriously, I love nothing more than to be glum and complain about stuff. But this game forces a massive great big heap of happiness into my sick and twisted black heart!
The Solution to your Woes?
Could this game really solve all of life’s problems? Probably not. I’m pretty sure those ingrowing toenails will continue to ingrow, but at least you could forget all about it with this masterpiece of cheer in an otherwise bleak landscape. Rayman Origins, we love you!
Ubisoft followed this up with the almost as great Rayman Legends! The developer has been on a roll in recent years. It’s also released the quite fantastic CHILD of LIGHT and Valiant Hearts – two smaller, indie like games with serious creative clout. Keep up the fantabulous work!