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Rayman Raving Rabbids

 

 

SCORE: 80

 

Rayman Raving Rabbids 

 

Our favorite limb-less hero Rayman comes to the Wii, ready to take on the sadistic challenges of those over-caffeinated bunnies known as the Rabbids. But the question is are you ready for this game? I say that more ominously rather than reassuringly. I’m sure you all see my scores for the game but I simply must explain myself.

As far as graphics go, they’re all good. Everything is three-dimensional if I recall correctly. Some things look a little grungy but for the most part, they’re all good. Sound isn’t too bad either. On a certain mini-game, however, I had sound problems involving the speaker in the Wii Remote. One thing you must do in the mini-game is to listen for a pig to make noise in order to find a safe path through a junkyard. The thing is, the sound only worked about once out of every three plays. Needless to say, I had a hard time. Aside from that, there are also dancing games in which you beat out the song using the Remote and the Nunchuck. Some of the songs could be better but I particularly like the first one. Graphics and sound are both fine.

There is no reason at all to replay the story mode at all. I can’t exactly verify this but as I’m told, you can’t really play multiplayer until you play some of story mode, if not all of it. What I think it means is you unlock the games themselves for free-play but even then, I’m not sure. There aren’t really any extras either except for some unlockable costumes for Rayman. The only other things to unlock are the songs which you play to in the aforementioned music games.

Gameplay is rather bland. I mean, after failing at each of these games a few times, you get easily flustered even with VERY simple controls. Other games get a bit more complex but still have simple controls. I got kind of annoyed when I was playing one game where you move the Remote and Nunchuck up and down really fast and my thumb just happened to get in the way and smashed between both controller parts. Players, beware your thumbs! Anyway, controls do work good but still simple. That’s not exactly bad though considering Nintendo wants non-gamers to start playing and simple controls will help.

Finally, I’d like to touch on my Family Friendly Factor grade. This game is truly family friendly. The only reason it got a bad grade was for the sake of, well, I didn’t like reviewing the game and I in no way want a sequel to this. Kids might very well like it. Parents might just like it, too. But teenagers like me? Not so much. But the game does have multiplayer, something I have yet to have a taste of, and should do a good job letting parents and kids play. By my standards, I say the game is rather family friendly. The grading scale begs to differ but you can decide who wins that one.

So to sum it all up, the game is fairly decent for younger kids. Graphics and sound are ok. Sound and controls could be worked on a bit. But if you want extras over unlockables, this is not your game. If you want to play with friends immediately, I have to assume it’s not your game. (I will just point out that story mode was the first thing I did so I cannot verify the aforementioned information on unlocking mini-games.) If you want action, this is not your game. If you want so quick laughs, well, the little rabbids always make me laugh. And kids, try to get your parents to play. They might enjoy it, too. And now I just have to say this: Bunnies can’t make a great game…but-they-can-DANCE!!!
- vernanonix

 

Graphics: 84%
Sound: 86%
Replay/Extras: 81%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 68%
System: Wii
Publisher: Ubisoft
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone
{Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief}

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