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It's not clear where the “Legends” part of Rayman Legends stems from. Is it from the fact that Rayman himself is something of a gaming icon, i.e a legend? Does it stem from the plot? Or the levels themselves? No, our guess is that the word “Legends” is short for legendary, which is exactly what this game is. Rayman Legends, a re-release of a last generation game on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, is one of the best platforming games of all time.

While many gamers are getting sick of publishers dragging over their last generation games to the new generation, Rayman Legends makes a bit of sense. Released during the last generation, the game fell very short of sales expectations despite being an amazing experience. Putting it on the current generation systems, where games are scarce at the moment, should enable Rayman Legends to get a bit more exposure as the field isn't so crowded. Let's get this out of the way now: If you already own Rayman Legends on a past generation system, there is really no reason to purchase the game again on your shiny new Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The gameplay is the same, the levels are the same and even the bonus costumes are the same. For everyone else though, you need this game.

Rayman Legends stars Rayman as he runs, jumps, and punches through over 80 levels in a game reminiscent to Super Mario Bros. The only way to describe this game is “platforming bliss,” thanks to the care and effort put into the level design. Rayman doesn't gain new abilities throughout the course of his adventure, but each level will put your existing abilities to the test in new and inventive ways. Levels are hand-drawn and stunning, especially in the re-release which comes across as sharper and more colorful than any previous version of the game to date.

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Rayman Legends features a wealth of content that doesn't just stop at giving you a massive amount of levels to play in. The game features tons of unlockable characters, numerous secrets to find in each level, and even a large portion of levels from previous game Rayman Origins, remastered to take adventure of the Legends style. While many other companies nickle and dime you over downloadable content, Rayman Legends make you unlock it all, nailing the feel of what made classic video games successful.

While Rayman Legends doesn't provide multiplayer in the conventional sense, a form of multiplayer is included in the form of challenge levels. These levels, which rotate on a daily and weekly basis, are designed around speed, either asking you to collect a certain amount of currency in the fastest time or just finish the level quickly. Your fastest time is put on a global leaderboard where you can compare your time against players from all over the world. This mode is addictive and you'll find yourself trying levels just one more time in order to shave off a few seconds.

While the gameplay content is the same, the re-release of Rayman Legends on current generation systems does add something new: the removal of all loading times. Entering and exiting a level is now a seamless affair and while it seems like a minor change, you'll find it difficult to return to loading times in any other game after experiencing a world without it.

The game looks and runs the same on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, so which version of the game you purchase comes down to which bonus costume you want: The Assassin's Creed costume on PlayStation 4 or the Far Cry 3 costume on the Xbox One. Regardless of which version you choose, Rayman Legends is an amazing, one-of-a-kind experience that shouldn't be missed.

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