December 17, 2012, 12:00

2013 Most Anticipated – #15 Rayman Legends

By David Howard, Editor-in-Chief

Editor’s Note: We’ve chosen our twenty-five most anticipated games of 2013 from an extension list of confirmed and almost certain releases for next year. Having each voted for the games on the list and then processing the results through a methodical algorithm we’re here to bring you the results. We’ll take a look at what we know about each game, plus the reasons the team voted for each title, with an article every day until the end of the year – when we’ll reveal our most anticipated game of 2013. To see all previous games in this feature, visit the dedicated stream.

Rayman Origins was one of the most wonderful releases of last year. It was fresh, gorgeous and overflowing with charm and garnered an ‘A+’ review on both console and PlayStation Vita. “Even if husked out, discarded in return for the next game release and left on the pre-owned shelves of shops to gather dust,” read our review, “if you feel like another round you’ll have two more save slots available to necessitate a justified return to the glorious Glade of Dreams. Rayman Origins is worth holding onto though: it may not be the staple diet of a modern gamer but it is a flawless exhibition of generation-leaping gameplay married to sublime presentation. This is a wondrous game and there are no words more apt to describe Rayman Origins in one than that; are you convinced that you need this game in your life yet?”

2013 Most Anticipated – #15 Rayman Legends

Fast-forward four months and Rayman Legends is leaked via an “internal video” before being officially confirmed at E3. Ubisoft demoed the title on stage showcasing the new controls using the Wii U’s GamePad and confirmed that the game was a Wii U exclusive. Going from a multiplatform release for the original to an exclusive sequel is a little unfair on those who bought and supported Origins – thus helping to fund the sequel – as unless they don’t have this brand new hardware they’ll have to go without. However, the exclusivity has also allowed for some dedicated and unique takes on game mechanics thanks to the GamePad and it’s the use of the new inputs that has One Hit Pixel contributor Will interested.

“I loved Rayman Origins on the PS Vita and the Xbox 360, and Legends just looks like a huge improvement,” he admitted. “The use of the Wii U game pad is interesting to say the least and I think it is just a shame that this was not a release title for the Wii U. That said, Legends will be a great game to play and will be one of those games that you can keep on playing with friends and family.”

The sequel is once again striking with its stunning visuals, but it’s the focus on multiplayer that could be the big selling point. Whilst Rayman Origins was a terrific platformer, playing it with friends bumped it to another level.

Sub-Editor Dave Irwin, having had some hands-on time with the game, is confident that it will be a winner for Ubisoft. “Renting Rayman Origins on a whim was the best decision I made this year,” he said, “and while it is a shame that the sequel is a Wii U exclusive, it’s certainly going to be one of the first games I will play when I finally get round to purchasing Nintendo’s newest console. Playing it at Eurogamer Expo was an absolute blast, with it not only playing just like the Origins story, but featuring nicer textures. This may be the sleeper hit of the Wii U to come.”

Originally set for to be a Wii U launch title, Legends got delayed in next year, with a February 28 release date being confirmed recently. It’s a shame as the game was set to be one of the stand-out titles for the new console, but at least it should provide a terrific new title early next year.