To be honest, it comes as no surprise that this title made it into the top ten. Being a community of predominantly older games, we at Midlife Gamer tend to have to balance our gaming life with our work and family lives. This title is one of those games that allows us to merge two of these aspects of our lives into one. Alongside the Lego games, Minecraft or the recent Skylanders games, Rayman stands out as a title that actively seeks to involve the whole family.
Even though he’s now a teenager, my son is getting beyond the age of enjoying the former games, there is still a place in his heart for sitting with his “uncool” father and playing a good platformer in co-op. Even my better half, who’s gaming experience since Flimbo’s quest has been predominantly “match three” style Facebook games, was enchanted by the world created for Rayman Legends and she could regularly be heard telling us where to go when we may have missed a hidden section of the game.
This mass appeal, is Rayman’s crowning glory. No matter your age and no matter how deep you go into the game you can find some enjoyment from its simplistic, rhythmic charms. If you are a hardcore gamer, min/maxing the levels collectibles is where the challenge lies, but if this was not your thing, or if you just wanted to sit down for a quick blast you can just as easily run through each level enjoying the refined platforming joy that it brings.
Platforming has not changed greatly since I was my sons age, it has simply become more refined. Not relying on ultra realistic graphics also means that this title will last the test of time, and even when everyone is saturated on the current joy being found in our new shinies, this game will still look clean, polished and remain ultimately fun for years to come.
If you are a gamer who looks to find some time to game between playing with the kids or entertaining the in-laws, you could do a lot worse than to pick up this game for some Xmas day hijinks that even Grandma could enjoy.