Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc - PC

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Also for: PS2, Xbox, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Ubisoft Soft. Co.: Ubisoft
Publishers: Ubisoft (GB)
Released: 21 Mar 2003 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Control Pad


Arms and legs or no arms and legs, our old French buddy is still a hero, and it's time for him to get back into the swing of things. It's been nearly three year since his last outing in The Great Escape, but now he faces a foe more sinister than the pirates of Rayman 2, and even the evil Mr Dark.

For the third and perhaps most bizarre outing yet, Rayman's sidekick and best buddy Globox find himself in trouble again when he accidentally swallows the mighty Lord of the Dark Lums. The Hoodlums are not best pleased and so Globox finds himself the target of an onslaught of deadly critters who desperately want their leader back. It's Rayman to the rescue for a third time... oh dear.

Following in the footsteps of its immediate predecessor, Rayman 3 puts players in dozens of wonderfully rendered 3D fantasy environments, boasting spectacular lighting and shadow effects. There's plenty of variety within each gaming locale, both visually and in gameplay terms, and the PC hardware does perhaps the best job of putting Ubi Soft's talent on screen, boasting higher resolutions and techniques such as anti-aliasing.

Throughout the adventure, more than 20 different enemies stand between Rayman and his goals, each sporting what Ubi Soft refer to as advanced AI and specific strengths and combat strategies. But have no fear because, as always, a host of superpowers and abilities can be unearthed, such as Shock Rockets, Lockjaw, Vortex, Mini-Shoe car and others.

Rayman 3 is a remarkably accomplished title, offering a hefty amount of play, a wealth of well designed and involving environments, and some great visuals. This third instalment of a great series of games is long overdue, but it's well worth the wait.


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