March 30, 2012

Future Proof: Rayman 3 HD

A Look at the HD Remake of Rayman 3 from Ubisoft

Rayman 3 HD boxartOriginally released in 2003 on Xbox, PS2, and Nintendo GameCube, Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havok was the 3rd major platform release in the Rayman franchise, and the last platformer before the series took a turn to feature the Rabbids.  Now, nearly ten years later, Ubisoft, after resurrecting the Rayman series with Rayman Origins, looks to bring fans a taste of the classic Rayman with Rayman 3 HD.

Ubisoft has taken the original title from ten years ago and diligently reworked the visuals and music to bring us a title that is worthy of this current generation of systems.  While these upgraded graphics are not as significant as something like last year’s Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, which was upgraded from its original 8-bit existence, Rayman 3 HD still contains much more detail in the textures than before.  I’ve included a screenshot below comparing the original title to this HD version.  Smoother looking surfaces and textures are evident in the HD upgrade, but it is certainly not a drastic change.  Rayman 3 HD isn’t more than just a visual makeover of the original title, brought to life on the current generation console, but it certainly holds up well with the complete gameplay still intact.  While the original camera problems remain (not truly being able to control the camera angle, for example), Rayman 3 HD remains a truly fun platformer and well worth playing if you are a fan of the original series.

Rayman 3 originalRayman 3 HD screen

Fans of Rayman, like myself, will simply enjoy being able to experience this classic title once again. I’m very happy to see Rayman making a return to consoles, first with Rayman Origins, and now with Rayman 3 HD. Does this mean that Ubisoft is planning more Rayman titles in the future? Possibly even more upgraded titles of the original series? I certainly hope so. I’ve been a fan of Rayman since his debut on the PlayStation in 1995. 

About the Author

Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.



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