E3 2011: Rayman Origins Gameplay Impressions

E3 2011: Rayman Origins Gameplay Impressions

Right off the bat of Ubisoft’s press conference, the creator of Rayman, Michel Ancel took the stage and introduced us to Rayman Origins. A live demonstration of the game was shown, and was done entirely with two-player co-op. The two characters used were Rayman and the lovable blue guy, Globox. The game is 2D platforming, and was shown to include all the standard elements, including wall jumping, fluttering, shooting projectiles, sliding, (takes a breath) swimming, hip-dropping, and rope swinging. Some of the co-op elements of the game included stacking on top of each other and the ability to hit each other, because that’s just good ‘ole fun.

What was super note-worthy was a portion of a stage shown where Tetris pieces were falling from above and the all too familiar Tetris music started playing. Talk about epic. They also showed an underwater stage, a stage where you are being chased and an airplane flying-like stage. It looked like a lot of fun.

The game is said to be playable with 4-player co-op for E3 attendees to play, so it will be great to see that in action. Humorous cutscenes were also shown to top it all off, so the game is looking like it will have all the trimmings of what we loved about the original Rayman titles.