It seems that reboots are all the rage nowadays with all different kinds of media. Movies, Video Games, T.V. shows, and even some music have been rebooted in the past decade and more. Some are brilliant and much-needed, some not so much brilliant and just plain unnecessary. A reboot is basically changing the formula of something that people remember and turning it into something new and different, sometimes throwing away all of the history of the said franchise. When is the right time to press that reset button on a franchise and start from scratch? There have been some crappy reboots and some great ones like Tomb Raider, DMC:Devil May Cry, and a game that I will be talking about today, which is Rayman Origins. Rayman is a video game series that I played so much on the original PlayStation. How could I not? He’s a weird human who has floating limbs! The original was super difficult for my kiddie self and kind of creepy to boot. After years of weird racing spinoff games and the Raving Rabbids games for the Wii, I could tell that Rayman, as a kick-butt character, has been forgotten and will probably never be the same again…. until 2011 that is!
Rayman Origins was released on consoles. A four player side-scrolling platformer that was beautiful! It had this artistic spin on the series that I have never seen before and it worked! Playing with friends was hella fun and there are tons of collectibles to obtain.
In an interview with IGN back in 2011, Michael Ancel, the creative director behind Origins, talked about how excited he was to bring Rayman back to his roots. He considers games not just a sport, but a way to immersed into an unknown world with the music, scenery, and gameplay.
Origins was a masterpiece and was something that the video game world needed instead of more grey colored shooters.