Another dry week coming up folks. Look on the bright side. More time for you to “finish” Skyrim am I right? If by some miracle you already finished it, maybe you should take a look at the game I’ve got lined up in today’s 20/20, or you can hold out until next week when the proverbial video gaming flood dams break once again. Your choice.
Remember. Release dates are quite literally made at the whims of the publisher. The following are subject to change without any warning.
Rayman Origins (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)
Original Release Date: Tuesday November 15, 2011
Few games can go toe to toe with the platforming king that is Nintendo’s platformer mascot, Mario partially because not many even bother to try. The few who does can’t measure up, but last year, Rayman Origins tried to do exactly that and, according to some reviewers, actually succeeded.
As a quick refresher, Rayman Origins stars the almost forgotten Ubisoft character, Rayman and his sidekick Globox in an old school 2D platforming adventure. The world is threatened by an old grouchy lady who lived underground. One day, Rayman and Globox’s snoring annoyed the old lady, who then took it upon herself to take over the world. Now Rayman and Globox, and two identical cohort a la the Toads in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, must travel the weird, wacky world to stop that old lady.
Garnering an impressive 87 on Metacritic, every reviewer points to Origins’s strong level design as its greatest strength. If a 2D platformer has to get anything right, level design is it. Moreover, the Origins’s graphics left many reviewers in awe thanks to a strong, cohesive art style and variety. That along with a plethora of content and epic boss fights all makes Origins the number one contender for 2D platformer of 2011. Damn shame it came out the same week as Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Saints Row: The Third, and about 20 other games. It would have taken a PR genius/miracle worker to get people to notice Origins. But now that all those big triple-A games have come and gone, along with a price drop, Origins stands a chance in hell to be noticed and, hopefully, beloved by the masses.