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"Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (Wii)"

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Mon 21/04/08 at 12:02
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The first Raving Rabbids game was a case of good ideas and not so good execution. It wasnít a bad game, a lot of the mini-games were good fun and the humour was often spot-on, but the tedious game world stopped the game from being as instantly accessible as it should have been and a few of the mini-games let the side down.

Cue the sequel. Rayman is back, but despite some good cut scenes and a brief outline of a story, the focus is very much on the games themselves. The game is split in to regions (US, Europe and Asia) and the games are relevant to these regions. The US section has some of the best parodies, with Hollywood movies like Spider-man being spoofed to very good effect, while Europe and Asia have a suitable feel in both games and music. The idea as a whole holds the sections together and, to the benefit of the game, most of the mini-games are different enough to prevent the 3 regions from feeling too similar. You can also unlock music, costumes and mini-games by completing the mini-games.

The best game, in my opinion, is the rock-band-esque sections where you get to choose between playing instruments such as drums or guitar, the bonus is that once these are completed the songs themselves are unlocked for the jukebox in the menu. You can also unlock levels for a shooting game which you can play in the plaza. Itís a short but very good shooter in the same vein as Ghost Squad or House of the Dead and it makes the game worth buying just for this alone.

As with the first game, the strengths lay in multi-player gaming. Some of the games will have you falling about on the floor in laughter, whether youíre playing with family or friends after a night out. The Rabbids are always entertaining, whether theyíre dying, shouting or getting up to mischief and Rayman himself seems to be so much more in touch with that humour than he was in the first game.

Graphically, the game is well presented, characters have some great expressions and the worlds are colourful and detailed. The sound adds to the humour, particularly in the Ďbandí sections where a famous song is sung Rabbid-style.

As with any other game of this type, youíre bound to find a few bad mini-games among the hundreds on offer, but Iíve yet to come across one thatís really bad. Because of itís nature it will get a bit boring after a while in single player, though the rewards make it worthwhile until theyíre all unlocked, and this has to be taken in to account. If youíre buying it without the intention of using the multi-player then it will give you a laugh, but the strength lies when you hand around the extra Wii controllers. As a multi-player, though, Rabbids 2 is one of the best on the Wii and well worth adding to your collection.

8/10
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Mon 21/04/08 at 12:02
Moderator
"possibly impossible"
Posts: 24,985
The first Raving Rabbids game was a case of good ideas and not so good execution. It wasnít a bad game, a lot of the mini-games were good fun and the humour was often spot-on, but the tedious game world stopped the game from being as instantly accessible as it should have been and a few of the mini-games let the side down.

Cue the sequel. Rayman is back, but despite some good cut scenes and a brief outline of a story, the focus is very much on the games themselves. The game is split in to regions (US, Europe and Asia) and the games are relevant to these regions. The US section has some of the best parodies, with Hollywood movies like Spider-man being spoofed to very good effect, while Europe and Asia have a suitable feel in both games and music. The idea as a whole holds the sections together and, to the benefit of the game, most of the mini-games are different enough to prevent the 3 regions from feeling too similar. You can also unlock music, costumes and mini-games by completing the mini-games.

The best game, in my opinion, is the rock-band-esque sections where you get to choose between playing instruments such as drums or guitar, the bonus is that once these are completed the songs themselves are unlocked for the jukebox in the menu. You can also unlock levels for a shooting game which you can play in the plaza. Itís a short but very good shooter in the same vein as Ghost Squad or House of the Dead and it makes the game worth buying just for this alone.

As with the first game, the strengths lay in multi-player gaming. Some of the games will have you falling about on the floor in laughter, whether youíre playing with family or friends after a night out. The Rabbids are always entertaining, whether theyíre dying, shouting or getting up to mischief and Rayman himself seems to be so much more in touch with that humour than he was in the first game.

Graphically, the game is well presented, characters have some great expressions and the worlds are colourful and detailed. The sound adds to the humour, particularly in the Ďbandí sections where a famous song is sung Rabbid-style.

As with any other game of this type, youíre bound to find a few bad mini-games among the hundreds on offer, but Iíve yet to come across one thatís really bad. Because of itís nature it will get a bit boring after a while in single player, though the rewards make it worthwhile until theyíre all unlocked, and this has to be taken in to account. If youíre buying it without the intention of using the multi-player then it will give you a laugh, but the strength lies when you hand around the extra Wii controllers. As a multi-player, though, Rabbids 2 is one of the best on the Wii and well worth adding to your collection.

8/10

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