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Revisiting a Review: Chopping Down Rayman Even Further

This isn’t really a full-fledged article as much as it is a quick update… I just finished playing Contrast, and although it was a decent game, I can’t rate it very greatly. I’ll have a review up tomorrow, most likely, but that’s not quite the point of this article. See, I rated Rayman Origins 6.5 a few months ago, which still stands as the lowest rating I’ve ever given a game. The problem is, I was being kind… I didn’t think I needed to senselessly drop the game to a terrible score because RO still had redeeming values: the music was good, the level design was good, etc. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that giving Rayman Origins a lower score is more suitable because it is by far the worst game I’ve ever played, and the aggravation and irritation I went through while playing this game far overrides the few decent qualities of the game. I have to drop the score on RO because, frankly put, Contrast will probably be scored between the 6.5-7.5 range from me, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as Rayman Origins, which currently has a rating of 6.5 from me. I can’t honestly review Contrast on a scale where it’s almost as bad as the worst game I’ve played, if this makes sense. Therefore, the only logical solution is to lower the score of RO, which I think can and will be done fairly.

As I mentioned before, I tried to rate Rayman “fairly” and without gouging it. The problem is, it needs to be gouged. I thought that the good parts of the game would be enough to keep its score up, but no matter how good the good parts are, the bad parts severely destroy the experience; I just can’t dare to say the game is as good or fun as a rating of 6.5 might depict. In my eyes, a 10 is perfect, 9 is near perfect, 8 is good enough to buy on launch day, 7 is average and you should wait for a small price drop, 6 makes a game decent if you buy it cheap, but anything less ranges from slightly bad to flat out terrible. Rayman, with its new rating, falls at around a 5.25. Why? Well, it’s definitely not in the 6 range, where it’s worth buying for cheap, but it’s not truly a 50% decent game as a rating of a flat 5 might lead one to believe. It’s slightly better than just “bad,” if you get what I’m saying and where I’m going.

I’ve learned that a rating is partly what the game is like, and equally how it makes you feel. If a game has amazing level design and gameplay, yet the narrative is unemotional, how much could you really feel like you enjoyed the game? That is, assuming you take storylines seriously and that the game should have one. I’m a sucker for a good story, but I’m also aware that Rayman Origins isn’t the genre to have one; I am not reviewing the game from the lens where it should have a convincing story. The new score of 5.25 hopefully more accurately shows just how much I dislike Rayman Origins, but it’s not quite in the latter half of games where they begin to get legitimately bad below a rating of 5.

Sound fair? I hope so; comment below with your thoughts. Hit the like or follow buttons if you’ve enjoyed, and maybe watch a video or two from the LP channels in my “Links” tab.

Until Next Time
Matt

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9 thoughts on “Revisiting a Review: Chopping Down Rayman Even Further”

  1. yeah, you see, that’s why I don’t like scores. There are too many variables at work. It’s all your opinion at the end of the day. What was your gut instinct when you played the game? What score would you give it?

    1. My gut instinct is now where the score lies: low πŸ˜› I wanted to be a nice guy and try to find reasons to rate it higher (like at 6.5) but I just couldn’t stand it; I was lying, really. The new score is what it deserves.

      1. I don’t think you were lying, I think you got caught up in your gaming emotions. And probably really enjoyed the game at that point when you were playing it, so you were more focused on the positive aspects. Now that time has passed you can see the game for what it truly is.

        Happens to me quite a bit πŸ™‚ That’s why when I review I have to step back and think objectively. lol

      2. I’m more inclined to think that Matt was just trying to be as positive and humble about an experience that was so overwhelmingly bad. I don’t that anyone but someone with aiming for the rank of General Assmaster or Major Douche like to lampoon a game. But the truth is that Rayman Origins is a very bad game when played with an eye to actually getting all of the Electoons and Gold Medallions. It’s not hard so much as it is both hard and inconsistent, something that a game can’t be with challenge as a selling point.

  2. Good point. By the way “I don’t that anyone but someone with aiming for the rank of General Assmaster or Major Douche like to lampoon a game” I laughed my ass off to that πŸ™‚

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