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Rayman 2: The Great Escape is a 3D platform game developed by Ubi Soft Montpellier and published by Ubi Soft Entertainment for the PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Sega Dreamcast, and PC. It was released October 29th, 1999.

While most versions of the game were critically acclaimed, the PlayStation port of the game was heavily criticized for lacking content.

Why the PlayStation Version Sucks

  1. Most levels are missing several sections. Some levels were redesigned and cram several sections of the original level into one.
  2. Two levels from the original version were completely removed.
  3. Lums are also redesigned and don't look as good.
  4. The game suffers from rather noticeable aliasing, making it look extremely jagged.
  5. One of the removed levels, The Sanctuary of Ice and Water, was turned a minor section of Whale Bay; the only thing remaining is the battle with Axel.
  6. The Knowledge of the World and bonus minigames were removed.
  7. The hidden section of The Fairy Glade was removed.
  8. After defeating Jano, Rayman automatically chooses to decline the treasure instead of letting the player decide.
  9. No minigame at the end of each level when you find everything.
  10. The 1000 Yellow Lums were reduced to 800. The manual mistakenly lists 1000 like most versions.
  11. The Power Fists are absent from this version of the game, and to add insult to injury, the power-up is mentioned in the manual, but nowhere to be seen.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. This version is voiced acted instead of using gibberish or "Raymanian" over text dialogues. The addition of voice acting also adds some more lore and context to the plot with extra cutscenes, such as Foutch's reasons for attacking Rayman. The voiced dialogue would carry over to the PS2 port, Rayman Revolution, and Rayman 3.
  2. After completing the game, you can play a prototype of the original 2D build of Rayman 2 that was scrapped.
  3. Some versions came with a good looking beach ball.
  4. The music is better quality than the compressed N64 MIDI music thanks to the PS1 having CD over cartridges.
  5. The port itself isn't exactly terrible, but it is rather lacking.