Hello there! Today, I will be sharing with you another juicy and delicious (wait, what?) installment of my gameplay series for Rayman Origins. In this video, I get the Lum Medal in the second level of Jibberish Jungle, Geyser Blowout. As you can see, this level took me two tries, as I was not able to get 350 Lums for the Lum Medal during my first attempt. I was still getting used to the game, thus my minor incompetence. Plus, I just miss the helicopter ability. It is useful, but I don’t get that until the Desert of Dijiridoos. Sigh. Continue reading Youtube Time: The Duck Plays: Rayman Origins-Geyser Blowout (Lum Medal)
What’s this, another video post? Why, yes. Yes, it is. You see, once I finished playing Fragile Dreams, I decided the next game I’d like to record would be Rayman Origins, one of my favorite platformers of all time. In fact, it’s right up there with the old Donkey Kong Country games on the SNES. It is that good. And so I thought I’d start posting videos for that game every week, as well, because I just can’t wait to share the fun with everyone. Continue reading Youtube Time: The Duck Plays: Rayman Origins-Opening + It’s a Jungle Out There (Lum Medal)
(This post was originally published on my other blog on 5/9/12, but I thought I’d share it here because I found it amusing.) Video games often have you do things that wouldn’t make sense in real life, and usually we don’t question it. I don’t even just mean the weird stuff, but the fact that we just direct our characters to go into peoples’ houses without permission, for example. Or we attack creatures that do nothing to us. The “Kirby” series comes to mind, as many enemies make no signs of aggression towards Kirby, but Kirby still attacks them. What have the Waddle Dees ever done to him, aside from the fact that touching them is harmful (which makes no sense)? It would be weird if you actually sustained physical harm from simply walking into someone, but then you still couldn’t just attack them. And in “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword”, Link sleeps in other people’s beds, for quacking out loud! Have you no shame, sir? Continue reading A Discussion on Why Rayman Might Be a Criminal
I have recently been in a big Rayman mood. I’ve been replaying Rayman 3, and I have also been reading a pretty great fan fic for the series called When the Tables Have Turned which I’ve been following for a good year or two now. Seriously, it’s awesome. Ahem, well, a time came when her story made mention of the Cave of Bad Dreams from Rayman 2, and I was thrilled and excited at this reminder of a level I enjoyed just as much as it chilled me. Continue reading Resonance: Cave of Bad Dreams
How wonderful that we’re doing Listmas again this year, as it was quite a fun holiday, and I’m just a person who enjoys listing things, no matter what time of year that may be. This has been a crazy year for gaming, so I thought today’s list would be a list of the games I played this year. Look at me go!
- Rayman Legends, PS3, which somehow managed to top the masterpiece that came before it
- Final Fantasy VIII, PS1, a game that makes you want to conserve your magic at all costs, only to have it get periodically stolen during the final boss, the only time you feel like you can actually use it
- Final Fantasy VI, PS1, the inspiration for the first costume I ever made and for getting me into masquerade competitions
- Final Fantasy IX, PS1, a game I strangely couldn’t get into, even when, at the same time, it was pretty darn fun
- Chrono Trigger, PS1, a nice break from the turn-based RPG’s I had played up until that point and which included some pretty neat time travel
- Chrono Cross, PS1, which was both fun and the bane of my existence, considering they didn’t let you get experience from fighting most of the time, and the bosses could be so darn ridiculous
- Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal, PS2, my second playthrough, but my first time completing Annihilation Nation and collecting all sewer crystals, thanks to a map I completely forgot existed before
- New Super Mario Bros U, Wii U, which I’m still in the process of playing, with much gusto
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Wii U, which is a lot like the prequel, which accounts for the lessened gusto and less motivation to complete it any time soon…
- Pikmin 3, Wii U, which makes fruit far more fun than I ever would have expected; I just wish Brittany would shut up
A Duck That’s Been Busy With Nonsense
It feels like I’ve been writing about the “Rayman” series quite a lot lately, but it seems such posts have always gotten a rather positive response, so I said to myself, why not write another one. Why not indeed? You see, this is one of those series that has some really great games, and yet hasn’t really gotten the attention it so deserves. Fortunately, that’s all started to change with the release of “Rayman Origins” and “Rayman Legends” in recent years, but how many of you know about the old “Rayman” games from before the series started to gain more recognition? And it is for that reason, and because thinking up ideas has been rather hard for me lately, that I have decided to summarize the “Rayman” series for all of you who have yet to become converted to its limbless greatness, or who have simply missed out on the games from its past. Continue reading Why the Rayman Series Needs More Love (Especially Rayman 2)
Over a decade ago, while perusing my local Best Buy, I came across a game called “Rayman 2: The Great Escape” for the Nintendo 64. The box sported a bizarre looking dude with a big nose that I actually mistook for a rather odd dog (I later found that he is, in fact, you know what, I don’t know what the heck Rayman is). The game looked quite appealing, and so I bought it, my gaming instincts once again proving to be right, as I ended up having a blast with this game, right from the start.
Everything about it was just awesome. The graphics were quite lovely, the landscapes lush and beautiful, while the characters were strange and whimsical, and I couldn’t help but love the way they spoke in their strange gibberish language. In the end, I just fell in love with this game. I loved Rayman and his rain-dancing pal Globox, not to mention Rayman’s lack of limbs and his awesome helicopter hair and his ability to shoot balls of energy from his fist. This game, actually, is still one of my all-time favorites, and with my great adoration for this game, I got it into my head that the “Rayman” series was one that…people had actually heard of.