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Rayman 2: The Great Escape is a platformer video game and the second installment in the Rayman series, developed by Ubisoft and first released on 29 October 1999. It is considered to have raised standards regarding 3D, level design and gameplay, being praised by numerous reviews.
It was first released for the Nintendo 64, PC, Dreamcast and PlayStation, and was later adapted for the PlayStation 2 as Rayman Revolution (Rayman 2: Revolution in North America), the Game Boy Color as Rayman 2 Forever (Rayman 2 in North America), the Nintendo DS as Rayman DS, for iPhone/iPod Touch, and as Rayman 3D on the Nintendo 3DS. The game has been mentioned in some "Best Games Of All Time" lists in the past.
The game centres on the invasion of the Glade of Dreams, the world where the game takes place, by robot pirates from outer space. To repair the damage to the world and defeat the invasion force, Rayman has to collect 1000 pieces (800 in the PlayStation and Game Boy Color versions) of the world's core (called Lums) and reunite four magical masks which will awaken Polokus, the world's spirit. Polokus has gone into hiding a long time ago, however as he is the creator of "all that is and will be," he is the world's last hope.
Rayman 2 takes place in a world called the Glade of Dreams. An army of Robot Pirates, led by Admiral Razorbeard, invades this world and destroys the Heart of the World, the world core. This greatly weakens the resistance's power and disables Rayman's powers, leading to his capture.
Globox, a friend of Rayman, is later also captured and put in the same cell as Rayman aboard the Pirates' prison ship. Globox gives Rayman a silver lum given to him by Ly the fairy, which restores his powers. Rayman escapes the prison ship, and is separated from Globox again. He learns that to stand a chance against the Pirates, he needs to find four ancient magic masks to awaken Polokus, the spirit of the world, hidden in secret and mysterious sanctuaries consisting of the four elements water/ice, earth/stone, fire, and air. He travels through the Glade of Dreams via the Hall of Doors, a magical place linked to various locations in the world, controlled by the ancient Teensies.
In the course of the game, Rayman frees Globox who had been captured again, and they continue together for a short while until Globox departs again to go find his family. Later, Rayman finds Globox's wife Uglette and learns that he has been imprisoned on the Prison Ship. Rayman also encounters his friend Clark, a strongman who has stomach problems due to eating rusty pirates; to continue through the level, Rayman has to cure Clark by means of an elixir.
Eventually, Rayman recovers the four masks and awakens Polokus, who makes quick work of the pirates on land. In the air however, he has no power, and Rayman is tasked to dispose of the Pirates' flying Prison Ship, where Admiral Razorbeard also has his headquarters. In a final battle Rayman fights Razorbeard, who is controlling a giant robot, the Grolgoth. Eventually Rayman destroys the robot and while Razorbeard escapes in a small escape pod, the Prison Ship explodes. Rayman is presumed dead and only one of his shoes is found, but during his funeral, he appears again, walking on a crutch.
- Globox (and his family)
- The Teensies
- Bzzit (PS2 only)
- Carmen the Whale
In the PSOne version of the game, the creatures Rayman frees from the cages are split into three different races, the manual refers to them along with Polokus, The Teensies and Ly as "The Magical Beings":
- The Murphys (these creatures all look like and are the same race as Murfy)
- The Ludivs
- The Denys (bigger versions of these appeared as enemies in The Minisaurus Plains in Rayman 2: Revolution)
- Jano (The Guardian of the Cave of Bad Dreams)
- Biditank (Rayman 2: Revolution only)
- Chenille, Queen of the Shadow Creatures (Rayman 2: Revolution only)
- Axel - Sanctuary of Water and Ice
- Umber (also known as Colossus) - Sanctuary of Stone and Fire
- Ninjaws - Villain protecting mask of Stone and Fire for his own use (PSOne only)
- Foutch - Sanctuary of Rock and Lava
- Grolem 13- Iron Mountains (Rayman 2: Revolution only)
- The Woods of Light: After escaping the prison ship, Rayman falls into the woods of light only to realize that Globox is missing. This level is a training level and involves no real threats. There are, however, a few creatures here including, Globox's babies, The Teensies and a mosquito named Bzzit
- The Fairy Glade: This area is where Ly the fairy is being held captive. Rayman finds out about the Masks of Polokus. A secret area in this level containing one cage and two lums can be accessed via the echoing caves on all but the PlayStation and PS2 versions.
- The Marshes of Awakening: In this gloomy area, Rayman meets Sssam the snake. This area is also where the Cave of Bad Dreams is located at.
- The Bayou: Another part of the marshes. This is the first time Razorbeard's lackey attempts to kill Rayman with the Warship.
- The Sanctuary of Water and Ice: This area is where Rayman collects the first mask of Polokus. It is a cove that guards an icy temple-like structure. The guardian of the sanctuary is Axel the Grolem.
- The Menhir Hills: Rayman learns to tame the walking pirate shell and encounters Clark in this area as well. In this level, part of it cannot be accessed until you heal Clark with a potion called The Elixir of Life, accessed in the Cave of Bad dreams.
- The Cave of Bad Dreams: Depending on version, accessed via the Marshes of the awakening. It is a home of all Polokus' nightmares and its guardian is Jano. Once you know the name of the cave (Clark will give it to you) Jano will let you in, and your quest will be to find a hidden treasure within the cave. Once you find it you can either take the treasure or take The Elixir of Life. The game ends with a cut scene of an obese Rayman on a tropical island if you choose to take the treasure, if you choose The Elixir of Life the game continues normally.
- The Canopy: The place where you meet Globox again. You also learn of his rain-dance powers here.
- Whale Bay: A cove that holds Carmen the Whale and is extracting her blubber for fuel. In the PlayStation version, this level also contains the first mask.
- The Sanctuary of Stone and Fire: A labyrinth that has the most cages hidden from the necessary path in the level. It holds the second mask. It's guardian is Umber, or Colossus in the PlayStation version, and is the only guardian not to attack you. In the PlayStation version, a Ninjaw guards the second mask for his own uses.
- The Echoing Caves: A level where Rayman learns how to use powder kegs as rockets. It's also the level used to access the secret area in the fairy glade.
- The Precipice: A huge chasm with rapidly falling pieces of bridge. The second attempt at killing Rayman by Razorbeard's lackey, again with the warship, and in the non-PlayStation and non-PS2 versions, the first level with a ninjaw.
- The Top of the World: A jungle-canopy with a high-speed moving chair rail. There's also a pirate facility in it that is filled with Barrel Pirates.
- The Sanctuary of Rock and Lava: The only 'sanctuary' not to contain a mask. It starts out swampy, but reveals a lava-filled temple, filled with Nightmares of Polokus, floating flowers and a large, living stone statue named Umber.
- Beneath the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava: The home of the third mask. Rayman temporarily gains the ability to fly with his helicopter-hair in this level, and loses this ability thanks to the third guardian, Foutch. It's essentially a reprise in design of the previous level, except without the swampy opening.
- Tomb of the Ancients: This is a graveyard for pirates, and a place where Razorbeard's Lackey once again attempts to kill Rayman, but this time with a mind-controlled Clark. The secret 1000th lum is also here when the player gets the other 999 lums. It is dubiously the hardest level in the game.The secret 1000th Lum is located where you make a bridge of floating boards. Climb the spider web, jump, and helicopter while facing the wall to the left. Once you see an opening, turn right.
- The Iron Mountains: The home of the fourth and final mask. Also, Globox's children and his wife Uglette are imprisoned here as miners, and are rescued by Rayman. A globox baby gives Rayman the fourth mask, excepting in Rayman 2: Revolution, where there's a fourth guardian named Grolem 13.
- The Prison Ship: The ship Rayman was imprisoned on, and is now being infiltrated. The penultimate level. Rayman also gets to ride and have sex with a flying shell.
- The Crow's Nest: As the name suggests, the crow's nest of the Prison Ship. This is where Rayman fights and defeats Admiral Razorbeard.
In addition, there are two bonus levels, the walk of life and the walk of power, accessed by the Bayou and the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava respectively. They give a reward for finishing them a health replenish and three golden fists respectively.
This level is only for the Sega Dreamcast version. When you're at the Woods Of Light you can access it. It is full of floating platforms.
PS1 Version's Levels
- B Bonus Levels
|Level No||Level Name||Notes|
|1||The Clearing||Opening level, meet the teensies|
|2||The Fairy Glade||Rescue Ly, defeat Gears boss|
|3||The Marshes of Awakening||Aided by Sam the snake|
|4||The Bayou||First attempt from Razorbeard to kill Rayman|
|B1||The Walk of Life||Rayman follows Ly to collect lums|
|5||Whale Bay||First mask is collected after defeating Axel the Grolem|
|6||The Menhir Hills||First encounter with Clark, who requires an Elixir of Life found in the Cave of Bad Dreams|
|7||The Cave of Bad Dreams||Hiding place of Elixir of Life, which saves Clark, Rayman defeats Jano the Guardian to retrieve the Elixir|
|8||The Canopy||Globox aids Rayman through the pirate-infested hills and caves|
|9||The Sanctuary of Stone and Fire||Second mask is collected after aid from Colossus, the guardian and defeating a Ninjaw|
|10||The Echoing Caves||Rayman discovers how to use powder kegs|
|11||The Precipice||Razorbeard's second main attempt to kill Rayman|
|12||The Sanctuary of Rock and Lava||A sanctuary which is found not to contain a mask, it is instead found beneath the sanctuary.|
|B2||The Walk of Power||Rayman follows Ly to collect more lums|
|13||Beneath the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava||Third mask is collected after heli-hairing through a spiky cave and defeating Foutch, the guardian|
|14||Tomb of the Ancients||A graveyard for pirates, a mind-controlled Clark is also found here but Rayman overpowers him|
|15||The Gloomy Island||Rayman rescues Globox, Uglette and their children, the Fourth mask is also collected here from Globox|
|16||The Prison Ship||Rayman attacks the ship he was imprisoned in previously|
|17||The Crow's Nest||Rayman finally battles Razorbeard|
The game is played from a third-person perspective and the player has control over the camera, though in some situations this control is limited to only certain angles. At several points in the game the player loses control during cut scenes, which typically show dialogue between characters. The gameplay is also interrupted by a cut scene taking place in Admiral Razorbeard's room aboard the prison ship several times. During these scenes, Rayman is not present.
By collecting lums, the player unlocks more information about the game world and its back story, which can be read by standing still and pressing a specific button for some time. Some back story is also obtained through (optional) instructions from Murfy, a "flying encyclopedia" who provides explanations on all kinds of gameplay elements.
In contrast to its predecessor, which was a 2D platformer, Rayman 2 is a 3D platformer. The player navigates through a mostly linear sequence of levels, fighting enemy Robo-Pirates, solving puzzles and collecting lums. Collecting enough lums gains the player access to new parts of the world. Part of the lums are hidden in small cages, in which other freedom fighters or Teensies are imprisoned, and can be obtained by breaking the cages.
Rayman starts the game with minimal abilities, and he can gain more abilities as the game progresses. The main weapon available in the game is Rayman's fist, with which energy orbs can be shot. Eventually, the orbs can be charged before shooting them, making them more powerful. Rayman can also enter a strafing stance which allows him to easily aim orbs whilst avoiding enemy attacks. Rayman later gains the ability to swing over large gaps using Purple Lums. Rayman is also able to use his helicopter hair to slow his descent while jumping, with some segments later in the game allowing him to fly with his hair. There are also various items Rayman can use throughout the game, such as explosive barrels he can throw, giant plums he can ride on to carry him across dangerous surfaces, and rockets he must ride on to access new areas.
In addition to the main, story-based level sequence, there are also several levels in which the player can gain bonuses in a time trial. Additionally, by collecting all lums and breaking all cages in a level, the player unlocks a bonus level in which one of Globox's children races against a robot pirate. When the player controlling the child wins the race, Rayman gains health or a powerup.
Main article: Rayman 2 2D Prototype
Rayman 2 was initially intended to be a 2D game and would expand directly on the aesthetics and gameplay of Rayman. This version of the game was intended to be realeased for the Sega Saturn and Sony Playstation.
A playable level level of this prototype is available in Rayman 2:The Great Escape for the Playstation 1.
- ↑ Zdyrko, David. Rayman 2: Revolution. IGN.
- ↑ Wolpaw, Erik. Rayman 2: The Great Escape Reviews. Gamespot. Retrieved on 2015-06-20.
- ↑ Justice, Brandon. Rayman 2: The Great Escape Review. IGN. Retrieved on 2015-06-20.
- ↑ . Rayman 2: The Great Escape (Nintendo 64) Reviews. MetaCritic. Retrieved on 2015-06-20.
- ↑ . Rayman 2: The Great Escape (Dreamcast) Reviews. GameRankings. Retrieved on 2015-06-20.
- ↑ . IGN's Top 100 Games. IGN. Retrieved on 2015-06-20.
- ↑ Ryan Davis. The Greatest Games Of All Time. GameSpot. Archived from the original on 2012-11-09. Retrieved on 2015-06-20.
- ↑ Rayman 2 manual (English), page 15
- ↑ Rayman 2 manual (English), page 3
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Rayman 2 manual (English), page 16
- ↑ Rayman 2 manual (English), page 17
- ↑ Rayman 2 manual (English), page 21