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  • Summary: Rayman's universe has fallen into a chaotic world of wicked powers, bizarre characters, and merciless combat. When Globox accidentally swallows the Lord of the Dark Lums, a fanatic army of trigger-happy Hoodlums wreaks total havoc to get their Lord back. Rayman's only chance is to purge theRayman's universe has fallen into a chaotic world of wicked powers, bizarre characters, and merciless combat. When Globox accidentally swallows the Lord of the Dark Lums, a fanatic army of trigger-happy Hoodlums wreaks total havoc to get their Lord back. Rayman's only chance is to purge the Dark Lum Lord from the manic Globox, scour the lands for new powers, and battle with hordes of Hoodlum soldiers. Even without arms or legs, Rayman can still unleash an arsenal of special powers and fighting moves. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Rayman 3's most awesome attribute, as incredible as the movies, dialogue, and gameplay are, is a level of visual splendor that defies everything I've come to know about lighting effects in a video game. [Mar 2003, p.47]
  2. 89
    Whether you're a Rayman fan who can't get enough of the limbless wonder, or an action-adventure-platforming gamer who enjoys sarcastic wit, gorgeous graphics, smooth framerates, and creative character abilities, Hoodlum Havoc is for you.
  3. This self-referential back-and-forth sets this game apart from the crowded market of platformers that it mocks and imitates with equal finesse.
  4. Displays almost Zelda-like creativeness in its monsters and environments.
  5. From the story, to the music to graphics to the gameplay, Rayman 3 is fun to play.
  6. It's pretty, it's quite a challenge, and is loaded with rewards. But you'll quickly come to the conclusion that for all its charms, it doesn't offer enough new ideas, and that its competition is just too strong.
  7. 30
    Sloppy and uninspired.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. SirT.
    Feb 8, 2004
    10
    Incredible attention to detail, great variety, lots of challenges and humor, and just lots of fun to play. I was sorry when it was over.
  2. Apr 5, 2012
    10
    Absolutely great game. Great bosses, minigames and music. The graphics aren't amazing obviously but the art direction is great. Really reallyAbsolutely great game. Great bosses, minigames and music. The graphics aren't amazing obviously but the art direction is great. Really really fun, a true classic. Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2011
    9
    One of the best 3D platformers i have ever played.
    The game was super fun and the graphics looked FANTASTIC.I´m glad they brought
    One of the best 3D platformers i have ever played.
    The game was super fun and the graphics looked FANTASTIC.I´m glad they brought back using punches instead of throwing lums,the new powerups are a nice touch and a welcomed change to the gameplay and the platforming is as good as it has always been.The story was very nice,André the Black Lum starts turning all the red lums to Hoodlums(A.K.A. More black lums) and Rayman has to stop them.Globox accidentally swallows André and Rayman helps him get to a doctor to get André out and stop him from taking over the world.The humor was really good too,it made me laugh and made me chuckle at times.One thing that kinda annoyed me was that it was kinda easier than the other 2 previous games but it still was challenging and also the game is kinda short and you will beat it in a day or less.Overall,the game was fantastic it´s just kinda short,it´s really underrated and you should get it if you come across it.
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  4. PaulO.
    Aug 3, 2004
    7
    A well made platformer, with tight controls and interesting environments. It's over all too quickly, though.
  5. Disappointment
    Nov 3, 2006
    5
    A HUGE disappointment!!! I was REALLY looking forward to this game. Rayman 2 was a great game and I was only expecting the same when i bought A HUGE disappointment!!! I was REALLY looking forward to this game. Rayman 2 was a great game and I was only expecting the same when i bought Rayman 3. However despite being a graphically superior game to Rayman 2, with beautiful environments and awesome lighting, the gameplay is downright repetitive and boring. Throughout playing it, i was always hoping for that moment where it would get exciting and fun but i never found it. Its just tooooo repetitive. There's only 1 way of attacking and that's with your fists, unlike other platform games where there's tonnes of different attacks. Yes it was the same in Rayman 2 but the story and gameplay in Rayman 2 was just better. This game brings nothing new to the table. The humour was actually sorta lame as well, and i didnt like how they made the characters speak english! i preferred their jibberish like in Rayman 2. I really dont know how this game got such good ratings!...because from reading them i was convinced it was a good game...but it looks like the reviewers that gave the game lower scores are the right ones this time. If i wanna play platform games i think i'll pull out my N64 and play some banjo kazooie or donkey kong 64....now they were awesome platformers! As for Rayman 3, it's going on eBay. Expand