Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc PlayStation 2

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
Buy On
  1. 89
    It's more of an action-platformer than an adventure game, and the action is easier and slightly more repetitive than before. It's still damn good, but not the best Rayman in the series.
  2. What Rayman 3 does is re-create much of the same lighthearted whimsy that made Rayman 2 so incredibly enjoyable, while differentiating the action enough for the game to stand up on its own.
  3. The only drawback for this the fact that it will take only ten hours or less to beat, not including the bonus quests that are won through out the game.
  4. Game Informer
    85
    You're playing it to marvel at the gorgeously rendered environments, giggle at Globox's antics, and enjoy some good old-fashioned platforming done with a fresh twist. [Mar 2003, p.82]
  5. May not have as much punch as its predecessors, but it still keeps the Rayman fun alive while adding some new tricks to the mix. A few fixes here and there and the Rayman series can easily get back on track.
  6. If I hadn’t found the voices so annoying and the music so lacking, or if I was able to have the sound off when I was playing it, I might be more inclined towards a more favorable score.
  7. Play Magazine
    100
    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]
  8. A nice platformer with good style and funny moments. Unfortunately, the camera and lock-on problems are no laughing matter.
  9. Feels like a new game when you compare it to previous Rayman games.
  10. Colourful, cute and unoriginal then, just like Rayman has always been.
  11. PSM Magazine
    80
    Though it might not be as classic as its predecessors, Rayman 3 remains a thoroughly enjoyable experience. [Apr 2003, p.36]
  12. Fans of Rayman will love this latest release in the series; all others should rent it or hold on to your money for "Jax2."
  13. Worth replaying a thousand times over just to experience the balance of eye-candy, time-tested gameplay and soothing-without-grating music/sound effects.
  14. Faithfully extends the Rayman universe with a solid action-platform experience brimming with style.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Sep 19, 2010
    9
    Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc is a neat platformer. Despite being a sequel to Rayman 2, most of the characters from that game don't return likeRayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc is a neat platformer. Despite being a sequel to Rayman 2, most of the characters from that game don't return like Razorbeard or Ly. The game play is also different to Rayman 2: Rayman attacks with his fists rather than shooting at his enemies, he can gain some really cool abilities from Laser washing powder (!) containers which can help him overcome obstacles throughout the levels and he can also ride on a skateboard which make for some very eye pleasing and heart pumping stages in the game. The visuals (especially in the Skateboard stages) are nice and colourful and once again in a Rayman game, the music is just awesome. The main baddie in the game is Andre, a black lum which transforms the other red lums into black lums as well. The black lums then use animal clothing to create costumes for themselves which turn them into Hoodlums, the main enemies in the game. The dialog in the game is great although Globox's personality can be annoying sometimes but the teensies are funny. The laser washing powder grants you powers (for a limited time) like turning your fist into a guided rocket launcher or allowing you to fly. I do wish the game was more open like the PlayStation 2 remake of Rayman 2, Rayman Revolution; the game is quite linear. Unlike Rayman 2, the game has a scoring system and at the end of the level, you have a total points score. You get points by smashing piggy banks, defeating enemies and finding objects dotted around the level. This element adds a bit of replay value and like Rayman 2, there are teensie cages hidden in the levels which when you free 5, 10 etc, your heath bar will increase. The boss battles are also interesting to fight. Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc is a worthy successor to Rayman 2. Different but great! Full Review »
  2. AidenO.
    Apr 26, 2003
    9
    The game is great it has loads of levels,bonuses and very action packed.it speaks for itself.
  3. Mar 19, 2017
    10
    There something called bigger is better and in this case it is, Rayman 1 was great and very cute but the second changed it up to a more darkerThere something called bigger is better and in this case it is, Rayman 1 was great and very cute but the second changed it up to a more darker tone in 3d but also better but the 3 is even better. Everything is improved from the previous game including grafics, boss battles, story, soundtrack, level design and creativity. probably my 2 favourite of the rayman series but my favourite of the 3d rayman games. Full Review »