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  • Summary: Adventurers beware - Rayman's universe has exploded into a whacked-out world of cartoon mayhem and mind-blowing battles! 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?Adventurers beware - Rayman's universe has exploded into a whacked-out world of cartoon mayhem and mind-blowing battles! 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? Journey the vast reaches of the world to purge the Dark Lum Lord from the manic Globox, scour the lands for unearthly new powers, and do battle with hordes of Hoodlum soldiers, contraptions, and maniacal bosses. This time, it's war! [Ubi Soft] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. A great arcade platformer, which is still a rarity on PC, excellent atmosphere, low frustration level, humor, and did I mention the game has reasonable price tag of $19.99...
  2. 83
    At turns dark, sarcastic and ethereal, Rayman 3 seems a bit more mature now than in previous versions. But these changes are incorporated so well that there's still a tremendous continuity with the rest of the series.
  3. It does further refine the formula, is completely worthy of the Rayman name, and is easily one of the most satisfying platforming experiences to come to the PC in a good while.
  4. Computer Games Magazine
    70
    It's a visually sumptuous treat, with incredibly graphic design and tons of interesting details tucked into every corner. [July 2003, p.73]
  5. Several of the new design decisions - such as having the characters speak a human language, adding weapons power-ups, making combat more central, and including a large bunch of mini-games - appear to dilute rather than improve the play experience.
  6. Computer Gaming World
    60
    If only the camera system were half as responsive as the bad guys are. [July 2003, p.89]
  7. PC Gamer
    51
    The entire game is just one big jumping puzzle... Right from the get-go, Rayman 3's puzzles are irritatingly difficult. [May 2003, p.78]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 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
  2. Jan 3, 2022
    10
    Un gioco molto divertente da giocare puoi girare la visuale e non è fissa come nel primo Rayman che faceva schifo qua almeno puoi vedere iUn gioco molto divertente da giocare puoi girare la visuale e non è fissa come nel primo Rayman che faceva schifo qua almeno puoi vedere i nemici che ci stanno intorno.
    Gameplay ottimo con una buona musica e grafica buona per quel periodo quando e uscito.
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  3. Apr 1, 2013
    10
    I have to say this is my favourite game of all time. The art style was really different and interesting to me, even at a young age. The combatI have to say this is my favourite game of all time. The art style was really different and interesting to me, even at a young age. The combat system was very like Rayman 2's, but I'm not saying that's a bad thing. The strafing mechanics and also the effects the many different powers have on the fighting are are easy to get the hang of and become good at. I think this game is the main reason that I ot into PC gaming. Expand
  4. Mar 1, 2014
    9
    The gameplay is various and it has many funny and interesting scenes. The characters are good and I'm glad they can speak normal (in contrastThe gameplay is various and it has many funny and interesting scenes. The characters are good and I'm glad they can speak normal (in contrast to Rayman 2). You can unlock mini games and videos by collecting points, which is truly effectively. Expand
  5. Jul 30, 2014
    9
    This game is brilliant. You can take away Murphy and his stupid 4th wall DEMOLITION and you have a nice and solid Rayman title. Yes, in someThis game is brilliant. You can take away Murphy and his stupid 4th wall DEMOLITION and you have a nice and solid Rayman title. Yes, in some parts the graphics are amazingly outdated but I think it's part of a certain charm that only Rayman games can give us. Alas, old friend. Expand
  6. Dec 3, 2021
    8
    I've always been a big fan of the old-school Rayman series (i.e. 1, 2, and 3) and specifically the third one used to be my favorite. It's beenI've always been a big fan of the old-school Rayman series (i.e. 1, 2, and 3) and specifically the third one used to be my favorite. It's been awhile since I've touched these games and have decided lately to revisit the entire series, including the latest Origins and Legends which I have never played, in fact.
    So Rayman 3, here it goes: I remember never understanding why this game was received less positively than the second installment, but playing it again years after, with more "critical eyes" made me realize why.
    The series went a long way from the original two titles and it seems Ubisoft was trying to experiment with the direction everything was going to.
    Rayman 3 is another (and unfortunately the last) 3D platforming title of the series, but it managed to be a lot more different than Rayman 2 in many aspects.
    Technically, Rayman 3's graphics have been raised up by a notch, it all seems very lush and colorful as ever but sharper and crisper than its predecessor. I personally think the PC version looks very good even nowadays, and even compared to the HD remake (putting aside the horrible compressed cutscenes..).
    While this is still a platformer, it does feel the gameplay has been radically changed - R3 is WAY more combat-focused than the previous games. This, along with the new scoring+combo system, gave the game a much more arcade-ish feeling. This is not a bad thing, but you really gotta like it.
    While the entire movement and controls feel more smooth and polished than Rayman 2, platforming somehow feels clunkier at times and the movement feels less precise. The uncomfortable camera positions also contribute to this. Still, this is nothing horribly wrong, and while there's a large share of platforming, there's even a larger share of combat, so you'd probably won't have much time to notice the downsides of the platforming :)
    Another nice point is that the actual "platforming" is in fact incorporated very well into the combat itself, meaning you would not just smash the "fire" key but will have a lot of movement involved to dodge enemies and get the right angles, etc. So the combat itself is indeed quite fun, and feels very acrobatic compared to other titles. It gets slightly irritating at times thanks to the problematic camera controls mentioned earlier.
    Eventually, though, the main 'issue' is not the combat itself but the fact that as mentioned, it changes the series' characteristics greatly. If you love combat you'll be just fine, but I can see how this loses a bit the appeal and magic of the original two games.
    Another change was to the "spirit" of the series, I would say, as the entire cast and story are in a much more comical mood, which is very different than R1&2's storylines which were relatively grimmer and more serious.
    While it does not matter THAT much in games like these, I feel like I preferred more the serious take of the series, especially since the whole comical atmosphere does not work 100% of the time. It's not 100% either, but more of a hit and miss kind of feeling.

    In conclusion, while being very different, this is still a rather good game and a worthy title of the series. It seems, unfortunately, that the Rabbids thingy which followed later pretty much ended things for Rayman in 3D, and after Ubisoft pretty much concluding the series with Origins & Legends, it's a shame we won't see any more titles like this.
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  7. Jul 7, 2018
    6
    Rayman 3 HD
    From fun to frustrating
    Rayman 3 HD is an 8 hour long 3D platformer and revamped version of 2003’s Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc where
    Rayman 3 HD
    From fun to frustrating
    Rayman 3 HD is an 8 hour long 3D platformer and revamped version of 2003’s Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc where you set out to stop these hoodlum punks running around the forest..
    And we wouldn’t see another mainline rayman game until 8 years later with rayman origins, and going back to 2d that is this series routes was clearly the right call
    We all have nostalgia of 3d platformers, but Rayman 3D is a reminder that this genre wasn’t as great as we remember them being…
    Rayman 3 comes from a time where frustrating equaled fun…
    that isn’t the case throughout the entiriety of this game.. but it rings true for the ultimate delivery…
    the first half of this game is very casual and fun..
    I was surprised how much I was enjoying this 15 year old game, collecting gems to unlock bonus levels, progressing through the levels with the different powers the game gives you, that all really bring you back, you have some tordano power, a fist power, a rocket power, and a flying power..
    these are for the most part used in great ways to keep the gameplay fresh through your 8 hour journey..
    a lotr of the times youll have to defea enenemies for them to drop this power that you need to progress…
    at first its really hard to die in this game..
    I was relieved thinking okay not every 3d platformer was some annoying obstacle to overcome…
    and then the game throws in annoying enemies that fly around and feel impossible to hit, dodging all of your attacks, and then I die trying to defeat them..
    In a modern game no big deal… ill start at the beginning of the room and try again..
    That isn’t the case here…
    The checkpoint system in this game is absolute garbage…
    I died twice in this spot befgore I figured the enemy out and I had tio start from the beginning of the chapter each time… running through the same areas, recollecting the gems, re fighting the enemies in between that spot, redoing the simple yet tedious environmental puzzle…
    and moments like this show up a lot in this game… dying in a boss battle will sometimes make you have to go through a series of platforming to get back into the room to give It another try..
    and the final boss is just a bunch of cheap pultiple stage garbage… the 2nf to last stage youre not only fighting the boss but youre fighting the camera and draw distance as platforms are loading back in as you fall trying to cimb to the top, taking damage… and getting to this point in the fight was frustrating enough.. but if you fall, its game over and you have to redo the 2 stages before it…
    theres just so much awful dated feeling delivery here during a itme where autosaving and checkpoints weren’t really a thing yet and it really makes the final stretch of the game feel hard to enjoy.. especially since it does that thing all platformers do where everything was fun and colorful, but not its all dark and lava, and ugly, full of steam, all mixed in a soup of unfun anxiety with credits at the bottom of the bowl.
    I still do believe this game is worth playing through..
    its has its moments of fun, decent level design, a great feeling of discovery and exploration.. it just would’ve been so much better with modern staples and a respect of the players time and effort,
    I give Raman 3 HD
    a 6/10
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