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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: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 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]
  2. Worth replaying a thousand times over just to experience the balance of eye-candy, time-tested gameplay and soothing-without-grating music/sound effects.
  3. Colourful, cute and unoriginal then, just like Rayman has always been.
  4. PSM Magazine
    80
    Though it might not be as classic as its predecessors, Rayman 3 remains a thoroughly enjoyable experience. [Apr 2003, p.36]
  5. 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.
  6. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    The game can be beaten in a handful of sessions, and although it offers some replay value with its unique points system..., I doubt most of you will be motivated to bother. I know I wasn't. [Apr 2003, p.92]
  7. Edge Magazine
    50
    There's a certain amount of wit and flair evident throughout Hoodlum Havoc's cut-scenes, and there are certainly some very slick production values. The problem is that, in terms of raw enjoyment, the game is somehow underwhelming. [May 2003, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jul 12, 2016
    10
    This game took a humorous story-telling and made the Rayman series big in my eyes. The game is action-packed, fun and has stunning graphicsThis game took a humorous story-telling and made the Rayman series big in my eyes. The game is action-packed, fun and has stunning graphics despite it's age. The PC version is equally good as well, but playing it on a PS2 really gives you chills. Expand
  2. RobertoP.
    Jan 19, 2005
    10
    It's a great game, even better than Rayman 2.
  3. Dec 11, 2013
    10
    Rayman 3: The Hoodlum Havoc It's the best game on the Rayman series. The gameplay is awesome, the game is better than Rayman 2 and the HDRayman 3: The Hoodlum Havoc It's the best game on the Rayman series. The gameplay is awesome, the game is better than Rayman 2 and the HD version for PS3 is also good. Expand
  4. May 25, 2013
    9
    Se podría decir que está para pasar el rato. ¡Pero qué estilazo! Sus brillantes gráficos y sus simpáticos historia y personajes hacen de él unSe podría decir que está para pasar el rato. ¡Pero qué estilazo! Sus brillantes gráficos y sus simpáticos historia y personajes hacen de él un gran videojuego pese a sus fallos.

    Nota: 8.5/10
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  5. Oct 31, 2017
    9
    REVIEW BASED ON
    > Finished the game
    > Second playthrough COMMENT A different direction that doesn't harm the franchise PROS + The
    REVIEW BASED ON
    > Finished the game
    > Second playthrough

    COMMENT
    A different direction that doesn't harm the franchise

    PROS
    + The gameplay's variety
    + The legendary intro
    + The intriguing story
    + The game's lenght

    CONS
    - I can't think of one at the moment
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  6. 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
  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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