"Rayman Legends"

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Genre: Platformer

Publisher: Ubisoft

ESRB Rating: E, for Everyone

Grade: 4.5 stars (out of 5)

Someday we'll look back and applaud the incredible run of the "Rayman" franchise. It flies under the radar (in terms of advertising budgets and launch events), yet consistently overdelivers quality entertainment.

"Legends" continues the successful string of games with a hyperkinetic game that throws madness at you, yet makes perfect sense. The action flows fluidly, if you can remember to breathe as you attempt to navigate the mazes. Timing means everything here as you race along this 2-D platformer trying to avoid its many pitfalls and traps.

Yes, you can approach levels with caution and patience, but you won't find them any easier. The screen sparkles with activity and quickly emerges you in the best-looking game of the series. The design quality never dips, whether you are in water or taking on monsters doused in flames.

Hidden collectibles, levels from past games in the series and the various multiplayer options all combine to provide an experience soaked in fun. The learning curve is gentle, but when you get to the middle and later levels, the difficulty is noticeable. No doubt once you enter the zany world Rayman inhabits, you won't want to leave. "Legends" stakes its claim as one of the finer games of the fall-release season.

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