Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
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|Rayman Raving Rabbids 2|
European Wii Version Boxart of the Game.
|Series||Rayman series, Rabbids series|
|Mode(s)||Single player, Multiplayer|
|Distribution||Wii Optical Disc, Nintendo DS Game Card, PC CD-ROM|
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 is the second installment of the Rayman Raving Rabbids party franchise, in which the Rabbids attempt to invade Earth and have set up headquarters near a local shopping mall. Players have the option to play as a Rabbid or as Rayman, who has disguised himself as a Rabbid to infiltrate their plans. The game features 54 minigames. This is the first Rayman game to have an E10+ rating by the ESRB, a greater emphasis on simultaneous multiplayer gameplay compared to the original game, and online leaderboards. It is followed by Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party.
Minigames in Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 are played by entering a mode known as 'Trips', which is divided into five regions of the Earth: USA, Europe, Asia, South America, and Tropics. Each region has 9 minigames, 5 of which are randomly chosen each time the player begins a trip. Completing a trip unlocks those minigames, which can later be played individually through Free Play mode. Additionally, players can use a Trip Customization mode to create their own trips using the available minigames.
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 features a wide variety of minigames that focus on different themes and use different control schemes. In rhythm music games, players use selective instruments (singing, guitar, drum, keyboard, etc.) to perform as part of a Rabbid band. Each minigame can be played with up to four players at once, as either Rabbids or Rayman.
Shooting games, which in the first Rayman Raving Rabbids were scattered among the regular levels, have now been moved to a separate area called the Shooting Arcade, where they can be played after completion of Trips. These first-person rail shooter games utilize real footage of locations around the world with Rabbids digitally inserted. As with other games in the Raving Rabbids series, plungers serve a primary role as ammunition.
The game has been released on the Wii and Nintendo DS. PC versions exist, but are available only in Russia, Poland & China. In the Russian version there are only 16 mini-games. In the Poland & China version there are 4 parts of 16 mini-games (4 mini-games in one part).
Raving Rabbids 2 features the ability to create both custom Rayman outfits as well as custom Rabbids. These outfits are often parodies or references to famous movie or video game characters, including Indiana Jones, Spider-Man, Superman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sam Fisher, Ken Masters from Street Fighter, SpongeBob SquarePants, a Mantel Trooper from the PlayStation 3 game Haze, Sailor Moon, Command and Conquer: Generals, Friday the 13th and the Altair costume from another Ubisoft game, Assassin's Creed that often referred by fans as "The Bunny Creed".
Rayman and the Rabbids return in this game. Players take the role of Rayman in Trips mode, and have the option of playing as either Rayman or a Rabbid in Free Play mode. It is possible to unlock costumes for both Rayman and Rabbids by completing high scores in both minigames and shooting games, or by shooting a specific Rabbid in each shooting game. Occasionally, when the player beats a high score, a new Rabbid will join their party as a play-and-customizable character.
The game starts with Rayman infiltrating a mall overrun by Rabbids. As he's about to sneak in, he disguises himself wearing two socks on his head, a headband, two makeshift eyes, and helium (in order to disguise his voice, thus blending in more with the other Rabbids). He then picks up a soda can and throws it to distract two guard Rabbids and steals one of their plungers. Rayman climbs to the roof of the facility and peers through a skylight, where he observes the Rabbids watching a montage of everyday human life. Seconds later, one of the Rabbids jerks its head, noticing Rayman's presence. Accidentally, he falls into the mall and is spotted. Professor Barranco III, a highly intelligent Rabbid with split color eyes and the apparently current leader of the Rabbids, walks up to him and whips out a European Wii copy of the first Raving Rabbids game. Taking a look at the cover, it seems to recognize Rayman. Rayman and the Rabbids are then led into an airborne submarine, taking him to a location for invasion.
Nintendo DS story
The Nintendo DS version of the game features a similar storyline with a few differences. The Wii version shows how Rayman invades the Rabbids HQ in disguise, while the DS storyline explains how Rayman followed the Rabbids to Earth and learns on how the Rabbids plan to act like humans. He then decides to help the humans by following the Rabbids on each area of the world (i.e. USA, Europe, Asia, etc.) by collecting information and evidence on the Rabbids antics and behavior which he then gives the info to the humans to help prevent any more Rabbid attacks in the future at the end of story mode, which happened again, while remarking on how the Rabbids are too stupid to properly understand the world and human behavior.
Previews and Marketing
The original teaser trailer is a parody of the trailer for the 2007 Transformers film. As with other games in the Raving Rabbids series, Ubisoft released a number of humorous promotional videos entitled "Around the World", featuring Rabbids in a number of locations such as Japan; France; and Leipzig, Germany.
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 received mixed reviews and was praised and panned by critics in comparation to its predecessor, with a 68% GameRankings average (Rayman Raving Rabbids had a 76% GameRankings average). IGN dismissed the game as disappointing, as they felt the core games were less enjoyable than those in the first. GameSpot stated that despite not being nearly as captivating as the first game, it also has its quality moments. The game was criticized for the lack of an ending. The following ratings were delivered for the game:
- GameSpy: 3.5 out of 5
- NintendoLife: 8 out of 10
- Xplay: 2 out of 5
- Official Nintendo Magazine: 78%
- Nintendo le Magazine Officiel: 8.5 out of 10
- Nintendo Power: 7.5 out of 10
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