Almost ten years after the 3D platformers first release, does the high definition re-release of Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc play as well as people remember? Or is everyone wearing their favourite nostalgia glasses?
Hoodlum Havoc was one of the last ‘traditional’ Rayman games we saw before for the introduction of those pesky, buggy-achievement ridden Rabbids, and now we have it sharper and brighter than before.
The head of the Black Lums Andre has plans to take over the world with his army of Hoodlums, but Rayman's best friend Globox ends up accidentally swallowing the furry little Lum after a chase gone wrong. It’s up to Rayman to find a way to fix his friend, before dealing with the little bundle of evil and his plans for the world once he’s free.
Rayman progresses through the many levels with the aid of various power ups. Remote controlled rockets, helicopter blade hats, tornado producing gloves and steel and bear trap style gloves are used to fight and work your way through the many levels and puzzles. It’s a shame though, that the fiddly controls and particularly the bad camera angles make many areas much trickier than they are actually supposed to be. In typical 3D platformer style the camera flits, jams and refuses to be reset in all the worst places possible, making some of the simplest jumps and leaps incredibly frustrating.
The biggest feature of the game is the high scores. Your performance is rated after each stage, giving you score out of five stars. Collect as much as you can and rack up combos for a higher rating. This score also unlocks bonus features in the forms of various mini games and levels.
The dialogue and humour is brilliant throughout as Globox follows you through the game spending most of his time getting hammered on grape juice, crawling around on his face and spouting gibberish.
For the price of just 800 MSP the game is huge in length without even taking into consideration all the bonus levels and games that can be unlocked. On top of that, it has some truly brutal achievements to keep the hardcore completionists busy for many, many hours to come. This is however a simple direct port of the original game with no added extras or features other than the fact it’s now much, much more crisp and shiny than the first time round.
Overall, the game is fun, all the characters are cute and likeable and the sense of humour is fantastic, but it’s frequently marred by the poor camera. It’s definitely pretty in its new 720p glory but at the end of the day, the gameplay is sadly still fairly stuck in 2003.