|System: Wii, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Ubisoft Paris / Montpellier||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Ubisoft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 18, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-8||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Rayman Raving Rabbids was one of the most exciting games available when the Wii launched two years ago. People were amazed at how easily you could make things happen with the Wii's innovative motion controls. The game was made with the Nintendo Wii in mind, and the crazy bunny formula fit the game like a glove. Along with Wii Sports, this was possibly the most compelling example of how much fun you can have with the Wii, so it became an instant success. Sure, the first RRR was released for other platforms too, but the world unanimously agreed that the Wii version was the real winner and certainly the most fun.
The series went through a little bump though, as the second title didn't accomplish anything new when compared to the first one. In fact, the game in general was a much weaker offering, and players weren't happy about that. Luckily, it seems as though Ubisoft has been listening carefully. TV Party might be strongest RRR game after all, especially when it comes to multiplayer action. After a few sessions of frenzied mini-game competition and an intense dose of single-player, I can assure you this game is very amusing!
Since the Rayman Raving Rabbids series started, Rayman has become more of an afterthought. The series is more focused on gameplay than on an actual storyline, so we haven't seen much of him lately. Even if Rayman was once a star of adventure platforming, those days might be over, as the wacky Rabbids have finally taken over almost completely in this third installment of the series. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily! When it comes to parties, the Rabbids know what it's all about. Let the experts do the job!
TV Party starts with a comical cutscene where Rayman is being chased by the crazy Rabbids. Will they ever leave him alone? He runs all the way home and locks the door. Phew! Looks like we're safe but not so fast, my friend! The bunnies were struck by lightning and ended up inside the television! No matter what channel you choose, the bunnies will be there, waiting to get you in trouble. It's game time, and every player gets to participate and leave their sense of pride behind. Are you ashamed of what could happen? No time for that!
The game offers Solo Mode as well as Party Mode (multiplayer). The single-player campaign will have players go through a series of events broadcasted at different times throughout the week. This schedule is, of course, fictional, but it will create a sense of continuity in this mini-game mayhem. Each TV channel offers a different kind of game based on different types of shows, whether it's reality TV (Trash TV), Extreme Sports, or Music and Movie Channels. The mini-games are all fun for the most part, but the idea of playing with friends is definitely more enticing than just experiencing it by yourself. This game is all about the social experience and less about personal challenge, just like the title implies.
If you're ready for a hot party in front of the TV, invite your friends over and get ready for a fast and frenzied party mode, which can be played with up to eight people, for as long as you want it to last. You can even set up the event so you have to play two or three days in a row! One of the best features this time around is the nice set of options available in the game, which makes it much more multiplayer oriented than it ever was. You can select the number of players, how many controllers you're going to use, how long the game will last, and turn Wii Balance Board gameplay on or off. Also, instead of having to worry about unlocking the games on the single-player mode before you can have your friends over, the games are all available right off the bat.
There's a great variety of mini-games this time around (over 65 of them), and they're actually quite fun. Replacing blandness and frustration with truly comical situations and fun controls is the best thing Ubisoft could have done. I'm happy they did it right this time, because RRR 2 was quite a disappointment! When I got to play TV Party with some of my friends, there was nothing but giggles and good times, which is definitely a good sign. The Rabbids are hilarious, and the mini-games tend to hit on that tone as well. Whether it's Gnu-Sledding, Dancing with Dweebs, hardcore motorcycle riding, plunger shooting, or harvest-racing in some hillbilly town, most mini-games are just a blast! The movie spoofs are, as always, very humorous, and the rhythm games are quite a workout!