|Developed by||Ubisoft Montpellier|
|Designed by||Race: Philippe Blanchet with Bruno Bouvret, Frédéric Claverie, Damien Galipot, Jean-Christophe Guyot, Vincent Hamache, Thomas Simon
Battle: Benoît Maçon with Christian Cantamessa, Marc D'Souza, Riccardo Landi, Giordano Nisi, Davide Soliani
|Soundtrack by||Claude Samard|
|Gameplay mode||Single player, Multiplayer|
|Platforms||Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo GameCube (North America), Microsoft Xbox (North America), Sony PlayStation 3 (PlayStation Network, North America only)|
|Ratings||3+ (ELSPA), E (ESRB)|
|Distribution media||DVD-ROM, CD-ROM, GameCube Optical Disc, digital|
This article is about a modified version of a previously-released game. For more information, see Rayman M.
Rayman Arena is the American release of Rayman M, released in 2002 for the PC, PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox. The title was altered to avoid misconceptions about the game being related to the ESRB's ‘M for Mature’ rating.
PlayStation 2, PC
Main article: Rayman M
The PlayStation 2 and PC versions of the game very closely mimic their overseas counterparts. Most changes were for localization, such as changing any ‘Rayman M’ logos into ‘Rayman Arena’. The only other major change difference lies in the addition of the LAN mode to the PC version. The map for the race tracks in the bottom-right of the screen is no longer shown by default and, as in Rayman Rush, Ice Bullets have now been added to the Race mode and Lum Race. In the PC version, the menu navigation has been slightly changed and the save system has been changed to avoid any save file corruption. Some levels have minor changes made to them.
The Xbox and GameCube had never received a port of Rayman M (due to the consoles having not been released at the time of Rayman M's release), so the designers made several changes before releasing the Rayman M ports (many pertaining to Battle mode).
This is a list of notable modifications to the Xbox and GameCube ports, among others.
- A new intro video was used.
- The menus had undergone major changes in navigation and aesthetically.
- ‘Cups’ replaced the prior ‘Leagues’ and setup in the single-player mode was changed.
- Murfy is seen as a reporter/paparazzo before the start of each cup in a brief comical video.
- Lock-on has been added for less-experienced players in Battle mode.
- Hearts are now used in Battle mode to recognize health (instead of hit points), and one heart can be regained by killing an opponent.
- A player is given 6 possible hearts, with 5 filled when a player respawns. (The 6th is left open in case of a kill without the loss of any hearts.)
- There is a visible timer in Battle mode.
- There are three modes, which reflect the difficulty of the game: Beginner, Pro and Master
- Master Mode features only Dark Rayman as an opponent (albeit his AI is much improved from other characters), is played in black-and-white, as well as using cel-shaded graphics.
- There are more playable characters, including Dark Globox and Dark Rayman.
- Popolopoï mode has been removed.
- Training mode has been removed.
- On and On has been removed.
- Capture the Fly has been removed.
- Big Bang has been removed.
- Lums have been removed.
- The small animations that characters do upon finishing a race have been replaced with the character entering a Spiral Door.
- Added Time Attack
- Added Run, Run
- Ed from Tonic Trouble makes a cameo in a cutscene as a skeleton.
- In one of the cutscenes before a cup, parodies of the TV series Baywatch (1989), the movie Jaws (1975), the eponymous character from William Shakespeare´s play Macbeth and model-magazines appear.
- Ly from Rayman 2 appears as a poster, as a heart and as a target in a cutscene.
- Clark appears as a poster in a cutscene.
- A creature like Ed from Tonic Trouble appears in a cutscene.
Photographs of an unidentified developer and of Razorbeard with a mustache
|Locations from Rayman M, Rayman Arena and Rayman Rush|
|Beginner League||Race||First Ruins • Nebulous Tower • Dark Sewer|
|Battle||Shadow Plain • Rise and Shrine • Sunset Coast|
|Advanced League||Race||Dawn Sand • Water Canyon • Thousand Waterfalls|
|Battle||Timber Wood • Haunted Yard • Palm Beach|
|Expert League||Race||Forest Jump • Zenith Harbour • Treasure Ship|
|Battle||Spellbound Forest • Ly's Palace • Coconut Island|
|Extreme League||Race||Pipe Maze • Lava Factory • Electric Final|
|Battle||Gemstone Temple • Forgotten Dungeon • Ghastly Trees|
|Bonus League||Race||Big Bang • Future • Born To Slide • On and On • Speed Stress|
|Rayman Rush exclusive||Race||Canopy|
|Rayman Arena (GameCube/Xbox) exclusive||Battle||Pac Arena • Low Gravity Arena • Kurai|