Rabbids Invasion - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

November 18, 2014

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PS4 Xbox One Xbox 360

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5.7

Summary:

In Rabbids Invasion: The Interaction TV Show released on the PlayStation 4. Ubisoft decided that they would take their hit television show in order to get their fans more connected with the source material. The title pretty much explicitly gives away what the game is about going forward. You, as a player, become a member of the audience of their TV show. From there you interact with the different episodes whenever prompted and then you sit back and relax as the mayhem unfolds on the screen.

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Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 5.2GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
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2015-02-22

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'Rabbids Invasion' is a PlayStation 4 game developed by Ubisoft. The game is based off of the television show that is also based off of the original video game franchise, 'Raving Rabbids'. A little confusing, right? In any event, the series is an absolute smash hit in the demographic of young adolescents and it has begun to catch on for the older crowd as well. The game has already hit the shelves for the Xbox One and it finally made its way over to the PlayStation 4. The lack of a fanbase is not a concern for 'Rabbids' fans. The only question we have going into the game is this: Does it actually hold up for a mature crowd?

What are rabbids?

To understand the 'Rabbids' fandom you have to go all the way back to a game called 'Rayman'. The fourth title in that critically acclaimed franchise featured these zombified rabbits that served as antagonists for Rayman himself. They came in a variety of different shapes and sizes and Rayman would be forced to karate fight his way past them whenever he saw them. The 'Rabbids', as they came to be known, quickly grew a fanbase simply for themselves. They were lauded for being adorable and stupid but completely vicious. From there it wasn't long until the Rabbids had their own franchise building around them. They seemed to appeal expressly to the younger demographic and so a television show and a series of spin off games were developed for that crowd. The slapstick humor over violent, adorable, cartoons has become their niche in the world of media.

So what is this game all about?

Well the full title of the game is 'Rabbids Invasion: The Interaction TV Show'. Ubisoft decided that they would take their hit television show and adapt it onto the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in order to get their fans more connected with the source material. The title pretty much explicitly gives away what the game is about going forward. You, as a player, become a member of the audience of their TV show. From there you interact with the different episodes whenever prompted and then you sit back and relax as the mayhem unfolds on the screen. There is very little actual control going on when it comes to the characters. You won't be steering them around the screen. So for some people this may be a turn off. The game takes on more of an 'interactive story' feel than anything else. Players are prompted to use their Kinect or PlayStation Camera in order to get involved in the game. There are moments of interaction, hands swiping, and various other minimized actions that will turn you into a participant in the crazy world of wild Rabbids.

What is the gameplay like?

As we alluded to above, 'Rabbids Invasion' aims to make you more of a passive participant in the world of Rabbids rather than an active controller of one. When you turn the game on you will be sent to a screen where you have the choice of joining any one of five separate themed locations. Each one of these locations contains up to four different episodes for you to play through. These episodes are short and appropriate for younger audiences. They consist mostly of the Rabbids behaving badly in some fashion. Whether they want to play practical jokes or achieve some simple, mundane task--the result almost always seems to be mayhem.

Once you've loaded up your themed location and kicked an episode into gear you will be ready for the on screen challenges. The game will have you, and up to three other players, participate in mini games in order to score points and lead the charge. You'll do different tasks that require both good memory and a quick reaction time. Some of the games are simply (Remember what item is in your hand) and other tasks are hilarious to watch (power up the invisible scooter by waving your leg around in the air). The games themselves are simple and repetitive which is perfect for a younger audience but not so great for an older one.

Know your audience.

As you can see from the above mentioned games, 'Rabbids' definitely caters toward their target demographic: 7 - 12 year old children. Knowing that this game is built for kids should alleviate a lot of the stress that comes along with playing it. Your group of children will love trying to crazily color in large pictures on the screen as they race against the clock. Your adult friends will merely scratch their head.

The Rabbids are full of hijinks and they aren't afraid to be a little naughty. You'll see some fights between the different characters and there is some content that will make protective parents a little bit apprehensive. at the end of the day the game is essentially clean and playable for kids of almost any age.

How does it all look?

The game itself, insofar as you can call it that, looks fantastic. The fact that everything on the screen is pre-rendered definitely makes a big difference. The Rabbids look crisp in their three dimensional glory and their crazy little faces are hilariously expressive. They'll have your kids laughing and they'll give you a smile, as well. The only drop in quality is when we see a non pre-rendered Rabbid on screen at the same time as the cut scenes. Then we notice how the quality drops and it can be quite jarring.

A few thoughts in closing.

'Rabbids Invasion' on the PlayStation 4 isn't a great game but it is a quality experience, as long as you pick the right crowd to play it. Older kids won't have much fun and they'll quickly grow weary of the repetitive gameplay. Younger audiences will love the opportunity to go a little crazy while in front of a camera. So with that being said, the game definitely deserves a look for the right family.

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