Rayman Arena for Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2)
Ubi Soft's limbless mascot moves away from his platform duties to compete in a series of 12 obstacle courses and 12 battle arenas in this multiplayer title designed for up to four competitors. Nine playable characters are available, five of which are locked at the start of the game. In addition to the colorful Rayman, players can choose Globox, Dark Globox, Tily, Henchman, Henchman 1000, Teensies, Razorbeard, or Mrs. Razorbeard. While the characters all possess the same abilities, each has his or her own theme song that continuously plays while he or she is in first place.
Rayman Arena features two distinct modes of play: Race Mode and Battle Mode. Race Mode has characters running along a multi-path course riddled with obstacles and offers two options. Players can either race a course for three laps or enter a time attack, an option that eliminates each runner who fails to cross a checkpoint within six seconds after the leader. Time attack then continues until only one player remains. Battle Mode also features two play styles: Freeze Fight and Total Fight. The former involves collecting as many items (called lums) as possible within three minutes, while the latter has players trying to rack up the most points by shooting at their rivals.
Variables also exist within each arena game. Free Fight gives characters an unlimited number of ice bullets to temporarily freeze opponents, allowing them time to collect more lums. Total Fight has players acquiring bonus weapons from generators positioned at various points in the arena. The weapons include shields, rapid bullets, fireballs, buzz rockets, glue bombs, and more. Eight bonus maps can also be earned by completing the single-player mode, which features individual cups for each event and two leagues (beginner and pro). In addition, 37 character skins can be unlocked to personalize all characters in the game other than Rayman.