Rayman Origins was released on PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, but only the console versions have seen the Collector’s Edition released internationally. In Russia, however, the PC players were fortunate enough to receive such a special release.
The Russian PC Collector’s Edition bundle is not as rich as the console one – missing are the soundtrack CD and the special 3D cardboard pop-up display. The artbook is also paperback and not hardcover, although the content is identical (with most of the text translated to Russian). It does contain a few extras not present in the console releases – a sticker page and a fridge magnet, and it is much more compact, with everything fitting into a cardboard sleeve the size of a standard DVD keep-case.
The game itself works great and, just like all other retail releases of Rayman Origins, it is DRM-free, which is always a big plus in my book. All the game text – interface, character and level names, dialogue has been fully translated into Russian. The speech has not been translated, since it is gibberish anyways (characters speak “Pig Latin” or “Ubbi Dubbi”, which are based on English). To the best of my knowledge, no translation of Rayman Origins alters the speech.
The manual booklet included with the game is Russian, as expected, but the DVD itself contains scanned, fully OCR-ed and searchable PDF manuals in all languages, which to me was a pleasant surprise.
The Ubisoft auto-updater utility, GU.EXE is installed with the game and can be used to patch the game to the latest version, which includes a few minor bugfixes. Overall, this is a modest but very nice collector’s bundle, and a good translation. The presentation is top-notch, with every component beautifully decorated in the UbiArt style of the game, even the interior of the DVD case.
There is only one thing that prevents this release from being perfect, in my view – the fact that, unlike the GOG version, it seems impossible to change the game language to anything other than Russian. The registry key that controls the language (HKLM\SOFTWARE\Ubisoft\RaymanOrigins\Settings\Language) works (as it does for all versions), but setting any value other than ’11’ (Russian) results in all text boxes in the game becoming blank. I’ve compared the game data files (under GameData) and they are actually identical, which means all content is there, but something in the main program file apparently locks certain languages in certain releases: out of curiosity, I tested the original EU release, and there I could change between English, Italian and German, but could not set Russian (same issue with blank text boxes). It appears that only the GOG release has all 12 languages (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish and Russian) supported in the same installation. I do not know if this is the result of a bug in the retail releases, or a strange deliberate block, but the end result is a bit disappointing.
Overall Score: 9/10