Some might call her a viking, some a knock-off of Pixar's brave, but only one thing is certain about this battle-axe wielding valkyrie -- her name is Barbara. *Cue heavy metal* Introducing the latest playable character in Rayman Legends, Barbara, who joins a roster that already includes Rayman, Globox, the Teensies and Murphy. I don't doubt Barbra could take all of them in a fight, but luckily she's one of the good guys.
Rayman Legends is a platformer currently planned as a Wii U launch title, though rumor has it the title will be multi-platform. As the title would lead you to believe, the game will take inspiration from myths, fables, and fiction. Barbara appears to have roots in Norse history, but her winged helmet makes me believe she fits as a valkyrie -- one of Odin's chosen who select warriors from the fallen to sit beside Odin in Valhalla. Or, you know, she's just a cute girl with a battle-axe.
Ubisoft could unveil a plant in the background and Rayman Legends would still come across as a beautiful, exciting title. The game's music and painted scenery, along with the great animations and sound-work prove just how high of quality it is. Despite it's zany first-impression, it's obvious a lot of heart and hard work go into these Rayman titles. This fall and the Wii U's launch date can't come soon enough!
Barbara teaser - Youtube