Rayman M

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Rayman M
Rayman M cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montpellier
Ubisoft Milan
Publishers
Ubisoft
Brazil Brasoft
Poland Licomp Empik Multimedia
Engines
Ubisoft OpenSpace
Release dates
Windows December 14, 2001
Reception
Metacritic 46
Taxonomy
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform, Racing, Shooter, Party game
Series Rayman
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Rayman 1996
Rayman Designer 1997
Rayman By His Fans 1998
Rayman 60 Levels 1999
Rayman 2: The Great Escape 1999
Rayman M 2002
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc 2003
Rabbids (series)
Rayman Origins 2012
Rayman Jungle Run 2013
Rayman Legends 2013
Rayman Fiesta Run 2014
Rayman Mini 2019
Rayman Redemption (Unofficial) 2020

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Key points

Running the game at frame rates higher than 60 may negatively affect gameplay.
Released as Rayman Arena in North America.
Based on the original PS2 version.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Rayman M. Uses a simple disc check.
Windows
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Rayman Arena original retail version. Has SafeDisc v2.51.021 DRM[Note 1].
Windows
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
10th Anniversary, also includes Rayman 2: The Great Escape and Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc.
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is not available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Rayman M menu files patch download.
Extract and replace the original files on <path-to-game> to install it.
Some re-released versions of Rayman M shipped out with earlier versions of the game's menu assets which can corrupt save files after saving over a certain amount of times.
Note that the North American Rayman Arena releases do not contain this bug and should not be patched.

FMV (Full Motion Video)[edit]

The PC version uses FMV files that are much more compressed compared to the console versions.
Download and install PS2 FMVs[3]
  1. Download and unzip the video files.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\videos\.
  3. Replace the files in the folder with the downloaded ones.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip startup Ubisoft logo and Intro
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Videos.
  2. Delete or rename Ubi.bik and Intro.bik.
  3. Save this file to <path-to-game>\Videos.
  4. Rename it to Ubi.bik, then create another copy and rename it to Intro.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %WINDIR%\Ubisoft\ubi.ini[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\MENU\SaveGame\raymanm.sav[Note 2]

Video[edit]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen fixes
  1. After downloading the fixes, copy the and replace the desired executable file to <path-to-game>
  2. Go to %WINDIR%\Ubisoft\
  3. Open ubi.ini
  4. Edit your resolution.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Main Menu cannot be entirely navigated with a keyboard.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
3 sensitivity levels.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Labelled as Reverse.
Controller
Controller support
Use Rayman 3 Input Fix on modern systems. Note that this was originally meant for Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc, but is also mostly compatible with Rayman M & Arena. Unfortunately, haptic feedback support is broken and vibrates infinitely after performing an action unless the game is paused. For a better XInput-specific workaround, see Controller support.
Full controller support
Main Menu cannot be navigated with a controller.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Labelled as Reverse.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
The game does not work with XInput controllers on modern systems. See Controller support for a workaround.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Enabled by default in Rayman Arena. Rayman M has it disabled, but can be re-enabled by importing a save file created from Rayman Arena.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support[edit]

Xidi can translate XInput calls into DirectInput, restore haptic feedback support, and enable controller hotplugging for this game.
Xidi only supports Windows 10 and 11.[4]
For Windows 7 check out this fix
Launch the game by using Xidi[5]
  1. Download the latest version of Xidi, and extract them.
  2. Go into the Xidi-*\Win32 folder, then copy and paste the dinput8.dll and Xidi.HookModule.32.dll files into <path-to-game> where the game's executable is located.
  3. Download this configuration file and move it to <path-to-game>.
  4. Launch the game and rebind the controls from the in-game options menu.
  5. The game should now be fully playable with an XInput controller.

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound Effects.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Spanish
Danish
Only in Rayman M.
Finnish
Only in Rayman M.
German
Only in Rayman M.
Italian
Only in Rayman M.
Norwegian
Only in Rayman M.
Swedish
Only in Rayman M.
Brazilian Portuguese
Local retail only.
Czech
Local retail only.
Hebrew
Local retail only.
Hungarian
Local retail only.
Polish
Local retail only.
Russian
Fan translation.

Issues fixed[edit]

Install the game on modern operating systems (Retail)[edit]

The retail game discs cannot be installed on 64-bit computers because the installer is a 16-bit application.
Use Rayman Control Panel[citation needed]
The polish disc doesn't contain the file outro.bik which doesn't allow Rayman Control Panel to install it.
Use winevdm[citation needed]

Game elements stutter or run too fast[edit]

Rayman M and Rayman Arena might run at 64 FPS on some systems by default. Frame rates above 60 FPS can cause various issues, e.g. some animations play out too fast or stutter, certain platforms disappear more quickly, etc.
Limit frame rate to 60 FPS.
Use a DirectX 8 wrapper such as d3d8to9 or dgVoodoo 2 and set monitor refresh rate to 60 Hz.[6]

Menu music randomly plays incorrectly after transitioning from title screen[edit]

This occurs if you press start on the title screen at a certain time when the title screen music plays, which makes the game load the menu track, but transitions incorrectly thus corrupting the playback.
Use DirectSound 3D restoration software
DSOAL will prevent the game from launch

"Please run the DX8 setup." error on startup[edit]

Use dgVoodoo (copy MS\x86\d3d8.dll and D3DImm.dll to your game folder) and run the game as admin with XP SP2 compatibility mode

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Versus
Up to 4 characters: including 1 to 3 AI (combat mode only)
LAN play
4 Versus
Only in Rayman Arena.
Online play
Asynchronous multiplayer

Connection types

If you want to play Rayman Arena using e.g. Radmin VPN or Hamachi, you need zZeck's RaymanArenaPatch which fixes detecting multiple network adapters.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8 Rayman M uses 8.0a, Rayman Arena uses 8.1.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.1b

Modifications[edit]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 SE
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 550 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia RIVA TNT2
DirectX 8.0a compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References

  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. Verified by User:Icup321 on 2021-11-04
    Tested these FMVs, all of which are higher quality than the stock PC FMV files.
  4. Xidi: DirectInput interface for XInput controllers - Github - last accessed on 2022-02-05
  5. Verified by User:icup321 on 2022-02-04
    Tested with Xidi v4.0.0 using an Xbox 360 controller.
  6. Verified by User:icup321 on 2021-10