Im going to go against the grain here and say that I didn't like the first game.
I'm putting it lightly.... I REALLY didn't like the first game. I thought the multiplayer games were terribly lacking. I got the impression that they took the same three ingredients and put 10 different skins on them to create many "separate" games. Out of all the games available in January the Rayman was the one that bothered me the most.
I honestly chalked it up to the damn French just sucking.