When the Yooka-Laylee Kick starter goal first appeared on my twitter feed I was somewhat puzzled.
What IS this? And why is everyone losing their marbles over this game? What does it mean? What does it represent?
After doing a bit of research I found out that it was the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie on the N64.
I then thought to myself,
“I’ve never played any Banjo-Kazooie games, but if people are willing to put down 2 MILLION DOLLARS to try and capture the essence that theses game posed, there MUST be something to them that goes beyond nostalgia”.
It was right there and then that I decided to download a ROM of Banjo-Kazooie and check this game out for myself…
…and that’s when things got crazy…
These games are phenomenal! They are challenging, witty, funny and most of all a pleasure to play.
There are so many little things that make this game great. For instance, different parts of a world will play different music based on the environment that you are in. And, I’m not talking going into a house and the music changing, but travelling to a different section of the map. Truly creating a sense of atmosphere everywhere you go. Games today don’t even do this. Halo (a series that I love) plays the same track on a loop throughout the whole level, but Banjo kazzoie that came out in 1998, has a score of different tunes for every level! It’s the attention to detail that really show the love the developers had for this games.
Now I can’t stress this next point enough, this game has barely aged a day. Yes this game is coming up to its 20th birthday (in a few years), but is its still as challenging as it was then and still handles like a game would today. Unlike other titles that you can kind of see how they were popular “in their time” but have definitely aged (Beyond good and evil and Deus Ex) these games stand strong.
So here’s my advice to you, if your bored and jaded from the game industry today pumping out the same shit every year, download a copy of Banjo-Kazooie TODAY, and remember what gaming is all about.