Game review on Xbox One
Nick Staunton-Mckenzie / Wed 19th Apr 2017
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Yooka-Laylee is a third person platformer from developer Playtonic Games and publisher Team 17. It is the spiritual successor to the hugely popular 1998 Nintendo 64 title Banjo-Kazooie.
Yooka-Laylee follows the adventures of the titular duo Yooka the chameleon and Laylee the bat.
The pair have just renovated their home, when suddenly the villainous Capital Bee and Dr Quack turn on their book vacuum in the hopes of capturing a very special magical book. As the book is being sucked away, the Pagies all fall out and are spread across all of the many book worlds. After this, Yooka and Laylee set out to retrieve all of the Pagies and stop Capital Bee and Dr Quack from fulfilling their evil plan.
Yooka-Laylee is a third person platformer consisting of 6 worlds which you are free to explore and where you can interact with other characters. Pagies need to be collected, and this can be done by interacting with other characters and solving puzzles, or by exploring the world and finding where the Pagies have been hidden.
Gameplay in each world can be extended by using Pagies at each world's book. Doing so will expand the size of the book, therefore making the world bigger, unlocking new areas, puzzles and characters to interact with. Within every new world there are new characters, each with their own problems or challenges in need of solving.
Gameplay at times can feel very frustrating but that is mostly because of the camera controls, an uncommon problem in today's games..
Yooka-Laylee looks great, it has the same art style as games like Banjo-Kazooie, but brought to life with modern graphics and animation. Everything from the character design to the text used in the dialogue boxes is designed to make you feel the joy most gamers felt back in the Nintendo 64 glory days.
The soundtrack of Yooka-Laylee changes from world to world and sets the atmosphere for each world expertly, going from playful and inviting to tense and pressuring. The music changes depending on if you are running around the contained open worlds or battling one of the crafty bosses.
There is no voice acting in Yooka-Laylee, instead Playtonic Games have decided to give every character their own sounds that they use in place of voices. Kartos (the god of ore) makes a "Yoho ho ho yoho ya" sound, those sounds are enough to get across what each character are saying, with a textbox providing the actual conversation.
Let me put on my rose-tinted glasses. I liked Yooka-Laylee. The design of the gameplay and sound made me forget that I was playing on Xbox One and made me feel like I was back in 1998 playing on my Nintendo 64. This game feels like it was made for the fans that wanted a new Banjo-Kazooie game but didn't like what Rare were doing with the series. If you are a fan of the old Banjo-Kazooie games of the late 90's this game is for you. I score Yooka-Laylee 8.5 out of 10.