Published On: Tue, Feb 28th, 2017

Yooka-Laylee Hands-On Preview – Welcome Back To The N64 Era

Back in May 2015, Playtonic Games suggested their latest game: Yooka-Laylee. The diversion was being billed as a devout inheritor to Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie. How could Playtonic try to take over from Rare? Well, it helps that Playtonic is finished adult of a organisation of several former pivotal Rare employees, employees that usually so happened to emanate Banjo-Kazooie during a Nintendo 64 era. Sporting a bright, colorful universe as good as a dumb twin in Yooka (a masculine chameleon) and Laylee (a womanlike bat), Yooka-Laylee looks like a form of diversion we’ve been sorely lacking for some time. If you’ve been longing a 3D platformer, there aren’t many developers who will be means to make a improved diversion than a veterans behind Donkey Kong Country and Banjo-Kazooie.

As we mentioned earlier, we play as Yooka and Laylee in this vast open-world platformer. Your idea is to stop a categorical villain, Capital B (literally a Bee in a business suit), from hidden a world’s supply of books in sequence to make income from them. Throughout a duo’s journey, we will confront a series of singular characters, usually like Capital B, and worlds such as Tribalstack Tropics and Glitterglaze Glacier. In sequence to entrance these worlds, players will need to collect Pagies (pages from a enchanting book that Capital B stole during a commencement of a game). These Pagies can be used to possibly enhance a universe we are personification in or open adult a code new universe entirely.

Yooka-Laylee feels usually like Banjo-Kazooie, and that’s not indispensably a good thing per some aspects of a game. Right from a beginning, we was put off by a proceed dialog is rubbed in Yooka-Laylee. Conversations take place regulating calm froth and nonsense voices, usually like a strange Banjo-Kazooie. we mean, we know a developers are going for that classical Banjo style, yet it’s 2017! I’m certain Rare fans will conclude sum like this, yet as someone who isn’t sentimental for a strange game, it usually seems antiquated during this point. The characters in Yooka-Laylee demeanour like they were taken directly from a cartoon; it’s a contrition they don’t have a voice actors that would typically accompany them.

Speaking of a audio, Yooka-Laylee also boasts a soundtrack stoical by David Wise (Donkey Kong Country) and Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie). The happy song total with a colourful universe of Yooka-Laylee finished me feel like a child again. we was reminded of a time where you’d usually have one diversion to play so we indispensable to make it count. Yooka-Laylee takes a classical proceed to collectible equipment in games, littering masses of Pagies, Quills, Ghosts and some-more around a world. Players will always find something to do in Yooka-Laylee as a diversion keeps lane of all a equipment you’ve picked up, as good as vouchsafing we know usually how many you’ve missed out on.

The collectible equipment aspect of Yooka-Laylee will gleam on a console/handheld like a Nintendo Switch. There aren’t many sum accessible about a Switch pier of a diversion right now, with Steve Mayles, a Character Art Director during Playtonic remaining tight-lipped on a subject during a interview. Yooka-Laylee is a form of diversion we could simply collect adult and play for a brief duration of time, creation it ideal for a handheld experience.

Playtonic wants a player’s choice to be a pivotal cause in how a diversion is played. As a result, it is adult to a actor either or not they confirm to try a new universe or enhance an aged one. There is also a preference to deposit your Quills (the game’s currency) in special moves for Yooka and Laylee. At a moment, I’m not wholly certain what else we can spend your Quills on, yet there contingency be something. The folks at Playtonic see these options as prioritizing a player’s choice, however it doesn’t make most clarity to me.

I stretched a initial universe (Tribalshack Tropics) instead of opening adult a code new area. Tribalshack Tropics stretched out to embody a outrageous tower, along with a cave transport float and a small cameo by Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight. As we proceeded to enter a newly shaped tower, we was stopped by a CCTV camera that would not let me pass by a gate. Presumably there are abilities we acquire after on in a diversion that concede we to swell past this point; yet because am we given a choice to enhance a area usually to be sealed off from some of a content?

Quills are used to squeeze special moves that will afterwards concede we to finish missions we couldn’t differently do. Why should a actor have to find an NPC in sequence to squeeze special moves instead of being rewarded for collecting a certain amount? It seems like a developers are vigilant on carrying a actor backtrack for roughly no reason. Early on in a game, this preference is even some-more surplus as we can’t spend your Quills on anything else, so a currency’s usually genuine purpose is to artificially widen a game.

The preview eventuality we attended had a diversion using on a unchanging PlayStation 4. Yooka-Laylee ran during a plain 30fps, yet we contingency contend we was unhappy not to see it using during 60fps. we know a PC build of a diversion runs during 60fps, so if that arrange of thing matters to we afterwards we might wish to equivocate a console version. In further to this, Playtonic’s Steve Mayles settled in a new talk that a PlayStation 4 Pro patch for 4K or 1080p 60fps is not now in a works.

I came divided from Yooka-Laylee meditative Playtonic has finished a good pursuit recreating a Nintendo 64 diversion in 2017. Unfortunately, this comes with all a disastrous points of formulating an comparison diversion in benefaction times. Yooka-Laylee wouldn’t feel out of place using on a Nintendo 64 (aside from a good visuals), and for some people that substantially isn’t a bad thing. This diversion is a closest thing we will get to a Banjo-Kazooie sequel; I’m certain fans of a strange Banjo games will not be disappointed.

Yooka-Laylee will be accessible worldwide on Apr 11th for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There will be a Switch pier of a diversion entrance during a after date, so stay tuned for coverage on that.

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