The Yooka-Laylee Hype Train

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The amount of excitement I have for this particular game is as high as it possibly could be. I keep having to calm myself down (and completely avoid their website) and tell myself that its a start up developing company and they don’t have a ton of resources. I’m not trying to put Playtonic down but rather remind myself to keep my expectations realistic. My particular problem is, the platforming genre is one of my favorites but its kind of a dead genre.

For those who don’t know, Playtonic Games are a brand new video game developing who are working on their very first video game. The game is of course called Yooka-Laylee. Most of the developing team worked together at the company, Rare. Most decided to leave Rare and create their own company where they can work on games that they could work on. I’m sure it was very nerve racking to begin with but after the teams funding goal on Kickstarter was met in under an hour, I’m sure most of those nerves were quickly calmed. All together the game raised a little over 2 million which excites me because it shows that I’m not the only one who misses the old dying genre.

What excites me about this game is not just the fact that its being made by the guys who made the Donkey Kong Country series but also the guys who made Banjo-Kazooie. Banjo-Kazooie is definitely in my top 5 of games of all time and this game is essentially Banjo-Kazooie part 3. Instead of a Bear/Bird pair its going to be a chameleon/Bat pair.

One big concern about any Kickstarter game is, you never really know how its going to be. Look at Mighty No. 9, people lost their minds and were exuberant when the game was announced and although I didn’t play the game, it does look bad. The nice thing about Playtonic, there hasn’t been secrecy with the game at all. They have been letting fans know whats going on with the game the whole way through. Just look at the pictures, graphically the game looks so good. Its exactly the way I want it to look.

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Although the game hasn’t been released and I can’t say for sure, something tells me this game is going to have top notch music. They brought in David Wise and of course he is best known for Donkey Kong Country and they also brought in Grant Kirkhope who is best know for Banjo-Kazooie. This is exactly who I would want to be making the sound track.

My biggest complaint about Banjo-Kazooie is the game doesn’t control overly that well. Something I’ve often wondered is, it the games fault or is it that Nintendo 64 is a bad system with bad controllers. Something tells me that its probably a mixture of the 2 but I’m sure playing Banjo-Kazooie is a better experience playing it on an Xbox One controller.  This is one thing that I can’t tell from watching trailers or looking their pictures, I have no idea how the game will control but I do hope its better.

With that being said, I did ask a speed running youtuber what he thought of the games controls. HierNameEingeben had this to say:

It has more of a direct and fast feel to it in my opinion. The action you press are transformed into the movement a little faster, i guess. Otherwise it feels very much the same. The rolling is a little bit harder to control and slippier than the counterpart (where Kazooie is carrying Banjo on his back) in BK. Better or worse is hard to say though and mainly depends on personal preferences, but for me Yooka maybe even feels a little bit better. Hope that helped you.

Try to keep in mind, I don’t think English is his first language but he does answer my question. If you want to see the speed run, click here.

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This is just a theory of mine but the game is going to have 2 player co-op and Shovel Knight has been announced and there is a joke by Laylee who says “Finally, a decent NPC to work with!” I think this could mean that Shovel Knight would be player 2 and that would be awesome. If you want to check out the full trailer, I would recommend clicking here.

2016 my game of the year was Ratchet and Clank. I’m a simple guy and I’m just a huge fan of the Genre so naturally this game is right up my alley. My only concern is the controls but it does sound like they might be better. Only time will tell but as of right now, this is the 2017 game to beat.

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