Yooka-Laylee, a 3D platformer from a majority of those who worked on the likes of Banjo Kazooie arrives next week, following a successful crowd-funding campaign and a huge amount of popularity on social media. However, reviews have started to crop up and to say the responses have been mixed is an understatement.
Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer featuring two playable characters who develop abilities to traverse the game’s worlds. The game features a cast of characters to interact with, and is a nostalgic throwback to the genre from roughly 20 years ago. But how does it feel to play one in this generation, albeit with a fresh coat of paint?
The characters still speak in jibberish, and the colours are certainly some of the brightest and most enjoyable in modern games. However, the camera frustrations bring us back to a time long forgotten, or since improved on. Combat is said to be a chore too, with shooting mechanics requiring you to stand in one place to attack enemies while getting shot at.
XBLA Fans: 10
PlayStation Lifestyle: 8
PlayStation Universe: 6
Game Informer: 8
Push Square: 6
Let’s Play Videogames: 3.5
The Jimquisition: 2
A score of 2 seems rather low from The Jimquisition, who recently gave Zelda: Breath of the Wild a 7 and suffered days of abuse for it. In his review of Yooka-Laylee, he says “Yooka-Laylee is a game out of time, clinging so desperately to past glories it doesn’t seem to understand the Earth kept spinning after the N64 was discontinued. It’s everything wrong about the formative years of 3D platforming and it somehow retained none of what made the genre’s highlights endure…Yooka-Laylee is, in a word, rubbish.”
Yooka-Laylee is available on April 11th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.