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Old 3rd April 2017, 11:01 PM
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Yooka-Laylee Review Megathread

The embargo for Yooka-Laylee will be over at 9 AM BST tomorrow, April 4th. I will consolidate reviews as they are released in this thread so we can all tear them apart for not being sufficiently fawning in their commentary or for not mentioning the horror of the Jontron removal.

Yooka-Laylee Reviews

Destructoid - 8/10

"Banjo Threeie is probably never going to happen, but after playing Yooka-Laylee I'm fine with that for the first time in 17 years. Playtonic's first foray is rough around the edges, but the center is so full of heart that it'll melt away the more you play it. How much of that roughness you can put up with entirely depends on your history and mental fortitude for mascot platformers. For some of you that threshold is pretty low, but for me, it's as high as Laylee can fly."

Polygon - 5.5/10

"Yooka-Laylee looks the part of an updated platformer, but some of its mechanics should have stayed back in the era it came from. There was a reason we havenít seen more games like Banjo-Kazooie on modern platforms, and it wasnít just because Rare as we knew it was gone; its ideas were very specific to a gameplay era that weíve evolved past. Fourth-wall-breaking dialogue, shiny characters and lush graphics canít save Yooka-Laylee from the dated framework that itís built on."

Ars Technica - Positive

"Yooka-Laylee might have been born out of nostalgia for a period in gaming that, yes, is a tad overrated. But Playtonic's take on the early 3D games of the '90s is more progressive than your average piece of pixel-art gumpf, even if it misses the mark in places."

Rock Paper Shotgun - Positive

"Iím far less sure of how someone without that attachment to the originals will perceive the mix of flaws and strengths. For me the chance to revisit one of my first game infatuations did reduce the annoyances, or at least they became part and parcel of going back Ė you take the irritants with the joys because without it it wouldnít be the same.

But I want to end by highlighting that this is a friendly game regardless of whether you had an N64 two decades ago. That feels like a valuable commodity at this point in time. Yooka-Laylee is bright, itís positive, itís daft and it wants to play with you. And thatís lovely."

Gamespot - 6/10

"Ultimately, Yooka-Layleeís best and worst aspects come directly from its predecessor. Despite attempts at modernizing the formula, its style of gameplay is still outdated, and it doesnít stay challenging or interesting for long as a result. But if youíre looking for a faithful return to the Banjo-Kazooie formula, Yooka-Laylee certainly delivers--from the font to the music to the wealth of collectibles, itís worthy of the title of spiritual successor."

Game Informer - 8/10

"Though camera problems and outdated level design are present at times, the moments of exhilaration, discovery, and satisfaction far outweigh those pitfalls. It feels like ages since I've played something like Yooka-Laylee. This is a game that was built for those who look back with fondness on the classics that spawned it, and in that regard, it delivers completely."
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