Saturday, August 13, 2016

Intrigued by Yooka-Laylee

I will be keeping an eye on this game...

Footage of the Toy Box Demo:

Remember when there was a time you can reflect back on the simpler aspects of being a gamer? Remember when you were a young kid and you were just getting introduced to video games? Remember when your imagination took off because you played a game like Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot and other games of the sort?

It makes you wonder why in this day and age it's been harder and harder for gamers to remember of such a time.

Never mind the fact that shooting games and RPGs flood the Gaming Industry today, and that's the only real impression you're left with when you go to a big store like GameStop or Wal-Mart and you venture in to see what new games they have. What do you see when you get there? Shoot 'em up games, war-themed games, massively popular spin-offs of Final Fantasy, which has been done to death. I could go on...

I suppose that's why it's refreshing to know that a new platforming adventure game is finally being released sometime in the First Quarter of 2017, and it's called Yooka-Laylee. For those of you who are unaware of what kind of game this is, you might want to study a bit on the history pf the Banjo-Kazooie series to understand what the hype is all about. The makers of the Banjo-Kazooie games on the Nintendo 64 are basically the same guys who are the masterminds behind the development of Yooka-Laylee, which is a positive sign if you are a platforming game fan and you're begging for a new challenge.

Many gamers voiced their opinions and pleaded for there to be new installments to the Banjo-Kazooie series, but unfortunately, because of the fact that Rare, deeply associated with Microsoft and Xbox, has made it well known that all they care about is making money off nostalgia and remakes with fresh coats of paint, those requests will never be heard.

That's where Yooka-Laylee's game dev team arrives on the scene. They have formed a new company called Playtonic Games and they're basically doing the same things that got them noticed in the first place with Banjo-Kazooie, which is making an enjoyable platforming game experience. Gee, what a novel idea!

Check out the gameplay footage by clicking on the links above. These videos will give you the reactions and opinions to the demo of what we're going to see in Yooka-Laylee. Personally from what I gather, I believe that we're in for something unique in some aspects. This is something creative from a gameplay standpoint as well as stylistically. The graphics are colorful and amazing, and you can tell that the vision for a game like this was put in place well in advance.

I also seem to like the main characters themselves, Yooka and Laylee. They seem like characters that can relate with the platforming gaming audience. I think Playtonic chose the right kind of animals to represent these characters. An iguana (I think that's what Yooka is), and a bat make sense.

Something like Yooka-Laylee's arrival on the scene is something that has been sorely missed by gaming communities and by the Gaming Industry in a practical aspect. Why hasn't more of these types of games been made in recent years? Why do we have to leave it up to just Mario and Sonic to give us platforming adventures? I thought our industry had more creative freedom than that. Well, at least with this we'll get a glimpse of what games we could be getting in the future if this starts a healthy trend.

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