Fans of the Nintendo 64 era will certainly remember the franchise Banjo-Kazooie. While that series may be dead, a new one is rising in the form of the highly anticipated, open-world platformer Yooka-Laylee. If you have been finding it hard t o experience games that provide the nostalgic, wondrous and magic of a game like Banjo-Kazooie, look no further than Yooka-Laylee.
Last year, gamers showed their unbelievable support for the studio Playtonic Games and their new IP Yooka-Laylee. Millions of dollars’ worth of donations from gamers and a year of development later has this new brand shaping up to be one we won’t forget anytime soon.
Everything from the world, to Yooka and Laylee, to the levels and aura all make you feel right at home immediately. Whether you’re Quill (in-game currency) hunting or you’re trying to grab a Page that will help you progress in the world, Yooka-Laylee is a coming along in a magnificent way.
Both characters have been given such adorable animations and sounds. It’s impossible not to fall in love with them immediately. I only saw a few of the duo’s moves, but you will be able to purchase more and more as you collect Quills and progress through the game.
While players will be able to unlock new moves by using Quills as currency, they will also be able to unlock new parts of a world or expand current worlds they are in. Gamers can do this by simply paying with the Pagies they collect throughout their journey.
The new areas that players unlock within a world will progress in difficulty. Playtonic said they want to add more challenge to each world. Every time they unlock a new world, the game’s difficulty will in turn become more advanced than the one before it.
Collectibles are something Playtonic Games wants to emphasize in Yooka-Laylee and this not only rings true when thinking about the first two forms of currency I mentioned, but also when you look at the different types of ammo Yooka and Laylee can collect.
Laylee can shoot out different types of ammo and that is decided based on the type of plant or ammo tree the player manages to pick up. These things have different effects on characters and the world around you, so it seems like players will need to be mindful of what ammo is most appropriate for each enemy.
The duo’s health and power will be drained throughout the course of playing. Players will be able to refill both by eating butterflies. Everything you collect in the world seems like it will have meaning for your experience one way or another, big and small.
Yooka-Laylee will have a wide range of worlds for players to explore, but the green world Playtonic showed off last year was the one they showed off recently to me. The difference between what I saw last year and what I saw this year is astounding. It’s easy to see how Yooka-Laylee is coming together in a big way, and the look of the world was an immediate indicator of that.
The game world has so much detail and personality woven into every corner. Everything from trees, to streams, to enemies and everything else in between help make the game world truly come alive. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the worlds will look and play like.
Lastly, Yooka-Laylee‘s draw distance is impressive. The game shows off a number of incredible views, and this will absolutely help players decide whether or not to unlock a new area of a world. Choice is a central theme of the game, and it’s in those choices where gamers can create a more personal experience.
What is most amazing about the small slices of gameplay I’ve seen so far is the feeling Yooka-Laylee invokes within me. While I do remember pieces of my childhood when I look, listen and consume this world, I still admire how modern, authentic and real these worlds feel.
Yooka-Laylee doesn’t feel like some harken back to a previous time for the sake of nostalgia experience. It’s a game that is ready to revive a genre that’s been comatose for too long. It’s a game that I believe will give gamers an experience they’ve been craving for years.
Yooka-Laylee has an incredible vision that it is looking to deliver to players, and the game is shaping up quite well for next year’s launch. We’ll see just how everything comes together when Yooka-Laylee launches on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Wii U.
To help slake your desires for more on Yooka-Laylee, check out the trailer Playtonic and publisher Team17 dropped for Gamescom. Stay tuned for more video games magnificence here on We Write Things.