Fans have been waiting for a Yooka-Laylee review so that they can know if the game is good or not. Developed by former Rare employees, the game looks to be a spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie, an acclaimed N64 platformer. However, fans might want to keep their expectations in check, as a certain voice in gaming wasn’t pleased with it.
Jim Sterling, the critic behind Jimquisition, said “if you pre-ordered it, think twice” about the game in his podcast. Of all the game critics out there, Sterling is more critical than most, but he’s always been honest and upfront. This might suggest that Yooka-Laylee is another Mighty No. 9, or Jim might not fancy it, fans have to wait.
Sterling couldn’t say much about the game due to the embargo, so there’s his Yooka-Laylee review to look forward to. Fans that want to hear his opinion on the game should skip to 32:40, though they might be disappointed. Without getting too much into it due to embargo woes, he did make a quick reference to the game’s choppy nature.
During the podcast, critic Laura Kate Dale also said she shared the same thoughts as Sterling with. Without going into detail, Dale said she has “many, many, many thoughts” about Yooka-Laylee.
Considering the recent demand in colorful platformers, this could deter some fans from buying the highly anticipated title. This game, along with the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, could bring back the platforming genre to higher prominence. Fans might want to be more cautious with the title now, though more reviews should give players a better idea.
Yooka No. 9?
While fans pray for a positive Yooka-Laylee review, they’re also reminded of the failure that was Mighty No. 9. Despite making four million dollars in Kickstarter, the game disappointed many with poor graphics and average gameplay, among other things. It made fans more weary of projects from Kickstarter and Yooka-Laylee could be the latest example of that.
Now it’s worth pointing out that the game isn’t out yet and fans can always try the game out themselves. For all we know, the Kickstarter game could be a fun little platformer that entertains many a gamer. Then again, it could also be really bad, so we will have to wait and see if the title is worth it.
Yooka-Laylee is slated for an April 11 release on PS4, Xbox One and Windows PC, with a Switch version to follow. A Wii U version of the game was originally planned, but was canned for the newer console. If the game ends up being bad, there’s always the Crash Bandicoot collection in June.