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TVG: Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Review

Packed with enough referential nods and classic humour to match Kazooie's wisecracks, Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts is, presumably, precisely the type of game that Microsoft forked out so much for Rare in the first place - GoldenEye XBLA just ain't going to happen, get over it! Yet it's not long after the game begins that the sense of Rare's own doubts over the bear and the bird's significance begins to emerge. From the opening sequence depicting the overweight stars without their abilities and a sense of purpose since 2000's Banjo-Tooie, to the precise question being tucked away in the second stage, Nuts & Bolts' sole purpose seems to be, to ask: "do gamers even want Banjo any more?" Perhaps more cynically, will Rare ever repeat former glories?

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