XboxGameZone writes: "Things were a lot different 10 years ago. Microsoft was too busy working on Windows 98 to care about computer games, and the two hot consoles were the Nintendo 64 and the original Playstation. The superstars of the gaming world didn't star in first person shooters or sandbox titles. Instead, platformers, utilising the newly realised 3D technology of the current generation were the latest hot topic. Mario, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Rayman, Croc… the market was flooding with these cute characters, and gamers lapped them up. Fast forward 10 years, and the market is much changed. The platformer has become a stale genre, and despite the best efforts of publishers, they are now much maligned. And so, when granting new life to their much loved Banjo-Kazooie series, Rare had to get with the times, and the result is a great new direction for a much loved series."