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PlayMagazine - Banjo Kazooie Retro Review

PlayMagazine writes: "The mid-to-late 90s was something of a golden age for platform game aficionados. Mario 64 sauntered on to the scene in 1997, dragging the genre kicking and screaming into a brave new world of 3D visuals and never-before-seen levels of depth, while Crash Bandicoot spun his way through an endless supply of wooden boxes in the company of some questionable voodoo characters and Mark Cerny’s Spyro the Dragon made its debut, although it may have been a little too cutesy for some. For me, though, one game in particular stood out as being head and shoulders above the others, and that game was Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie – a game that’s all-too-often ignored by the masses when they take a trip down memory lane."

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cheetah1712d ago

Best 3d platformer ever made. Took what made Super Mario 64 so good and perfected it. Nothing has come close since, that includes Galaxy 1 + 2 and 3D world.

So disappointing that MS destroyed a once great company.

Chard1712d ago

I replayed it recently and plan to also play Banjo Tooie. Was Tooie as good as/better than the original?

cpayne931712d ago

Banjo tooie did a lot of things well, and was still a fantastic game, but I didn't like it quite as much as the original. The second one had more moves, more transformations, bigger worlds, better graphics, and a much worse framerate. My problem with the game, aside from the framerate, was that it really just lacked the charm of the original game, and the environments weren't as varied or interesting. It comes down to opinion really, I would definitely recommend it.

cheetah1712d ago

Exactly what cpayne said. Great game, great graphics, some slowdown etc.. Definitely worth a play through, but not as good as the 1st.

I cant believe MS hasn't tried to make a third? I mean how hard could it be? They have the franchise, use it!

cpayne931712d ago (Edited 1712d ago )

It was pure platforming perfection, just an incredible game. Still play it on occasion.

LOL_WUT1712d ago

I still remember the vs mode that was always fun ;)

ClydeRadcliffe1712d ago

It'd be great if we could get a new BK game for XBO in the new future... and none of this kart racing silliness

LAWSON721712d ago

I would love a Banjo Threeie but they should make a dedicated online mode focused on what nuts and bolts did because the multiplayer was just incredibly fun

ClydeRadcliffe1712d ago

I'd be happy enough with a well thought out, solid single player only game to be honest - but yeah, if they could bring in a multiplayer that made sense and didn't detract from the single player, that'd definitely be a bonus

REDBEARD1712d ago

R.I.P. Banjo Kazooie :(

Pozzle1712d ago

I miss Banjo Kazooie. And I miss these types of platformers. :(