The Cream of the Crap: Perfect Dark Zero and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (Xbox 360)

How Rare went from hero to zero.

"If you’re a bit older, you may remember a little magical company called Rare. Rare achieved fame and fortune making some pretty amazing games for Nintendo platforms. Those brits were truly magical, as they could pretty much pick any genre they wanted to and make a masterpiece for that genre, be it fighting (Killer Instinct), puzzle (Blast Corps), third-person shooter (Jet Force Gemini), and more impressively, FPSs (Goldeneye and Perfect Dark) and platformers (Banjo-Kazooie). Sadly, Rare’s honeymoon with Nintendo ended in the early 2000s, and the company was then bought by Microsoft.

Their first years with Microsoft were, well, okay, I suppose. Grabbed by the Ghoulies was okay at best but it had its charm, and Conker Live and Reloaded had a pretty good online multiplayer and incredible visuals. Not long after the latter, Microsoft announced its new flagship console, the Xbox 360, and with it Rare saw the opportunity of bringing back two of its most famous franchises.

The results? Oh boy…"

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FallenAngel1984651d ago

But Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts has a higher score on Metacritic than Yookah-Laylee.

lptmg651d ago

let's wait and see for user feedback as well, shall we?

Sciurus_vulgaris651d ago (Edited 651d ago )

Many of Rare's post MS buyout games, aren't anywhere near as bad as some people make them out to be. I played through Conker: Live and Reloaded, PDZ, Kameo, and Grabbed by the Ghouls. I enjoyed all the previously mentioned games, except Grabbed by the Ghouls, which was extremely repetitive and dull, in my opinion.

StifflerK651d ago

Personally I really liked Nuts and Bolts - it was different sure - but I had a lot of fun making stuff - from a rocket powered toilet , to a pirate galleon with working cannons a jet engine and retractable wings.
I even made a Mario statue with spring feet and laser eyes.

The only problem I had with PDZ was the awful enemy A.I.
The multiplayer mode was good fun, I think it had 4 player split screen as well.

I liked Kameo, Conker and Ghoulies a lot. Viva Pinata was decent too.
The Kinect Sports series are (for me at least) the best kinect games. And Sea of Thieves looks good so far.
But hey, maybe I'm the only one who thinks this way, lol.

Rare aren't at the forefront of the industry like they used to be - but things have changed. There was a time when all of the best games came from Sega and Nintendo. Nowadays the industry is more competitive and diverse.

Regardless I'm looking forward to Yooka Laylee next week, and Sea of Thieves later this year.

PhoenixUp651d ago

How embarrassing is it that Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts was received better critically than Yookah-Laylee

BlackIceJoe650d ago

Nuts & Bolts was a good game and had it been a new ip instead people would have loved it. I for one would like to see another game like that, but this time be a new ip instead. As for Perfect Dark I for one want to see a sequel, but this time it be with a third person view instead.