YG Preview: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

It's stating the obvious, but although we can expect Banjo-Kazooie to look sexy on Xbox 360 what's less certain is how well it's going to play. Last time Rare rolled out a decent adventure game was at the height of its success on Nintendo 64 – seven years ago. In 2001 Rare could do no wrong. Post GoldenEye 007, Perfect Dark, Conker's Bad Fur Day and of course Banjo-Kazooie + Tooie on N64 (awesome), pre Grabbed by the Ghoulies on Xbox and Perfect Dark Zero for Xbox 360 (dire).

It took Viva Piñata in 2006 to prove Rare still had talent and, crucially, hadn't lost its sense of fun. Gears of War stole its thunder over Christmas that year, but VP is a terrific game nonetheless and this year's sequel looks all set to perform much better.

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