Videogamer: Banjo-Kazooie Review

Videogamer: The number of classic 3D platformers can be counted on one hand (or maybe spill over to a few fingers on a second), and most of those have Mario in the name. There was one company that attempted to beat Nintendo at its own game though. Rare released four platformers on Nintendo's 64-bit console (two Banjo-Kazooie games, Conker's Bad Fur Day and Donkey Kong 64), and now its first, Banjo-Kazooie, is available to play on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Some ten years later, having seen numerous consoles come and go, Rare's bear and bird platformer is still a fine slice of gaming entertainment.

1200 MS Points might seem a little steep for a game that originally came out ten years ago, but this is a true classic and a game that stands up very well today. Visually it's certainly showing its age, but the HD spruce up means it's by no means ugly and the core gameplay is just as universally appealing as it ever was.

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