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Yooka-Laylee - PlayStation 4

  • Publisher: Team17
  • SKU: 5712107
  • Release Date: 04/11/2017
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Cartoon violence
$19.99
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    • Yooka-Laylee

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (339 out of 386)

    Product Details


    • Publisher: Team17
    • Platform: PlayStation 4
    • Genre: Action and Adventure
    • Release Date: 04/11/2017
    • Edition: Standard Edition

    Synopsis


    Explore a new open world in Yooka-Laylee for the PlayStation 4. You play as Yooka and Laylee, who have five huge unique worlds to navigate, and you search for the Pagies, who unlock levels to help with the mission. Solve puzzles and challenges to defeat the evil Capital B in Yooka-Laylee.

    Features


    Yooka and Laylee boast an awesome arsenal of abilities built for platforming fun and unlocked with added freedom from the serpent salesman Trowzer

    Purchase and unlock moves with freedom, choose to expand your favorite worlds into even larger, more complex playgrounds and equip unique Tonic gameplay modifiers to customize your play style. Every player will have a unique experience

    Seek out a roster of shiny collectibles with gameplay progression at their core (as well as other, more valuable materials), such as the dual action Butterfly Energy or tricky Ghost Writers

    Meet (or beat) a huge cast of memorable characters brought to life by the art and audio teams behind legendary platform games, and destined to endure in future adventures as part of Playtonic Universe

    David Wise (Donkey Kong Country) and Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie) combine for a melodic masterpiece! Seriously, clean out your ears - they're in for a treat

    Discover unique boss fights, mine cart challenges, retro-tastic Arcade games, quiz shows and more than 8 unique multiplayer games

    Taking control of a unique co-op character, a second player can assist Yooka and Laylee by stunning enemies and helping them tackle tricky challenges. No piggyback required.

    For 1 player or up to 2 players with co-op mode



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 386 reviews

    88%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Just Play the Banjo-Kazooie Games Instead

      Posted
      Vartuos
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      This game is basically the same gameplay as the Banjo-Kazooie/Tooie games that came out in the late 90's. It has better graphics, but poorer performance under certain circumstances (a few too many explosions or fire effects onscreen slows the game to like 2 frames per second or even less). It's also buggy. I had it crash at least once, had to leave a level and come back because a character that supposed to be in a certain part of the level never showed up. There was also one part of the game where every time I entered a room, the framerate would drop and my character would leave the room. It didn't matter if I was pushing the control stick or not. Ended up having to reset the game. Sometimes you'll have a hard time figuring out how to interact with certain objects too. For example, you have two moves that can break glass, but it makes no sense why one works and the other doesn't. Throw in instances where you'll come across blocks that might be ice (which must be melted with a fire ability), and things get very confusing. If you see an ice cube in a snow level, you tend to assume that it needs to be melted, but sometimes it's actually glass. Why!? So yeah, there is some fun to be had here, but I can't say I would want to play through it more than once. There are just too many frustrating elements.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Oldschool Fun for Old & New Gamers

      Posted
      Chris
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      Yooka Laylee turned out to be exactly what developers Playtonic promised it to be during their successful Kickstarter campaign, for good or ill. The game is a throwback to the exploratory, item-collection focused, mascot platformers that saw their heyday in the Nintendo 64 era. Fans of Banjo Kazooie, Jak & Daxter, Mario 64, Donkey Kong 64, Chameleon Twist, Glover, Toy Story 2, etc, will be right at home here. It's a celebration of late 90's and early 2000's design sensibilities dressed up with a modern coat of paint. Yooka Laylee provides the perfect opportunity for older game fans to experience a new game fueled by warm-and-fuzzy nostalgia, but it's also a chance to show a new generation of gamers the sorts of games that we used to play when we were their age. It's brightly colored, good natured, and full of fun characters. Perfect for enjoying with younger members of the family. On the technical side, Yooka Layle can be a tad frustrating. The camera, in particular does not feel right, and it may not always present the best angles for what challenge you hope to tackle next. Expect to spend a fair bit of time manipulating it manually to prep for tricky jumps. Jumping is serviceable, but it does lack sense of inertia that made Mario 64 such a masterwork. Overall these are small issues in what has proven to be a fun, engaging game that was clearly built with alot of heart.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Old school collectathon platformer

      Posted
      Chris
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      This is an old school throwback to 90's collectathon platformers like Banjo Kazooie. You play as a lizard with a bat on its back, which allows you to perform various abilities like rolling around on the ground or flying. There are 5 levels: a tropical island, a snow/ice level, a swamp, a casino, and a futuristic space themed level. There is also a hub overworld. Each stage contains hundreds of quills and pages to collect, as well as bosses and various retro-style arcade challenges to conquer. I would say the first 80-90% of Yooka-Laylee is decent fun. The controls are a bit wonky, but there is a certain charm and the worlds themselves are interesting to explore (they can get quite expansive). The last 10%, however, is where the game becomes a slog as the janky controls start interfering with the pixel perfect precision the game unfairly demands of you in some of the harder challenges. As long as you're OK with not 100%ing the game and can recognize when to quit as the game starts to turn unfun, I would recommend this.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The Banjo Kazooie spiritual successor arrives!

      Posted
      Akimitsu782
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      Yooka-Laylee was successfully funded on Kickstarter and paraded as a spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooies platformers, with Playtonic being founded by former Rare members. And that's exactly what we got. If you enjoyed the Banjo Kazooie games on the Nintendo 64, then you'll love this game, as it hits all of the right notes. There are a number of worlds in the game, where your objective is to collect Pagies from a magical book. In addition to that, you have the minor collectibles called Quills. Each world is fairly huge to begin with, but with some Pagies, you can unlock an expansion to them that makes them even bigger. Quills are used to unlock new moves for the titular heroes, who are pretty much mirror images of the bear and bird combo of old. Overall, it's a great game that suffers from some of the most notorious culprits of the N64 era, like a semi-decent camera.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Overall a Dissapointment

      Posted
      Netora
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      Going into this game I was expecting a great and long awaited follow up to the amazing Banjo series that I love playing. What I got was exactly that, but that's where the problems start coming up. Nothing in this game is really exciting and everything in the game feels meaningless and empty like there is no actual sense accomplishment. The game looks great but feels really boring to play and the way the levels are so huge with so much just empty space and throwaway enemies that you can beat in two seconds just adds to the dissatisfaction I got when playing this game. The more smaller somewhat linear levels actually end up being the most fun as there is not so much empty space. The game's characters can be charming but it doesn't help that they reuse most of them throughout the game so their novelty start to wear off. This game just has too many fundamental flaws about it that I haven't even touched on such as the special ability bar being more of a nuisance than I good Idea. Hopefully they'll learn from this first entry and carry it on into whatever adventure Playtonic Games presents us with.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Not very good.

      Posted
      EROCK100
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      I am in my 30's and have played all kinds of games on just about every system in my time. I have always favorited the platforming genre (Jak & Daxter is one of my favorite games of all time) and couldn't be more excited to finally play a game in the same vein as Jak, Banjo, etc. So I fire the game up and yeah, it's pretty good. Colorful graphics, nostalgia feels and I am thinking it's going to shape up to be a memorable classic, right? No. No it is not! The game seems unfinished. It has only 5 worlds, has clunky controls and a truly horrendous camera. The actual game/story is not much fun at all and it's worth mentioning that this game is very difficult and punishing at times. My initial fondness evolved into a loathing disgust. Bottom line: this game is sold on the fact that it's a throwback to the glory days of platform gaming. Unfortunately, the game just isn't any good. Avoid this one. If you MUST play it... wait for it to be on sale.. like $3.99 on a clearance rack.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A satisfying revisit to classic platforming

      Posted
      RatedG
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      Yooka-Laylee feels right at home next to Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64, having been made by much of the same team as those games, and using he same sort of formula as those. The presentation is pretty much perfectly in line with those games, which is exactly what people were hoping for. The gameplay feels like those classic games, though there could have been more improvements made to camera control and such, it's still a marked improvement over those older games. I think if you're looking for another taste of a Banjo style experience, you'll be happy with this game. If you were hoping for a more significant and meaningful evolution of the collectathon platformer genre, this isn't really that game, but it could be the foundation of that sort of advancement in the future.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Regret my $11 purchase

      Posted
      Llamas
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      I should have known from the reviews and the quick sale drop to $14 ($11 after GCU discount) that this would not be a great experience, but I wanted to try it out for nostalgia purposes. It's not good. Honestly. The voice acting (aka awful noises) can't be turned off and is annoying as all get out, and in places is can't be skipped. The humor and writing are juvenile - not even in a clever or entertaining way. The level design is meh. The worst part though, is the way your character controls. Platformers need tight controlling characters so you can perform things with precision, but it just felt sloppy in this game. Horribly sloppy. Character not even running in a straight line when you hold it level sloppy. Really just not a good game.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend


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