Review: Yooka-Laylee (PlayStation 4)

Explore huge, beautiful worlds, meet an unforgettable cast of characters and horde a vault-load of collectibles as buddy-duo Yooka and Laylee embark on an epic adventure to thwart corporate creep Capital B!

Pros:

  • Big chunky  cartoon graphics that are very striking.
  • 6.06GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Three save slots.
  • Opening tutorial with pop ups as and when you unlock new abilities.
  • Open world action platform game play.
  • Pagies- Find and collect these to unlock new worlds to explore as well as expand unlocked worlds. You can also use them to unlock new moves and abilities.
  • Retro coins- Find these in order to play at the retro cabinet and take part in some fun retro mini games.
  • Hidden ghost book collectibles. Four ghost will be hidden in a world and each one must be uniquely activated in order to show up. Catch all 4 for treasure.
  • Excellent writing full of in game jokes, Classic video game tropes and current affairs.
  • Feathers-Basically your currency in game as you collect these to buy new attacks.
  • Tonics-Perform certain feats to unlock tonics that alter the game! From stronger attacks to better abilities, Tonics are a must have.
  • The worlds are massive, Couple that with the ability to open the world up even further and you have one of the biggest playgrounds going.
  • Fun playful atmosphere that drips in 90s early 00s nostalgia.
  • You play as Yooka and can not only unlock new attacks and abilities like gliding and shooting, You can also be transformed into different beings like flowers for instance. Dotted around the world are plants that once eaten grant a timed elemental attack from ice to fire.
  • Mini games are all over the place and take up a huge chunk of the gameplay. You can be racing one minute, Then running through hoops or doing a wave based scenario, The variety is there.
  • Doors to a area act as checkpoints.
  • Pause screen will show all your stats.
  • Levels/worlds can be played in any order.
  • The hub itself is a huge area and must be explored in order to find the books to open new worlds. Many secret routes and areas can be found along with collectibles.
  • Weather effects are in action. For example in snow levels you start to feel the cold and must race to warm fires otherwise you will freeze to death.
  • Vast underwater areas.
  • You can change the dynamics of the worlds with your actions.
  • Levels can be replayed at your leisure.
  • Easy to pick up and play controls.
  • Supports offline multiplayer for the mini games.
  • Basically a re skinned Banjo and Kazooie.

Cons:

  • Frame rate issues are rampant.
  • Character voices can grate when long interactions are had. I say voice it is just a noise they make.
  • Loading times are not the best.
  • Cannot skip dialogue or speed it up.
  • Death will 99 times out of 100 put you back to the level/area start.
  • Camera has a mind f its own especially when in tight areas or on a ledge. Many needless deaths were had due to the camera.
  • Tedious jumping sections.
  • It is basically a re skinned Banjo and Kazooie.
  • PlayStation 4 owners get no benefit over standard PlayStation 4 owners.
  • You feel you have played this type of game many times over.
  • You are pretty much left to forge your own path which can lead to feeling lost or confused as you lose track of what you have and haven’t done. Everybody like a little guidance in life if only to rebel.
  • You soon notice each area takes the same formula of expand it, Get a few pagies to get a new move, New move allows you to go that bit further then go unlock new world, Rinse….
  • Keeps a lot of mechanics that were a big deal in the 90s but not so hot now a days.

 

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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