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April 4, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Are recent Yooka-Laylee reviews applying modern standards to this retro-inspired game?

The more I read oddly dubious reviews of Yooka-Laylee, the more I want to play it!
After a very strong Kickstarter campaign, Playtonic Games is very close to releasing their retro-inspired game, Yooka-Laylee. Reviews are beginning to appear and I'm having flashbacks to the Mighty No. 9 release. Some have given Yooka-Laylee positive reviews (great one from Hey Poor Player), but many are being quite harsh and some of the commentary seems as though they are surprised that a retro-inspired game plays like a retro game. Isn't that the point?

Yooka-Laylee for PS4 I'm trying to hold out for the Switch version, so I haven't played it, but the things people dislike seem downright strange. With Banjo-Kazooie as a base, seems like a great start to Yooka-Laylee.

One reviewer said "gaming has progressed since the N64" as though we hadn't noticed. Many say it's "rough around the edges", but I'm not sold on any of the reviews. The game-play videos show a beautiful game that seems full of diversity and options.

There are quite a few good reviews too. this seems to be a case in which I want to find out for myself. I'm liking what I'm seeing and that's enough for me to want to delve into this gorgeous looking title.

As with Mighty No, 9, the negative reviews make me want to play it for myself! MN9 had it's drawbacks and that seems to be the primary analogy with Yooka-Laylee. Reviews seem very critical of small portions without taking in the whole experience. I suspect I'm going to love this game and I'll bet you might too. I try not to let reviews rule my decisions - I've fallen in love with plenty of awful games and found some amazing gems.

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