Amazing VGM: Spiral Mountain (Banjo-Kazooie)

Banjo-Kazooie | Spiral Mountain

Surprise surprise, an Amazing VGM from a game I just reviewed. Really keeping you on your toes aren’t I? Well what can I say, I don’t plan most of these out in advance and instead just go with what I’m most feeling, and I’m feeling Banjo-Kazooie right now. It also helps that Banjo-Kazooie has an amazing soundtrack, and there will likely be plenty of themes from this game for future entries, but I may as well start with the one that sets everything else up. Read more

Banjo-Kazooie (N64/360): Rareware’s Masterpiece (Detailed Review)

Banjo-Kazooie | Mumbo Mountain

I posted my review of Yooka-Laylee almost two years ago. I had some very strong praises for it despite the fact that I had not even grown up with Banjo-Kazooie and was only familiar with the game through a lets play.That lets play was very appealing though and I loved the style of the game and everything, the only reason I didn’t play the game until now was because I didn’t own the systems it was for and didn’t know how to use emulators. What recently got me in the mood to finally check this game out was seeing a certain leftist video maker stream another Nintendo 64 Collectathon by Rare for close to three days straight to raise money for a UK charity for trans kids, and if that doesn’t inspire you to play some vidya then I don’t know what will.

Predictably as fuck, I immensely enjoyed Banjo-Kazooie but it wouldn’t be an AnnieGal review without at least one hot take; Yooka-Laylee is a better game. This really SHOULDN’T be a hot take because Yooka-Laylee was made close to two decades later with much more advanced technology, but we live in a world where Donald Trump is president and Yooka-Laylee is a “failure in every way.” As an aside, I will eventually make a full response to Derek Alexander’s review but I’d like to play Banjo-Tooie and Donkey Kong 64 for myself before that. Read more

Yooka-Laylee (PS4/XONE/Switch/PC): Rareware is Back (Detailed Review)

Yooka-Laylee, by all means, should have been well received. It is a game that seeks to return to a bygone era that most gamers grew up in and fell in love with gaming in the first place during, and was created by a team made up of former employees of Rare working on a spiritual successor to Banjo-Tooie that doesn’t involve car building or the god damned Kinect. Yooka-Laylee is what Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts should have been and more. I was very glad I got the chance to play this game and already feel that I am profoundly lucky to have gotten this and NieR Automata in the first half of 2017, and maybe if things keep up this way, it will make up for being stuck living under the rule of a Napoleonic cheetoh with a nebula sized ego and atom sized hands.

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