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Banjo Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge
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16 February 2004
Excerpt: Banjo Kazooie tracks the story of the dynamic duo Banjo and Kazooie in their quest against the witch Gruntilda. Defeated in the last game by Nintendo, THQ's title picks up directly after this. A mechanical Gruntilda is resurrected and travels back to erase Kazooie from the picture. Banjo must then follow her to prevent her from eliminating the successes made in the first game, including saving his pal Kazooie. Grunty's Revenge is a platform game in the vein of Spyro.
Excerpt: The graphics are the best part of Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge . The environments are colorful and very detailed, and the character models are extremely good. They show a great deal of detail and have a humongous amount of animation. I have absolutely no complaints in that department. The sounds in the game range from really good... to alright... to horrible. The sound effects are done great, considering it’s on Game Boy Advance.
Excerpt: One of the best Nintendo 64 games was Banjo-Kazooie. This title took what Miyamoto did with Mario 64 and further perfected the genre. A sequel was later released but it was closer to the end of the N64's life-cycle. By then, people were growing tired of the console and ready to move on to different types of gaming experiences. So Rare sat on the franchise and it has not been seen since.
Excerpt: Everything old is new again. That seems to be the motto of late, and that's not always a bad thing, but it is a risky venture. Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, is the latest offering in the stellar N64 series of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie“this time on the GBA. Delivering remarkable gamepaly and remaining incredible faithful to the old, this is one port that rocks“while it lasts. Peek through the window of the house that Rare built right here.
Excerpt: Rare have gone a good job of getting the Nintendo64s Graphics onto the GBA, Although it may not be the same huge environments of the N64 versions how they have incorporated many of the three-dimensional worlds this two-dimensional, sprite-based GBA game. There are ladders to climb, ledges of different heights to jump to etc. Rare has converted some of the series more complex locations into minigames, and some of these minigames can be fun and some of them cant.
Summary: In the end, Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge is a solid little platformer, even considering its various shortcomings. Fans of the series and genre would be safe to add this “collect-a-thon” to their library as long as they understand the brevity of the adventure and don’t expect quite the same level of charm present in Rare’s Nintendo 64 releases.