Reviews and Problems with Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
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Replay value 9
Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: I remember back in the day when Rare was one of the premiere developers in the video game industry. In fact almost all their games were golden in the eye of most beholders. Now it seems like they have gotten cynical, unhappy and generally lost the formula to what a family friendly title is. Sure they did the Viva Pinata games, and those were good. I had some high expectations going into Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts.
Conclusion: Innovative design. Great puzzler. Enormous wit and charm. If you’re looking for something different and fresh on the Xbox 360 after Viva Piñata, this is the title to get. It’s not perfect but if you like legos, platformers, and/or puzzles; you can’t go wrong with Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.
Excerpt: Banjo and Kazooie have gotten lazy over the years. In their prime they were the top tandem of platforming, but now all they do is lounge around eating junk food, playing video games and getting fat. I suppose in some ways the platforming genre has taken the same lethargic path, and so Rare are looking to crank things up a gear, get their duo back in shape and change platforming as we know it.
Excerpt: My experience with Banjo Kazooie and its sequel, Banjo Tooie , was never an extended affair, which is a fact I both regret and plan to eventually resolve. I was a proud Nintendo 64 owner, but never played either game for long, only messing around with the early levels of both. Instead, I spent my time on other Rare titles of the era.
Pros: Vehicular creation tool is robust and easy to use, Missions can be tackled in a variety of creative ways, Visuals are distinct and inviting, Soundtrack provides a great backdrop, Lots of replay value and a cool multiplayer mode
Cons: Control for land vehicles is touchy, Frame-rate drops are infrequent but still punishing
Conclusion: A fun game that is let down by dubious vehicle controls and a design system that soon becomes tiresome. There is plenty to see and do though and the variety of challenges, for those that stick around, will keep you happily entertained.
Excerpt: Nuts & Bolts is a country mile away from being the instant classic that the original was, even though it can often be hugely charming, tremendously entertaining and filled with a bucket-load of humour. But it strikes us as having hit a brick wall midway through development, with its lack of ideas resulting in a clever concept that falls somewhat short of the level it deserves.