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Spiritual Successor to Banjo-Kazooie Officillay Announced: Yooka-Laylee

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Following months of rumor and speculation the new heroes of the Banjo-Kazooie successor Yooka-Laylee are revealed

Banjo-Kazooie is among the most famous game series ever created, leaving a huge imprint on a generation of gamers. Its been years since the last title in the series touched down on the Xbox 360 breaking from core mechanics of the franchise. Despite that fans have been eagerly hoping for a new addition; that hope has been building since rumors began to spread of a return. Members of former Banjo-Kazooie developer Rare have formed together to create Playtonic Games promising a spiritual successor to the platformer.

Until now fans have only known the game by its codename, Project Ukulele, with scarce details on what it would truly be. That has officially changed with Playtonic unveiling name of their game as well its heroes, introducing Yooka-Laylee. Complete with images of the heroes and the world they’ll inhabit Playtonic is sure to impress fans old and new with this reveal.

Right off the bat gamers of the original series will recognize the Yooka-Laylee art style which taps into the original style of the franchise. That should come as no surprise with Steve Mayles, creator of a huge number of Rare characters, joining the Yooka-Lalylee development team. Recreating the 90’s gaming look that fans will love while adding in modern techniques to create a unique design found nowhere else. The chameleon and bat teams world is sure to be a blast to travel through if it can keep that mix strong.

The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter campaign launched May 1st and it’s doing really well already. The campaign will be shooting to land the game on PC, Mac,PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U with a $24 price tag for the game. Backers who go above that base price will be open to an impressive list of rewards including: soundtracks, artbooks, and an Nintendo 64 style version of the game. Playtonic is obviously doing all they can to attract backers and a Nintendo 64 style version of the game is a great way to do that. Already, the Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed its goal in just a few hours and has already passed the equivalent of $800.000 of the original goal of $265.000

They will need that boost to help get around the fear that people have developed recently around Kickstarter. Several projects have failed to deliver on their promises and games have been finding it tougher all the time to find backers. All those recent troubles might melt away for gamers looking for the nostalgia of an old school Nintendo styled game. Especially old school fans of the Banzo-Kazooie series who have waited so long for a successor. Only time will tell if Yooka-Laylee can live up to their expectations.

Just like most other people are here, Ryan is very passionate about gaming and technology. When he's not writing about video games, you'll likely find him talking about the latest gadgets.

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The director of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is making a final plea to content creators regarding spoilers

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is on the horizon, with our review already available. There’s just one week left until the game’s official release on February 29th, exclusively on PS5. This highly anticipated sequel to Remake, based on one of the most beloved video game stories, is best experienced without any spoilers, according to creative director Tetsuya Nomura.

On Twitter, Nomura made a final request for players and content creators to avoid spoiling the game for others, especially on social media and video-sharing platforms, where spoilers can spread rapidly. Naturally, there’s a specific moment that everyone is eagerly anticipating to see how it will compare to the 1997 original, and it’s bound to be quite chaotic on launch day. Nevertheless, Nomura still holds onto a glimmer of hope for humanity and has made a seemingly impossible request for content creators to exercise a degree of restraint.

It’s important to remember to include spoiler warnings when sharing content related to the game’s story on social media and video-sharing sites to avoid spoiling the experience for others. I would greatly appreciate it if you could avoid using scenes from important parts of the story in your video thumbnails.

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Nomura points out that the developers intentionally did not limit the recording and sharing features of the PS5 for any aspect of the game. They believe players should have the freedom to share and discuss their favorite gameplay moments. It remains to be seen if that trust was justified.

Do you think players and content creators will follow Nomura’s request and minimize spoilers? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Xbox may want to become more acquainted with the Platinum Trophies on PS5 and PS4

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Obsidian’s first Xbox game, Pentiment, a historical adventure, is now available on the PS5 and PS4. From what we’ve seen, this port of a highly popular game seems to be solid, and we aim to provide you with a review soon. Meanwhile, one aspect caught our attention regarding the conversion that Microsoft may need to address in the future.

Pentiment’s list of Trophies perfectly mirrors its Xbox Achievements, featuring identical descriptions, titles, and icons. There is a slight variation between the two versions: PlayStation offers 42 trophies to unlock, whereas Xbox provides 41 achievements to earn. The distinction lies in the Platinum Trophy, which is awarded once you have collected all the other trinkets in the set.

Since it’s not included in the original game, the developer has not named the trophy, so it appears as ‘PlatinumTrophy’ in the list. This has already generated amusement among Trophy enthusiast communities. “They chose such a basic name for the Platinum Trophy and somehow still messed it up,” a fan expressed.

This issue is quite insignificant in the bigger picture and could likely be fixed with a quick update or patch. As Microsoft gains more experience with PlayStation development, we hope their command of the Trophy system will improve. After all, those platinums are difficult to earn and deserve a more memorable name.

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Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon have been excluded from the final roster of WWE 22K24

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2K Sports unveiled the complete roster for the upcoming WWE 2K24, featuring more than 204 playable superstars, including 70 Legends who are no longer part of the main rosters, along with eight managers. However, fans were quick to point out the absence of some notable names from the list: 7-time WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and former WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Lesnar was previously excluded from the Forty Years of WrestleMania edition.

Following accusations of sex trafficking against McMahon by a former WWE employee, a report from the Wall Street Journal brought the issue to light. Although Lesnar’s name was not directly mentioned in the proceedings, insiders informed the WSJ that he was the unidentified WWE champion in question. McMahon refuted the allegations but stepped down as WWE CEO the day following the federal lawsuit.

Nonetheless, Lesnar and McMahon will still be present in the game. GameSpot has reported that the Lesnar vs. Undertaker match from WrestleMania 30 may be included in Showcase mode. It is speculated that another match already confirmed for Showcase mode (Stone Cold vs. The Rock, WrestleMania 17) will probably include an appearance from McMahon as well.

WWE 2K24 will be available for purchase on March 8th for PS5 and PS4, or March 5th for those interested in the Deluxe or WrestleMania editions.

 

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