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For years, fans of the platforming genre have wanted a game that hearkens back to the Nintendo 64 classics created by the team at Rare Ltd. That dream may soon be realized as we are mere days away from the spiritual successor to the iconic Nintendo 64 game Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka-Laylee. Playtonic Games, comprised of many former Rare Ltd. employees, have produced what looks like a worthy addition to the genre in no small part because of the generous backing by fans on their Kickstarter page.

There is a lot of pressure riding on Yooka-Laylee to not only succeed financially, but also to live up to and pay homage to the bear and bird team. In order to do that, here are three areas the game needs to nail to come anywhere near the original dynamic duo.

Dense and Varied Levels

Banjo-Kazooie had incredibly memorable and varied environments for players to interact with. Timeless levels such as Treasure Trove Cove and Mumbo’s Mountain are iconic not only for their design, but also for the amount of collectibles and side activities to perform. These levels were packed with Notes, Jiggies and Jinjos to find and this game needs similar items to populate their world.

Simple and Catchy Music

When someone mentions Banjo-Kazooie, you will be hard pressed to find a gamer that does not remember some of the iconic theme songs for each of the levels. Not only the level soundtracks, the first game also had the amazingly scored intro song that would play every time you loaded the game. These songs helped bring the game alive and Yooka-Laylee need that caliber of music which all signs point to with the sampling on their Kickstarter page and some of the music team returning for the game.

Great Traversal Options

From fast travel with Kazooie’s long legs, rubber boots for swamps and character transformations, Banjo-Kazooie had many different ways for the player to navigate the environments if they wanted that sweet completion. The new pair will need many varied transformations and moves in order to traverse their colorful environments and mix up game play in a satisfying way.

From everything shown so far, the team at Playtonic appears to understand how to include these three elements into the spiritual successor. The original Banjo-Kazooie and its sequel, Banjo-Tooie, are staples of a gaming generation long gone. Hopefully the team sees some success outside the incredibly funded Kickstarter campaign they started last year.

Yooka Laylee will be released April 11 for PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. A Nintendo Switch version is in the works although there is no set release date for the system.

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“Really pleased” with Sea of Thieves PS5 sales, Microsoft

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After the recent port to PS5, Microsoft is “really pleased” with the overall sales and performance of Sea of Thieves. As a result, more people are playing the Xbox and PC versions as well. Matt Booty, president of game content and studios at Microsoft Gaming, said this:. He also said that the success of the series means it can grow and that more money should be spent on a Variety podcast interview.

Microsoft is bringing four games that used to only be available on Xbox to other systems. Sea of Thieves was the last of these games to come out. The others are Pentiment, Grounded, and Hi-Fi Rush. Even though things have been going well lately, Booty says that more ports will be dealt with “case-by-case.”

News spread before the port came out that Sea of Thieves was being used as a “key test” to see if more Xbox-only games would be ported to PS5, PS4, and Xbox One. In May 2024, the game was the best-selling PS Store game in both Europe and the US. It also did well in the weekly sales charts.

Aside from the four games that have already been ported to Xbox, nothing else has been officially confirmed. However, news reports say that a lot of exclusive games may be about to come to other platforms. Some say that PS5 games like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Starfield, and a rumored remaster of Halo: Combat Evolved are all being thought about.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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