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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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Arrowhead is looking into an auto-kick feature to address Helldivers 2 players who are going AFK

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Helldivers 2 has seen a rapid rise in popularity, presenting both opportunities and challenges for Arrowhead Game Studio. Although one could argue that the studio has produced a modern masterpiece, Helldivers 2 is still prone to persistent connection issues. Players who have shown great patience with the ongoing server issues in the game are now starting to clash, focusing on personal gain instead of uniting for the success of Super Earth.

IGN reported that players are pleading with Arrowhead to include an AFK auto-kick feature on the Helldivers subreddit. This request comes after some players confessed to remaining logged in to continue playing and bypass the unpredictable server connection process. This issue requires an urgent resolution.

@Arrowhead GS: You’re gonna need an AFK timer.
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The leader of Arrowhead, Johan Pilestedt, was informed about the problem and assured that the developers were investigating the situation. “I have already communicated this to the team,” Pilestedt confirmed. Regarding Helldivers updates, Xbox players are now petitioning Arrowhead to release the game on their platform after comments from Xbox boss Phil Spencer about the game’s exclusivity.
Are you still playing Helldivers 2? Would you risk the fate of Super Earth to fulfill your own self-serving wishes? Let’s all reaffirm our commitment to democracy in the comments section below.

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Cameron Monaghan Open to Reprising Jedi Role in Live-Action Star Wars, Under Certain Conditions

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Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi series has garnered significant acclaim from players, with Cal Kestis’ gripping journey of survival serving as a focal point. Actor Cameron Monaghan, renowned for his portrayal of Kestis in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Survivor, has expressed his openness to bringing the character to life in a live-action adaptation. However, Monaghan emphasizes that certain conditions must be met for him to consider reprising the role.

During a panel at FanExpo Vancouver 2024, Monaghan, known for his roles in Shameless and Gotham, provided insight into his perspective. While many actors would eagerly seize any opportunity to join the Star Wars universe, Monaghan’s willingness to portray Kestis in live-action hinges on the narrative significance and continuation of the character’s story. Merely appearing as a superficial presence would not align with his vision; there must be substantial meaning and relevance for Kestis within the context of the story.

As anticipation builds for a potential third installment in the Star Wars Jedi series, Respawn Entertainment’s reported development of a first-person Mandalorian game raises intriguing possibilities. Could Kestis find himself embarking on new adventures within this immersive gaming experience?

Fans are speculating and curious about the possibility of a live-action Star Wars movie starring Dominic Monaghan. Would such a project capture your interest? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Resistance Retribution on PS5 and PS4: A Platinum Trophy Well Within Reach!

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Step into the shoes of a resistance fighter and prepare to wage war against the Chimera in the remastered edition of Resistance Retribution for PS5 and PS4. Originally a powerhouse on the PSP, this third-person shooter makes a triumphant return to Sony’s modern consoles, promising an exhilarating experience despite its handheld origins.

From the moment you pick up your controller, you’re thrust into a world teeming with relentless action and gripping narrative. While the transition to emulation might reveal some of the game’s limitations, its solid gameplay mechanics ensure an adrenaline-fueled ride from start to finish.

Achievement hunters, rejoice! With a whopping 23 trophies up for grabs, earning the Platinum Trophy is well within reach. Most of these accolades tie into the game’s captivating storyline, ensuring that every mission feels essential to your journey. Whether you’re mowing down enemies with a variety of weapons or facing your first demise, each trophy serves as a testament to your prowess on the battlefield.

In essence, conquering resistance and retribution is more than just a victory—it’s an invitation to adorn your collection with a shiny new prize. So, are you ready to take on the challenge and claim your rightful place among the elite? Share your conquests with us in the comments below, and let the world know that the fight for humanity’s survival has only just begun.

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