I am laughing about the reviews for Yooka-Laylee. Because all the complaints are of the exact same flaws as the N64 Rare games. Bad camera? Banjo had it. Big empty worlds? Donkey Kong 64 had that and so did Tooie. Same with the other criticisms.
Sounds to me like they made the exact kind of game people wanted. A game that resembled the ones you grew up with from Rare.
The Banjo games, while incredibly fun, are also messy, flawed, occaisionally clunky, and full of frustrating tasks. Donkey Kong 64 is a tedious mess of segmented collecting with repeat bosses and challenges. Conkers Bad Fur Day has some of the slowest clunkiest controls ive experienced in a game and is way overpraised for basic family guy humor. my blood chills at the thought of ever playing the single player campaign again
But still many of if not all these games are fan favorites. The rare games of the era werent perfect but they were fun. And there was atleast a few that would gel with your interests. The reviews of YL dont seem to be bashing it to pieces, but make it sound like a fun game that could have given more considering the hype and time spent. More content, tighter camera angling, etc. They gave us a game just like the classics but without the nostalgia to defend it
Im not too pressed as i figured this would happen when they said who was working on it. You dont refrain from making the same mistakes when the gaming community considers your pre-buyout work to be untouchable.
Speaking as someone whose favorite games are psychonauts and harvest moon 64 (in other words my favorite games are not flawless at all), from what i read i am not scared to play YL. I might enjoy it and i might not. But i want to give it the chance. If i can excuse the banjo games and suffer through conker, then i will probably be fine with this one. And maybe with enough support they can go back to the drawing board and make a true successor to the genre starring these characters.