(I apologize for the lack of content lately. School has reared its’ head once more, and I’m currently going through orientation week. The next review should be uploaded by this weekend, so please bare with me.)
Back in May, I did a report on a wreath of information that Playtonic Games laid out to the public on their debut title, Yooka-Laylee, a modern day re-vamp of the 3D platform collectathon sub-genre. Having survived an arduous pre-development phase as well as what was seemingly a permanent cancellation, the title had unexpectedly burst through the grave in early-to-mid 2015, with a ridiculously successful Kickstarter, a backer-exclusive test map, and much much more having come forth since, the latest of which being a trailer that has recently premiered at this year’s Gamescom.
While there admittedly aren’t that many reveals in comparison to the aforementioned E3 trailer and info bomb, the ones that can be seen are still worth talking about nonetheless. For starters, we’re given a glimpse at one of the many forms that the duo can turn into with the help of Dr. Puzz, which is a plow truck. In this form, the duo can break through obstacles that hinder their access to certain items that are a necessity to collection throughout the game, as well as secret areas. We’re also shown (albeit rather brief) footage of what is most likely the beginning cinematic of the game, as well as never-before-seen abilities. Oh, and remember when Playtonic discussed the possibility of one of the abilities involving a fart bubble? Well, as it turns out, they’re actually implementing one. Apparently, it lets you breathe underwater for a longer period of time (at least that’s what it seems like to me), but we’ll just have to wait to see how it exactly works. All in all, this is shaping up to be what could quite possibly be, at least in my eyes, one of the greatest platformers of all time, 3D, 2D, or otherwise. The collectathon sub-genre is one that has practically neared the brink of extinction, though many are engaging in valiant attempts to revive it. However, I feel as if this game could be the one that truly sparks a “renaissance” for it, and maybe even give big time publishers a wake-up call that there still is a place for it, regardless of what all of the soulless, cookie-cutter edgefests and F2P mobile garbage say otherwise.
What are your thoughts towards the Yooka-Laylee Gamescom trailer? Be sure to leave your thoughts and opinions below, and thanks for reading!