Banjo-Kazooie - N64

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Also for: Xbox 360
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Adventure: Graphic
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Rare Soft. Co.: Rare
Publishers: Nintendo (GB/US/JP)
Released: Jul 1998 (GB)
Unknown (US/JP)
Ratings: 3+, ESRB Everyone


Rare have earned themselves a reputation as one of the best UK developers around, creating innovative and original titles. Banjo-Kazooie is yet another example of what Rareware are capable of.

Banjo-Kazooie is a title bound for comparison to Super Mario 64. While still a game of the same genre, B-K reflects Rare's capabilities to create original titles without the help of previous games. Rare's first delve into the world of 3D proves to be a successful one.

Although aimed at the younger audience, this is a title that only the most skilled of players will be able to finish in its entirety. Banjo-Kazooie, in terms of difficulty, is everything that Super Mario 64 should have been.

In terms of gameplay, it's Rares innovative skills that gave this game it's unique feel. One example of B-K's originality is shown in a world that goes by the name Click Clock Wood. Here, you are able to enter the same world in four different periods of time, namely the seasons of the year. For example, enter in summer time, and you may not be able to reach a specific platform. Enter in Autumn, and you will return to a huge pile of leaves that form a hill to that very same platform. Clever.

Banjo-Kazooie is right up there with the best of them, and should be given the credit it deserves.