Game Corner: Jet Force Gemini (Xbox One)

Released: August 2015Originally Released: October 1999Developer: RareAlso Available For: Nintendo 64 The Background:You wouldn’t really know it now but Rare were a big deal back in the nineties; they were responsible for the excellent Donkey Kong Country series (ibid, 1994 to 1996) on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) before taking home console gaming by … Continue reading Game Corner: Jet Force Gemini (Xbox One)

Game Corner: Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Xbox One)

Released: October 2019 Developer: Playtonic Games Also Available For: Nintendo Switch, PC, and PlayStation 4 The Background: After Rare was purchased by Microsoft in 2002, anticipation was high for the company to continue their track record of releasing extremely polished, high-quality titles as they had during their tenure with Nintendo. Chief amongst the Rare properties … Continue reading Game Corner: Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Xbox One)

Game Corner: Yooka-Laylee (Xbox One)

How powerful is nostalgia? That is the question Yooka-Laylee (Playtonic Games/Team17, 2017) poses. The spiritual successor to one of the greatest 3D platrformers/collect-a-thons ever, and one of my personal favourite videogames, Banjo-Kazooie (Rare, 1998), Yooka-Laylee once again throws players into a vibrant world full of colourful, squawking characters but, released some twenty years after Banjo’s … Continue reading Game Corner: Yooka-Laylee (Xbox One)

Game Corner: Banjo-Tooie

Back in 1998, Rare developed an incredibly intricate and amusing platform videogame called Banjo-Kazooie. The game starred a slightly slow, but very helpful, honey bear named Banjo, who first featured in Diddy Kong Racing in 1997. Banjo, humorously garbed in bright yellow short-shorts, carried around his friend and counterpart – a Breegull named Kazooie – … Continue reading Game Corner: Banjo-Tooie