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  1. Jordan Haygood

    Game of the Year 2017: Jordan's Picks

    2017 has been quite the year for us gamers. Not only did Nintendo release the insanely successful Switch, but there have been a lot of quality games released as well, on Switch and just about anything that plays games. Even mobile devices have seen a few really fun games. But with so many quality titles coming out left and right, it was actually pretty overwhelming, and I simply couldn’t keep up. So, since there are still plenty of games I haven’t gotten around to playing yet, I’ve decided to make a less traditional Game of the Year list. Sort of like an award show, if you will. Anyway, enough stalling. Let’s get to it already… Most Addicting Mobile Game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp I normally don’t put mobile games on my Game of the Year lists, but Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp felt deserving of that honor. It’s a simple mobile game, yet it has the same level of quality you would find in an official game released on Nintendo’s own consoles. And just like when Animal Crossing: New Leaf was first released, I just… can't seem to go a day without playing it at least a little… Best Spiritual Successor to Banjo-Kazooie Yooka-Laylee I’ve been a huge fan of the Banjo-Kazooie games since the day I played the original for the first time. So, when I heard that several members of the original team got together to create a sort of spiritual successor to the series (since, you know, new Rare doesn’t really seem to care much for the IP), you better believe I was excited. And I gotta say, Yooka-Laylee is pretty much exactly what I hoped it would be. I mean, it does have its fair share of flaws, but it’s still a really fun platformer for fans of the Banjo-Kazooie series (well, the first two, anyway), and it definitely satisfied my itch. Of course, Grant Kirkhope’s amazing soundtrack certainly helps. I still have a bit of an itch, though, so hopefully, Playtonic announces Tooka-Laylee soon enough… Best RPG I Still Need to Beat Xenoblade Chronicles 2 I know what you’re thinking, but hear me out. I may not have beaten Xenoblade Chronicles 2 yet, but I’ve definitely played enough to think it’s a really damn good game. Which is awesome, because the original was my favorite game of 2012 and it’s cool to see that the numbered sequel (Xenoblade Chronicles X was more of a spinoff, I guess) is also top-notch. It’s a great RPG with a beautiful world, an engrossing story, and an amazing soundtrack. Really, what more could you want? Most Terrifying Game I've Played All Year Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (VR) Oh man, this game. After all the complaints about the Resident Evil series seemingly forgetting its horror roots in favor of more cinematic gameplay, Capcom did an amazing job giving us an entry that was scary. And Resident Evil 7 is scary as hell. And not only is it a terrifying game in its own right; when you don the PlayStation VR headset? I lost count of how many heart attacks I had during my playthrough… Most Splatastic Shooter Splatoon 2 If you’ve played the first Splatoon, you’ll pretty much know what to expect from Splatoon 2. Not that that’s a bad thing by any means. The original Splatoon is an amazing game, and Splatoon 2 is basically a better version with more features and …probably more people playing, or at least soon enough since the Switch is selling like hotcakes (I still don’t know why that’s a saying). So, don’t you even worry if you haven’t played the original; if you have a Switch, get this game. It’s fun. Biggest Nostalgia Overload Sonic Mania Click here to read GP's official review It’s crazy how satisfied I was with Sonic Mania. Sonic 3 & Knuckles was always up there for me as one of my favorite games ever, so a game so incredibly similar, with stages not only from that particular game, but from other classic Sonic adventures, and with some original levels to boot, is exactly what I needed in my life. You can read my detailed thoughts in my review, but just know that this game is now up there right alongside Sonic 3 & Knuckles as one of my favorite games ever. Nostalgia is a powerful thing, isn’t it? Game I Didn't Expect to Be So Good Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Like many people, I didn’t know how to feel when a Mario and Rabbids crossover was leaked. I just never really liked Rabbids. I always thought they were a little too annoying for my taste. But I felt hopeful once I actually saw what kind of game Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was. And when I actually played it for myself, I was way more satisfied than I thought I would be. It’s insanely fun, and it even made me hate Rabbids a lot less. Seriously, it’s fantastic. Of course, Grant Kirkhope’s amazing soundtrack certainly helps. Wait, why do I feel déjà vu…? Best Game You Should Not Let Your Kids Play South Park: The Fractured but Whole I’ve been a fan of South Park since I was a child, even though I wasn’t supposed to be (so feel free to disregard this entry’s heading). I also enjoyed the games growing up, even though they weren’t exactly top-notch. But man, when South Park: The Stick of Truth came out, I was impressed by how much it seemed like I was playing the show. Not only that, but it was a really great game in general. And now we have a sequel in South Park: The Fractured but Whole (giggle). Which, wouldn’t you know it, is also a really great game. It has a different gameplay style to fit with the superhero theme, which I actually had a lot of fun with, and the humor is just as funny as you would expect. If you like the show, there really isn’t any reason you wouldn’t enjoy this game. Most Fun Globe-Trotting Adventure Super Mario Odyssey Ever since I was a kid, I’ve enjoyed just about every Mario game immensely. So, I never feel like I’ll ever be disappointed when a new one comes out. And one thing I love is when a Mario game demolishes my expectations. Super Mario Odyssey is one such game. I knew I’d end up having a lot of fun with it, but once I played the game myself, I was blown away by how good it is. Super Mario Odyssey basically takes everything I love about the series, adds a brand-new mechanic, and gives me one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had. Seriously, I can think of so few negative things to say about this game, it’s crazy. Best Game of 2017 (That I've Played) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Of all the games I’ve played this year, you’d think it would have been tough narrowing down which game I felt deserved the honor of my favorite game of 2017. But to be honest, it really wasn’t. I mean, it was kind of hard not choosing Super Mario Odyssey, since I had so much fun with it, but in the end, I just had to go with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. As the series’ first foray into the open world realm, Nintendo did an amazing job. Seriously, there were so many times when I meant to go to a specific place but ended up either getting lost or just getting distracted by a cool place I haven’t seen before. Or I’d find a shrine and feel obligated to check it out. Honestly, even though the series changed quite a bit from what we’re used to, I firmly believe that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a perfect example of what it means to be an “adventure game,” and a very fitting evolution of the original The Legend of Zelda adventure.
  2. Jordan Haygood

    Yooka-Laylee

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    © Playtonic Games

  3. While Yooka-Laylee has been out on nearly every other platform since May, Playtonic Games is still hard at work on the Nintendo Switch version. What seems to be the holdup, you ask? In a new update shared on their site today, Playtonic mentioned that they've been experiencing technical difficulties with porting the game to Switch, and that they were waiting for Unity 5.6 to help clear some of them up. Unfortunately, though, the Unity update has introduced new hurdles that they're working with Unity to correct. While Playtonic says they're trying to get the game to run as well as possible before shipping it out, they do mention they're "very nearly there," and that once the issues are cleared up, then they can share the release date. It's nice to finally get word from the studio about the game considering they've been silent about it for a while, but one has to wonder if the extra time and frustration it's taken to get the Switch version working will be worth it in the end. However, a number of indie games have reported higher sales on Switch than other platforms since its debut earlier this year, so it would seem there's hope for Yooka-Laylee yet. Source: Playtonic Games Are you still looking forward to the Switch version of Yooka-Laylee?
  4. Things just got a whole lot more brighter for the Nintendo Switch as today the Big N announced a slew of major indie titles that are heading to the platform very soon -- some of which were just announced for the first time. The presentation began with the announcement of SteamWorld Dig 2 before reconfirming some other big indies such as Choice Provision's Runner 3 and Playtonic Game's Yooka-Laylee. Other brand new indies heading to Switch that were just revealed for the first time include Flipping Death (from Zoink Games, of Stick it to the Man! fame) and Kingdom: Two Crowns (from Raw Fury and Art in the Heart), a tactical game in the same vein as Nintendo's Advance Wars. Also interesting -- Blaster Master Zero (from Inti-Creates) is launching exclusively on Nintendo Switch and 3DS on March 9 and will feature a two-player mode as well as numerous character cameos. A virtual reboot of sorts of the original Blaster Master (for NES), Zero is looking like an incredibly sharp Metroidvania title, so be sure to keep an eye on it if that genre is in your wheelhouse. Nintendo's Damon Baker also confirmed that more than 60 major indie titles are currently in development for the Switch, many of which are making their debut on the platform first before anywhere else and will include Switch exclusive features such as HD Rumble among other things. The full list of games shown in the presentation and confirmed to be coming to Switch are as follows: Runner3 from Choice Provisions SteamWorld Dig 2 from Image & Form Games Yooka Laylee from Team 17 and Playtonic Games Blaster Master Zero from Inti Creates Pocket Rumble from Chucklefish Games and Cardboard Robot Games Flipping Death from Zoink Games Mr. Shifty from tinyBuild and Team Shifty Wargroove from Chucklefish Games Stardew Valley from Chucklefish Games and ConcernedApe Shakedown Hawaii from vBlank Graceful Explosion Machine from Vertex Pop Tumbleseed from aeiowu Overcooked: Special Edition from Team 17 and Ghost Town Games The Escapists 2 from Team 17 and Mouldy Toof GoNNER from Raw Fury and Art in Heart Kingdom: Two Crowns from Raw Fury and Noio Dandara from Raw Fury and Long Hat Hous There are many others that weren't shown but are confirmed to be coming to Switch as well, including last year's critically acclaimed Thumper, Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, Treasurenauts, and more. You can check out the full Nintendo Switch Indies Showcase presentation below. Are you looking forward to any of the indie games mentioned, and will you be buying them on the Switch?
  5. Good news, platformer fans -- Playtonic Games has announced that development on Yooka-Laylee has officially been completed (or "gone gold" as the term goes). Generally speaking, "going gold" indicates that a game has been determined by the publisher to be good enough to be shipped to stores, but Playtonic is still sticking by their previously announced release date of April 11. Does this indicate that perhaps they'll still be working on QA testing in the meantime? We'll have to wait and see, but the early completion should give Yooka-Laylee all the time it needs to be in excellent shape for fans when it releases. Additionally, Playtonic mentioned that Kickstarter backers will be able to finalize their platform choice for the game very soon. Source: Playtonic Games Are you excited for Yooka-Laylee's release?
  6. Last we've heard of Yooka-Laylee was that it was being delayed to 2017, but wipe that frown off your face because Playtonic Games has finally announced a firm release date for the game: April 11, 2017! However, on a somewhat down note, Playtonic Games also revealed that they've run into unexpected technical issues with the Wii U version, so they're cancelling that version and will instead put the game out on Nintendo Switch. No release date for the Switch version has been announced yet, so it's likely it will come later on after the game releases on other platforms. Still, there's a lot to look forward to here. Playtonic Games revealed a trailer for a brand new world called Captial Cashino, a casino-themed level that looks pretty neat. Also, anyone who pre-orders Yooka-Laylee on PS4, Xbox One, or PC will receive an instant unlock of the Toybox mode, which is a self-contained sandbox mode that serves as a preview for what to expect in the main game. In any case, you won't have to wait too much longer for the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie; after all, five months isn't that long of a time! Source: Playtonic Games Are you excited to hear that Yooka-Laylee finally has a release date? And what are your thoughts on the Wii U version being cancelled?
  7. Jason Clement

    Yooka-Laylee Finally Has a Publisher

    Gamers have been waiting to hear if Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee would ever have a publisher or if the developer would be self-publishing in the end, but today we finally have an answer. Yooka-Laylee will in fact have a publisher, and it's none other than Team17! Known mostly for their work on the Worms franchise, Team17 have dipped their toes into publishing waters more recently, especially with the likes of indie titles such as The Escapists this year. Playtonic's Gavin Price had this to say on the Team17 partnership: "Team17“s 25-year industry-leading expertise will significantly benefit Yooka-Laylee in a myriad of ways, not least in expanded localisation, improved QA testing, certification and access to vastly better resources for our team. Working alongside such a strong partner will allow the Playtonic team to focus 100% of our efforts on building the best possible version of Yooka-Laylee for backers and new fans alike.” And there you have it. The deal should allow Playtonic to focus solely on Yooka-Laylee's development while leaving the rest for Team17 to handle. If everything goes to plan, this'll likely be a win-win situation for both studios. Yooka-Laylee is planned for an October 2016 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC and Mac platforms. What are your thoughts on Team17 publishing Yooka-Laylee?
  8. Unless you haven't been keeping track of big news in the game industry over the last few days, chances are you know about the ex-Rare staffers who got together to form Playtonic Games and their recently announced first game—a 3D platformer that's effectively a spiritual successor to Rare's Banjo Kazooie—called Yooka-Laylee. This new title, starring a Chameleon named Yooka and a bat named Laylee (yes, like the instrument), also debuted on Kickstarter yesterday where—in less than an hour—it completely funded the amount Playtonic was looking to raise. Not only that, but it raised more than a million dollars before the day was over; that amount now stands at 1.7 million at the time of its writing, and on the second day of its Kickstarter campaign, no less. Although popular Kickstarter campaigns start out tremendously strong, they usually do lose steam as the days go on, so while we may see the momentum slow a bit, it's not entirely far-fetched to think that this particular campaign could approach (and maybe even surpass) the 3.3 million amount that Double Fine's Kickstarter for Double Fine Adventure (a title which has since been changed to Broken Age) pulled in several years ago. The campaign is going so well, in fact, that Playtonic is reportedly having trouble coming up with additional long-term stretch goals. At the moment, the two newest goals that are not crossed off have been reached, leaving one to wonder what Playtonic will think of next. Stretch goals that have been fulfilled thus far include Day One PC, Mac, and Linux releases (with consoles to follow) A unique epic boss battle on every level A pre-final boss Quiz-Show challenge level; transformations into "unexpected things" with unique abilities; A mix of 2.5D and 3D minecart sections A local co-op buddy mode A 2-4 local multiplayer verus mode with unique games A professional French, Spanish, German, and Italian translations (with extra languages which will be voted on) Exclusive character designs from ex-Rare guest artists Kev "Kong" Bayliss and Ed "Mumbo Jumbo" Bryan 4 more local multiplayer games added Simultaneous Wii U, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 releases on Day One Evidently, Playtonic has their work cut out for them, but the campaign is far from over, and the money will only increase from here on out. As for Yooka-Laylee, we'll have more information on the game as updates continue to roll out from Playtonic. Source: Kickstarter Are you excited for Yooka-Laylee?
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