With Listmas taking place in the chilly grip of wintertime, it’s only natural that some of our lists reflect this icy time of year. We’ve already covered snowy levels and chilly characters in past years, so it’s high time we discussed eight chilly songs that will surely have you buttoning up your coats and seeking out a hot mug of cocoa. Continue reading Listmas 2016: Eight of the Chilliest Songs in Gaming
In this season of giving and good will towards all, it would only be fair for at least one Listmas list to give some attention to the oft under-appreciated sidekicks of gaming. It can be easy for said sidekicks to get lost within the shadow of the more famed hero of the game, but that doesn’t mean they are any less important, for they are so often there to provide the hero with advice and support or, at the very least, give voice to those silent protagonists out there. This is for you, sidekicks. Continue reading Listmas 2016: An Ode to Sidekicks
“This already feels familiar!” That was more or less my first thought once I’d booted up the Yooka-Laylee Toybox and started roaming around. For those not in the know, Yooka-Laylee is a game currently being developed by Playtonic Studios as a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. Playtonic is an independent developer comprised mostly of 90’s era RareWare veterans who produced the likes of Donkey Kong Country, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Golden Eye 007, and of course Banjo-Kazooie itself. It’s hard not to be excited about a project when these are gonna be the people behind it! As for the Toybox, it’s something that was made available to Kickstarter backers to give them a taste of the game to come, and I have to say: a taste just isn’t enough. I want more! Continue reading Diving Into the Toybox!
I am slowly making my way through the 30 days of video game topics I started…probably a few years ago, and today we have finally reached…number 12. I’m not even halfway done yet! Yikes! Well, this topic involves a game everyone should play, and I had to put careful consideration into which one I would pick. Not only do I have a lot of great games that I would definitely recommend to others, but I wanted to make sure my choice wouldn’t also be used in other 30-day topics in the future. After careful consideration, I ended up going with a game that is very special to me, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. Continue reading Day 12: A Game Everyone Should Play
Two of my favorite games of all time are the original Banjo-Kazooie games for the Nintendo 64. I started off with Tooie and played the original afterward, and for the longest time, I firmly believed that Banjo-Tooie was the better of the two. It was a time when I believed bigger was better, and Banjo-Tooie definitely felt a lot bigger than its predecessor because of the enormous worlds you got to explore and the vast collection of moves.
After favoring Tooie for the past 15 years, however, it came as a shock when I recently replayed the games, only to find that I ended up having a lot more fun with the original. What foul trickery is this? Banjo-Kazooie has suddenly surpassed its sequel? Preposterous! (Exaggerated response to this revelation added for dramatic effect…) I always preferred Tooie, but I can’t deny the fact that I simply didn’t have as much fun with it, which begs the question: which game is better? It is vital to the human race that I find this out, and so I shall compare the two in this most epic of showdowns on three categories: tone, size/variety, and…a mystery category. Continue reading Kazooie Vs. Tooie
As the years go by, our tastes change. We grow out of cartoons and toy cars and dolls, and we become, well, more sophisticated, in a way. Video games are no exception. For many of us, we end up looking over our game collections years later and finding games that, while we loved them as children, we’d be embarrassed to admit to owning now. And then there are those very special games that still speak to us as adults. Those games are truly successful, for they have the ability to gain a whole new charm as we grow older that only endears them to us even more than when we first played them. As I revisit my favorite games for this month’s challenge, I focus on the role that time plays in determining whether or not a game is a true favorite or just a passing fad.
I recently revisited my Nintendo 64, and I found games from both of these categories. From the more positive end of the spectrum were Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, two games that easily stand up to the test of time. I’ve been playing these games for the past 15 years, and while I have changed a lot in that time, the enjoyment I get from these games hasn’t. On the other end of the spectrum was a game even nostalgia couldn’t save…Donkey Kong 64. Continue reading Growing Up as a Gamer and Why I Don’t Enjoy DK64 Anymore
Thanks to Rare Replay and having a little extra time to myself this holiday, I’ve started re-playing Banjo-Kazooie. It is just as great, if not better than when I first played it oh so many years ago. There’s good reason the game remains a favorite of many gamers, including those of us here at United We Game. But what is it exactly that makes this title stand out from other three-dimensional platformers, those of its generation and later generations? Well, I’m no expert, but I have a few ideas that revolve around gaming fundamentals: levels, characters, controls, story, and music. Let #Listmas commence! (And please add you own ideas in the comments!)