Review by DevilBottles
"Better than Majora's Mask?"
Let me see, the first Banjo game was revolutionary. Considering that is was thought to be another Mario 64 clone by Rareware. But it wasn't. Banjo-Kazooie was different in so many ways, it totally surpassed Mario 64. And by looking at Banjo-Tooie, this game is far superior to Majora's Mask in every way. But I'm not going to compare, just write a review. Here goes:
Okay, this time, Rare completely pushed the N64 to the limit. With real-time lighting effects much improved from DK64. New characters, vast stages, and more enemies than you can count makes up the most visually stunning games ever released for the system. My only complaint is the framerate. Oh, god, no! At some points in the game, the framerate will bog down a bit. Not as much as 4-player, 8-simulant Perfect Dark, so it's pretty bearable. So the game is absolutely stunning, considering that it doesn't use the expansion pak.
Ooooo...this is where it gets good. This game packs more variety of gameplay than any other adventure game ever made so far. There are puzzles that you solve that span over a period of levels, new eggs, an army of new bosses and baddies, and over a dozen minigames. This game is sure to last you until the next sequel comes out. That brings me to my next thought. Remember in Banjo-Kazooie where Mumbo showed you those pictures of the next game? And remember the Stop-N-Swop? Maybe some of you know. Rare promised to reveal secrets of the ice key and eggs, but until now, they're pretty secretive of it. We'll just have to wait and find out...
The sound in this game has the most annoying, but humorous sound i've heard in years. The characters talk in the style of Charlie Brown's teacher, and it's text based. But that doesn't take away from the fun. The sound effects are superb, and the music is still in the Rare style of it staying in the same tune, but switching the music when you enter a new area in the level.
Easily said, the controls are fantastic. You never have to worry about the games controls messing you up. Because if you do mess up, that's probably just your own fault. You get about a few dozen new moves, but when you advance in the game, they become a second nature to you.
This game is definitely the platform game king. New moves, great graphics, huge worlds, challenging puzzles...It's got it all! No other game comes close to matching Banjo-Tooie's diverse gameplay! Nothing! The only reason that this game didn't sell as much as it should is because it doesn't receive as much hype as Majora's Mask did. But here's one thing I should tell you: BUY THIS NOW
-Annoying as hell voices
-Grunty's sister, Blobelda
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 03/21/01, Updated 03/21/01
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