Yooka-Laylee Currently Has A Metacritic Score Of 64

Reviews have started to tumble in for the long-awaited Yooka-Laylee and the scores are relatively surprising. Online review aggregation site Metacritic has collected the various review scores and out of 25 critics the game has an average score of 64 on PlayStation 4. The 3D platformer is out soon on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, but Nintendo Switch owners will have to wait that little bit longer to get their hands on the game.



            1. I wouldn’t even listen to Jim Sterling he gave Breath of the Wild a 7 it is way better than that.

              1. Eh it doesn’t matter, it’s still a good score.
                Arbitary scores don’t matter, it’s the words that matter more
                and for Jim he has his own reasons for giving the game that score.

                But it’s still a great game in his eyes and many others out there.
                Enjoy the game for what it is, don’t let the score hurt you too hard.

                It hasn’t for me and I don’t mind it at all. =)

                1. He’s not letting the score hurt him he was just making a point. It’s hard to trust Jim Sterlings reviews because he is always so far from the “average” concensus. It’s fine if thats his opinion, everybody has a right to their opinion. But if his opinion differs THAT much from the average person, and nobody can really relate with them, then that would make his reviews kind of pointless to read.

                  1. So you’re saying because Jim doesn’t have the same opinion as everyone else on one game, his opinion is invalid?

                    Do you even know what a review is?

                    1. Kind of, in a way…

                      Let me explain it like this. AngryJoe is probably my most trusted video game reviewer. Not because his opinions are similar to everyone else’s, but because I can relate with them. Every time I watch an angryjoe review the entire time I’m like, “yep, uh huh, yep, spot on, I completely agree”.. … I relate with his reviews. And so when I see angryjoe give a review score I can generally trust that score without even having to see the actual review itself (although I always end up watching them).

                      But when I watch a Jim Sterling review it’s different. I’m not sitting there nodding my head in agreement, although sometimes I do. Most of the time during his reviews I’m nodding my head in disagreement. His complaints generally never match mine, and I’m most of the time left wondering why he would make such a fuss about something so petty…

                      But that’s fine, it’s ok to disagree. That’s his opinion and that’s fine. But I can’t trust his reviews. I know that I disagree with him on most things so when I see a JimSterling review score I don’t give it much thought. So yes, in a way Jim Sterling reviews are invalid… at least to me.

                  2. Just one small nitpick with your post below…
                    Nodding is reserved for affirmative action, and indicates vertical movement. If you’re disagreeing with someone using a head motion, the word you’re looking for to express that, is “shaking” your head, as in from side to side.

                    I’m an author at heart, so please don’t take offense to my picky nature.XD

                    1. Well if you want to get technical, nodding can mean a whole list of things, it’s not reserved to any one thing. You can nod your head as a greeting, or while listening to music. You can nod your head out of sarcasm, pretending to agree with someone but mean the complete opposite… Or you can nod your head while giving head… You see nodding can be used for a whole bunch of different situations. Unless you can read a persons thoughts it would be hard to understand the exact reason someone is nodding.

                    2. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

                      LMFAO @ the last reason for why someone would nod! I prefer the term bobbing, though, with that act. lol

                2. It’s not too often that I find people on this site that has some level of reasonable thinking. It amazes me how the gaming community will try to crucify someone for their OWN PERSONAL OPINION of a game that they rated 7/10 (which means it’s a GOOD GAME, despite some flaws).

                  To the Nintendo fanboys: Does someone else’s opinion of a game matter that much to you? Does it really take away from you personally enjoying the game? Because that’s what all the whining about Jim’s score is really saying about yourself.

                  1. Most Nintendo fans have no clue who Jim Sterling is, and the ones that do don’t give a rats ass about his score he gave BotW. (Which is NOT a good review btw)

                    Internet trolls and YouTube fanatics are the ones who have been giving Jim hell. I’m not even convinced most of the hate he is getting is actually coming from Nintendo fans at all, but just a bunch of people Jim has pissed off over the years. This isnt the first time Jim has been attacked online nor will it be the last.. Jim is always pissing off some group, and in doing so he has helped form a Jim Sterling hate club that follows him around trolling him.

                    The fact that your trying to defend him is funny though. You know the response Jim got from his BotW review is the exact response he wanted to get, don’t you? Jim is a shock jockey reviewer and he lives for controversy. It’s funny that most of his fans don’t realize this.

            2. Your comment got waited on moderation because you just posted a link to a review which is technically advertising said review. To boot his bad words were about the mechanics and controls both of which we’ve all had the opportunity to already try and have no problem with. This guys a whiny little cunt who makes bad reviews for the soul purpose of internet traffic.

          1. I think crowdfunding is why most kickstarted games turn out to be bad. It’s never good to get paid for a job before it’s finished, regardless of the profession. These people get WAY more money than they need to develop a game, so what do they do with that money? They start other projects. That takes away thought and love from the first project. It has happened on almost every single kickstarted game. The people get way more money than they need, they start a new project, and the original kickstarter game suffers for it.

            1. Freedom Planet was crowdfunded too and it turned out a massive success considering the 25k budget

          1. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

            So the awaiting moderation thing is acting up? Great. I made a bunch of comments in this article for nothing then! I even did a double post of my comment. D:


          2. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

            Oh & thanks in advance, sickr!

    1. I wonder if that really will come to bite them in the ass?

      I mean, they did remove him just because he expressed an opinion different from theirs… would be interesting to see if it does haunt them though

  1. This is an extreme shame that a game I was personally looking forward to gets so bad reviews. What the hell happened to this game!?

  2. While I was skeptic from start 64 it’s just being evil in my opinion. I suppose a title like that could easily go for a 7. There are rubbish games that gets even 9!
    This look a nice game for children, and if the reviewer don’t share that age it can’t be so harsh on it comparing with tops like Super Mario, and I’m talking about the female on Polygon that gave it 5.5. It gets 5.5 when it’s seriously problematic, not when you just don’t like it.
    It’s a game for children and you as a reviewer should rate it like that.

    I haven’t played it so I’m not judging, just feeling skeptical on those review too.

    1. You do know some of the reviewers of the game are former fans of Rare…. they thought they were going to get a polished Banjo-Kazooie revival but got a copycat game desperately trying way too hard to be nostalgic that they forgot to rules of proper game design.

      Also, most of the people who backed the game are NOT kids anymore but were when Banjo-Kazooie first came out.

      1. Isn’t it a polished Banjo-Kazooie? Isn’t Banjo-Kazooie with better graphics? Eventually it’s even better.
        If Nintendo give to me a Super Mario 64 with very cool graphics I give them a 9 because the game is still perfect as gameplay. And I still play it.
        I don’t play Banjo though because that was a childish game like it is now, eventually people grown up, and to those I ask WHY YOU BACKED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE?
        That was what they were giving to you, you saw demo trailers. Still…

          1. That’s not a problem, I was talking about people grown up asking for Banjo, got Banjo 2.0 and complain.
            It can be worse than Banjo. I don’t trust it.
            Super Mario 64 is still a 10 and Ocarina is still a 10. Banjo is still Banjo and for those who ‘still’ like it Yooka should be good.
            Game Informer gave it an 8. Why Polygon should matter more than them?
            It sounds a 7 to me, definitely an 8 for those appreciating Banjo.
            5.5 is just stupid, it’s boring to play for them but it should be not for children and Banjo ‘real’ lovers.
            If you like those games don’t get influenced by people who don’t care about that type of games.

    2. Their support wasn’t based from children. I’m not sure what the minimum age is on Kickstarter, but it’s definitely not children. So 5.5 is warranted.

      1. If they wanted something different they should have paid for something different, not for a glorified Banjo-Kazooie (that was a childish game).

          1. It’s subjective, definitely. I find Banjo/Yooka more childish than Mario. Mario it’s an icon with a broader appeal (different ages), especially in the gameplay department (less story, less collectables, more deep action).
            That’s just my opinion obviously.

      2. I’m an adult, and I LOVE platformers. So much freedom to move around, explore, jump, attack, and do whatever you want.

        This adult is never jumping on the COD FPS bandwagon (because that’s what platfomer-haters usually prefer). Dark and mature gritty shooters are NOT the definitive of the video game industry. If they were meant to be, then COD or Halo would’ve been a thing back in ’85 instead of Super Mario Bros. and rebranded video games as warfare simulators. There would be no Kirby, Mega Man, Sonic, DKC, Rayman, Crash, Spyro, or Banjo-Kazooie.

        1. I think your reply was for OP, nor me.

          Exactly my point. Great titles are great, there’s no need to subjectively view a game. Just because of its style or graphics doesn’t give it a negative.

          Playability and form factor is the most important. Hell Pong would have never made it with these people and we wouldn’t even have gaming today.

  3. I’ll still play it. It seems criticism stems from some technical issues with levels and being a carbon copy of late ’90s, early ’00s 3D platformers. Ignores anything added to the genre since the 5th generation and does nothing to reinvent the genre, from what I gather. I’m okay with that, if a bit underwhelmed. I’ll look to Super Mario Odyssey for something that reinvents 3D platforming.

      1. “and being a carbon copy of late ’90s, early ’00s 3D platformers.”

        Yeah, I know they think the controls are dated. I also said I’m okay with that, and that I’ll wait for the new Mario for something that’s fresh and innovative.

      2. As well as “Ignores anything added to the genre since the 5th generation and does nothing to reinvent the genre, from what I gather.”

        You are trying way too hard to bash this game on here, and are replying to my comment just for the sake of replying. I literally said what you did. You shouldn’t care whether people still want to play it or not; I still enjoy Banjo, Conker, Space Station Silicon Valley, and Rocket: Robot on Wheels today. I think N64 3D platformers are great.

  4. Tbh it looked very bland and boring on the preview videos. It’s a shame when David Wise is one of the composers!

  5. Are people really going to let random strangers on the internet ruin the hype for them? good Lord

    Meanwhile here I am still every bit as excited for it now than to what I was before.

    My advice: play the game for yourself and decide that way it’s the best way really.

    1. Not everyone can play before they buy though can they, and not everybody can afford to buy games that in reality aren’t any good. Following the opinions of “random strangers” has been incredibly useful for me throughout my gaming career, and I see no reason why that would change now.

      1. “That in reality aren’t any good following the opinions of “Random Strangers”

        As soon as you said that I stopped taking you seriously instantly.

        I pity people letting Random Strangers decide what’s good for them and what’s not. The decision ultimately comes down to you the individual not somebody else.

      2. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

        There are alternates to buying a game outright. If you have internet, just get GameFly & rent the game to see if you like it. If not, send it back. There is a point where relying on the opinions of others to decide for you makes you less of a human & more of a sheep/robot just following the mind of another. But if you’re happy with following some kind of herd… *shrug*

    2. Thanks for the advice, random internet stranger? How about giving me a copy so I can play it and judge for myself?

      1. If you were on my Steam friend list then I would likely gift you a copy at some point so yes I probably would if I had the money seeing as I like to gift my friends.

        1. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

          And you got two people begging now. xD

          1. Yeah I said IF you were on my Steam Friendlist, I guess they didn’t understand that part lol

            1. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

              All they saw was the free game part. xD

  6. Ouch. That’s too bad. It does seem to be fairing better on other systems, but it doesn’t look like it came anywhere near matching the hype. From what most reviewers have said, the game does perfectly recreate the feeling of a 64 era 3D platformer. The problem is, that includes both the good and the bad, and unfortunately those early games had a fair share of issues.

    1. Not even close. Mighty No.9 was a disaster from the time the developers were asking for more money to fund the game. The only problem Yooka Laylee has right now is not being as perfect as people wanted it to be.

  7. When I read IGN’s review of the game, I feel a little bit better about the score. I was one who was hoping this game would be a mega hit and knock it out of the park, but it’s Metacritic review score says otherwise.

    However, the most major issues are the camera controls and the game’s platforming mechanics which apparently “feel” off. In platformers, the player character must feel neither too weighty nor too floaty and apparently Yooka-Laylee does not succeed at this. (Something the Mario games do extraordinarily well).

    -Bad news is that these are ESSENTIALS to making a good platformer.
    -Good news is that in this day and age, mechanics can be fixed with patches, so it is well within the realm of possibility that they tweak the camera functionality and platforming mechanics for the already released games and before the Switch launch.

  8. I bet it only gets negative reviews from COD fanatics and people who love kaizo-hard difficulty and weapon durability.

    Still a good game. Buy it, play it, enjoy it!

    Give us a Switch date and a physical copy!

        1. I really don’t care what reviewers think, I have never been interested in this particular game.

  9. I’m still hyped as hell; I will judge the game for myself, even if the critics are right.
    YL is the sequel of 2 of my favourites games of all time, I can’t wait, I tell you, I can’t freaking wait : D

  10. Seeing gameplay still takes me back… let alone that soundtrack. This game was meant for fans of Banjo wanting to stroll down memory lane. Every review i’ve seen has said they’ve NAILED that aspect, but this is 2017 and people are looking for more. However just the fact it’s not even priced for a full retail game and confirmed for the Nintendo Switch (“coming soon”)… take my freakin’ money man, I’ll deal with the camera angles.

  11. I knew the game stinks when I saw that empty casino level. The game was way too ambitious for a small indie dev team! Even Rare needed millions of dollars and years of development for their masterpieces.

  12. What pisses me off about these reviews is they’re calling the formula “outdated”.
    If it’s outdated, THEN WHY HAVE WE BEEN DEMANDING IT!?!?!?

    If we didn’t want it so much, we wouldn’t have pitched in.

  13. Why do so many people bitch about the camera in open-world 3D platformers anyway?

    Unless you can name a few 3D platformer games with a good camera (and no 2.5D bullshit), SHUT UP!

  14. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

    *shrug* When I watch a trailer of the final product & if I like what I see, I’m getting this game. I don’t give a flying fuck what anybody says. Since I can’t play the original Banjo games because I’m not getting an Xbox One, I’m gonna own this eventually. I’ll do like I did with the Witcher 3 & get this game physical first. If I enjoy it, I’ll get it digital when it’s on sale in the PlayStation Store & trade the physical copy in at GameStop for in-store credit. If I don’t like it, I’ll just give it to my brother so I can feel like I didn’t waste my money.

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