Interview with Kevin Carthew, Creative Director at Team17

During this year’s E3, I had the great pleasure of playing The Escapists 2 and sitting down with Kevin Carthew, the Creative Director for Team17. We discuss Kevin’s role within the company, Yooka-Laylee, and The Escapists 2, which is set for a release this year.  Ben Eberle: Hello and welcome. I am standing here with Kevin Carthew,Continue reading “Interview with Kevin Carthew, Creative Director at Team17”

How Playtonic Raised the Bar For the Industry

Yooka-Laylee is the debut title from Playtonic Games. It is a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie and a love letter to “buddy-duo” platformers. Yooka-Laylee’s inception was in 2012 when former developers from acclaimed studio Rare decided they wanted to create another iteration of Banjo-Kazzoie. The project was put on hold for a few years until itContinue reading “How Playtonic Raised the Bar For the Industry”

Yooka-Laylee Review (Xbox One)

Yooka-Laylee is certainly soaking in nostalgia from its spiritual predecessor, Banjo Kazooie. With that being said, it should be noted that Yooka has been created essentially as a direct sequel to the beloved N64 games, except that the team wasn’t able to get the license from Rare. It has everything that fans of Banjo couldContinue reading “Yooka-Laylee Review (Xbox One)”

Nintendo Switch Nindies Showcase: The Lineup Just Got Bigger

Earlier today in the Nintendo Switch Nindies Showcase, Nintendo announced over 60 indie titles that will be coming to the console this year. Some of these titles are Nintendo Switch exclusives or timed exclusives. Many of them are built with HD Rumble, portability, easy local multiplayer and other Switch-specific features in mind. Here are some ofContinue reading “Nintendo Switch Nindies Showcase: The Lineup Just Got Bigger”

Most Anticipated Games of 2017, Part Four: Yooka-Laylee

3D mascot platformers have been gone for a long time, but they are not forgotten. Nintendo 64 and PlayStation’s libraries each had their own slew of these games: Super Mario 64, Spyro The Dragon, and Banjo Kazooie. These hub-based collect-a-thons were fun for people of all ages and were a prominent example of 3D worldContinue reading “Most Anticipated Games of 2017, Part Four: Yooka-Laylee”

Yooka-Laylee Multiplayer Revealed in New Trailer

Above is the exciting new trailer for Yooka-Laylee multiplayer, showcasing a series of mini-games available offline for up to 4 players. When Yooka-Laylee releases in April, you will have the option to let a second player control Bee Team, who can aid player one in various ways. Playing with Bee Team allows you to unlock the arcade cabinets,Continue reading “Yooka-Laylee Multiplayer Revealed in New Trailer”

Playtonic Games Releases Charming Yooka-Laylee E3 2016 Trailer

See, Comcept? This is how a good trailer for fans is made! Today, the minds at Playtonic Games revealed a new trailer for their upcoming title, Yooka-Laylee, coming from the creative talent of Banjo Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country. Two games that have personally made an impact as great games growing up. Yooka-Laylee throws someContinue reading “Playtonic Games Releases Charming Yooka-Laylee E3 2016 Trailer”