A Belated Plea For Beleaguered Banjo

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#101 Posted by Centimani (550 posts) -

I rented this game and enjoyed every second of it. In fact, I've been planning to the store and buy it for about a week now.

#102 Posted by DrRandle (1202 posts) -

That game really is incredible, I honestly need to stop forgetting about it. :/ It's just so massive that it's an easy game to put down and come back too, then play it for a small marathon session because I forgot how brilliant it was.

#103 Posted by sandwich_adjustment (685 posts) -

if its not on steam I dont want it

#104 Posted by Chocobo_Blitzer (303 posts) -

 I loved the first two games back in the N64 days, but I was really disappointed by this game. It isn't even the gameplay that I object to, it's the way they presented it. All the worlds were sterile and lifeless, they just acted as challenge rooms. There were no characters living in them, no collectibles to find,  puzzles to mess with, nothing. If they had meshed the challenges with more interesting worlds to explore I might have cared, but all the worlds are just these bizzare voids. Hell, you'd think the vehicle concept would have encouraged exploration, but there's nothing to explore. 
 
I'll admit creating stuff was a really wonderful concept, and it was cute when it paid off, but the format was so rigid it just took the fun out of it for me.

#105 Posted by FlipperDesert (2082 posts) -

You have no excuse for not buying this game. Go. Game shop. Now.

#106 Posted by Rowr (5487 posts) -
@Zabant said:
" @Rowr: you didnt have to click on the link, read the article, then proceed to comment on the article if you didnt want to read about it. it said "BANJO NUTS AND BOLTS" in the header. Jackass. "
Its on GB im obliged to read it. Sorry im just a little tired of the "We think this game is sooo good, everyone else should."
 
Well sorry i didnt.
#107 Posted by Anviltongue (64 posts) -

Gah! I just added it to my Gamefly que, Brad. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?!  ARE YOU?!

#108 Posted by mrsmiley (1062 posts) -

One of the best games of 2008. It's the game that forced me to play the two original N64 titles that came out on XBL. Those games are amazing, but nothing beats the hours I spent tinkering in the garage!

#109 Posted by Hammerjelly (221 posts) -

I asked for and got this for Xmas last year. Mostly based on all the hype it was getting here at GB. To date I've probably only played it for about 5 hours. It just never clicked for me. Maybe I'll give it another spin.

#110 Posted by AvD (288 posts) -

I'm with you Brad, I thoroughly enjoyed N&B.

#111 Edited by Bartman3010 (443 posts) -

For some reason, I kind of wish there was a bigger focus on multiplayer, because I think that would be where the strength in the game really lies.
 
I kind of wish they'd port it to the PC, that way I can play on Live without having to pay for any service.
 
Er, anyway. I honestly see this is a successor to Diddy Kong Racing moreso than the next Banjo game. Why? Because of the emphasis of using vehicles in an open world setting, but you get more objectives than just racing. So why is this game being hated on so much? If you dont feel like building vehicles, the game has plenty of preset ones you can utilize that can do the job just fine. I made a vehicle myself that was used for multiple purposes, and that got me through a good chunk of the game. 
 
Seriously, people. If you liked Diddy Kong Racing, this really is THE true sequel. Not Diddy Kong/Banjo Pilot. Not Mario Kart Wii. This is the game that takes the kart racing genre for one player (and adding in the ability to create your own vehicles) and made something different. 
 
Maybe it just feels a bit slower in terms of progression? I dont know. People just need to accept the fact that its not the next Banjo platformer...although if they do make another one, perhaps they can utilize player creativity as a new means of exploration and puzzle solving.

#112 Posted by clubsandwich (3795 posts) -

I was just playing this game yesterday! :D very cute game. n.n

#113 Posted by Peanut (953 posts) -

I bought it for $20 and liked it enough, but my main problem is that it was Banjo Kazooie, and not some other property. The entire time I could think of nothing but how much I wanted a traditional 3D platforming collect-a-thon. There hasn't been a good, or even decent one, in a long long time. 

#114 Posted by twhalen (126 posts) -
@Peanut said:
" I bought it for $20 and liked it enough, but my main problem is that it was Banjo Kazooie, and not some other property. The entire time I could think of nothing but how much I wanted a traditional 3D platforming collect-a-thon. There hasn't been a good, or even decent one, in a long long time.  "
Me too. I was a huge Banjo fan back in the day, and went crazy when a new Banjo-Kazooie game was announced. But what I wanted was an evolution of the gameplay I loved so much back in the N64 era, and so never loved the vehicle/platformer style this game had. Thanks to its soundtrack and all the characters returning, it was a great nostalgia trip, but man what I would've done for a traditional platformer.
#115 Posted by Rowr (5487 posts) -

Only 70 dollars on Australian XBLA games on demand!

#116 Posted by twelve1784 (114 posts) -

I bought this game in early 2009 when it was bundled with a wireless controller and Viva Pinata: TIP.  I encourage everyone I know to buy it but honestly most of them don't like to think, they just like to do.  It doesn't help that the first three hours or so go by excruciatingly slow and don't appropriately give the player a glimpse of how crazy and deep the game gets later on.
 
Nuts and Bolts is one of my favorite games that I have played in 2009 and having played both it and Viva Pinata I will slap anyone who says Rare doesn't know how to make good fun games anymore.

#117 Posted by ShadowKing7 (753 posts) -

Considering I don't have a 360, I can't try this game out.  That sucks, too, as I'm a big fan of the two games on the N64 and would at least wanna check out the vehicle stuff in this one, even though I am partial to the platformer style. 
#118 Posted by Princess_Isabela (163 posts) -

Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts is a Masterpiece, one if not the most important games we got this generation. 
You really must buy it, there is no other option, 
a dirty shame Brad haven't fought hard enough to convince others bombcasters that this is the truly deserving game of 2008. 
Now all the bombcasters - go and play Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie - they're both on XBLA, absolute pinnacle of gaming you'll ever have a chance to play. 

#119 Posted by Tuggah (1072 posts) -

Just bought it after this reminder by Brad.

#120 Posted by Zaapp1 (657 posts) -

Loved it when it first came out, just bought it on XBL.

#121 Posted by escapenguin (18 posts) -

I almost forgot I need to pick this up.  Thanks for the reminder, Brad.  At first I actually didn't like it because I expected it to be a continuation of the series.  Then, it clicked, and I played the demo for hours.  This game is a work of art, and you can just feel that thousands of hours went into creating it.  If all developers put out games of this quality I'd never get any rest.

#122 Posted by Faint (833 posts) -

if this hadnt been a xbox360 exclusive i would have played this :(

#123 Posted by MattyFTM (14351 posts) -

Nuts & Bolts is an amazing game. It's absolutely fantastic. It deserves every bit of praise it gets. And more people should buy it and play it.

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#124 Edited by robatw (26 posts) -

I just bought the game via Ebay - due to Brads incredible persistence.
 
It was 13€ inclusive shipping. That's a nobrainer, i guess.

#125 Posted by ax3m4hn (39 posts) -

this game had so much potential but what really frustrated me to no end was the HORRIBLE HORRIBLE physics. seriously, theres no recovering from hitting a tree, you spin out like its nobodys buisness
#126 Posted by garc4475 (159 posts) -

terrible game GLAD it sold like shit.

#127 Posted by StarFoxA (5140 posts) -

Love this game. I got 1250/1250G in it as well.

#128 Posted by Generiko (445 posts) -
Best game of the generation
 
So nice
 
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#129 Posted by ouenwoof (3 posts) -

Quite an old article, but I just recently started playing this game and I absolutely adore it. I almost glazed right over it like everyone else did, but I started watching the currently ongoing "Let's Play" of the game currently in progress on the SomethingAwful forums, and bought it at the first chance I got. Many thanks to Brad for really trying to get the word out about how fantastic this game is!

#130 Posted by durden77 (302 posts) -

Had it since day one, mainly cause I've been a Banjo fan forever. I just put it in yesterday, and every time I do I'm kind of amazed it's as underrated as it is.  
 
While there's no denying how much I love the originals, I love this game on it's own merits. Plus they nailed the style that gave those games a unique presence.

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