Where do you guys think Rare will take this series?

#1 Posted by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -

I recently finished Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, and it was awesome. I've owned it for quite a while now and I have no idea why I've just now gotten around to beating it. I still have a ton I can go back and complete though too. But anyways It got me thinking about where the series may go from here. 
 
There's basically three options: 

  1. Take the next game back to the roots of the series and make it a platformer
  2. Continue with the Nuts & Bolts style and expand further on the user generated content stuff
  3. Go in an entirely new direction (Banjo first-person shooter?  :P)
 
I was never a huge fan of the first two Banjo games, and I never really played much of them. I think that was mostly because they were seemingly generic platformers. Having witnessed the Mario Galaxy era of platformers now though, I can see a return to platforming maybe working depending on how it's done. I think Rare is creative enough to take the series in another direction entirely though and be successful. But all the while, the awesomeness of Nuts & Bolts and it's fantastic approach to user generated content keeps running through my head. How awesome would it be if Rare took another stab at that, and were able to make it bigger and better? 
 
Where do you guys want to see the series go?
#2 Posted by Crono11 (1648 posts) -

All I know is that it will be FULLY compatable with kinect.
 
 
 
Poor poor Rare...

#3 Posted by damswedon (3191 posts) -

An XBLA game called  Hero Klungo Sssavesss Teh World

#4 Posted by StarFoxA (5157 posts) -

Take Banjo-Kazooie the Conker route.

#5 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

To another developer.
 
But you're right in the choices they have: The thing they did at first, the thing they're doing now, something else. You covered all your bases.

#6 Edited by LtSquigs (265 posts) -

Actually I just replayed banjo-kazooie and  banjo-tooie on the XBOX for achievements, and to tell you the truth I wouldn't mind seeing Rare take another crack at platforming, those two games are pretty fun. Sure they have their problems, kazooie is pretty formulaic and generic and tooie has a little too much backtracking, but overall they were enjoyable games. However, after N&B I feel like even if they did go back to platforming they need to still include user generated content in some way. Actually, It would be interesting to see a platformer take a different approach than LBG at user-generated content.

#7 Posted by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -
@crono11 said:
" All I know is that it will be FULLY compatable with kinect.    Poor poor Rare... "
Don't forget extensive avatar item support.  :P
#8 Posted by Hailinel (24778 posts) -

Didn't Nuts & Bolts tank?  I wonder if Rare would even consider doing another Banjo game at this point.

#9 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

Maybe they should try another kart racing game in the vein of Diddy Kong Racing. Except keep it all nuts and boltsy with the customization. MS needs a kart racer since Sony and Nintendo have their own.

#10 Posted by Apathylad (3066 posts) -

Rare's probably going to focus exclusively on Kinect, and not really do much with it's previous franchises to appeal to the "core" fans. Yeah...I think I stopped liking Rare when Microsoft bought them. 

#11 Posted by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -
@Hailinel said:
" Didn't Nuts & Bolts tank?  I wonder if Rare would even consider doing another Banjo game at this point. "
There were reports over a year ago that they were starting a new game. I don't think any new info has ever surfaced though.
#12 Posted by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -
@MrKlorox said:
" Maybe they should try another kart racing game in the vein of Diddy Kong Racing. Except keep it all nuts and boltsy with the customization. MS needs a kart racer since Sony and Nintendo have their own. "
A ModNation Racers style kart game with crazy Banjo style may actually be pretty good. And like you said, Microsoft doesn't have their own kart racer, only the Sega All-Stars or whatever at this point. Seems like a possibility.
#13 Posted by Th3_James (2578 posts) -

Hmmm, I played banjo nuts n bolts today for the first time in a year. Then I was just about to boot up 360 and play more banjo, then I see your topic...... O_o 

#14 Posted by Malakhii (1443 posts) -

I would go ape shit if they would just make a bad ass 3-d platformer, like the old games. I think the genre has mostly been folded in to games like assassins creed and crackdown, but damn, more games like galaxy 2 would be great in my book. 

#15 Posted by kmdrkul (3476 posts) -
@StarFoxA said:
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Take Banjo-Kazooie the Conker route.

"
Or just make a new Conker.
#16 Posted by Godwind (2597 posts) -

In response to the question "Where do you guys think Rare will take this series?"
 
My response to the question:
 
A whole new level.

#17 Posted by Malakhii (1443 posts) -

@kmdrkul said: 
"Or just make a new Conker. "  
I can second that motion. 
#18 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -

Considering how they ruined it with Nuts & Bolts, I don't know. I hope they do something but after the deserved failure of the last game, I don't think it's likely to happen. For a long while at least.

#19 Posted by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -
@Malakhii said:
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@kmdrkul said: 
"Or just make a new Conker. "  
I can second that motion.  "
I don't know, I've always liked the Banjo characters a lot more.
#20 Posted by Blueman (753 posts) -

The N64 Banjo's are among my favourite games of all time, but I'm not holding my breath for a new game anytime soon, especially a good one. I would like Rare to make another Banjo platformer, but if they do make a new game it'd probably be a kinect party game with Banjo and Kazooie's face on the box.

#21 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4973 posts) -

Conker's Bad-er Fur Day plz.

#22 Posted by apoptosis61 (600 posts) -

rare is dead , you waste your time

#23 Posted by ch3burashka (5072 posts) -

To the grave.

#24 Posted by ez123 (1965 posts) -

Either 1 or 2 is fine. I just hope they get to make another game that uses a controller.

#25 Posted by Malakhii (1443 posts) -
@JJWeatherman said:
"I don't know, I've always liked the Banjo characters a lot more. "      
Honestly I love them both, any rare platformer that is a return to form would be great for me, but I don't see that happening anytime soon :( 
@Blueman said:
" The N64 Banjo's are among my favourite games of all time, but I'm not holding my breath for a new game anytime soon, especially a good one. I would like Rare to make another Banjo platformer, but if they do make a new game it'd probably be a kinect party game with Banjo and Kazooie's face on the box. "
Unfortunately I agree that this is more likely, and it breaks my heart. 
#26 Posted by FreakAche (2953 posts) -

Somehow I get the idea that Microsoft is kicking themselves for buying Rare because their games don't sell in the post Halo era of console games. Combine that with the fact that half their employees have left, and the whole thing's really a shame.

#27 Posted by christianiscooldood (9 posts) -

I love Banjo-Kazooie a lot, and here is what they should do: 
 
Make a huge, open world platformer, without a hub-world. The whole game is one world. There could be elements of nuts and bolts to build vehicles for travelling long distances, but the point of the game is the platforming. My vision is that with this format, there could be a main quest with an actual narrative aside from 'hurr durr collect 120 thingz', and there could also be side-quests. 
 
I mean, I would totally dig this in any platformer, but the Banjo series is one of my very favorites, so I would be in 7th Heaven if this happened.

#28 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7096 posts) -

@kmdrkul said:

@StarFoxA said:
"

Take Banjo-Kazooie the Conker route.

"
Or just make a new Conker.

I approve of this. The first Conker not the shitty remake.

#29 Posted by TheGreatGuero (9130 posts) -

I loved Nuts and Bolts and thought it still retained the series' platformer feel with it's use of vehicles. Still, the original is my favorite. I'd love to see another 3D platformer, but I'm also open to whatever crazy idea Rare comes up with, so long as it does the series justice. I wouldn't mind a Nuts & Bolts remake, but I think I'd prefer a more traditional platformer instead.

#30 Posted by Tebbit (4465 posts) -

If Rare survives the night I'll be happy enough.

#31 Posted by Sogeman (871 posts) -

I kinda doubt that there will be another one. and if there is then it's not gonna come from Rare. They are now the Avatar Developer, until someone there snaps and kills everyone. Should be any day now, can't believe they held out that long.

#32 Posted by Kowbrainz (923 posts) -
@Sogeman said:
I kinda doubt that there will be another one. and if there is then it's not gonna come from Rare. They are now the Avatar Developer, until someone there snaps and kills everyone. Should be any day now, can't believe they held out that long.
Right. Plus a lot of the guys who would have worked on a new Banjo game have either left the company or been laid off. From what I recall Chris Seavor (creator and voice of Conker) wanted to make a new Conker game but isn't able to due to the direction Microsoft is pushing Rare to go.

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