A Hat in Time VS Yooka-Laylee – How One Rose, How One Fell

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the following:

A Hat in Time
Yooka-Laylee

A Hat in Time VS Yooka-Laylee

2017 saw the releases of A Hat in Time and Yooka-Laylee – two titles that aimed to help revive the 3D platformer/collectathon genre, much like classic titles such as Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie. While 2017 was jam-packed with much bigger and popular releases, these two in particular stood out to me personally. Why? Well, the first reason is because of how similar they were.

Whilst A Hat in Time was the first game made by the folks at Gears for Breakfast (a relatively new group that initially consisted of one developer – Jonas Kaerlev – before more members joined voluntarily), Yooka-Laylee had a bigger name attached; specifically Playtonic Games, formed by ex-Rare members who had worked on beloved 90s platformers like Donkey Kong Country and the aforementioned Banjo-Kazooie and its sequel.

However, despite these differing backgrounds, both games came about thanks to incredibly successful crowdfunding campaigns. Whether it be because of promising early footage or their years of experience, Gears for Breakfast and Playtonic inspired confidence within their backers; the future seemed bright for those dying for a return to this long-forgotten genre. Continue reading

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The Entertainment Dome Episode 58 – Re-Using Conversation Topics Since 2014

This week on The Entertainment Dome, technical difficulties attempt to stop us from giving a surprisingly brief run-down of this week’s Attack on Titan, James makes himself sad over Mass Effect‘s supposed “hiatus” and then he dares to criticise the perfection that is Persona 5.

Ten Anticipated Games of 2016

Well, 2015 is officially over, and what a year it has been for the world of videogames. We had a lot of fantastic titles released in the last twelve months; fans of The Witcher were treated to a fantastic third title that showed that DLC didn’t have to be terrible, Nintendo made a successful jump into the world of online-shooters with Splatoon, and the Internet found a new favourite game ever in the form of Undertale. Continue reading