Like many fans of the original series of the N64, I was extremely excited to hear that a new Banjo-Kazooie was making its way onto the Xbox 360. Although this entry in the franchise is different then the first two, for the most part, it does well in keeping the magic that made the original so good.
The story takes place eight years after the events of Banjo-Tooie. Due to the fact that Gruntilda, the main villain of the series, has been dead all these years, our heroes have been rather lazy and have let themselves go, with Banjo and Kazooie both overweight and laying on the couch and playing nothing other then, yep you guessed it, the Xbox 360. However, they are quickly sprung into action when the head of Gruntilda comes back to Spiral Mountain, the home of Banjo-Kazooie, and demands a fight. Just as they are about to however, a new character, L.O.G., comes in and offers a solution: To settle their differences by competing in a series of games to see who is truly the ruler of Spiral Mountain. They both agree, and are thrust into L.O.G.'s world to begin their challenge. Overall, the story is rather enjoyable and has the same sense of humor as the first two. Any fans of the original series will find themselves enjoying this story just as much.
This is where you start to see some differences in this game versus the first two games. Some things, such as music notes, jiggys, and jingo's are still in the game. However, two of the most notable differences are the fact that moves are non-existent in this game. In previous installments, you would collect music notes in order to buy different moves, whether it be separating the two heroes or using kazooie as a weapon. In this game, however, you have no moves, for the exception of jumping. The reason for this is due to the second game play change, which is the use and creation of vehicles. In order to get jiggys, which are needed in order to advance the story and unlock the different game worlds, you must complete different challenges, such as getting from point A to B in X amount of time or transporting items to places. In order to do these challenges, you must have a vehicle, with each vehicle being tailored for that specific challenge. For people who are really creative, there is a lot of fun to be had creating different types of vehicles to complete challenges. I have even meet people who spend their time in the workshop just creating vehicles for fun and not for any specific challenges. However, if you, like me, aren't that good at creating well and unique vehicles, this feature might not appease you. Each challenge offers you the choice of using an already created vehicle, but in order to get the best score possible, it will be necessary to create your own. Also, the final boss requires you to build a super vehicle in order to defeat her which can be tough for the reason I mentioned above. At the time of writing this review, I have yet to beat the final boos for this reason
. Fans of the previous installments might be put off by the changes present in it but if you are new to the series or enjoy the vehicle aspect of the game you will have a lot of fun with this game. Overall, the game play is pretty solid
Although the online community is scarce, if not dead already, the games available are pretty fun and vary. You can play either split-screen or online. The games vary from regular racing around a track to games such as seeing how far you can travel after soaring down a ramp. All in all, this game could be a lot of fun if you have friends to play with, especially if all of you have crazy vehicles like a Bowser car, for example. This is the type of multiplayer that you have more fun playing and losing then simply trying to win. If your looking for a stress free multiplayer, then look no further then here, just make sure you have friends to play with.
Achievements( No bearing in my score, but I am featuring this in here as this is an achievement site).
The achievements in this game are ok for the most part. They vary, with some of them being collectibles, some of them for simply progressing through the story, and others that are random but fun. The multiplayer ones are not hard if you boost, which, unfortunately, might be the only way to get them since it does take a while to find a game. This game, while a little hard to get all of them, is possible with patience and perseverance. Luckily, there are no glitched achievements so completionist's have nothing to worry about. This game does include DLC as well but I don't have it so cannot comment on it.
All in all, this is a very fun and enjoyable game. There is a lot of things you can do, from trying to collect all jiggys and notes to trying to build the craziest vehicle you can. Although there is a noticeable difference from the first two games, especially if you are big fans of the first two like myself, the vibe of the game is still the same. I highly recommend both fans and newcomers alike to give this title a shot.
Like always, I would highly appreciate any and all constructive criticism you all have to offer in order to improve my reviews in the future.