Yooka-Laylee: How Did People Play This?

Talking scrap of paper: Taken on the XBOX Series S

Yooka-Laylee is part of games with gold for September, so I thought I would give it a try! I am still early in the game, but it feels like pulling teeth so far. Before diving into this post, understand that I will continue to play this game. I refuse to discard a game so early.

Characters Talking Is Extremely Annoying

When you speak to any NPCs or, god forbid, you listen to a cut scene, you’re hit with this awful sound. It sounds like they didn’t know what sounds to use, so they jumbled something together and made it as high-pitched as possible. 

The weird sounds they choose also carry over into the menu for some reason. Instead of having a simple beep, or nice background music, you’re greeted with awkward grunts and squeaks. 

You can adjust the volume in the options menu, so this is just a nitpick at the end of the day.

The Platforming Feels Old

A lot of the animations feel off-putting like the game is fighting itself. Sometimes the character moves too slow, and other times too fast. Usually, this would not bother me, but I am starting to get a little annoyed with the awful sound effects.

This photo was taken on the XBOX One S.

I could not finish this game.

Something about this game drove me away. The menu sound effects are awful, and despite the game being pretty, I could not trudge through the clunky feeling of the gameplay itself. There are so many better platformers; this game just feels like a waste of time and effort.