May 13, 2008

Bear and bird are back. Again.

Posts of substance are coming soon. As soon as the busy stops... In the mean time, it appears to be the Xbox Spring Showcase today. Several games were shown off, but the big one was Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts. That's right, the new Banjo game, unfortunately, won't be named Banjo Threeie. Nuts and Bolts takes things in a new direction for the franchise, not only in art style but in gameplay as well. Gone are the magic Mumbo transformations and zany bird-based attacks. Instead, you'll find a variety of parts scattered around levels. The more you collect, the better stuff you can build. Though basic platforming elements remain, and you'll still collect puzzle pieces, the bulk of the game play will revolve around the vehicles you build. And you can build a lot of stuff. The possibilities are basically endless. The way you complete an objective will be up to the stuff you make. Vehicles can be constructed using any parts you have and are built like legos. You stick pieces on to other pieces. That simple. The levels themselves take place in artificial domes that you can visit from the enormous hub world. Most of the old characters are back this time but have different roles to play. Mumbo, for instance, runs the garage where you'll build your rides. There's also a multiplayer aspect in which you can take your creations online. It all seems very intriguing and different, and, frankly, I don't know what to think. It seems like an interesting concept, but for Banjo? I just don't know. I suppose I'll have to actually play the game before I can make final judgments. In the mean time, enjoy these screens and a trailer.

Lots 'o screens and art

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