Global Game Awards
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Best Platformer
Resolutely old-school in design, the humble platformer has been an industry stalwart synonymous with fun, pick up and play gameplay. The best platformers of the year combined classic gameplay with innovative new features and slick mechanics that made them a true joy to play. Level design and excellently implemented physics showcase the best the genre has to offer, serving up fresh ideas and situations at an exhilarating pace.
Nostalgia doesn’t get much more faithful than Yooka-Laylee, a 2017 reimagining of Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie, boggly anthropomorphic eyes and all. For better or worse, Yooka-Laylee stuck to the formula, this time with a next-next-next-gen sheen. If you hated Banjo, odds are you’d hate Yooka, but for those of us who grew up on a diet of Rareware, you can do little wrong when picking up Yooka-Laylee.
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