Written by: Justin Sanchez
Game of the Year 2008
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts
And the winner is, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts! Disappointed? In disbelief? Shocked that someone could actually enjoy Nuts and Bolts more than something like Left 4 Dead? Don’t be; at least not until you take a fair crack at the game. Yes, that includes playing the game, and not the boring demo on Live.
I’ve stated it oh so many times, but Rare really crafted a masterpiece here. Once you sink your teeth into it, Banjo offers a massive adventure with a beautiful world, and a vehicle creation system with endless possibilities. Showdown Town alone was enough to plant the seed of Game of the Year potential for me (long time Banjo fans will appreciate the platforming elements), but as I delved deeper into the various levels outside of the hubworld, I was convinced – Nuts and Bolts is just that damn good.