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Conker's Bad Fur Day

Publisher: Rare Ltd.
Developer: Rare Ltd.
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Some may write Conker's Bad Fur Day off as a blatant attempt to cash in on the older gaming market, but nothing could be farther from the truth. In addition to having a great story, it also happens to be the best platform game this year. Featuring incredibly tight level design and jumping mechanics, Conker's Bad Fur Day refines the genre by eliminating the need to collect exorbitant amounts of objects. But what really sets Conker's Bad Fur Day apart from the other nominees is its gameplay variety. In addition to the jumping, swimming, and attacking associated with the genre, there are portions of the game where you must take up arms in first-person shooting mode, race around impressive tracks kart-style, and solve some challenging puzzles in unique ways. As if this weren't enough, there are plenty of minigames to play as well as seven completely different multiplayer modes for up to four players. While it's on a now-dead platform, Bad Fur Day can still measure up to the other nominees from a technical perspective as well. The characters in the game feature facial animation that is perfectly synched to the game's excellent voice acting and the draw distance, textures, and lighting are almost on par with games from more powerful consoles. The countless movie spoofs that are pulled off with astonishing accuracy are just the icing on the cake. The platform genre is all about gameplay, and Conker's Bad Fur Day is the best-playing platform game this year.

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