Yooka-Laylee's official developer artwork

As I've said numerous times throughout my review Yooka-Laylee's biggest problems are technical in nature. The camera is wildly inconsistent and often annoying to deal with, the voice acting is profoundly irritating and extremely slow to skip, and some of the mini-games control so badly I was left genuinely impressed at how atrocious they are.

Thankfully, most of these things will be getting fixed through the upcoming Spit 'N' Polish update! The patch notes are fairly concise and to the point, so if you're interested in all of the details you will find the full list down below, along with some of my highlights points towards the most important changes. Have a look:

Brand new pause menu music

• New optional camera mode with minimal assist

Pagies have added signposts to Hivory Towers to help guide players to new worlds

Design tweaks to all arcade games

Speed improvement to scrolling through Totals Menu

New option for shorter ‘gibberish’ voice sound FX

New speech volume option

New ability to speed through dialogue by holding Y

Cut-scenes can now be skipped with Y

New moves section added to pause menu, with image guide

Camera design improvements throughout game (less scripted cameras, door cams now appear behind player etc)

Restart option added in the pause menu during arcade games and Kartos challenges

‘Sonar-able’ objects now have more clear visual identity

Laser move no longer requires player to crouch

Minecart control improvements and new visual effects

• Transformation control improvements

Improved first-person aiming controls

New first-person aiming control options added

Improved flying controls

When transformed, collecting butterflies now restores energy

Hunter tonic now tracks the last 30 Quills and Casino Tokens, in addition to the Health and Power Extenders. It will also whistle at the location of the closest rare collectable.

Health UI is now always visible when low

Design tweaks in various areas (Black Hole in One, Gloomy Gem Grotto etc)

New icons added for keyboard/mouse controls

Improved Rampo boss fight

Added PC Display Settings to the in-game pause menu

Performance improvements

Audio improvements

There is currently no release date set for this update, but you can expect to see it later this month on the PC, and then shortly after on consoles as well. Here's to hoping the update turns out as good as it sounds because the core concept in Yooka-Laylee really isn't bad, its just that there's so much annoyance and frustration surrounding it. Until the update arrives, however, I would recommend waiting with your purchase if you're still on the fence.

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