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  • Summary: Experience the unique blend of Martial Arts-combat, action adventure, Jump 'n' Run and puzzle solving.

    10 years after its initial release, Legend of Kay Anniversary is a thoroughly remastered version of the original game with high resolution textures, new & more detailed character
    Experience the unique blend of Martial Arts-combat, action adventure, Jump 'n' Run and puzzle solving.

    10 years after its initial release, Legend of Kay Anniversary is a thoroughly remastered version of the original game with high resolution textures, new & more detailed character models, modern rendering techniques and crystal-clear surround sound which give this great classic a new shine.

    Full of fond allusions to old martial arts films and pop culture quotes, Legend of Kay Anniversary is both an incredibly funny game and a challenging action-adventure for young and old alike.
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  1. Aug 21, 2015
    72
    If you own the PS2 original, you don’t need this. But if you are new to this kung fu cat you’ll get a fair amount of classic action adventure for a decent price.
  2. GameStar
    Aug 1, 2015
    72
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. Aug 19, 2015
    70
    The Legend of Kay Anniversary isn’t a horrible game, but it leaves a bit to be desired.
  4. Jul 31, 2015
    67
    Other than occasional bouts of frustration brought on by poor camera angles, there’s not much wrong with Legend of Kay Anniversary. That said, in 2015, we’ve seen it all before.
  5. Jul 28, 2015
    65
    Legend of Kay Anniversary is a genuinely fun action platformer that is let down by its outdated visuals, annoying camera and clunky control system. There are hours of fun to be had here, but make sure you have a decent gamepad and you adjust your expectations accordingly. It is, after all, still a 2005 game at heart.
  6. Sep 29, 2015
    60
    Legend of Kay Anniversary is a decent remaster of a not-so-brilliant action adventure game.
  7. Jul 31, 2015
    50
    The most peculiar HD remaster so far, that offers no obvious reason for its existence or why the original was though worthy of resurrection.

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  1. Aug 10, 2015
    8
    Legend of Kay Anniversary
    bringing back the good and unfortunately the bad.
    Legend of Kay Anniversary is an HD remake of a PS2 game from
    Legend of Kay Anniversary
    bringing back the good and unfortunately the bad.
    Legend of Kay Anniversary is an HD remake of a PS2 game from 2005 and unfortunately this remake feels like nothing but a fresh coat of paint was added.
    Legend of Kay is a 3D platformer and pretty fun 3D platformer, there is so much to love about this game, its colorful, the characters have charm and levels are highly varied to prevent repetitiveness.
    You start the game out in a catvilliage to learn about these evil gorillas and rats trying to take over the land, so you train with your drunken sensei and you set out into the world to take these gorillas down.
    along your journey you’ll find crystals that boost your score to unlock collectibles such as concept art and weapon skins at the end of every level, you’ll find health upgrades, magic upgrades, and new armor and weapons.
    I really loved picking this world apart for its secrets and platforming my way through.
    You never know what the end of one level will take you or even where the middle of the level will take you, you could end up in a classic epic boss battle, riding a wild boar, in a swamp, a city, a cliff side,
    progression is so refreshingly unpredictable
    What isn’t refreshing though is the combat
    The combat is very button mashy, not too many moves you can do, and enemies really take forever to kill,
    not only do they seem to be damage sponges, but they spam the block button like your little sister that doesn’t know how to play fighting games.
    This usually isn’t a problem if the battles are small, but most of the time you’ll be lucky to face less than 4 enemies at a time and while you’re trying to break their defense you’ll be getting cheap shotted from behind.
    I didn’t have too much trouble until about halfway through the game though
    the difficulty spike was intense and hopping right in at nightmare difficulty from the start didn’t help either.
    There are some lifesaving pickups such as bombs and hornet nests you can find randomly or buy at a shop to bring into battle with you, and there are save shrines that revive your health and tons of extra lives around, but the health revival doesn’t even completely replenish your health and neither do the extra lives making them essentially useless.
    I’m not sure what the developers were thinking with the extra life system
    I know you couldn’t defeat the spam blocking crocodiles with armor and full health, so were going to let you try again but this time starting with 25% of what you had to begin with.
    You’re better off backing out into the main menu and reloading your last save point rather than use an extra life.
    Speaking of head scratchers, this is 2015 and the game has camera controls from 2002
    they’re sticky and really give you no freedom, this can be insanely frustrating when you’re trying to slice through enemies or platform with the already stiff feeling controls that have plagued 3d platformers outside of Mario since forever.
    I felt like I died more times thanks to the camera than my own human error.
    It felt lazy to me that the developers wouldn’t go into the actual game and make it better, bring it up to today’s standards.
    I can’t imagine the team running around and saying wow, these camera angles are perfect, let’s not do anything to them, because honestly, they’re crap and out of all things, ruin this games overall experience the most.
    Despite the stiff controls, damage sponge enemies and crappy camera, I still loved my time with Legend of Kay Anniversary and I believe you will too,
    I really wish the development team put more love into though
    This game really had potential to reach the mid 8s to lower 9s
    For What it is

    3D Platformer: 8/10
    Overall:
    7.5/10
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  2. Jul 30, 2015
    1
    Supports XBOX Controller only!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!