Legend of Kay Anniversary

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Legend of Kay Anniversary is ranked in the 15th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 29 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

58

Top Critic Average

17%

Critics Recommend

Based on 29 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 11, 2015

While Legend of Kay is improved technically, its production values, mechanics, and camera are still stuck in an uncomfortable past.

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Scored Reviews

Bit Cultures
80%
80%
Oct 8, 2015

Legend of Kay Anniversary is a game you want to pay close attention to if you want to acquire the bonuses throughout the levels. It will most likely be your second or third play through before you start finishing the extra quests. This is because you will likely trigger the end of a chapter before finishing them. Is the game worth a second go-around, or even a first play? If you like cartoony platforming games that remind you of the PS1 and N64 era, then this could be your jam.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Jul 27, 2015

Completely overlooked by most on the PS2, Legend of Kay Anniversary is definitely one of the better action platformers to release over the last few years, with fast paced combat that delivers hours of fun for those that missed out on this cult classic.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2015

It is obvious that there was care put in to this remaster. Fans of the original title should absolutely experience this version, as well as all fans of 3D platformers.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2015

During the 5th and 6th generation of gaming, the 3D platformer was a viable genre that was alive and well. With tons of mascots and different games to choose from, the landscape was brimming with variety. While Kickstarter successes have brought back the appeal of the 3D platformer, it has been quite a while since we have seen 3D platformers like in the 6th generation. The Legend of Kay was a PS2 title released in 2005, and although critically well received, the game went mostly unnoticed by gamers due to stiff competition. Now that the competition has all but dried up, how does the Legend of Kay Anniversary fare on the Wii U?

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CGMagazine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2015

The Legend of Kay Anniversary is an overlooked gem that is getting a proper HD treatment.

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Digital Chumps
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 3, 2015

Legend of Kay Anniversary is a worthy nod to a 2005 game. Despite its flaws, such as the irritating camera movement, it contains some fun moments, improved graphics and a few other little things to remind you how good it was back in the day.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 29, 2015

Whether looking to relive a forgotten favourite or simply in the mood for an old school action platformer, The Legend Of Kay is more than just serviceable. It's a fun, inspired take on the genre that plays well despite its lack of ground-breaking features.

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Areajugones
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 31, 2018

A great adventure game with some interesting plattforming that has aged well. However, the camera still is awful and some graphics have not been improved for this version.

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Sirus Gaming
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2016

Legend of Kay Anniversary is a game that reminds you of the PS2 era of gaming and can be somewhat nostalgic but it also reminds you that sometimes the past isn't always the best. Neon Studios has stated that they would like to continue the Legend of Kay series in the future. If they learn from the mistakes of the this game while keeping the core gameplay then I'm sure they can make a great game.

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GameGrin
6.5 / 10.0
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Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2015

There are few children games with such an iconic underlying semiology, or with more unsettling line dialogues. However, this new version doesn't hold up, at least for being a remastering ten years later. There are a few improvements, but they are a let-down, far from what many probably expected.

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Worth Playing
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2015

Legend of Kay: Anniversary is a below-average adventure platforming game. The platforming and combat have flaws but are otherwise fine, while the camera makes bad situations seem worse. The presentation has been buffed up a bit, but the terrible voice acting drags down any excitement one may have from the simple story.

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GameSpace
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 13, 2018

Bottom line, Legend Of Kay Anniversary for the Switch is a retro action-RPG platformer that shows some signs of age. You're not going to see anything new or inventive here and consequently, it's a game that you might want to wait on unless you're a die-hard Kay fan who wants to go portable. It also might be appropriate for most younger gamers, assuming you're okay with the mild humorous name-calling.

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GameSpew
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 1, 2015

Combining soothing tracks for when you're exploring, with some suitably rousing tracks when engaged in combat, Legend of Kay's music is constantly a pleasure to your ears

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Hardcore Gamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Aug 15, 2015

The end result is something that might've been a slightly recommended purchase a decade ago, but there haven't been enough updates to warrant a purchase now for those who aren't fans of the original release.

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Checkpoint
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2015

This is definitely not a bad game, but it is a very poor remaster. The intro including the tutorial is way too long, if you can survive through that ordeal, then comes a pretty decent game, mind you, from the PS2 era. The question you should ask yourself is, do you really want to play this?

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Nindie Spotlight
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
May 29, 2018

Depending on what you're looking for Legend of Kay Anniversary could be worthwhile. If you played it in its original form and have a touch of nostaglia for it or you're simply a big fan of 3D platformers, even ones that haven't necessarily mechanically ages well it has its strengths. That's not to say there's not some baggage along for the ride though, with the voice acting being a surprise out of left field. Be sure to check out some video of gameplay and read up further on it to be sure it's a good fit for you.

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GearNuke
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2018

If you are in the market for a good action adventure game, Legend of Kay is sadly not going to meet your expectations. It is a decent game that has aged terribly and the efforts to remaster it haven't really brought it up to the current generation standards.

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New Game Network
54 / 100
54 / 100
Aug 7, 2015

Unambitious game with sloppy design gets given a second chance for some reason, turns out to be even more mediocre in retrospect. More news at eleven.

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Nintendo Life
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jun 4, 2018

Legend of Kay felt dated in 2005, back when the PS2 platforming renaissance was already fading, so its transition to Wii U - and now Nintendo Switch - brings with it all the same tropes that were already out of fashion long before its inception. Anniversary's combat offers something of a saving grace, with plenty of depth to be found with its combos and warping, but you'll have to contend with camera issues and poor voice acting while you're at it.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
5 / 10
Aug 20, 2015

This is not the remaster Legend of Kay needed nor deserved. Legend of Kay: Anniversary improves on many parts of the game except the one which held it back in the first place, namely the camera. It is a good title plagued with a horrible camera, which, even at the time of its original release, was problematic, and as time has gone on the standards have improved to the degree that it is unacceptable today. Unless able to stand the camera, stay away from Legend of Kay Anniversary. It is a fine game, but not fine enough to excuse the bad camera.

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NintendoWorldReport
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2018

In your adventures as Kay you ride boars, rescue animals, solve some interesting puzzles, and even befriend a dragon! Though the plot and dialogue are lacking, the combat gives a unique edge to this platformer. But with so much to compete with on the Switch, this game doesn't really stand out in the crowd.

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Metro GameCentral
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jul 31, 2015

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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Cubed3
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jan 19, 2019

The return to Yenching in Legend of Kay Anniversary is not the complete package as one would've hoped for. While the adventure itself stays true to the original, it unfortunately stays too true for its own good. The faults that it contained are still prevalent in here, and the whole mechanics also feel dated and are missing that revamp that other remade platformers contain, such as Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. However, when looking past the dated mechanics and annoying camera angles, Kay's journey can be a fun little treat to spend 10 to 15 hours in, though it does require a heap of patience to be able to fully enjoy it.

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We Got This Covered
Jul 31, 2015

The Legend of Kay Anniversary is an unnecessary and forgettable remaster of a middling game. Unless you're itching to replay it, or have a soft spot for games of its ilk, it's tough to recommend.

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Marooners' Rock
4.8 / 10.0
4.8 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2015

To me, this game was not good. It never should have been remade. The world is a different landscape for videogames than back in 2005. While Kay had the opportunity to step up and give us more, the developers chose to take the easy route, barely improve graphics, not change the voices, and leave the game as a mediocre blob in the middle of the floor.

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TechRaptor
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2015

Legend of Kay Anniversary's polishing can't hide the game's shortcomings. Bringing this game back only shows how poorly it aged.

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High-Def Digest
Jul 27, 2015

As a reviewer, I've played my share of bad video games, but honestly, few had managed to infuriate me in the ways 'Legend of Kay Anniversary' did right from the get-go. There is so much wrong with this package, from the severely outdated gameplay to the poor "remastering" job to the grating voice acting, that I truly wonder why Nordic Games decided to even give this title the time of day in the first place.

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Game Revolution
Aug 7, 2015

In order to maintain perspective, and sometimes to provide relief, while reviewing a game, I usually play another one concurrently. Coincidentally, my go-to game during this period was a remake, specifically Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, which was a from-the-ground-up redo of Abe's Oddysee. I understand it's completely different from Legend of Kay Anniversary and probably has a different audience entirely (in that is has one at all). But whereas New 'n' Tasty feels like a love letter to its origins, Legend of Kay feels confused and restricted by its source. I honestly feel that this game could've been actually re-made, brought into modern times, and been successful. As it is, though, it's just further fodder for the anti-remake resistance.

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