Donkey Kong 64 is a huge game; a bit too huge for its own good.
Wootex wrote this review on .
The extra power of the N64 Expansion pack allows the game to have very smooth character models and nice environments that are as detailed as they are varied. Though this game is eight years and two-generations old, the graphics still hold up well. However, it is worth noting that the gameplay looks and feels slow by today's standards. The music is not nearly as memorable as Mario 64 or Banjo Kazooie, and the sound effects in the game get annoying quickly, but it is still high quality sound. .
Gameplay is the strongest aspect of DK64, but it is also the reason that so many people dislike the game. Allow me to explain what I mean. Every level in DK64 is giant and features a huge quantity of areas to explore and a huge variety of puzzles to solve, minigames to play, doodads to find and NPCs to help. If you can get into the game and don't mind being forced to explore almost every square inch of the level just to proceed in the game, you will find that DK64 delivers constant fun. However, it is important to know that DK64 requires a huge investment of time and energy on the part of the player. Those people who are not willing to spend large chunks of time keeping track of all the areas they have visited and items they have collected will find this game convoluted, slow paced and not much fun. It is also worth noting that the game forces you to beat the original Donkey Kong arcade game to beat this game, this sucks, because the arcade game is totally frustrating and just plain bad by today's standards. On a completely unrelated note, the game does feature completely worthless multiplayer that you may play once and never again. .
It's not surprising that Donkey Kong 64 has such a huge rift between those who like it and those who don't. Many people will love the variety and scope in the game, (I know I did when I had the time) but other people who do not have the time and energy to invest in keeping track of the unnecessarily convoluted gameplay will be better served replaying Super Mario 64 or Rayman 2 for their N64 platforming fix.