I think take it seperately. Don't compare them. It would be like comparing mascots such as Sonic, Mario, Crash Bandicoot, Banjo and Spyro. Even DK. There are similarities but they are their own thing. A lot of DK64 was very similar to Banjo in many ways (Fungi Forest was planned to be a Banjo level!), so the best thing to do is love them all for what they are. Let Yooka-Laylee be what it is. Early judgements are probably going to be wrong when you get playing the game I would say.
"Just wait until Banjo-Threeie..." Still waiting Grunty!