I'm focusing on the negatives here - apologies in advance!
I love adventure/platform games. Specifically the N64 era Rare titles and Mario 64. I played them all. They are my bag. And I'm super happy to support Playtonic Games in everything they make and will keep doing so if they continue to help revive this genre. However, i'm having issues with Yooka-Laylee and they're nearly all centred around the controls. Specifically the camera. It feels a little wonky and - and this is the bit that really grates - it keeps fighting me as i'm running around and trying to direct the view! An option for a free camera would be very, very welcome. There also appears to be a tiny bit of input lag (playing on PS4 and not the display) and little weight to the characters. Things don't feel snappy and precise. To some these may be minor gripes, but for me the controls and feel of the game are everything and, in these respects, Yooka-Laylee feels like a step back.
And the voices. They are annoying. Subjective, I know, and they never bothered me in previous games, but for whatever reason they annoy the hell out of me in Yooka-Laylee. Turning off sound effects in options fixed this but unfortunately turn of all character sounds - I want to hear jump noise etc. It'd be OK if characters made the garbled speech noise for a second or so when starting a string of conversation (i'm doing this manually by pressing X, which is a hassle), but for the whole time makes me want to eat my own face! I've also been banned from playing in the living room purely because of this
So sorry about the moan. There's plenty of good to write about - it's a joy to have a big 3D playground to run around and explore again - but the above issues have marred things for me.