I am also really sick of the hate, but I can kind of understand why there's so much hate even though I don't agree with it at all.
You know the phrase "you can't take back a first impression"? Well that applies with this game; it doesn't matter how many patches come out to improve the experience, most people are only going to play it once (and presumably return it if they don't like it), and it's that first impression that's going to stick with everyone no matter what.
That, combined with other minor controversies, like going from the Wii U to the Switch, the Switch's delays (even if it was worth it in the end), the fact that the Switch supposedly isn't getting a physical release, and of course the whole JonTron fiasco, it just colors people's opinions, to the point where people say Playtonic Games and Yooka-Laylee are just as bad as Keiji Inafune/Comcept and Mighty No. 9.
That, by the way, pisses me off the most when it comes to the Playtonic/Yooka-Laylee hate; say what you will about the game, the aesthetic choices, the behind-the-scenes stuff, and what-have-you, at least Playtonic didn't get carried away with stretch goals with their initial Kickstarter, IMMEDIATELY started to sell out with promises of a sequel, an animated TV show, AND a movie all before the initial game was released, start TWO MORE Kickstarters for a completely different game AND an anime tie-in for that game, have the original game delayed for an entire year, only to have the launch be botched and the game itself mediocre, only for one of your employees/representatives dismiss all that by saying "even if it's not perfect, it's better than nothing". Like, good LORD was Mighty No. 9 a disaster, it irks me to Hell and back to think people can actually compare it to Yooka-Laylee.
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