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Forgotten realms: seven game worlds we want back

Action and RPG settings that deserve a second shot

As I get older, I find myself caring less about what I'm doing in any given game as where I'm going. Evidence of deteriorating muscle tone, lack of cash for holidays and an impending midlife crisis? Probably, but screw it - "what" doesn't lead to such pretty pictures. Join me on a tour of various forgotten gaming environments, worlds I hope developers will revisit in the not-too-distant future.

1. Nutty Acres (Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts)
Nuts & Bolts is one of those games that knows it's a game, the sneaky sod. The premise sees you competing with old nemesis Gruntilda at the behest of the Lord of Games, a jumped-up Pong machine with an Evil Ruler cape. The new setting is a cobbling-together of classic platform levels from what are quite obviously artificial materials. Nutty Acres is the first area you'll visit, hub town aside, and to our mind the most inviting. Its trees are bright bulbs of green plastic, its hills great patchwork cushions. If you're still in any doubt as to the nostalgic self-awareness of the endeavour, look to the horizon - it's made of glass. This is literally a world in a bubble.

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