Rare Replay

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8.0 Overall Score
Graphics: 8/10
Sound: 8/10
Controls: 8/10

Lots of fun games

A number of the early games are pretty clunky

Game Info

Game Name:  Rare Replay

Developer(s):  Rare

Publisher(s):  Microsoft Studios

Platform(s):  XBox One

Genre(s):  Retro Gaming/Compilation

Release Date(s):  August 4, 2015

ESRB Rating:  E-M

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Atic Atac is wacky…it screams fun with its horrible spelling

Open up a new toybox of games as you go back in time.  From its beginnings with Jetpac, Lunar Jetman, and Atic Atac in 1983 to modern classics like Viva Pinata and Banjo-Kazooie:  Nuts and Bolts, Rare has had a long and illustrious run.  Now collected all in one place, the best Rare has to offer is here and it is yours for the taking!

Rare Replay was an Xbox exclusive title.  The compilation game was released as a stand-alone and as part of a system release (included with Gears of Wars Ultimate Edition).  The Game was well received by critics and fans.

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It doesn’t matter how many times you can rewind…this level still swallows your soul

Looking at Rare Replay, I was reminded how many Rare games I loved growing up.  Starting with Nintendo, Rare was a great game maker with more style and realism than many other games on the system.  As Rare evolved it became more in bed with Nintendo and produced games like Donkey Kong Country for Super NES…with rights issues, Rare Replay doesn’t have titles like the Donkey Kong games, but what it does have more than makes up for it.

There are 30 games included in the game:  Jetpac, Lunar Jetman, Atic Atac, Sabre Wulf, Undewurlde, Knight Lore, Gunfright, Slalom, R.C. Pro-Am, Cobra Triangle, Snake Rattle ’n’ Roll, Solar Jetman, Digger T. Rock, Battletoads, R.C. Pro-Am II, Battletoads Arcade, Killer Instinct Gold, Blast Corps, Banjo-Kazooie, Killer Instinct Gold, Jet Force Gemini, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Tooie, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Kameo, Perfect Dark Zero, Viva Pinata, Jetpac Refuelled, Viva Pinata:  Trouble in Paradise, and Banjo-Kazooie:  Nuts & Bolts.  The interface with the game is smooth and fun, though I still maintain that it is too bad you must install a game like this on the Xbox One for it to be functional instead of quick drop-in-and-play (since the individual games all were).

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I know I owned it but I always have to remind myself that the Great Mighty Poo was on N64?!?!

Many of the early games aren’t that inspiring but starting with Slalom and R.C. Pro-Am, Rare turns the corner and gets good.  Some of the games are easy, and others (like the legendary difficult Battletoads) are mind-numbingly painful despite being able to replay them (and even undo deaths with a “rewind” function).  Kameo, Perfect Dark Zero, Viva Pinata, Viva Pinata:  Trouble in Paradise, and Banjo Kazooie:  Nuts & Bolts were all released for the Xbox 360 as stand-alone games so that on its own make the game worth getting…add in the fun 3D worlds of Banjo Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Jet Force Gemini, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day, and the $30 (or less price tag is worth it).

In addition, Rare Replay offers a number of challenges and snapshots for each game which add some replay in addition to the straightforward playing.  It doesn’t make games like Atic Atac or Underwurlde much better, but it gives you a reason to play them.

Rare Replay is a must if you have a Xbox One.  You get a number of full length games along with a lot of quick, fun classic retro plays.  You can either spend a day or two on one title or just kick and punch for a while at Killer Instinct Gold.  Retro gaming is big now, and Rare Replay is a fun entry in the retro craze.

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
Follow me on Twitter/Instagram/Letterboxd @JPRoscoe76! Loves all things pop-culture especially if it has a bit of a counter-culture twist. Plays video games (basically from the start when a neighbor brought home an Atari 2600), comic loving (for almost 30 years), and a true critic of movies. Enjoys the art house but also isn't afraid to let in one or two popular movies at the same time.

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