Rare Replay

For 30 years, game developer Rare and its predecessor, Ultimate Play the Game, have been making games for computers and consoles. “Rare Replay” is a compilation of 30 video games and was released worldwide as an Xbox One exclusive in 2015 by publisher, Microsoft Studios. The full lineup of Rare games included in “Rare Replay” are: Atic Atac, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, Battletoads, Battletoads Arcade, Blast Corps, Cobra Triangle, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Digger T. Rock, Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Gunfright, Jet Force Gemini, Jetpac, Jetpac Refuelled, Kameo: Elements of Power, Killer Instinct Gold, Knight Lore, Lunar Jetman, Perfect Dark, Perfect Dark Zero, R.C. Pro-Am, R.C. Pro-Am 2, Sabre Wulf, Slalom, Snake Rattle n Roll, Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warpship, Underwurlde, Viva Piñata, and Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise.

The 30 games included in “Rare Replay” were originally available on consoles ranging from the ZX Spectrum to Xbox 360. The games allowed for both single-player and multi-player modes. The 30-games covered various genres, which included fighting and first-person shooters, third-person shooters, simulations and 3D platforming, racing and even skiing. The 30-game compilation added cheats to make the older games easier. Rare had to incorporate six different hardware emulators in “Rare Replay.” Also, as players progressed through the games, they were rewarded with behind-the-scenes footage about Rare games and unreleased games. “Rare Replay” also includes dozens of self-contained minigames. The “Rare Replay” compilation was to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The 30-games were chosen from 120 game titles that would best represent the game developer’s history and not a “best of” collection.

“Rare Replay” was met with mixed reviews. Some critics appreciated the package’s design and called the release a new pinnacle for compilation releases. Others had issues with the hardware emulators (Xbox 360 and XBLA games boot up in an Xbox 360 emulator which adds longer wait times. There was also a slowdown in some of the games because of hardware emulators.) and game installation (Some games were separate Xbox Live rereleases and not included on the disc. This meant downloading and installing the necessary files). Still other critics loved the Rewind/Snapshot features. The biggest disagreement and criticism was in which games were chosen and which games were not. Why was “Grabbed by the Ghoulies” included in the compilation, but the “Donkey Kong Country” series was not?

Players will enjoy “Rare Replay” and the games that have stood the test of time. Expressive characters, catchy soundtracks, and new videos that document Rare’s gaming history are all awaiting the player of “Rare Replay.” “Rare Replay” is a huge piece of gaming history which will keep players entertained for hours.