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RARE Replay Review

RARE Replay is here, along with 30 games and a whole load of extra content which is almost worth the price of admission alone.

As you'd expect, we aren't going to review all 30 games because this has been done before and we'd end up just listing the titles with a description of each, which is a bit pointless really. So instead we are going to take you on a journey of the disc and the fantastic way in which it has been set out.

Loading up RARE Replay is a joy, from the fantastic introduction to the nostalgia of scrolling through the menu of 30 games to play and remembering these titles in all their glory. Some titles don't stand the graphical test of time, like Jetpac, but while looking old and pixelated beyond believe, it still has the gameplay that those who played the original will fondly remember. 

What's really interesting here is that RARE offers up new challenges to bring all of its older games to life again. In Jetpac for instance, this will see you trying to shoot 'x' amount of bubbles within a set time frame or trying to build you jet, refuel and takeoff within another time limit. Each time you complete these objectives you will get a stamp, which in turn will open up many of the behind the scenes footage videos or unseen concept art, music and more. There is certainly plenty of interesting footage to find, such as the concept for Kameo 2 - a game we really wish RARE had made.

Looking at the main games on the disc (a list of which is below), you can also earn stamps here by playing the games and earning achievements. If you have already played games in the past on Xbox 360, then you will earn stamps immediately as long as you are using the same gamertag that you had on the Xbox 360. Providing you have played a lot of RARE games then titles such as Kameo, Viva Pinata, Perfect Dark Zero and the like will stamp you up. 

In all there are 30 games in Rare Replay that offer a 10,000 Gamerscore and over 700 hours of gameplay. Most of the older titles load up straight away, however titles such as Kameo and the like can take a while to get going as the Xbox 360 emulator searches for your information on Xbox LIVE and then generally takes a while to load the game up, providing you have it downloaded.

In all it's hard to argue with the value on offer here since for under £18 you are getting 30 games of varying quality. The older titles may not quite stand the test of time graphically, but they are still fun to play, while the Xbox 360 versions look and play great on the Xbox One.

If you even have a tiny bit of nostalgia for RARE then there is no way you should miss out on this disc, because it's well worth having for the memories alone.

Words by Joe Anderson
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/XBLA: wotta

(Version Tested: Xbox One)


+ Jam packed with games
+ Great Value
+ Lots of unseen and interesting behind the scenes content


- n/a

Here is a full list of the Rare Replay games.

- Battletoads
- Banjo Kazooie
- Perfect Dark
- Conkers Bad Fur Day
- Kameo – Elements of Power
- Killer Instinct Gold
- Jet Force Gemini
- Blast Corps
- Viva Pinata
- Banjo Tootie
- Atic Atac
- Battletoads Arcade
- Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts
- Jetpac
- Grabbed by the Ghoulies
- Perfect Dark Zero
- Sabre Wulf
- Cobra Triangle
- Knight Lore
- Gunfright
- Slalom
- Snake Rattle N Roll
- Viva Pinata Trouble in Paradise
- R.C. Pro-Am
- Lunar Jetman
- Solar Jetman
- Jetpac Refueled
- Digger T. Rock
- R.C. Pro-Am II
- Underwurlde

Edited On 03 Aug, 2015

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Turniplord's avatar
Turniplord 1 year ago
shame the xbox 360 games have the same achievements as the 360 versions - so no double-dipping on the GP
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PHILIP 1 year ago
I spent hours of my childhood on knightlore and aticatac... fantastic games... I still remember my dad buying them from wh smiths with the spectrum...

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