What happens when Microsoft decides to bring back the feeling of nostalgia to gamers? Introducing Rare Replay, a collection of Rare games.
When it comes to gamers, they are comprised of individuals from all ages. Whether they are born in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, they are actively part of a wonderful industry, regardless of their age. While a few grew up with the PS2 as a console reference, the older generations where present during the harder times, when Atari was unveiled crashed, or a little later, when Nintendo saved the industry with the alleged Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
Back in the days, many developers tried to pierce the market and make some money, but today, only a few names have proven themselves to be part of the biggest: Rare, Sierra On-Line, Midway, Kojima Productions, Squaresoft, Nintendo, Game Freak and the list goes on. Now you might ask, what do these have to do with Rare Replay? Rare has been voted by many to be one of the best video game developer of all times, if not the best. That being said, Rare Replay is a collection of some of the best games the British developer had to offer. Since most gamers grew up with some of these titles, the title in question beings back a lot great memories – it’s like a collection of nostalgic feelings! It might not have been put into place to push the industry forward, but then again, not all games do. Is Rare Replay really worth it? This is what we are here to find out.
Before loading the game, you are asked to download a couple of titles, including Rare Replay, to ensure that everything works fine. These games don’t take much place in your hard drive to be honest, but seeing so much titles can sometimes be an eyesore to a few rare console owners. Funny enough, these games bare the Xbox 360 mark and when launched, they force your console into going in reverse compatibility mode. When you are done waiting for all the downloads, load the game up, you notice that Rare Replay presents the games available in either A-Z alphabetical order, Z-A alphabetical backwards or, by default, in date of release order. This is a great little feature if you wish to discover the games in the order in which they were unveiled to the world. As you select the game you want to play, you are prompted to a info page that quickly explains the game and its background, how many players it can support, and more useful information. If you seem interested in it, launch it, otherwise, you can check out the other games that are available.
The collection of game is quite impressive. You choose to play the following titles as many times as you want:
– JETPAC (1983)
– LUNAR JETMAN (1983)
– ATIC ATAC (1983)
– SABRE WULF (1984)
– UNDERWURLDE (1984)
– KINGHT LORE (1984)
– GUNFRIGHT (1985)
– SLALOM (1987)
– R.C. PRO-AM (1987)
– COBRA TRIANGLE (1989)
– SNAKE RATTLE N ROLL (1990)
– SOLAR JETMAN (1990)
– DIGGER T. ROCK (1990)
– BATTLETOADS (1991)
– R.C. PRO-AM II (1992)
– BATTLETOADS ARCADE (1994)
– KILLER INSTINCT GOLD (1996)
– BLAST CORPS (1997)
– BANKO-KAZOOIE (1998)
– JET FORCE GEMINI (1999)
– PERFECT DARK (2000)
– BANJO-TOOIE (2000)
– CONKER’S BAD FUR DAY (2001)
– GRABBED BY THE GHOULIES (2003)
– KAMEO: ELEMENTS OF POWER (2005)
– PERFECT DARK ZERO (2005)
– VIVA PINATA (2006)
– JETPAC REFUELLED (2007)
– VIVA PINATA: TROUBLE IN PARADISE (2008)
– BANJO-KAZOOIE: NUTS & BOLTS (2008)
Although there are 30 interesting and nostalgic games in Rare Replay, some of the memorable ones, such as Golden Eye 007 and Donkey Kong Country, to name a couple, aren’t part of the roster. The reason behind these missing games are due to licensing issues that, unfortunately, Microsoft Studios couldn’t resolve on time for the title’s launch. Regardless, the 30 featured titles still have enough content to get you going for quite a number of hours. Since Rare Replay is on the Xbox One, players who love challenges will be happy to learn that there is about 10 000 Gamerpoints to be collection within these games. You played Banjo-Kazooie? Good! Now go finish the game and collect all 900 lost musical notes! Fortunately, not all challenges require you to collect countless items – some of them will just require you to kill certain bosses.
Is making a collection of nostalgic games and adding challenges to increase how long they last enough to make them better as a whole? While many would agree and say yes, others will take the mic and express how creating collection titles don’t push the gaming industry forward. We have entered a new era where next generation gaming are part of the wave – even new technology have surfaced (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, etc.). Going back isn’t really a good idea, but on the other hand, reaching out to those old school gamers with older games and showing the youth what they have missed isn’t such as bad thing. The beauty about gaming is knowing where everything started, and with Rare Replay, players get too play some of the best games one of the best developer has to offer.
For what it’s worth, speaking about graphics is a little touchy, since there are 30 games with virtually different visuals. However, playing each and every single one of these titles on the Xbox One look great; even 8-bit games look comfortable to the eyes and seem to be unmodified from their original design. Luckily, the same can be said about the audio. The sounds are clear, distinctive and most importantly, authentic.
Despite it being a collection of classic Rare games, Rare Replay offers quite a number of gameplay hours. There are many reasons to play all of the games; try out some of the oldies that you never had the chance to, relive some nostalgic moments, discover what Rare has brought up over the years. Regardless of what reasons you choose as your defense, Rare Replay offers games for everyone in many genre. Yes two of the most beloved games of all time are missing do to licensing limitations, but if that makes you mad, there are quite a few Nintendo 64 classics available that are as good as Golden Eye 007 and Donkey Kong Country. When you are ready, call in sick, load the collection up, and enjoy some of the greatest games the video game industry has ever seen.
Rare Replay might feel different from one person to another. While the collection does offer quite a number of epic games from Rare, which I consider to be the number one video game developer of all times, having an installment featuring 30 of their titles was a great idea. Yes it’s true that some will go on saying that it doesn’t push the gaming industry forward, and that current developer should stop visiting the past. While I do agree with that argument, I must say that as a gamer, it is important to known more about how everything started, only then can you can truly appreciate your lifestyle without regret. It is sad to say, but many players out there don’t know how everything started! Although Rare Replay doesn’t teach you everything, it does show you some of the best games that have ever been created. From platformers to first-person shooters, Rare Replay’s 30 games offer a little bit of everything.