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Review: Rare Replay

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It’s not often, or at all, that a video game developer releases an entire compilation of the games that it had released over the past 30 years. However, times have changed as developer Rare has done just that.

The Rare Replay Collection features 30 games, all developed by Rare, in celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary. For its price, it is an absolute bargain. The collection is exclusive to Xbox One owners, and offers up all 30 titles for $30 USD.

From the development studios 2D classics to Xbox 360 triumphs, Rare Replay delivers some great titles, which include: Perfect Dark Zero, Viva Pinata, Battle Toads, Banjo-Kazooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. These titles alone would have been worth the $30 USD price tag; however, Rare threw in 25 additional titles to sweeten the deal.

What’s fascination about the entire collection is the fact that you can experience retro titles from 1984, all the way to 2008. This will bring back so many memories for the older generation of gamers… as well as create new memories for the younger generation.

Just on a side note: Back in 1984, Rare was known as a development studio called Ultimate Play the Game; however, founders Tim and Chris Stamper then formed the current development studio, Rare.

Apart from the titles in the collection, Rare Replay also features a few great surprises. This includes a meta-game, which will see the player collecting stamps in order to unlock interviews with Rare employees. Additionally, there are a plethora of achievements to unlock, which ultimately comes to a Gamerscore of 10,000.

While most of the games run rather superbly on the Xbox One… some of the titles included in the collection don’t entirely play too well with the Xbox One controller. Games like Viva Pinata work well; however, you may have some trouble controlling Conker in Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Apart from this, the Rare Replay Collection is an absolute gem through and through.

Here is the full list of games featured in the Rare Replay Collection:

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The Rare Replay Collection is the best retro gaming collection out there. Additionally, it’s not often that gamers have the opportunity get their hands on a collection like this for such a great price.

Overall, if you are looking for a great nostalgic experience, then the Rare Replay Collection is just what you need. Just keep in mind that the entire collection comes in at a massive 50GB download.

Rare Replay was reviewed by Darryl Linington

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