Nicholas Friedman | Editor In Chief
Platform: Xbox One
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Developer: Rare Ltd.
The classics are back, but were they ever really gone?
Rare Replay, a new 30-game collection for the Xbox One, seeks to answer that question, bringing together a cast of characters from some of the most beloved games of the last 30 years.
So is it worth the entry fee? Well, yeah.
Each of the 30 games is presented in a beautifully designed stage-like menu system, with titles listed in order of original release.
However, since 75 percent of these games originally appeared on a Nintendo console, we’re left with a void only they could fill. Every reference to Nintendo has been replaced with either a Rare Ltd. logo or a nod to Microsoft, the company’s current owner.
All of the greats are here, though. From the pre-console days we have games like Jetpac and Atic Atac, which are nigh impossible to succeed at for anyone who picked up a controller after 1995. However, they’re frustratingly enjoyable, and the arcade nostalgia is evident.
As the list goes on, we get the blisteringly difficult Battletoads and Battletoads Arcade along with R.C. Pro-Am and R.C. Pro-Am II, some of the most botched, luck-driven racing games ever. But if you’ve got a couple of friends to play with, the experience is hilariously grand.
Things get really good in the Nintendo 64 era, which brings us games like Blast Corps, which doesn’t hold up nearly as well as it should; Jet Force Gemini, which controlled like stirring cookie dough until the recent controller layout update, allowing for dual-analog stick play; and Perfect Dark, everyone’s favorite half-sibling to the beloved Goldeneye 007.
And of course, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Conker’s Bad Fur Day and Rare’s Kinect-less library of Xbox 360 titles, including Kameo, Viva Piñata and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.
To catch up: 30 games for $30, celebrating 30 years of British game studio Rare Ltd.
The gang’s all here. All of the games run great and consistently stun the player who’s paid only $30 for the whole package.
Photos | Microsoft Studios and Rare Ltd.