Rare Replay Review

Rare Replay is a collection of retro and recent games that any classic gamer will remember. If you have a heart full of retro gaming goodness then this is definitely for you.

Considering the cost of most retro games these days, this will hopefully make those Conker’s Bad Fur Day resellers cower in the shadows. As much as I am purist, there is nothing like playing a childhood game in full 1080p!


That’s right, Conker’s is but one of the 30 classic games available for your enjoyment on one disc to celebrate Rare’s 30th anniversary and whilst some complained that Rare omitted some of its most memorable and classic games, such as the Donkey Kong Country series and Goldeneye, there are more than enough awesome titles to keep you occupied. This obviously wasn’t something Rare had planned, how could you possibly play a DKC game on a Microsoft XBONE when Nintendo are still releasing the DKC series on the Wii U?

The Cost Vs. Value here is a massive win for value. The RRP is scheduled for $49.95 AUD, however if you are a resourceful internet shopper, you pick it up for less that $35.00 AUD. That’s $35 for 30 Rare games, bargain of a lifetime right?

Whilst you can choose to head to the museum and select one of these classic games and just simply play it, there are different modes to excite and tempt you to try a game you may not otherwise have played.


Head on over to Snapshots, if you have played NES remix before, you will be familiar with this concept, there are a set number of challenges per game that the player must complete in order to unlock Rare’s behind the scenes videos under Rare Revealed, witness the making of Battletoads or new concepts for games that were never released and of course more challenges for different games. These challenges could be based on time trials or scoring a certain amount before the time runs out, or simply getting through a level, this new addition to old classic games makes it incredibly enjoyable to master, this will also ensure you keep coming back for more, as you strive to beat records set by you and the Xbox Live Community previously.

However if this isn’t your speed, then choose your favourite game and press play. But beware; these aren’t the exact same games you have played growing up. Rare looked at certain games with impossible control mechanisms, for instance if you take Conker’s, this was released on the Nintendo 64 and therefore modelled around a N64 control pad, not really suitable for an XBONE controller. So they changed the controls to suit the modern gamer.

In addition, how frustrating is it when you loose a life from a silly mistimed jump or when an enemy appears out of nowhere to ruin your plans of success? Well for certain games you can simply rewind and do it again differently. A simple trigger will allow you to replay that section of the game again. Also if you want that retro look and feel, you can add scan lines to certain Rare classics.


This is one of the few exclusive Xbox One games that you need to own, whether you are a tangible collector like myself and must have a disc and cover or whether you have moved on from that old technology and are happy with a digital download, either way this is a must for all gamers, young and old and hopefully this puts an end to some of the outrageous prices for Rare games. (Pardon the pun). Rare Replay will be released August 4th and will be available on Xbox Live and any good gaming retailer.


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
  • C. Pro-Am
  • Lunar Jetman
  • Solar Jetman
  • Jetpac Refueled
  • Digger T. Rock
  • C. Pro-Am II
  • Underwurlde



About: Matthew Cawley

I always had a passion for games even in my younger years, when I first received the Atari 2600, Pele Soccer was the flavor of the year, I played that game so much I actually started seeing top down soccer players in real life. My first real advanced gaming experience was when I received the Commodore Amiga 500, this is where adventure games took over my life, Sierra classics such as Police Quest, Space Quest, Kings Quest and the entire Leisure Suit Larry series dominated huge portions of my childhood.

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