Platforms: Xbox One
Reviewed on: Xbox One
Developer: Rare Ltd
To celebrate their 30th birthday, Rare have released a collection of 30 games in one package for $30 (about R381.05). This package was dubbed, the Rare Replay. These 30 games span from their first title, Jetpac, released back on the Commodore in 1983, right up to their last release, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.
The main game, the Rare Replay part of it, takes you into a theatre inspired world where you can choose your game from the collection, view never before seen footage, and read up on the history of each title. Rare Revealed features the great behind-the-scenes content, including videos, concept art, and music that never made it into the games. Take it like a fully-fledged extra menu with so much to see and catch up on, especially if you have been a fan of Rare since the beginning.
The main game includes a Snapshots mode where the first 16 selection of the games, excluding the later Xbox 360 versions, are presented in small bite-sized challenges. Here you will have to collect a set amount of points, complete an area in a certain amount of time, or any other bite-sized challenge that suits the game that you decide to play. These Snapshots all contribute to your player rank, which unlocks more content under the Rare Revealed tab the further you get on your scorecard.
While you aren’t busy trying to overcome the tough challenges you can carry on earning these stamps in all the games while just playing through them all. Earning a set number of Gamerscore, playing a game for the first time, and other milestones will contribute to this player rank. Talking about player rank, Rare Replay has a whopping 10 000 Gamerscore that can be earned over the 30 titles, and if you have earned any achievements on any of the later titles like Viva Piñata, or Banjo-Kazooie, you will have them carried across to the main game.
Whilst the main portion of the Rare Replay game is bundled on the disc, the other 10 titles that have been previously released on Xbox Live Arcade and made available on the Xbox Store, need to be downloaded separately. This is just a word of caution to those who have limited access to internet as the games that require a code to download, all rack up to around an additional 25GB download.
The games are great, as someone who has always wanted to play Kameo, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, and someone who just loves the Viva Piñata series, I was happy when I saw the roster of games. The first titles like Jetpack, Lunar Jetman, Gunfight, and even Snake Rattle ‘N’ Roll felt dated to me. They never appealed to me as I was born in 1990 and only started gaming around the time the original Banjo-Kazooie released. Saying that, I am pretty sure there are many fans out there that grew up with Jetpac and couldn’t wait to play it again.
I tried every game on the roster, some for hours and some for 2o minutes. The later titles are literally just Xbox 360 games, there is no enhancements to them at all, and you can even launch them without opening the main game. With that in mind, I was a bit disappointed to find that many of the later games, like Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, suffered from constant frame-rate drops. This is sad given that one, Microsoft are planning to release hundreds upon hundreds of Xbox 360 games that might just suffer from the same problem, and two, it is an Xbox One, it should be a walk in the park running a game that released in 2003.
Even though the game has a few bugs like games crashing back to the Dashboard, and the frame-rate issues, it is a remarkable collection. With so many re-hashed titles being given the “Collection” treatment, this puts them all to shame. The Rare Replay collection is cheap, and it’s an instant 30 game addition to your Xbox One library. There really is no excuse for any Xbox One owners out there not to get in on this action.