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Rare Replay has it all

Aug 10, 2015

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Rare is more than just a video game developer. They are an institution having created some of the most iconic and distinctive games ever produced. To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Rare and Microsoft have released Rare Replay, a collection of 30 games by Rare and its predecessor Ultimate Play the Game. 30 games for the unbelievable price of just one dollar per game.

We at G4 tried out all of the titles to give you the lowdown on the entire collection and present our final score.

Below is the worst to the best of the Rare Replay collection.

Rare ReplayGunfright
Original Release Date: 1985
Awful doesn't even begin to describe this pixelated rubbish. As Sheriff Quickdraw you hunt down a band of outlaws who are raising all manner of chaos in your sleepy town. The sub-game in which you target money bags with a crosshair is jerky and in the barren 3D scrolling environment, you can only shoot right, left, up and down. With so many control issues, you would have more fun watching a Western than playing this one. - John Powell
Rating: 2 / 10

Lunar Jetman
Original Release Date: 1983
A jetpac, a moon rover, an alien planet? What are you supposed to do? Heck if I know, as I cannot stay alive long enough to figure it out. Frustrating and irritating. – Justin Powell
Rating: 2 / 10

Solar Jetman
Original Release Date: 1990
A bit like old school Scramble, you pilot Jetman and his ship around the environment, picking up objects while battling gravity. Being unable to control your momentum is so aggravating. – Justin Powell
Rating: 3 / 10

Blast Corps
Original Release Date: 1997
A Nintendo 64 port that looks like a Nintendo 64 port. No enhancements or improvements here. As the supposed good guys, you drive through buildings, factories, homes, farms, small children and animals – Okay, I am kidding about the small children and animals part – to clear the way for a runaway nuclear missile carrier. Praised at the time but I don't see why. Very repetitive and lackluster. - John Powell
Rating: 3 / 10

Underwurlde
Original Release Date: 1984
Primitive dungeon crawler. The auto jump will irritate as are the rest of the controls. Gets old really quick. – Justin Powell
Rating: 4 / 10

Jetpac
Original Release Date: 1983
Old school ZX Spectrum and VIC-20 game. Jetman zooms around shooting aliens. Fun, simple and addictive gameplay although the controls take a bit of getting used to; you have to press down to hover in place. Modest replayability due to the high score component. – Justin Powell
Rating: 5 / 10

Slalom
Original Release Date: 1986
A straightforward but entertaining skiing game. You dodge other skiers, trees, flags and gain points for hitting Moguls (hills) and launching yourself. Like any mobile game, it is an amusing time-waster but lacks variety. – Justin Powell
Rating: 5 / 10

Rare ReplayAtic Atac
Original Release Date: 1983
REALLY simple dungeon crawler with three characters to choose from: Wizard, Knight or Serf. You will spend a lot of time wandering around and around and around and… – Justin Powell
Rating: 5 / 10

Knight Lore
Original Release Date: 1984
In the service of a wizard who has promised to cure your werewolf curse, you must locate objects in Knight Lore castle some of which are part of puzzles and traps. The traps are clever and will challenge players of all ages. – John Powell
Rating: 5 / 10

R.C. Pro-Am II
Original Release Date: 1992
R.C. has been upgraded with more power ups, more obstacles and speed boosts on the track. Better than the original but still nothing that will wow most mature gamers. – John Powell
Rating: 5 / 10

Jetpac Refuelled
Original Release Date: 2007
Another Jetpac game. You run, shoot and explore. It features co-operative gameplay. – John Powell
Rating: 6 / 10

Sabre Wulf
Original Release Date: 1984
Explore a jungle and collect treasure while you fend off wild animals and peeved natives. No frills gameplay but still fun. – Justin Powell
Rating: 6 / 10

Rare ReplaySnake Rattle 'n' Roll
Original Release Date: 1990
A mix of Q*bert and Mario, you eat pellets of the right colour to grow your snake so you can ring a bell and complete the levels. It is original but won't appeal to everyone. – Justin Powell
Rating: 6 / 10

Digger T. Rock
Original Release Date: 1990
As Digger, you, of course, dig through underground caverns finding treasure and bopping baddies with your trusty shovel. The hook here is the puzzles are quite brainy. – John Powell
Rating: 6 / 10

Killer Instinct Gold
Original Release Date: 1996
Although the graphics haven't aged well, Killer is your traditional fighting game. If you like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, this is right up your alley. - Justin Powell
Rating: 7 / 10

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
Original Release Date: 2008
Gruntilda has once again returned but the side of good and evil are halted by The Lord of Games who forces them to compete in an assortment of challenges. Only a small portion of the game is the platforming fun fans love. The rest involves vehicles and racing. - John Powell
Rating: 7 / 10

Jet Force Gemini
Original Release Date: 1999
As the Jet Force Gemini team, you platform, third-person shooter around, shoot stuff and thwart invading aliens. The game's saving grace is most of the time you will be shooting enemies although you will spend a lot of time puttering around for no reason. - John Powell
Rating: 7 / 10

Grabbed by the Ghoulies
Original Release Date: 2003
A snappy port from the original Xbox, 'Grabbed' is a light-hearted, cartoonish survival horror game. While the plot is told comic book style, the cut-scene graphics are a little dated, the game itself however, looks sharp and crisp. – John Powell
Rating: 8 / 10

Rare ReplayCobra Triangle
Original Release Date: 1989
Do not let the title fool you. This game not only stands the test of time, it would outshine many games released today. Cobra Triangle is a racing, combat game with a variety of objectives and 25 courses. In your armoured, machinegun speedboat you race, attack other boats, defuse bombs, rescue swimmers, power upstream avoiding whirlpools and pick up all sorts of wicked weapons. – Justin Powell
Rating: 8 / 10

 

Rare ReplayKameo
Original Release Date: 2005
A launch title for the Xbox 360, Kameo retains all of its might and magic. As Kameo, a powerful elf princess, you work to foil the plans of your evil sister and a troll king. The inviting catch is that Kameo can meld with and morph into Elemental Sprites, characters who each have different abilities and strengths. - John Powell
Rating: 8.5 / 10

 

 

Rare ReplayViva Piñata
Original Release Date: 2006
An addictive life simulation which generated sequels and even an animated television series starring the quirky, goofy characters. You create and tend to a garden which serves as the home to and attracts various creatures which procreate. You must be on the lookout though for the evil Ruffians and their leader Professor Pester. It is much, much better and more appealing than it might sound due to the adorable Piñatas themselves. - John Powell
Rating: 8.5 / 10

Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
Original Release Date: 2008
Much more of the same but bigger and better than the original described above. - John Powell
Rating: 8.5 / 10

Rare ReplayBanjo-Kazooie
Original Release Date: 1998
The endearing platformer has, unlike Blast Corps, been spruced up for the collection. It flushes Mario 64 then and now, if you can stand the exasperating character voices. Just turn down the sound, put on some headphones and tunes or slap in some ear plugs and you will be fine. – John Powell
Rating: 8.5 / 10

Banjo-Tooie
Original Release Date: 2000
With bigger levels and heck of a lot more to do, this sequel outshines it predecessor in scale and in scope. If you liked the first, you will love the follow-up. – John Powell
Rating: 8.5 / 10

Rare ReplayPerfect Dark Zero
Original Release Date: 2005
Another launch title for the Xbox 360. The continuing adventures of Joanna Dark, this first-person shooter takes her around the world in her quest to stop the evil dataDyne. Although well done, the game has its flaws and did not live up to the original or initial expectations. The AI ain't terribly bright, some of the maps are awkward to navigate. - John Powell
Rating: 8 / 10

 

 

Rare ReplayBattletoads
Original Release Date: 1991
If you don't know this notorious riff on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you need to get playing this…NOW. One of the best beat-'em-ups ever created, Battletoads will kick your butt and have you coming back for more. What are you doing reading this? Get playing. Now. - Justin Powell
Rating: 8.5 / 10

Battletoads Arcade
Original Release Date: 1994
Mutated rats vomit, use the toilet and get punched in the balls. What's there not to like? This edgier arcade beat-'em-up game – which were popular at the time - is overflowing with crude toilet humour. Like the original Battletoads, ranks as one of the best bash everything, mash those buttons games. Did I mention you punch enemies in the testicles? - Justin Powell
Rating: 8.5 / 10

Conker's Bad Fur Day
Original Release Date: 2001
Created for mature audiences, the notorious Conker and his ridiculous misadventures will have you shooting carbonated beverages out your nose, and your ribs aching with laughter. Still as delightfully bad-mannered and vulgar as it ever was, Conker is one of the best side-splitting games to be belched up on a hangover. - John Powell
Rating: 9 / 10

Rare ReplayPerfect Dark
Original Release Date: 2000
Simply put, one of the greatest video games. The follow-up to Rare's ground-breaking GoldenEye 007, Perfect Dark is more spytastic fun. The only difference with the Xbox One version is that it has an auto-target feature which works well for the most part but sometimes is a bit spastic. – John Powell
Rating: 9 / 10

 

 

Rare ReplayRare Replay
Format: Xbox One
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Rare
ESRB Rating: M for Mature
Official Site: http://www.xbox.com/en-CA/games/rare-replay
Rating: 9.5 / 10

 
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