captain, how do you expect me to write about 30 games with this
peashooter word count?
OK, Rare should need no introduction,
and even if they did we donít have much space. They started life as the
unwieldy named Ultimate Play the Game dropping Speccy games. Thatís
the loved-by-Brits Sinclair ZX Spectrum, not a mark in AFL...
Theyíre survivors, progressing to the NES, the SNES (Donkey
Kong Country!) and onto Xboxier climes. This release collates
30 games from their history into a neat little package.
obviously there are no first party Nintendo games, thereís more than
enough value here to make dropping 50 bucks Ė 50 bucks! - for 30
games a total no-brainer.
Spectrum classics like Jet Pac and
Atic Atac bump uglies with NES RC Pro Am and renowned
prick-bastardly hard Battletoads. Big N64 not-Mario Banjo
teams with mate Kazooie and the rather naughty Conkerís Bad Fur
Day and on to bigger Ė literally - adventures in Xbox land such
as the Viva PiŮata games and Perfect Dark Zero.
But the best thing? Criminally under-loved N64 classic Blast
Corps, which is still a genius kick-arse treat some 20 years
(well OK, 18) after release.
Itís all held together by a
lovely interface full of historical side-tracks, along with more
achievements than you could poke a Lisa Simpson at to bestow even
more historical revisitation joy. Progress unlocks bulk bonus booty,
including videos and looks at games that couldíve been, but werenít.
21 of the games are in the titular Rare Replay, while
nine 360 games install separately and use the Xboneís secret
squirrel backwards compatibility, launching seamlessly from RRís
While not all of these games hold up in 2015, itíd take
a very silly person indeed to deny the historical significance of
most of whatís on offer.
A Gamesblip top blip though. At 50GB
(before updates), if your internet sucks (hello-o-o-o Optus!) then
get up and at them and buy the disc.