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POSTED 11/8/15


RARE REPLAY

Rare/Microsoft



But 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.

While 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 menu.

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.

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