Xbox One Rare Replay Review Roundup

Here's what the critics are saying about the 30-game compilation pack.

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[UPDATE] Rare Replay launches today, August 4, so we're re-promoting this Review Roundup.

Announced fewer than two months ago at E3 2015, the 30-game compilation pack Rare Replay launches tomorrow, August 4, for Xbox One. It offers 10,000 Gamerscore to unlock, takes up a lot of space on your hard drive, and could add more games as DLC. But how is it faring with critics?

To help you make a buying decision, we've put together some review scores and editor opinions for the game ahead of its launch tomorrow.

  • Game: Rare Replay
  • Developer: Rare
  • Platforms: Xbox One
  • Release Date: August 4
  • Price: $30
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GameSpot -- 8/10

"Rare Replay is a great way to experience some of the best games from the studio's past, and the new videos that document Rare's storied history are the icing on the cake; it's just a shame that you can't access them from the start." - Peter Brown [Full review]

Xbox Achievements -- 85/100

"Rare Replay is undoubtedly an insane amount of value for money, shining a light on one of the world's most celebrated developers and 30 of their biggest titles. A great mix with some classics, not so classics, and games that slipped under our radar, all brought together with slick presentation and an incredible amount of fan service. All hail Rare." - Dan Webb [Full review]

Ars Technica (No review score)

"Buy it if you're an Xbox One owner who could use a deep dive into classic, super-hard games." - Sam Machkovech [Full review]

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Destructoid -- 9/10

"Rare Replay is a new milestone for compilations. A great deal of care was put into the project, and 30 games is enough meat to ensure that everyone will really enjoy at least half of them. I sincerely hope this is the start of a revival of the classic Rare we know and love." - Chris Carter [Full review]

Game Informer -- 8.75/10

"I have little reason not to recommend Rare Replay, even to those who don't have nostalgia for the studio. The breadth of content is impressive, and each game has been faithfully ported and upgraded in ways that don't interfere the original experience. It serves as an exciting reminder of Rare's best years and makes seeing the developer's iconic blue and gold logo exciting all over again." - Kyle Hilliard [Full review]

Videogamer -- 8/10

"For what it is, Rare Replay is absolutely worth adding to your Xbox One collection, even if it leaves you wanting just a little more." - Tom Orry [Full review]

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xbhonner

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rareware turn into shit developer after micro$oft bought it

used to be a great dev when they are making games for n64

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Really loving the N64 Conker on here. Looks better/clearer, and framerate doesn't drop as hard like on the N64.

Also those 19th century posters for all the games you see when navigating the menues are cool.

I made sure to screenshot the Joanna Dark one and set it as my background. Very snazzy indeed

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When will these guys learn that the best N64 game ever was GOLDENEYE, JUST BRING IT BACK WITH NEW GEN GRAPHICS THE SAME GAME SAME LEVEL SAME MULTIPLAYER MAPS and if u want to additional bonus maps but really just bring back this masterpeice

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@di: That game aged like milk. It was revolutionairy...for it's time. With the amount of fps games we have right now, I don't think it'll be all that great.

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@di I wishe they could as well. But it would require Microsoft, Activision, and Nintendo coming together. Which would never happen :(

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@di: What a game, lots of memories comes to my mind.

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Does GOLDENEYE OF THE N64 in there ??? What about Donkey Kong 64

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@di: donkey kong is a nintendo owned character. it wont launch on a microsoft console and rare wont ever make one again

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This is an amazing collection. I'm even having fun with the old, old, games -- Cobra Triangle and RC Pro Am. The presentation is very good, and it's cool that you can rewind or slow down these old, impossible, games if you mess up.

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So does this mean it will have 30,000 achievement points? ;)

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looking good, its on my wish list right after I get The One

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IGN: 9/10

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I hear the emulated 360 games run horribly bad. A taste of the 360 emulator. =(

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@Ripper_TV: my experience has been very good with backwards compatability. My connection is hardwire. My buddy was having issues with wifi I told him to put it hardwire no issues ever since.

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@Ripper_TV: I've played it all the Rare 360 games except for the Viva Pinatas, and it's flawless. The games look better than ever.

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@tojuro: Why does the review say the framerate is bad?

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@Ripper_TV: you heard, but haven't played…. two different things...

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@Ahiru-San: Question of trusting the reveiws.

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@Ripper_TV: I played a bunch of X360 on my X1, and most of them play super nice.. some has forced v-sync (I confess that I have yet to test out a critical game on that matter - I remember PDZ having horrible screen tearing, I just played XBLA and Viva Piñata series -- gotta dig that PDZ disc to install it and test, too lazy to do that).

in some cases, it plays better -- Zuma for instance has a slightly better control over the "fixed" X/Y axis the game forced you to aim at while using the analog stick (like the direction would stick to the straight right while you were close to 3 o'clock, even when you wanted to point at, say 16 minutes direction instead of straight 15… if that makes any sense…)

my only complain so far is that the 360 dashboard is way too sluggish as it is… the game runs fine but upon bringing up the blades dashboard, it's a pain to type names or whatever...

but it's still on beta, let's hope that it will launch smoother in Nov

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@Ahiru-San: Thanks for the personal experience. I sure hope they'll improve it.

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If this sales and also on retail more pubs hers will follow rare idea .

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@playstationzone: you again? you really need a better grasp of basic English grammar before posting. you really do make yourself sound like an idiot. Put down the controller, read a book and do your homework. Trust me, you'll thank me later.

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Holy crap, at 30 dollars this is a steal.

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Rare/MS is considering adding more games as DLC. If you would like to see games like Conker Live & Reloaded, Goldeneye, Wizards & Warriors, the GBA Banjo Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge games and more vote here:

Rare Replay DLC

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Live & Reloaded and N64 Perfect Dark would be great.

Goldeneye will most likely never happen

I would also like DK64 and Diddy Kong Racing, but I know those will NEVER happen :(

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@davillain-: Cool thanks for the link.

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@rasdorx: No problem. Happy to help.

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Younger generation, don't get rare replay if you're looking for graphics.

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How can they make trophies for a game that contains 30 games?

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@gameroutlawzz: With magic.

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I'll pick mine up tomorrow. Some of these games I never got to play when I was younger. Great reviews.

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My copy arrived on Saturday. Just thought I'd share that with the group :-)

Jetpac on a 47" screen is v weird. Grabbed By The Ghoulies looks awesome. Although the N64 games aren't optimised as some plums have helpfully pointed out they are at a much higher res and hence so much crisper than the N64's patented blur-rovision. There are some frame rate issues with Perfect Dark Zero. I don't remember it being that bad first time round but can't be certain. And Killer Instinct is just awful! But overall the package is superb!!

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@hazy33: :), I got a couple games early last year.

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I'm hoping that Rare would make sequels of these titles in next gen form for the Xbox One. They need to try again with Perfect Dark. Another Conker would be great. It's just a damn shame that Banjo Kazooie went to Kickstarter and became Yooka Laylee because Microsoft didn't want to make it. Wish Wizards and Warriors was a part of this collection. Battletoads better keep the original difficulty. Hope RC Pro Am doesn't have the tan car turbo boosting and cheating again because that was down right BS.

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@thetheme: Agreed!

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9.5/10 on thejimquisition.com.

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@enuo9: Thank god for Jim

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@BabeNewelll: ...**** Konami

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@i5204: here here

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ugh my backlog is going to get bigger.

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Mario maker is better lol

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@Andycreep1: Joke of the week.

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@Andycreep1: Shut up Meg.

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@oflow: LMAO!

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MS would foolish if they dont make a X1+Rare bundle.
One Xbox One+30 games for $350...cmon MS...marketing 101

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@sladakrobot: As much as I love Rare, I don't think the collection will sell terribly well.

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@sladakrobot: bundles are usually system seller games. Doubt that happens when they have a halo 5 bundle coming for the holiday.

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Picking this up tomorrow cant wait to do perfect dark zero again and some old classics.Wow the scores are great for it let the awesome exclusives begin for the XOne gonna be a great rest of the year for Xbox owners

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I'll probably ignore the 360 games but the rest of this collection is first-rate. More than enough bang for the buck at $30.

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Been preordered this collection, 12:00am hurry up! Also good to know that in a recent interview, theyll be adding to the collection in the near future.

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