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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I'll pick this up eventually

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none of the games are optimised whatsoever conker still looks like n64 graphics

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@westsiderz28: Nor were they advertised that way - they always said they were to be EXACTLY as they were released originally except for the ones that were ported to 360, which would be those exact versions.

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@westsiderz28: *Facepalm*

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@westsiderz28: And the NES games look like NES games. Also water looks like water and a rock looks like a rock.

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@rasterror: you are sooo right but take that nes game and play it on a hd widescreen tv and it looks like it took a massive crap that slid down you tv screen

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@westsiderz28: Watch gameplay videos and you will feel foolish for posting this. Older games will be played in original format with a very cool border that resembles an old school arcade machine.

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@westsiderz28: The point is to allow you to play 30 classic rare games on your x1...not remastered

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@iammcgruber: they should have at least optmised them for large hd widescreen tvs some of the games are locked in 4.3 ratio and look stupid

i found myself flicking through them to see what they were like and they are all just the same, the n64 version of conker looks terrible on a hd tv, the only games that look ok are the 360 remasterd banjo1 and 2 and perfect dark, which wher remasterd for xbox live arcade ages ago and i already own

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@westsiderz28: I don't think there are supposed to be changed at all.....

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I can't wait to pick this up

I just wish it had all of the Battletoads games.

Maybe they'll be added via DLC later.

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Can wait to get my hands on it! Amazon, where is my tracking#!

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Cannot wait to play Conker Beach bot mode, both RC Pro Ams, Grabbed by the Goullies (lost my copy somehow), and classic Perfect Dark!

http://youtu.be/cwH-YKYHUpg

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@Sevenizz said:

Cannot wait to play Conker Beach bot mode, both RC Pro Ams, Grabbed by the Goullies (lost my copy somehow), and classic Perfect Dark!

http://youtu.be/cwH-YKYHUpg

Man I loved RC pro aam.

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Can't wait to get it tomorrow.

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great scores

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@freedom01: I recommend you put this on your most wanted Xbox One game list when you're ready to buy an Xbox One.

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@davillain-: oh most definitely yes, this is on my list of MUST HAVE!!! for the X-1 when I do get it. And it will be day 1 purchase with it:D

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Good reviews so far and the fact that Rare Replay is a great value for your money, this is a good exclusive Xbox One to own right here. That said, my pre-order digital should be ready to play tonight.

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@davillain-: Cats would be more like dogs if dogs were like cats.

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@davillain-: Agreed. If people could get past older graphics, it will become obvious that Rare was always master of gameplay

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@Bandorama666: If people could get over graphics in general, the world would be a much happier place.

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