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Rare Replay

 

 

SCORE: 54

Rare Replay 

 

I am thankful Family Friendly Gaming purchased Rare Replay on the Xbox One on Black Friday. This compilation disc contains thirty video games. They are Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Kameo Elements of Power, Killer Instinct Gold, Jet Force Gemini, Blast Corps, Viva Pinata, Banjo-Tooie, Atic Atac, Battletoads Arcade, Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts, Jetpac, Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Perfect Dark Zero, Sabre Wulf, Cobra Traingle, Knight Lore, Gunfright, Slalom, Viva Pinata Trouble in Paradise, R.C. PRO-AM, Jetpac Refuelled, Digger T. Rock, Snake Rattle N Roll, Lunar Jetman, Solar Jetman, R.C. PRO-AM II, and Underwurlde.

These games range from the old arcades all the way up to the Xbox 360. The Viva Pinata games, Slalom, and R.C. PRO-AM games stick out as stellar. There are a couple of macabre and morbid rated video games in this collection. I noticed the majority of the games in Rare Replay contain some form of violence. There are also few games that are multiplayer in Rare Replay on the Xbox One.

When a family first installs Rare Replay on their Xbox One they receive fifteen games. The other fifteen have to be downloaded from the Internet. Four of them come with an update when the game is first played, and nine others have to be downloaded one at a time. This can really kill the Internet bandwidth for a family. I am not sure why Microsoft went this out of touch with reality route. They should have been considerate to families without a massive Internet plan. Discs are big enough to hold the games too.

Not only do you need to download the Xbox 360 video games, you also have to log into your profile. This control freak nature from Microsoft is offensive on so many levels. The game has been paid for, why do we have to jump through so many hoops? This is not the first time Microsoft has been in trouble with being such a control freak over games consumers have already paid for.

Besides the games there are two interesting additional sections in Rare Replay. Oh before I forget the intro song is pretty cool, and about all the new content added. There are videos on the games in Rare Replay. There are also challenges that players can try to complete in a variety of the games. Each challenge completed gives you a stamp. After enough stamps you unlock one of the videos. Playing the games normally will also give stamps. As well as completing in game objectives - like beating the game.

The propaganda videos included in this emulation video game are very interesting. I found out Conker was going to be a good game that was safe for the entire family. Then the company made a major blunder and decided to make it macabre and morbid. Which is a shame because they had a great opportunity, and they fell on their face. I kept thinking I wanted to see the original game without all the macabre and morbid content. The same goes for what Banjo-Kazooie originally was going to be. The original game sounded really cool. Alas we will probably never see what the original ideas being developed into a real full and complete game. I wish we could though. If Rare Replay had included the original concepts - totally playable, well that would be cool.
- WMG

 

Graphics: 40%
Sound: 60%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 50%
Family Friendly Factor: 40%

System: Xbox One
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Rare
Rating: 'E - M' – Everyone to Mature
{Violence, Blood, Language, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Mature Humor}


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