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Rare Replay Review

September 1, 2015 — by Sameer "Psycho Mantis" Mitha0

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A collection of some timeless classics and some frustrating games all packed in one disc. Revisiting the past 30 years of gaming! Reliving an era!

Is Rare Replay for you?

Rare Replay isn’t for everyone. I remember taking my father for the Tom Cruise movie, Valkyrie. I really liked the movie but my dad wasn’t impressed. He said, the movie was too “modern” and didn’t capture the era it was based in. He said, “The original Valkyrie was way better.” Now I don’t know the “original Valkyrie” he was talking about and I never really looked into it. Nonetheless, it does signify that for those that have had a taste of the original will always have a soft spot for it no matter how well it is remade. Maybe that’s why old is gold and that’s why Rare Replay is not for everyone. It’s old and it’s gold.

For those that don’t know, Rare Replay is a compilation of 30 games developed by Rare and its predecessor, Ultimate Play the Game. Now games such as Donkey Kong and 007 Golden Eye are absent from the collection for obvious reasons (Nintendo Exclusives dummy!). But the day a Nintendo character appears on a competing console is the day Nintendo will have taken the Sega route with Sonic – not a day we want to see.

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Reliving 30 years of gaming on one disc!

Coming back to the game at hand, in a nutshell it is awesome. For those of you that grew up playing games on the NES, SNES, all the way up to the Xbox One will relive the nostalgia of games that were awesome without the use of crazy 3D graphics. If you are a new comer, some of the classics like Lunar Jetman, R.C. Pro-Am, Jetpac and more may not only feel repetitive but tough as well. Don’t fret; this is what games were like while I was growing up. Also, there is a neat rewind feature that lets you go back about and undo your mistake. A lot like the rewind feature we have seen in Forza games.

More than just being a compilation of some awesome games in gaming history, this is a collector’s item. Don’t judge, but in my years of gaming, I haven’t played games like Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie or even Perfect Dark Zero and it was great playing these games. Frustrating at times, but a treat as well. One of the games that I thoroughly enjoyed on my Xbox 360 was Kameo: Elements of Power and the nostalgia while playing this game is indescribable.

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You can also get in and out of any game at your wish. There is no need to reboot your console or go back to a start screen. There are also some interesting items and videos to unlock which are a good enough imitative to play the games you would otherwise ignore.

The only downside is that not all of the games are great and all of the games won’t appeal to everyone. Also there is no remastering here like we have seen with the likes of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, God of War III, Gears of War ultimate edition, so on and so forth.

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Worth a replay?

So, who is the game for? Well if you are one looking to pick up a game for your kids and want them to relive the era of games that you enjoyed, then this is one for you.  If you would like to relive some of the classics, then this is one for you. If you would like to take a look at the evolution of games, gameplay, graphics and just awe at how far we have come, then this is for you. I can’t think of one person who shouldn’t get this game. Sure, some of the classics won’t appeal to new comers, but the fact that you are getting a compilation of 30 games for the price of one, I think it is a steal deal! Priced at Rs. 2399. the game is ideal for all action adventure lovers and classic gamers alike — a retro package for your modern console.

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Sameer "Psycho Mantis" Mitha

I live for gaming and technology is my muse. When I am not busy playing with gadgets or video games I delve into the world of fantasy novels.

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