Join Greg Giddens and Neale Jarrett in the latest TiX Podcast – episode 12 We Play Replay – where the duo discuss Rare Replay, Mega Man Legacy Collection, Clash and a little more on Far Cry 4. The pair also discuss recent changes at TiX Towers regarding expanded content, including a film review of Dead Rising Watchtower, in-between the usual banter and jokes.
We all have fond memories of games that we played when we were younger, and for those of a certain age, I’d wager that some of your favourite games were made by a certain developer who is responsible for this very title, Rare Replay, a celebration of 30 years in the industry. The collection includes games that were launched on the ZX Spectrum way back in 1983 all the way thorough to 2008 on the Xbox 360.
Like most things, there are a few titles that might not hold up to today’s standard of gaming, with mechanics that aren’t as polished and are generally damn hard to play – modern games have certainly made us soft. Rare should be praised for giving particular consideration to this and have added a handy rewind feature for their pre-N64 titles and included a variety of cheats that include infinite lives and time, meaning even the toughest game of yesteryear can be bested.
The collection is incredible and while you might not play through each game’s entirety, there’s certainly something for everyone, and at £20, you really will get your money’s worth. The collection has its own set of achievements to earn, with unique achievements for each of the titles – by chasing these you will earn ‘stamps’ that go toward a new Rare fan level, which will unlock a video from Rare Revealed – an archive of featurettes, making of, concept showcases, and unseen work and music from the studio. The videos are really well put together and make for an enjoyable watch, after which, I had a new-found respect for how the games were made, particularly Rare’s early games.
The vast majority of the games launch directly from the collection, but those that have been released (or rereleased) on Xbox 360, launch independently using the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility feature. Unfortunately, this is the only thing that slightly lets the collection down – launching them isn’t very fluid – with the emulation having to boot up. Should you wish to go back to the collection, you must launch Rare Replay from scratch, it’s not as instant as jumping in and out of the games that are native to the collection. On the plus side, this does mean that you can choose to remove some of the Xbox 360’s larger file sized games.
What I love most about the collection, other than getting to replay the charm and humour of games like Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Banjo Kazooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day, is to play some of Rare’s early games from a time when games had to work harder at delivering a playable game. All too often these days games are too focused on the look and sound rather than the core mechanics, for example, Jetpac’s mechanics are wonderful – guide your spaceman around a level to collect parts for his ship before travelling to other planets (levels) where you must fly about and collect fuel to be able to fly on – the balance here wasn’t just in how you navigate the screen, but how you deal with the increasing level of enemies – do you keep them in check or focus on collecting the fuel to get out as quickly as possible? It’s pure and simple, yet challenging and addictive, and this is from a game released back in 1983 on the ZX Spectrum!
If you do find the older games too challenging or are at a loss as to what you are meant to be doing, make sure you check out the game manual, which is launched via the snapped help menu. You could also head into the Snapshot Gallery, bite-sized challenges that double up as tutorials – master these and you should be able to tackle anything that the full game throws at you. Snapshot playlists strings some of these titles together, focusing on a common theme like collecting gems from a selection of the games – and don’t think this will be easy by using the cheats – for the snapshots these are all disabled!
I’ll admit to being a fan of Rare, but I didn’t realise how much of a fan I was until I went back and played through some of their history – sure there are some omissions from the collection, and I feel like their recent Xbox 360 collection has been added without too much thought of tailoring it slightly. I hope that over time we might also see other titles join the collection through DLC – I know I will certainly be picking them all up.
Rare Replay’s main strength is that there is something for everyone; my favourite game on the collection might be your least favourite. There are also several gems that alone would make it worth buying. Sure there are some stinkers, but for every game I might consider to be a stinker, there are bound to be those that hold it in high regard.
Rare Replay is also an absolute hit with my kids; they paid more attention to the tale of Banjo Kazooie and the haunted corridors of Grabbed by the Ghoulies than they did with any of the LEGO games – that alone should be testament enough to pick up Rare Replay.
We bought our own copy of the game to bring you this review
Bonnie Ross from 343 Industries opened the show and wastes no time in letting the crowd know about the fact that there are plenty of awesome games coming to the Xbox One in 2015, taking a shot at Playstation saying that Xbox have the best exclusive games THIS year!
Before we know it, Halo 5: Guardians gameplay is shown off, and it looks fantastic. Josh Holmes, Executive Producer then came on to talk about seamless co-op and introduces Warzone. Hopefully we’ll see more info about that soon, but here is a cool trailer to check out:
Next up, a World Premiere of ReCore, a first party title from the legendary creator Keiji Inafune and the makers of Metroid Prime. As one of the last remaining humans, forge friendships with courageous robot companions and lead them on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world.
Then came some news that many have been waiting for since the Xbox One was first announced… Backwards Compatability. Even better news is that it’s available to Xbox Live Preview Members right now. Here is a list of games available.
Next Phil Spencer announced a new Elite Xbox One Controller that allows you to swap out features, change the analog sticks, bumpers and D-pad as you wish. There are also hair-trigger locks and the D-pad has been replaced by a textured rolling pad.
Todd Howard then came on stage to give us a good look at Fallout 4. After gameplay footage was shown it was revealed that PC Mods would be usable within the game on Xbox One.
Next up Peter Moore took to the stage and spoke about how successful EA Access has been and followed up by confirming that the next title to join the vault would be Titanfall, followed by Dragon Age Inquisition later this year. Then it was time for some zombies with the world premiere trailer for Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.
Forza 6 then took centre stage, quite literally at one point. It’s looking really impressive, but will it overshadow Project CARS?
Ubisoft then joined in by showing us a brand new trailer for The Division before telling us that the Xbox will get an exclusive Beta later this year. Rainbow 6 Seige also got some time in before we were told that the Xbox 360 Vegas titles would come free with the game to play as backwards compatible titles!
A new cartoony title was shown off that would also play on Windows 10 called Gigantic, before a whole host of great looking ID@Xbox titles were shown off.
Xbox Game Preview was then revealed, it’s a new early access system that allows you to try out a game for free and then pay to be involved if you like the look of what you see. Elite Dangerous and Day Z are two of the first games involved.
Rise of the Tomb Raider then got its time to shine, this is one title I really can not wait for, and the trailer shown was pretty epic.
Rare have been up to something for a while and tonight we finally got details of what they something was, Rare Replay, a mega pack of 30 games such as Perfect Dark, Battletoads, Conkers and more. They also went onto reveal Sea of Thieves, a pirate based adventure.
Hololens made an appearance for the first time too, showing how it could be used with Minecraft, it was certainly interesting, but whether it will take off is another matter.
Last but not least, Gears of War Ultimate Edition was revealed. The original game remastered for Xbox One and releasing on August 25. The multiplayer is getting a public beta today. In fact, you should already have a code in your Xbox One messages. Gears of War 4 was then shown off, the game is due to be released at the end of 2016.
And that was it! Microsoft really went to town and impressed a lot of people, we would love to hear your thoughts!