Rare Replay

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Not all winners, but this "Rare" collection rocks.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Some games have better messages than others; most light on story, characters, takeaway messages. You might play a "good guy" but still engage in deadly combat. Also has a violent fighting game in collection.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some fun-loving characters who build things; others are cute but irreverent; others are heroines. Some are better role models than others.

Ease of Play

Some games easier to control than others. Less-than-stellar handling in older "retro" racing titles. Overall, games are easy for seasoned gamers, and some ideal for novice players, such as Viva Piñata.


Some games focus heavily on combat, such as first-person shooter Perfect Dark, third-person shooter Conker's Bad Fur Day. In both, players use weapons to shoot, kill enemies. Blood can be seen in some games, battle sequences; some dismemberment of cartoon-like bears in Conker's Bad Fur Day.


Moaning sounds heard in Conker's Bad Fur Day.


Some strong language, mostly in Conker's Bad Fur Day, including "s--t," "t-t," "a--hole." Sexual innuendo frequently used in dialogue.


Games all previously sold for multiple platforms.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

During Conker's Bad Fur Day, characters shown drinking beer, triggering a screen-blurring effect. Conker throws up outside a pub in the first five minutes of the game.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rare Replay is a collection of 30 games spanning 30 years of a development studio. The age-appropriateness of these games varies wildly. There are some family-friendly arcade and racing games but also first- and third-person shooters and fighting games. Players can kill enemies with guns and other weapons, and there's blood and some gore (in one game). Though it appears to feature a cute cartoon character, one game called Conker's Bad Fur Day contains strong violence, sexual references, profanity, and alcohol consumption.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySakuraHeart December 29, 2019

check first

seeing as its 30 games it is hard to actually give any sort of rating however for parents out there id say check the games first. I watched the prevew of some a... Continue reading
Parent Written byAndrew C. March 14, 2018

Cool game

There is great games but it shod not be rated e-m it shod be rated m
because if a kid plays this game there is some m ones
Teen, 14 years old Written byIlovemoviesreviews January 22, 2016

Well... It depends on which game...

I've not played all of the games. So don't turn your back on this game if your kid wants it. There are games appropriate for all ages on this. Like th... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byBatman321 September 10, 2015

good as long as you avoid conkers bad fur day

this game is fine for anyone 12 and up if you avoid conker, if you dont i would say 15 and up. perfect dark isnt as bad as your average call of duty

What's it about?

In this package created exclusively for Xbox One owners, Microsoft has compiled 30 previous games from award-winning U.K. developer Rare and made them all available for a dollar apiece. RARE REPLAY is a value-priced collection that includes many games from the '80s to 2008, including many instant classics for now-defunct video game platforms. These range from Battletoads and Banjo-Kazooie for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) to Killer Instinct Gold for Nintendo 64 (N64). It even includes Perfect Dark, Kameo, and Viva Piñata for the Xbox 360. Seasoned fans can import their existing saved progress and achievements from these more recent games to earn additional points and increase their Gamerscores. Along with more than 700 hours of gameplay, some of these games include bonus content, including new challenges, behind-the-scenes interviews, and previously unreleased footage.

Is it any good?

Commemorating Rare's 30th birthday, this is a treasure trove of gaming goodness. Not all games hold up as well as others, of course (such as many of the ZX Spectrum and NES titles), but many of them do, including most of the N64 and Xbox 360 titles. Now, because lots of these older games were created for standard-definition TVs, they only take up the center of your wide-screen HDTV and have game-specific graphics along the borders. Not only do these games work on Xbox One, Microsoft also added some goodies along with retrospective interviews, documentaries, bonus Gamerscore incentives, and more.

In fact, included in this collection is the clever Snapshots mode that lets you play bite-size highlights and challenges from these games, just in case you don't feel like playing them from start to finish. Playing Snapshots of games rewards you with stamps, which can be redeemed for the aforementioned extra goodies. Highlights include the 8-bit arcade game Battletoads, the isometric racer R.C. Pro-AM, the irreverent humor of Conker's Bad Fur Day, action and platforming in Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, and the first-person thriller Perfect Dark. Even Kameo is a gem of a find, about an adventuring elf princess. Both seasoned gamers and younger players will find value in this greatest hits collection from one of the industry's biggest names.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Microsoft should bundle games based on the studio (Rare) instead of content. Are parents OK with kid-friendly games such as Viva Piñata and Slalom being part of the same collection as mature, violent games like Killer Instinct Gold and Conker’s Bad Fur Day?

  • Talk about nostalgia. Why do people care so much for older games, toys, movies, or other forms of entertainment? Are these better than newer releases?

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