Look, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie and Viva Pinata are belters. We all know this. We all know that they are great reasons to check out Rare's 30 year anniversary package, Rare Replay. Here's eight games that might not be top of your EXCITEMENT LIST, but are absolutely worth checking out.
A properly influential title which spawned a whole load of copycat titles. This dungeon crawler starring Rare’s early hero Sabreman was the first of its kind, with its isometric 3D graphics creating a catacombs that was unlike anything else around at the time of its release. You’ve got to find the ingredients for a potion to cure the lycanthropy that Sabreman is suffering from, with a cool day and night system which has him transforming into Sabrewulf during the night time.
A game which has you doing loads of races, combat and other challenges in a fucking speedboat. It is isometric, which was Rare’s kind of thing around the time this was released. Loads of variation in the levels keeps things interesting throughout as you shoot your way through them, collecting upgrades for firepower and speed before you fight the bosses. Also - Game is called COBRA TRIANGLE.
It’s really fucking hard! Now the bug is fixed that prevented the second player from moving on level 11 it’s a really challenging beat ‘em up - a genre that never fails to entertain if you’ve got a mate playing with you. Rare Replay has some save state stuff built into it which might make Battletoads a touch easier, but this is still the perfect game for this streaming/challenge gaming 2015.
Rare’s N64 masterpiece that has you smashing your way through buildings and other constructions to clear the way for an out of control truck carrying a nuclear missile. You get to use, as well as a series of supercharged Tonka toys, the A-Team van and a variety of different mech suits. Finishing the levels is a challenge, but completing them as well as fulfilling certain criteria to get the Platinum medal is the mark of a true hero. I imagine many people will go achievement chasing for this truly tough challenge. A great, great game to boot.
Jet Force Gemini
The thing about Jet Force Gemini is that it was a really good game on the N64 but one that suffered from rough controls and a framerate that occasionally veered into single digit territory. Hopefully, the emulation on Rare Replay will fix those, allowing us all to play a really fun shooter that has a surprising amount of stuff to do, with the game only really starting for real after you’ve ‘beaten’ the boss.
Conker’s Bad Fur Day
This is a game where you play as the cute squirrel from Diddy Kong Racing, the day after he has been on an all-day drinking bender. At one point, you fight a gigantic living pile of excrement, called The Great Mighty Poo, who sings his own theme song while you chuck bog rolls at him.
Mi mi mi mi miiiiiiiii
I am the Great Mighty Poo
and I'm going to throw my shit at you!
A huge supply of tish
come from my chocolate starfish.
How about some scat you little twat?
Kameo: Elements Of Power
A game that gets a pretty bad rap, despite being a perfectly serviceable action game with - get this - full online co-op! Admittedly, this wasn’t available out the box, but was added as free DLC after launch, so a lot of people missed out on this. It’s got a touch of the Zeldas about it, much like Rare’s Gamecube exclusive Starfox Adventures, which is never a bad thing. If you’ve got a co-op partner, Kameo is definitely worth a second look.
Banjo Kazooie: Nuts And Bolts
One of the most interesting games of the past generation, it is still baffling that Nuts and Bolts doesn’t get brought up in discussion of such things more often. A game where the bird and bear team find materials to build vehicles in order to successfully complete challenges. I knew this game was genius when I was tasked with beating someone in a race and none of my creations would cut it, so I made a gigantic, solid, ultra heavy brick with a magnet on the front. When the race started, the magnet pulled the other racer towards it, leaving him barely able to move. I walked Banjo to the finish line. Expect people to be sharing videos of their daft inventions as this game gets a new lease of life.