Rare Replay is a compilation of 30 Rare developed games from across their 30 development history. Every once in awhile, I’ll boot it up in search of something interesting to play.
Because it has a lot of older games included, I make the mistake of thinking that I’ll find something somewhat casual to play. Rare games don’t work like that.
Some of the aspects you’ll find consistent throughout Rare’s catalog are that their games have a high skill ceiling with a steep learning curve for high-end play, lots of nuance in their controls, and an abundance of content. By and large, in Rare’s games, you’ll have to put in some work in order to progress. Even seemingly simple NES games like Snake Rattle ‘n’ Roll and Solar Jetman are easy enough to grasp (and fun to play), but require a real dedication on your part in order to progress.
Sometimes to better make a point, it’s appropriate to draw a comparison. So to summarize, I’ll put it like this. By and large, Nintendo developed games are like your Mom. They love you and want you to succeed.
Rare’s games, on the other hand…