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Yooka-Laylee

Former Rare designer Kev Bayliss joins Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic

Kev Bayliss has one hell of a history in gaming. He was part of some of Rare Software’s biggest games. He was the producer and character designer for Killer Instinct, and also had an integral role in the graphics design for Battletoad...   read

 
 
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition is free with Gold

Oh, hey, look at that! One of January's Games with Gold offerings is up early. Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition normally costs $39.99, but it's free to download with an Xbox Live Gold membership through January 31, 2016. This package...   read

 
 
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Perfect Dark
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Here's a fun behind-the-scenes look at Perfect Dark's development

I haven't played Perfect Dark since it released over fifteen years ago, so I hold it in my memory as some mythical, flawless creation. I thought I wanted to preserve that and never play it again, but then Rare had to go out and re...   read

 
 
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Rare
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A lost look at Rare's scrapped SNES project that eventually became Banjo-Kazooie

With the archival nature of Rare Replay -- a collection of games on Xbox One that spans the developer's entire history -- it's natural that the studio would be digging through a lot of old boxes lately. One of those boxes (proverbial ...   read

 
 
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Rare chose Kinect

Microsoft didn't push for Kinect development, Rare chose it

The internet narrative has always been: Microsoft bought Rare (Banjo-Kazooie, GoldenEye) in 2002, then wrecked it, most recently by way of consigning the company to Kinect development. But in a lengthy Eurogamer retrospective on the Kinect,...   read

 
 
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Rare Replay

Microsoft is tired of you asking for Rare Replay on Wii U

It appears as if Minecraft Wii U and Phil Spencer have opened the floodgates. Given that the Microsoft-owned Minecraft is coming to Nintendo's newest console and Spencer recently mused on the idea of bringing GoldenEye back, ...   read

 
 
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Donkey Kong Country 2

Let's take a moment to reflect on how amazing Donkey Kong Country 2 was

Donkey Kong Country 2 turned 20 this month. To celebrate, current Rare Creative Director (since 1998!) is reminiscing on the game, tweeting out tons of concept art, as well as used and unused ideas. It really brings home how well-...   read

 
 
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Rare

Get in the Halloween spirit with Rare's 'Nightrare' video

Halloween is nearly upon us, and Rare has chosen to share its "Nightrare," video, featuring a few of its famous mascots. It was made by a small team for Rare's 2015 Creative Jam, and it's merely a trailer, so don't have high expectations --...   read

 
 
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Rare Replay

Rare hasn't stopped updating Rare Replay

For me, Rare Replay was an excuse to get way into Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise again, and for that, I am thankful. It was the most I've used my Xbox One since buying the console! Rare has another update out today with a couple of...   read

 
 
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Conker

Before Conker's Bad Fur Day, there was Twelve Tales

Rare has shared another behind-the-scenes video about Conker and this one sure brings me back. Conker's Quest, as it was originally called before undergoing a name change to Twelve Tales: Conker 64, debuted at E3 in 1997. It was a lighthear...   read

 
 
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Gettin' Medieval

Rare opens up about its unreleased Conker game

After finishing work on Conker: Live & Reloaded, Rare pursued another project set in that universe called Conker: Gettin' Medieval. It was going to be an Xbox multiplayer game, not a direct continuation of the Bad Fur Day storyline that...   read

 
 
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Banjo-Kazooie

Rare had a cool idea for a Banjo-Kazooie remake

I'm way behind on watching those documentary shorts included in Rare Replay and I might never catch up unless I set aside time to see them on YouTube. Rare uploaded this video today detailing how it arrived at Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolt...   read

 
 
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Conker on the cheap

Conker's Big Reunion free in Project Spark this weekend

Remember when Microsoft announced that everyone's favorite foul-mouthed squirrel would be coming to Project Spark and it was met with a not so positive reception? Well now you can own Conker's Big Reunion's play and create content for ...   read

 
 
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Rare Replay

Rare Replay is Rare's first UK best seller since the '90s

Rare Replay has hit number one in the UK games charts, making it the first Rare game to do so since the late '90s. The last Rare game to hit number one in the UK chart was Banjo-Kazooie on the N64, which was released all the way back in 199...   read

 
 
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Rare Replay

Rare Replay adds 'modern controls' for Jet Force Gemini

I hope you're enjoying Rare Replay. I've been methodically playing Trouble in Paradise while also mixing in some of the Nintendo 64 games I missed originally. Blast Corps is one. It's so much fun! Jet Force Gemini is another. It's a reminde...   read

 
 
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Killer Instinct

Rash turns into a wrecking ball in Killer Instinct

The screenshots were a treat, but seeing Rash in action is something else. Smash Hits are back. If you own Rare Replay (you should!) or Killer Instinct paid DLC, you can play as him until September 8, 2015 at 12:00am Pacific. This is just a...   read

 
 
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Rare Replay Sundown
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Rare's cancelled horror title Sundown looks hellish

Rare Replay is available now and includes unlockable videos of canceled games with concept art, stories, and gameplay that have never been show to the public. Unlocking the videos means completing various challenges and achievements t...   read

 
 
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Rare Replay review

Review: Rare Replay

The first Rare game I ever played was Snake Rattle 'n' Roll in 1990, but the company has been around for quite some time. Vs. Slalom was technically Rare's first title. Tim and Chris Stamper, the heart and soul of the company...   read

 
 
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Velvet Dark

Rare was going to make Velvet Dark, a sister title to the N64 Perfect Dark

Perfect Dark -- or, as it's called on my block, "the game that fixed everything bad about GoldenEye" -- told the story of Carrington Institute's Joanna Dark as she attempted to thwart dataDyne's evil intentions and all the alien invasi...   read

 
 
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Rare Replay

Is 30 games in Rare Replay not enough for you?

Although Rare is packaging 30 of its biggest games together with the release of Rare Replay, turns out 30 retro Rare games might not be enough. During a special Twitch livestream, Rare's James Thomas said that whittling the included ga...   read

 
 
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Rare Replay

What's your favorite game from Rare Replay?

I got my hands on Rare Replay, and I've been playing it quite a bit for our review next week. It's crazy how addicting Blast Corps is, as I just completed it earlier this year on my N64, and was enticed to beat it yet again. I was...   read

 
 
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Rare Replay trailer
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Rare Replay trailer goes the cardboard cutout route

Rare Replay is coming out on August 4. That's in less than two weeks! The collection of games from Rare's past 30 years is showing up on Xbox One with some extra nuggets thrown in as well. The trailer above talks about this in the form of ...   read

 
 
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Rare

All of Rare's Xbox One backward compatible games need to be re-downloaded for some reason

[Update: A representative for Rare and Xbox has responded by stating "The process is a necessary step that allows gamers to play some of our beloved titles with or without Rare Replay, that includes these titles and 21 more. This actio...   read

 
 
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Jet Force Gemini

Jet Force Gemini is looking gooood in Rare Replay

I'm pretty excited for Rare Replay. It'll give me an opportunity to show my wife and friends a handful of games from my childhood, and I'm actually more excited to replay the retro goodies like Snake Rattle 'n' Roll than some of t...   read

 
 
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Free DLC! Free DLC!

Xbox One backwards compatible Rare titles include DLC for free

If you're in the Xbox One Preview Program to test the latest dashboard updates for Xbox One and have any of the Xbox 360 titles developed by Rare on the backwards compatability list, you're in luck. Looks like all the in-game DLC for last-g...   read

 
 


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