It's yet another case of "we've seen it cheaper before", and the saving isn't particularly big either, but at £15 it's still great value for money and it's the cheapest price at the moment. With 30 games bundled together, including Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, Killer Instinct Gold, Battletoads, Viva Pinata and more, it should keep those of you after some retro gaming action busy for a long, long time.
It's worth noting that you can also get hold of Rare Replay over at Rakuten for £15.68. While you'll pay a little extra, you also get £3 worth of points thrown in as well thanks to their 20x points promotion which is running today only. Cheers to Buzz for the heads-up!
Rare’s Nick Burton has suggested that the Xbox One's mandatory Kinect sensor is ten times more powerful than that of its predecessor.Click here to read more...
A new trailer for Xbox One-bound Killer Instinct shows off plenty of gameplay footage between Glacius and Sabrewulf, while getting the EVO 2013 audience excited with a tease for the return of Chief Thunder. Look out for the fairly obvious hint and the end. As in the ruddy great tomahawk.
Killer Instinct will favour the downloadable free to play model, offering a single character (Jago) as standard. With Double Helix games at the reins, however, we feel that they have a lot to prove considering their past form.Click here to read more...
The third edition in the Kiect Sports franchise -- Kinect Sports Rivals -- will be coming to Xbox One this "holiday season".
Expect football (proper football, not that American rubbish), jet-skiing, rock climbing, bowling, target shooting, and tennis .
There's news before the news! Microsoft's press conference hasn't started just yet, but we've got a first snippet of hot
During a pre-show interview with Spike TV's Geoff Keighley, a developer for Rare revealed that the Xbox One will be releasing in November!
More as we know it.
Microsoft has been unable to renew the Killer Instinct trademark, despite stating that they had earlier this year.Click here to read more...
Not a huge amount of news floating about this week as we draw closer and closer to Christmas, but Bungie let a few details about upcoming project Destiny leak out, Rare's job listings point towards a "jaw-dropping" new Kinect title, we take a look at Zelnick's comments regarding next-gen, and look at the Humble THQ Bundle: desperate measures, or savvy use of an exciting new pricing model?
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"Jaw-dropping Kinect project" might seem like something of a contradiction in terms, but Rare seem to have made it their mission to try and strive for such a thing. Unless of course it's a reboot of Killer Instinct that will incorporate motion control in a manner that works smoothly and consistently. Frankly, a motion control game that proves consistent would be enough to blow our minds at this stage.Click here to read more...
One day, there'll be a world where the nice things that we all crave may all come to fruition. Former Rare staffers Steve Ellis, Martin Wakeley and Lee Musgrave have revealed that TimeSplitters 2 HD and Killer Instinct HD was development at Free Radical back in 2008, before the company were taken over by Crytek.Click here to read more...
A short and sweet message from Microsoft appeared online yesterday breaking the news that they have renewed trademark on Killer Instinct from Rare, whom they bought in 2012.
Although this is common practice for IPs that companies want to keep hold of, even if they don't have immediate plans for them, what is worthy of note is the tone of the proclamation, and the fact that Microsoft made it public news themselves.Click here to read more...
Rare has announced that Simon Woodroffe, the designer of Simon The Sorceror and Call Of Cthulhu, will assume the role of Creative Director. Apparently he will be responsible for "all aspects of design," thus placing him at the centre of the Microsoft-owned company's game lineup moving forward.Click here to read more...
Yes, it's a minigame collection. No, there isn't any lag. And yes, it's actually really good. If you still haven't bought Kinect Sports over the last year, Zavvi are touting a £14.95 price point and a £4 saving compared to the next best offer from Simply Games.
It's a gutting shame that Kinect still hasn't fulfilled its true potential as a revolutionary peripheral, but hey, if you love minigame collections, this is a good one at a great price. Thanks to the legendary goonertillidie at HUKD.
Kinect Sports is a pretty typical launch title. Fun in places, shows off Kinect in a whole bunch of minigames, and it's pretty damn erratic too. But let's focus on the fun part. It's not quite as complete a package for Kinect as Sports Champions is for the PS Move, but it's a good little party game if you've got a big enough living room. Save yourself a quid or two at The Hut currently. Kudos Syzable!.
A few ex-Rare staffers have given their thoughts on the nature of Rare's transition from creative partnership with Nintendo to Microsoft subsidiary. Although most suggest that the "old days" were better in a number of ways, it's interesting to note that one or two reflect on the necessity of the deal, suggesting that Rare would not be here today had Microsoft not stepped in and arguing that the company's fate holds a mirror up to the changing nature of the games industry as a whole.Click here to read more...
I busted out the old N64 over Christmas and, wading through the box of cobwebbed cartridges, spaghetti-like tangles of cables and dusty grey peripherals, I found a game that still, today, plays like a relatively fresh and original title that's begging for a re-release. As with many games from that era, it's an old Rare classic from back when the Stamper brothers were still in charge, back when Martin Wakeley (who'd later go on to help form Free Radical) was still designing masterpieces for Nintendo, back when they were a company that hadn't been reduced to minigame collections and avatar tinkering.
Back in 1997.
Blast Corps is a game that's always been though of fondly by critics, if deemed something of an unsung hero on the platform. At a time when Nintendo and their stable of first and second party developers were riding high, spurred on by the Sony's worrying successes with the Playstation to be bigger, better and more unique than ever, games like GoldenEye, Mario 64, and Banjo-Kazooie took the major plaudits, proving to be killer apps for the rather expensive console.
GoldenEye has lost much with age, which in no way takes away anything from its standing in the pantheon of gaming greats nor removes it from its firm place in our hearts. While the two platformers also once stood at the very pinnacle of gaming achievement, they too have been overtaken by other games - in Mario's case, his own - and can perhaps no longer boast of delivering the same thrills as they did before, so much more have we seen, experienced and played since those halcyon days.
But Blast Corps is different. It's always been different and, playing through it once more in the dead of night, blissfully unaware of the time, it's still just as addictive and pleasingly original as it always was. Firing it up once again after several years, it's joys are undiminished, and there really aren't that many game of which that can be said.Click here to read more...
Well this one's exactly what it says on the tin! Personally, I'm fed up with the whole motion controls thing and as clever as Kinect is I don't miss it whatsoever, but if you're still into all that then you might want to add this game to your collection. There are plenty of events to take part in such as bowling, tennis, and beach volleyball, which should keep you and your friends amused for a while. The Hut are parting with copies of the game for £14.95, which'll save you almost £4 on the next best offer. Zavvi are also still in stock at the same price. Thanks to nerd 187 @ HUKD.
If you've still got your Kinect sensor, then grabbing a copy of Kinect Sports: Season 2 could lead to some hilarious family moments for a couple of hours before you turn it off and never play it again, which is the inevitable outcome for just about every Kinect game out there. There are plenty of sports to take your pick from including golf, American football, baseball, and skiing. Amazon are parting with copies of the game for £22.99, which'll make you a saving of £2 on the next best offers out there. Thanks to alison371 @ HUKD.
Four Rare developers shocked the gaming world earlier this year when they announced a brand new direction, a brand new studio and a brand new take on an ageing genre: the venerable space sim. Starfire Studios delivered a massive hit and critical success story last month with Fusion Genesis, and I recently sat down with director Phil Dunne to discuss the past, present and future of the fledgling venture.
Jonathan Lester (Dealspwn): Many thanks for taking the time to talk to us in what must be an incredibly stressful period. Could you introduce yourself as well as your role at Starfire - and background at Rare?
Phil Dunne (Starfire Studios): I'm Phil Dunne, I'm an artist and director at Starfire Studios. I worked at Rare for over 15 years working on a range of games from way back on the SNES right up to Xbox 360, including Donkey Kong Country 3 and Kameo.
Dealspwn: What compelled you to leave Rare and form an independent studio?
Dunne: I guess we were looking to work on projects that we wouldn't have had the chance to at Rare. We we're looking to try out some new ideas and maybe go back to a smaller team setup with a quicker turnaround time on projects. As digital distribution was really starting to take off, it seemed like a good time to start an independent studio. Even since Starfire was formed, the whole landscape of the games industry seems to be changing at a rapid pace and it feels like a very exciting time to be an Indie Studio.
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Ever since Rare shacked up with Microsoft and changed their focus to Kinect titles, plenty of pundits and gamers have expressed their discontent. In fact, we even nominated them as the studio we miss the most... despite them being alive and well! However, Phil Dunne, a 15-year Rare veteran and director at Starfire Studios, has spoken out to defend the controversial company - and reckons that we don't give them the credit and respect that they deserve. Full story after the jump.Click here to read more...