YMMV: Rare

  • Awesome Music: Of particular note is David Wise, who is most famous for his work on the first three Donkey Kong Country games. Other notable composers for the company include Eveline Novakovic (née Fischer), Grant Kirkhope, and Robin Beanland.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: A criticism of the later Filmation games in the ZX Spectrum era. As one reviewer put it, they "started off as astonishing and ended up as dead boring, without actually decreasing in quality".
    • Back then, they traded as "Ultimate Play the Game", and many who bought (or at any rate reviewed) their Commodore 64 games dubbed them "Ultimately All the Same".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The move to Microsoft.
    • The change to a more generic logo has also sparked negative reaction from the fanbase.
      • Not to mention the exclusive focus on the Kinect.
      • Their Kinect focus was so bad at when a Rare fansite wanted to make a self-funded documentary which would have been shown over the Internet and Xbox Live in celebration of their twenty-fifth anniversary, Rare rejected their requests for interview because what was planned for the film was not "on message". This caused the fansite to suffer a horrible Broken Pedestal moment and closed down their site within a week later, resulting in an Internet Backlash against the developer.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After Kinect Sports Rivals' failure and the Kickstarter success of Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor Yooka-Laylee, many believed Rare was as good as dead under Microsoft's control. Then comes announcements of a new Kinect-free IP, Sea of Thieves, a thirty dollar Compilation Re-release of thirty Rare games for their thirtieth anniversary, and a modern reintroduction of their classic logo. While it remains to be seen if they can successfully pull this off, most observers agree that they're at the very least taking steps in the right direction.