So about a week ago, I put together a little list of games we here at Xbox One UK would love to see become Backwards Compatible, and you guys had a few suggestions. Of course, one list simply isn’t enough to document the back catalogue of games available on the Xbox 360 that could become compatible, so we made another one. A sequel, if you will. Maybe the studios will get hold of it and we’ll turn it into a trilogy. In any case, enjoy the list!
Saints Row 1-3
The progression of Saints Row from game to game is one akin to a sharp descent into madness. Starting out as a tongue-in-cheek gang shooter, the franchise skips from corporate murder, wrestling matches, alien invasions and fistfights with Satan without skipping a single beat. Saints Row 4 and Gat out of Hell are already available for Xbox One, so it’s only right we can go back and relive the (relatively) sane days of the series.
There’s a certain subset of gamers who enjoy the masochistic pleasures of Dark Souls, and though I’ve tried to become one myself, I just can’t bring myself around to it. However, I will admit that for all my grumblings about its crushing difficulty level, Dark Souls is a well made, substantial and rewarding RPG that would do well on Backwards Compatibility. Heck, maybe I’ll even give it a fifth go…
Spec Ops: The Line
“So… do you feel like a hero yet?” This sentence alone is probably enough to trigger a sort of PTSD flashback in anyone who’s lived through the story of Spec Ops: The Line. On the surface, it appears to be nothing more than a cover-based modern military shooter like all the others that have come before it, but it doesn’t take long to establish itself as a whole other beast. Spec Ops: The Line is the measuring stick by which videogame narratives should be measured, even if you don’t feel like the hero in the end. Speaking of modern military shooters…
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Perhaps the impetus of a wave of modern military FPS games, CoD 4: Modern Warfare is probably the one we all most fondly remember, except for maybe Black Ops 1. For me, however, the original Modern Warfare walked the perfect line between great gameplay and Hollywood level set pieces, and who can forget levels like Ghillies in the Mist, No Fighting in the War Room, and the infamous Mile High Club?
Whilst it might have been dumbed down for us console luddites, Civilisation Revolution provided consoles with a great turn-based strategy that really came into its own once you dragged three friends online to duke it out in the battlefield of diplomacy. Plus, the concept of Ghandi nuking his competition is a comedic well that simply refuses to dry up.
Left 4 Dead 1+2
Valve’s long standing phobia of the number three might mean we’ll never see a third instalment of one of the greatest co-op shooters of the previous generation. Shame really, but that shouldn’t stop Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 coming onto the Backwards Compatibility program. Surely, it’s a no brainer. C’mon Valve, these zombies won’t murder themselves.
Bully: Scholarship Edition
I never thought I’d type this sentence, but let’s go back to school. Bully stands out, in my eyes, as one of Rockstar’s finest works. The town of Bullworth was an open world that truly lived up to the tired trope of a “living, breathing world”, with characters interacting with each other and adhering to the rules of school with or without your input. With a great storyline, memorable characters, and let’s be honest, the ability to stuff kids in lockers, Bully would make a fantastic addition to Backwards Compatibility.
Soul Calibur 2, 4 and 5… And Release A HD Version of 3 While You’re At It
Some of you might have caught a video I made on our YouTube channel regarding Soul Calibur 1 being part of the program, but in case you missed it: I freaking love Soul Calibur. We already have 3 games in the series available on Xbox 360, those being SC2, 4 and 5, but they could potentially make the deal a little sweeter and release Soul Calibur 3, arguably the best one of the series, as a HD Update. Come on, Project Soul, make a humble bearded man’s day.
Sega Dreamcast – Stacey Knowles
Okay, if this is a real wish list, let’s make a real wish and have Xbox somehow jam an entire Dreamcast into the Xbox One architecture. Yes, a few Dreamcast titles hit the Xbox 360, and even some like Crazy Taxi and the original Soul Calibur have become backwards compatible, but we would love to see the One emulate the Dreamcast in its entirety. Right down to GD-ROM support! Phantasy Star Online, anyone (better than the inferior Phantasy Star Universe on the 360) or how about some Metropolis Street Racer – the game that became Project Gotham Racing? Power Stone and Power Stone 2 for some great Smash Brothers style melee action? Or Skies of Arcadia, the greatest JPRG ever made? So, right here, right now, we are starting our campaign. Head on over to the feedback forums and give us your vote!
There you have some more of our picks; some of them realistic, and some of them… not so much (looking at you, Stacey!), but we hope you’ve enjoyed them. Please, let us know what you’d like the see in the comments below.
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