The motley crew here at Xbox One UK love backwards compatibility, and once again, we have some more suggestions for added titles that we’d like to see. Alright, so the previous instalment might have seen resident caffeine addict Stacey lose his damn mind and wish for Dreamcast functionality, but I promise we’ve calmed down a little bit, and gone back to some more reasonable wishes. Join us, please…
Fight Night Champion
It’s not often that a sports game will get praised on its story, but Fight Night Champion knocked that rule out. A compelling redemption story, coupled with a complete career mode and some of the best simulated boxing on Xbox 360, makes Fight Night Champion an excellent addition. Also, now that EA are adding 360 titles to EA Access, starting with Plants vs Zombies, perhaps we’ll see Fight Night Champion become backwards compatible sooner rather than later.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
A departure from Kojima’s usual stealth affairs, instead being developed by character action specialists Platinum, MGR stands out as a classic in the genre. Multiple difficulties, epic boss fights against memorable opponents (I’m looking at you, Armstrong), and yet somehow accomplishing the task of making reviled character Raiden cool; Metal Gear Rising is worth coming back to.
Street Fighter 3: Third Strike
Whilst highly unlikely considering Sony and Capcom’s recent partnership regarding the Street Fighter series, the fact remains that Third Strike is one of the greatest fighting games to have ever existed. Unconvinced? Check out Evo Moment #37, and see the hype for yourselves. Third Strike is top-tier. Confirmed.
Dead Rising Collection
The intro to Dead Rising 1 is practically imprinted on my brain at this point. I remember vividly that Willamette, Colorado has a population of 53,594 and its distinguishing characteristics are…. Few and far between, shall we say. That second one might be a lie, however, as Willamette’s shopping mall, and Fortune City from the sequel and Frank West spin-off, played host to whole load of undead shenanigans whilst simultaneously asking the question: who the hell leaves a katana on a restaurant awning?
Speaking of Colorado, our next visit to the state has a distinctly different flavour to our previous offering; less blood, more motor oil. The original Forza Horizon was the game that, personally, got me interested in the Forza series. Fast cars, great music and a beautiful American setting combined to create one of the better games of not just the Forza series, but of Xbox 360 racing games full stop.
WWE All Stars
It’s a shame that THQ went under, honestly, for many reasons, but one of the biggest was that there would never be a WWE All Stars 2. Taking the gameplay ideals of old school arcade titles like Saturday Night Slam Masters, All Stars made caricatures of then-Superstars and Legends… Even if we got a sequel, we wouldn’t be seeing CM Punk or Hulk Hogan, that much is certain. The gameplay was exciting, fast paced, and most importantly; fun. All the things wrestling should be.
Let’s stick with the theme of burly men knocking seven shades out of each other and move on to Backbreaker: Vengeance, a spin-off from an American Football game. If you’re unaware, Vengeance was basically British Bulldog with American Footballers, as you’d avoid obstacles, course markings, and naturally, other players, in order to reach your goal. Utilising the Euphoria engine in bone-crunching ways, Vengeance quickly became less about reaching your goal, more about how you can destroy your player. They don’t call it “Backbreaker” for nothing, I guess.
Double Dragon Neon
The 80’s were a magical time. Neon lights, cool electronic music and demonic skeletons commanding armies of the night to steal your girlfriend and fly off into space, forcing you to punch, kick, throw and “RADICAL” your way through everyone in your way… Hang on, maybe that last one is a touch unpleasant. Still, it’s not enough to stop the classic twosome of Billy and Jimmy from rescuing their shared love. Double Dragon Neon is a superlative beat ‘em up that fully deserves backwards compatibility.
In all honesty, as much as I love Nier, I never anticipated a sequel. So last year’s announcement of Nier: Automata was a shock to the system, to say the very least. Naturally then, it would make sense to make the original Nier backwards compatible. An original take on the JRPG genre, Nier has a great storyline about a man protecting his daughter in a dark fantasy setting, memorable characters and lots of boss battles. Just gloss right over the fact that one of the dungeons is a text adventure, it’s for the best…
Virtua Fighter 5/Final Showdown
Confession time: I love my fighting games, Virtua Fighter being chief among them. Taking the idea of an easy-to-learn, tough-to-master fighting game to its limit, Virtua Fighter only utilises three buttons: Punch, Kick and Guard. Sounds simple enough, but the command lists for each character would beg to differ. Sega might not have announced Virtua Fighter 6 yet (and they really should get to work on that), but there’s scope for number 5, and Arcade re-release Final Showdown, to played on Xbox One.
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