September’s Best Backwards Compatible Games
Welcome back to Xbox One UK’s regular reflection; where we take a look at the list of Xbox 360 titles that became backwards compatible in the last month, and try to point out a couple of highlights.
September was a pretty active month for the BC program, providing gamers with lots of titles across multiple genres. Yes, we’re still waiting on Skate 3, but September did offer something for everyone. First, the honourable mentions:
Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty’s last foray into WW2 shooters was the game to thank/blame for the insistence of Zombies in most of ensuing games. Personally, I preferred the Spec Ops mode from MW3, but that’s just none of my business. Still, World at War also boasted a co-op campaign which no one ever seems talk about, a mode which made a comeback in Black Ops 3. What goes around, comes around.
Toy Story 3
Movie titles are often as pleasant as boiled urine and leave the same taste in your mouth. Toy Story 3 was different. Despite being a fairly basic 3D platformer, Toy Story 3 included a shockingly deep Toybox Mode which included a range of challenges including races, third person shooting, collectible hunting and more. You’ll buy it for your kids, then end up playing it yourself!
Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
Bates picked a fighting game. Other breaking news: water wet. Seriously though, Virtua Fighter is such an underrated series. How can a 3 button fighting game create a move list that could make Tekken or Dead or Alive nervous? The epitome of “easy to pick-up, hard to master”, I’ve been playing VF for years and there’s always more to discover. And after playing the game at EGX once again, it still holds up beautifully.
Xbox One has a severe lack of JRPGs at the moment. Sure, Final Fantasy XV is coming very soon, but the genre’s representation on the console was practically non-existent before now and looks to be the same follow FFXV. Luckily, backwards compatibility gives us access to a treasure trove of JRPGs from the previous generation. Lost Odyssey is one such title. If nothing else, it’ll certainly keep you occupied until Final Fantasy XV! Four discs worth of adventure!
Game of the Month: Bayonetta
The tale of one the last surviving Umbra Witches, Bayonetta was pegged early on as a Devil May Cry beater. Taking the formula of flashy combos, style meters, lots of weapons, secrets and an upgradeable character, there was a certainly elegance to the gameplay and aesthetic that set Bayonetta apart. Perhaps it was the game’s unique arrangement of Fly Me To The Moon that really set the tone, or perhaps it was the character of Bayonetta herself. Who knew that guns for high heels would be this season’s hottest accessory?!
And there’s your list. What were your favourites from September and what are you hoping for as we head into the second half of September? Sound off in the comments!
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