XBOUK’s Top Five of the Week
With word that we’ll soon be expecting to play the original Xbox titles on our Xbox One’s, we thought we’d take this opportunity to talk about our top five favourite Xbox titles that we would love to see get the backwards compatibility treatment. We haven’t included Fuzion Frenzy or Crimson Skies on our list since we know those games are already confirmed to be making their way over to Xbox One, but they still deserve a mention.
Without further ado, let’s take a lot at our top five titles we’d like to see.
5. Burnout 3: Takedown
The first title that kickstarted my love of Burnout games and one with more fond memories than the rest. This entry into the series sparked the fun into the game that then went on to continue its trend with Revenge, but somewhat lost with Paradise – which although was decent, it just wasn’t the same, but that’s a story for another day. Takedown so you competing in races, time trials and the titular takedown mode, where you need to takedown X amount of vehicles during a race. There was no greater satisfaction from watching those slo-mo takedowns mid-race and then bursting straight back into the action with your increased boost.
4. Conker: Live & Reloaded
A brilliant remake of Conker’s Bad Fur Day from the N64 which added an online multiplayer and a bunch of other content. The only downside to this version was that certain scenes were re-made or cut, but didn’t deter too much from the fun tongue-in-cheek platformer. Poking fun at movies, video games and other pop culture for the time was what made this title stand out from other platformers. We did see Conker return on Xbox One with him being playable in Project Spark, although it’s not the return we really wanted and was extremely disappointing.
3. Unreal Championship 2
An excellent competitive title that had you slashing and gunning your opponents down in face-paced frantic combat in small arenas. This was probably one of my first competitive games I ever played online. In fact, Timesplitters: Future Perfect was the first, but that was more fun than competitive, so I’m not counting that one! The problem for me, was that i played this title too late in its life-cycle that it was hard to come by lobbies, not to mention that console online gaming was only just beginning out. It wasn’t until the generation after where it would make its place. Although probably outdated now, I feel that it would make an impression on todays gamers if it were brought into the backwards compatibility programme and made available online again.
2. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
The original KOTOR, still regarded as one of the best RPG’s by former developer Obsidian Entertainment, saw the spawn of a new trend in video game RPG’s – crucial decision making that affected the outcome of your story. On top of that, it is also regarded as one of the best ‘spin-off’ stories to hit the Star Wars universe. Being able to choose your side was every kids dream who grew up with the Star Wars movie. Too bad the sequel – The Sith Lords, followed just a year later and was poorly executed and didn’t live up to the original’s hype. It seemed like a trend followed suit with their titles after…except for Dragon Age.
1. Shenmue II
The Shenmue titles, regarded as masterpieces in the gaming world, still resonates in such a way that was ahead of its time. Shenmue II opened up right where the first one ended, but was plagued with multiple issues upon release. And back then, we didn’t get continued developer support for patches. Instead, we had to make to with what we had. Even during the early Xbox stage. It wasn’t really until the Xbox 360 released that we started getting updates to games and thus spawned a new trend. With news on a Shenmue III on the horizon, it’s highly likely that we’ll see this brought into the backwards compatibility programme, with rumoured leaks of a Shenmue I & II double pack for Xbox One. Yes, we’re pretty confident the world will get to ride a forklift once again.
What titles would you like to see from the original Xbox make their way onto Xbox One? Do you agree with the titles in this list, bearing in mind that these are purely editor opinions? We’d be happy to hear your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.
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