Microsoft came through on their promise to add more games to the backwards compatibility list this month with another 16 games just before Christmas, here is the list:
- Deus Ex Human Revolution
- Doritos Crash Course
- Fable III
- Halo: Reach
- Hydro Thunder
- Iron Brigade
- Kane & Lynch 2
- Motocross Madness
- Portal: Still Alive
- Splosion Man
- Ticket to Ride
- Zuma’s Revenge!
For me it’s a good list, I think there is some genuinely good games which people will be happy about in general, getting a lot of highly rated XBLA titles on Xbox One is important too as they are the digital back catalogues which a lot of people will have.
Here are my picks:
Deus Ex Human Revolution is a game I’ve been wanting to replay for a while and with Mankind Divided delayed it gives me more time to play it, that said being the OG version and not the Directors Cut a bit of a shame but given they do not have multi-disc working yet so its still nice its on there.
I didn’t get round to completing Fable 3 when it came out and I got it for free on Xbox Live in June 2013 (although it’s not been made clear if that was deliberately done or an error) so along with Fable 2 we are just missing Anniversary and Heroes of the eligible 360 Fable games.
Halo Reach isn’t a game I have any specific intention to play through again right now but as Bungie’s swan song and a game that includes the co-op mode Firefight it’s another good addition to the list which will please a lot of people, it’s also the only FPS Halo game not available on Xbox One in some form or another.
Hydro Thunder Hurricane was a great XBLA revival made by Vector Unit (who more recently made Beach Buggy Racing and Riptide GP2) and a game I didn’t put nearly enough hours into when I should have done! Time to rectify that perhaps?
Iron Brigade the XBLA mech game made by Double Fine published by Microsoft, the IP rights recently transferred back to Double Fine but it was another game I overlooked, previous free on Games With Gold back in November 2013. Motocross Madness developed by Bongfish was a revival of late 90s motocross game released on PC featuring avatars and other Xbox Live features released in 2013, this was another Games With Gold title in August 2014.
There are some other good titles in the list like Portal Still Alive, Braid and Spelunky which pad it out nicely, it’s a good list for only 16 games, quality over quantity and all that.
I hope Microsoft are able to get multi-disc support up and running soon, I think it will be a big boost to them to finally get it running and will allow many other games to come to Xbox One like Mass Effect 2/3, Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey and many others which hit dual discs back on the 360.
Hopefully we will be back again for more games in January!