The news that original Xbox games were going to be added to the Xbox One backwards compatibility library got me very excited. Since the program has launched I have found it very convenient having all my favourite games on one box, I still have my 360 and OG Xbox laying around for the games that have yet to make it to the list but that number is getting smaller every week it seems. I’ve been able to replay the Mass Effect trilogy, Dragon Age: Origins and Bully, to name a few. Now obviously the amount of original Xbox games that will be added to the list is clearly not going to be the same as the 360, I can imagine it is more difficult and they’ll probably want to stick to some of the all time classics such as Crimson Skies. Not every game will make the cut but here are a few of my favourite games that I hope make it to this great feature.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Of course I also hope KOTOR II gets added to the list but if I had to to pick one it would be this unforgettable RPG set in my favourite universe. This was Bioware in their prime, crafting an incredible experience with turn-based combat and amazing characters. And for those who have played it: that twist. I would love to play this game again and be able to screenshot and record clips of my adventures and it would also mean new players would have more of a reason to boot up this classic.
This was a tough one. I love both the original Max Payne games but the first will always feel more nostalgic to me, sure it wasn’t as cinematic as the second instalment but it set the tone for one of my favourite video-game characters of all time. The use of slow motion and bullet physics put the vision of this game ahead of its time and hopefully soon Max Payne 3 will be added to the growing number of 360 titles available. Ideally all three games should be on the list but I’m limiting myself to one at a time.
Star Wars: Battlefront II
I can imagine this game will be on quite a few people’s lists. I don’t think I’ve ever met a fellow gamer who hasn’t played this game and who wouldn’t want to play it again. I was playing while the servers were still up and I was there when they were shut down. Of course I don’t expect them to start them back up again, I would be happy enough to play this game split-screen like the good ol’ days. I can still dream though. I still play it on the 360 from time to time, loading up the Tatooine map to play as General Grievous or Yoda to cause some chaos. Like the other games on this list though, the ability to capture my experiences in the game all on one box would bring a big smile to my face.
TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
Like choosing Max Payne over Max Payne 2, this was a hard choice. I’ve had countless hours of fun across all three TimeSplitters games but Future Perfect was a big part of my childhood. I have it for my PS2 and unfortunately they never added it to 360 backwards compatibility which was a massive shame but now is the chance for Xbox to make it up to me. My girlfriend and I would be more than happy to play through the campaign again, especially the haunted mansion mission which we will never forget. I would love for any of the three games to be made compatible (all of them if possible) but TimeSplitters has a special place in my heart. If you’ve never played any of the games I suggest you do son now, preferably with a friend and hopefully one day on the Xbox One family.
Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
I know the game doesn’t particularly shine on the console version but it was a very important step for making RPGs become so popular in the console market. Bethesda have released Skyrim to death, I think it is time to re-release this gem on one of the Xbox One’s greatest features. It is a game to get lost in and absorb the world as you adventure through it, I can image most people who own any game platform have played Skyrim and/or Oblivion so this would be a great opportunity to play the one of the godfathers of the open-world RPGs on the Xbox One. Or it would be great for those who have played it re-live the classic game that influenced many other games after its release.
I hope someone at Xbox manages to stumble across this article and perhaps reads the comments for other suggestions because the games I have put in this list are some of the games that made me the gamer I am today. They are classics and I would love to experience them again and share those experiences with the Xbox One features. To have all these great games on one box would ensure that I will keep my Xbox One forever.
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