Long before the thoughts of mince pies and turkey, Microsoft announced something that all Xbox One players were waiting for, backwards compatibility. As the year draws to an end, and we look to the future, I give to you my wishlist of the 360 games I would love to see on the Xbox One.
There are a host of arcade classics on the 360, often overshadowed by their all-singing, all-dancing, big-budget siblings, still waiting to have their day on your Xbox, and here are the five I have picked out…
First off is a title all Portal fans should keep an eye out for… Quantum Conundrum released on June 15 2012 to little fanfare, and slipped under the radar almost immediately. However, those who did pick it up were not disappointed with its promise of devious puzzles, and were delighted in the twist which made Quantum Conundrum such a dream to play.
Playing as a young boy, visiting his crazy uncle, you enter his home to find him missing… It is up to you, and your uncles’ crazy invention, the Interdimensional Shift Device, to find him. The Interdimensional Shift Device is not your usual tool for rescuing stray uncles, but in fact allows you to change the physical properties of items throughout the home, and enables you to shift between dimensions, to solve those intricate puzzles.
Next up is one for comic book, and side-scrolling fanatics, everywhere…
Based on the incredibly popular series of comics, Scott Pilgrim vs the World pits you and up to four friends against the seven ex’s of Scotts’ friend, and object of desire, Ramona Flowers.
Fans of classic side-scrolling beat ’em ups, like Streets of Rage and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will feel right at home with the slick gameplay and colourful art style, which emulates perfectly the unique style of the comics themselves.
Released on August 11, 2010, Scott Pilgrim vs the World retains much of its original charm and would fit perfectly into the library of any comic and side-scrolling beat ’em up fan.
Next on my list is an adaptation of another incredibly popular first-person shooter; released on April 30, 2013, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon took the brilliant Far Cry 3 and gave it an 80s makeover.
The year is 2007, and the planet has been ravaged by nuclear war, it is up to the enigmatic Mark IV Cyber Commando, Sergeant Rex Power Colt, to save the world against a powerful bioweapon, and find out what the hell is going on.
With a rocking soundtrack, vibrant luminescent visuals, and excellent gameplay, Far Cry: Blood Dragon is worlds apart from its quiet and stealthy sibling, Far Cry 3, and is just an absolute joy to play. Fans of Duke Nukem, or Doom will get an absolute kick out of this one.
During a time of incredible growth in the indie scene, a relatively unknown title emerged…
On January 28, 2013, The Cave made its appearance onto the marketplace and into my heart. A devilishly tricky puzzle game, which has you choose three plucky adventurers, to discover the hidden secrets of The Cave.
However, before you embark upon your adventure you must choose wisely, as each of the seven characters have unique abilities and skills to ensure you can complete the increasingly more difficult challenges to guarantee your release from the depths of The Cave. Each adventurer also has their own secrets to uncover, from discovering and deactivating a nuclear bomb, to finding the treasure of a medieval castle.
I had hours of fun going through the multiple puzzle combinations and possible conclusions to my adventure, and if you love puzzle games, then this is definitely one to look out for.
Last, but by all means not least, the charming and positively quirky Fez is a title I would love to see on my Xbox One.
Developed through much controversy, Fez appeared on our screens on April 13, 2012 and proved to be an instant success. Mixing its unique 2D visuals, with 3D puzzles, it had millions scratching their heads in a bid to solve the puzzle.
Fez was unique in many ways, utilising every aspect of the Xbox 360 to aid you in your journey through its beautiful world. It had players searching the internet for clues to deciphering the intricate glyphs, and following the buzz of their controllers to unearth the mysteries of the past and discover the truth about reality and perception.
So there you have it, these are the five titles I would absolutely love to see on the Xbox One backwards compatibility list. But, what would you love to see grace your Xbox One?