It seems like the free-flowing backwards compatible arrivals making their way to Xbox One this month have been never ending. Of course, that’s a great thing for those of us with a healthy library of Xbox 360 games, looking for several hours of nostalgic enjoyment, but recent days have seen two more fresh faces make the desirable trip to Xbox One. But the question is are they worth the return?
Xbox 360 was a rather golden era for strategy games. After all with game series’ such as Tropico, Halo Wars and Command and Conquer all making successful appearances, you would be forgiven for thinking Xbox was trying to become the unexpected challenger to PC with its vast library.
But whilst all of those previously mentioned titles were worth spending time with, a rather dark horse came along that had everyone talking positively from the off, Civilization Revolution.
This game brought a rather unique experience to console. Players start off in the year 4000 BC, and take on the role of their chosen leader, taken from prominent figures in history, with the task of guiding their people through the ages to revolutionise civilization as it was known. There are several ways to do this including things such as territory control, economic progress, technological progress and more.
Whilst there are many games that require you to build and dominate the field of play, none do it quite like Civilization Revolution, and with nothing else presently available from the series on Xbox One, it is certainly worth the trek back for those who didn’t get to experience this great game to its fullest first time round.
It may not have been one of the most requested addition to the backwards compatible library on Xbox One, with less than 1000 votes on the official Xbox voting page, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad addition. Those that played the nifty little indie adventure from Shadow Planet Productions back in 2011 were full of praise for the title, and for good reason too.
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is a unique addition to the ‘Metroidvania’ genre with some great exploration opportunities thrown in to complement the beautiful art style. Of course, with many other games in the platforming genre to take note of, this was one that quickly became forgotten, but its arrival on the Xbox One could be just what this game needs to finally make the right name for itself.
So, that concludes our thoughts on the latest titles to join the backwards compatible lineup on Xbox One. What do you make of the latest additions? Will you be jumping into either title? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels.