Darksiders, AC Revelations and more arrive via Xbox Backwards Compatibility – Are they worth the return?
Whilst we may have received new arrivals to the backwards compatible library just a few days ago, today adds even more titles to the batch of newcomers, two of which players with an active Xbox Live Gold membership will receive free next month via the Games With Gold scheme.
Are they worth returning to though?
Darksiders – Ignore
The hack and slash genre has slowly started to fade since the start of the current generation of gaming. But whilst action games begin to take centre stage and the indie uprising continues, there are still many people that long for that rarely catered for genre to return once more. Darksiders was one such title from last generation that received plenty of praise from critics and players alike upon release.
Gameplay saw players take on the role of War, one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, throughout the epic hack and slash adventure full of engaging combat, puzzles and exploration with plenty of content to ensure hours of enjoyment. But whilst this is certainly a title worthy of a playthrough, it is worth noting that there is already an enhanced version of this game readily available on Xbox One, the Darksiders: Warmastered Edition. And whilst this is certainly worth playing through if you’re yet to experience Darksiders, series veterans will want to head to the Xbox One version which can be found on the Xbox Games Store right now. That said, those happy with the Xbox 360 version will be equally as happy to find this free next month with Xbox Live’s Games With Gold program.
Darksiders 2 – Ignore
Darksiders 2 brings change from the original with a parallel story taking players through new puzzles, quests, dungeons and of course brutal enemies. But whilst this is in no way a bad game, once more there is a better version of this title also available on the Xbox Games Store, Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition. Sure, we could sit here all day and say that not everyone needs fancy upgraded visuals and what not, but with an updated version of any game, is there really any reason to head back to an older version anymore? We don’t think so and whilst those who have yet to get anything from the series will certainly appreciate the quality brought to the table with Darksiders 2, those who want to get the most from the game will want the updated version which can be found on the Xbox Games Store now.
The final addition to the latest batch of backwards compatible titles is another that you will find amongst next month’s Games With Gold freebies, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. Set in a fictional history of real world events, the game follows the story of the centuries old struggle between the Assassins, fighting for peace and free will, and the Templars, who want peace through control.
The story is set in the 21st centuary and features a man named Desmond Miles who, with the aid of the Animus machine, relives the memories of his ancestors to find a way to avert the apocalypse of 2012. AC: Revelations features two returning protagonists, Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad and Ezio Auditore da Firenze. The main story follows Ezio’s journey to unlock the secret of Altaïr’s vault in Masyaf, using disc-like artifacts containing Altaïr’s memories, which is of course all relived through the aid of Desmond Miles and the Animus machine.
Although there are many new games since Assassins Creed: Revelations, this is in no way a bad title, and anyone who appreciates a stealthy adventure should certainly head back to AC: Revelations now that it has arrived on the Xbox One. Anyone looking to get into the easily confusing story of the Assassins can do so next month when it arrives with Games With Gold.
So, there we have our thoughts on the latest batch of backwards compatible titles. Will you be heading back to relive any of these great games, or indeed the updated versions of Darksiders and Darksiders 2? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels.