With the excitement of E3 last month, as well as all the new games that have made their way to the Xbox Store, you’d be forgiven for not noticing that the backwards compatibility scheme had gone exceptionally quiet in recent weeks. Of course, E3 brought us news that OG Xbox games would be arriving on the program later this year and made playable on Xbox One, but as for new additions things had started to look a little empty.
This week however has seen as many as six new arrivals to add to those already playable on Xbox One… but are they worth jumping into once more?
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – Ignore
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood may not be a numbered entry, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a standout showing in the series. Brotherhood acts as the third major entry for Assassins Creed, and comes as a direct sequel to 2009’s Assassins Creed 2, bringing players the second part of the Ezio Trilogy.
Whilst Assassins Creed Brotherhood is certainly no poor showing in the franchise, revisiting this particular entry via backwards compatibility isn’t the way to do this epic showing justice. If you’re someone who is in need of a revisit to one of Ezio’s famous adventures, the best way is via the remastered adventure that is now available as part of Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection.
Although this will mean parting with a little extra cash, there is certainly a massive graphical improvement on show as well as smoother controls, and whilst we are happy to see Assassins Creed Brotherhood return via backwards compatibility, it’s a little too late when there is already a better option available.
Call of Duty: Ghosts – Ignore
Call of Duty: Ghosts was another of the infamous yearly releases that received harsh criticism on its release back in November 2013. But one thing that makes us condemn yet another big arrival to the ignore list is the fact that this particular COD title was the first to arrive on the current generation of consoles.
Therefore, anyone who truly wants to head back to this entry in the series would probably be better off sticking to the native Xbox One version.
Of course, if you’re one of the many who didn’t jump straight to the Xbox One on release and fancy heading back to the last boots-on-the-ground outing then you may want to get stuck in whilst the player base gets a surge of new and returning players. With so many Call of Duty games available since the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts, you’ll likely to find just as much enjoyment with a later entry though.
Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 – Ignore
Back in the day of arcade gaming, we could often be found chucking coins into machines in the hope that we would find the perfect run that took us to the end of the game.
These days with the evolution of games, and the rise of the home console experience, arcade games have become something we can get stuck into with unlimited chances. Unfortunately, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 isn’t a game that comes with enough content to warrant hours of retrying – which was one of the reasons this title was quickly forgotten upon release.
Although it’s nice to have another top down shooter available to play on Xbox One, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 is only really one that hardcore fans should be looking to head back to, with poor and repetitive gameplay about all you can hope to find.
Radiant Silvergun – Play
Radiant Silvergun may be one of the lesser known backwards compatible titles to arrive this week for Xbox gamers, but there’s no denying just how great this game was when it arrived on Xbox 360.
Originally a Sega Saturn title, Radiant Silvergun’s port to Xbox 360 ensured players were brought some of the finest vertically scrolling shooting action to grace a console. With a unique and innovative weapons system bringing various button combos into play, and power-ups nowhere to be seen, Radiant Silvergun is all about the skill of the player.
Of course there are many scrolling shooters available for players of the genre on the Xbox Store today, but if you’re someone who has this nifty little arcade shooter sitting around in your install list, there is certainly much worse you could do than boot it up for an afternoon of hardcore shooting. Considering an original copy can fetch prices well into the hundreds on eBay, this could well be one of the most underrated indie gems to make their way to the Xbox family, making it something worth considering if you’re yet to get in on the experience.
Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII – Ignore
Sluggish controls, poor visuals, and repetitive gameplay. There wasn’t much to get excited about when Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII arrived on consoles back in 2006.
Since that point, WWII shooters haven’t been highly popular, and even if you’re willing to put up with a mediocre experience to get your WWII flight practice thrill, then Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII may still not be the one for you.
If it’s a true to life World War military experience you’re, then you’re probably going to feel quite disappointed if you decide to take a trip back with the latest backwards compatible addition. It’s probably best waiting for this year’s Call of Duty if you want to fix that WWII itch.
Mech fighting may sound rather cool to those players who have already experienced the delights of Titanfall and Titanfall 2, but way back in 2009 when Cyber Troopers Virtual-On arrived on Xbox 360, many of us we’re left with a sour taste in our mouth.
Arriving as a visually upgraded version of the 1998 Sega Model 3 title, Cyber Troopers Virtual-On did nothing more than show us just how far gaming has progressed. With little in the way of original ideas, and dull and uninspiring gameplay on show throughout, Cyber Troopers quickly became another of the Arcade markets forgotten titles.
Anyone looking for a classic old school game to rekindle old memories should probably look towards something with a little more zing to its gameplay.
So, there we have it, the six newest arrivals to join the Xbox One backwards compatibility program, and our thoughts on which ones you should be looking to get involved in once more, or looking to avoid. Do you agree with our choices? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels.