Backwards compatibility may not be everyone’s favourite feature on Xbox One, but there’s no denying that Xbox made a lot of fans happy with the announcement of Backwards Compatible games back at E3 2015. Since that point hundreds of games have arrived with a fresh breath of life on Xbox One.
Now though many of those classic titles are on sale with the Xbox Backwards Compatibility Super Sale running between 16th-22nd May 2017. But which ones are worth their asking price?
Grab – Alice: Madness Returns – £3.74
We all love the story of Alice in Wonderland, the fantastical adventure of the girl who goes down the rabbit hole. Alice: Madness Returns is quite the different thing altogether, but the result is equally as brilliant.
Eleven years ago, a horrible fire took Alice’s family from her, leaving her mind horrifically scarred. After being confined to Rutledge Asylum she struggled to confront her demons and slipped further into Wonderland. Now after ten years, she has finally escaped, but with heavy psychological burden of what happened still fresh on the mind, she heads back to Wonderland in search of security, knowledge and the truth. Wonderland has changed in her absence, and now she needs to save herself and wonderland from the madness consuming them both.
Whilst it may not be known as EA’s biggest title, there’s no doubt Alice: Madness Returns is one of the Xbox 360’s greatest BC games and for just under four pounds you could experience it for yourself.
Grab – Call of Juarez Gunslinger – £2.49
The call of Juarez franchise is an odd one. They’ve had it all – from western shooting to cops and robbers, but it probably goes without saying the best entry was the arcade hit Gunslinger.
You take on the role of Silas Greaves as you play through the retelling of his tales of chasing down various different outlaws such as Billy the Kid. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger may not be the longest title in this list but that doesn’t mean it’s not a FPS title you should play.
With such a small price tag attached this is one you’d be kicking yourself for not grabbing.
Grab – RAGE – £3.95
Okay so we have a second FPS on the list, and RAGE is certainly a great one.
After an asteroid impacts Earth, humanity is attempting to rebuild, but with hundreds of years of technology and knowledge lost, things are much more murderous than before. With bandit clans and horrific mutants roaming the dead cities, you will need to be at the top of your game to survive – and that’s not to mention that there’s a tyrannical government on the hunt for you, refusing to stop at nothing to ensure they get what they want.
Another title just shy of four quid and RAGE is one that is sure to offer a fantastic action packed story. A truly standout experience from many other backwards compatible titles.
Grab – Trials HD – £1.68
Whether you’ve played it or not, by now we’ve all heard of Trials right?
The crazy Trials bike platformer sends you through a number of increasingly difficult courses with obstacles some of us wouldn’t be able to even climb ourselves – let alone balance a motorbike across. Nevertheless, it’s on its third major instalment now, provided you don’t count the mess that was Trials of the Blood Dragon, but that doesn’t mean the original isn’t as good as we once thought.
It comes with a wide selection of courses to complete, tournaments to master and skill games to own. There is certainly enough content to send you back to the Xbox 360 sensation and for just £1.68, it may just be the best bargain of them all.
Grab – BloodRayne: Betrayal – £2.22
In 2011, WayForward Technologies released a game that would make me follow their every future announcement. Since that point I have enjoyed the delights of the Shantae series on numerous occasions, but the game that started it off was BloodRayne: Betrayal.
You take on the role of femme fatale Rayne, a vampire hunter working for Brimstone Society on one last mission. Using her superhuman strength, speed and agility you will need to crash the lavish, yet sinister, ball being held in a secluded castle, before infiltrating the manor and taking out the fiendish horde to stop an evil master plot that threatens existence once and for all.
BloodRayne: Betrayal is easily one of the best platforming adventures available on Xbox 360, and despite the many titles available, it quite easily stands in and amongst the Xbox One platformers too. There is plenty on offer and an incredibly enjoyable experience to be had throughout. This is one title you should definitely be looking to get involved in.
Leave – Call of Duty: World at War – £9.99
No I haven’t gone completely bonkers and yes, I am currently telling you to avoid one of the best war games to ever come out of the Call of Duty franchise. But it’s not for good reason.
Whilst the Call of Duty franchise has always been one for offering top notch adrenaline pumping stories throughout its series, it’s the multiplayer offering that the vast majority of players come back for each year. Call of Duty: World at War had one of the best multiplayers of all time, but with the online lobbies now full of the modding community, any feeling of competition is now long gone.
That means taking on the story is the only real reason to dive back in, and with the game available on disc in many retailers for a fraction of the current price, you’d be mad to pay the asking price to return to this one.
So, there we have it, the best offers to look out for in the Xbox Backwards Compatibility Super Sale from 16th-22nd May 2017. Do you agree with our choices? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels.
The Xbox Backwards Compatibility sale is running alongside the standard Xbox Live Deals With Gold Sale. Don’t forget to head on over to CDkeys before racing to the store, so you can pick up some of that super cheap Xbox Live credit and help spread the costs a little further.