I reckon it’s safe to say that no Xbox 360 title arriving on Xbox One via Backwards Compatibility now will be quite as anticipated as that of last week’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still hundreds of cracking titles that we’d like to see make their way onto the scheme. The latest batch of arrivals brings five new games across to Xbox One, none of which have really been at the top of the wish list for many players. But are there a few gems in there you should be returning to?
RoboBlitz – Play
Can you score that coveted one billion points? I certainly never did, but should you have a few hours spare then I suggest heading back to give it a go.
RoboBlitz brings tons of weapons, baddies and juicy magic physics over to the Xbox One with some fantastic gameplay that made for an enjoyable experience when it arrived on Xbox 360. Whilst it may not be a household name, anyone looking for some more indie puzzling action could do a lot worse than revisiting this once great robot mash’ em’ up.
Contra – Ignore
Co-op multiplayer, arcade platforming, challenging achievements and a world full of alien minions to dispatch. It seems a bit crazy that I am recommending you ignore heading back to this one. But before you go ranting in the comments, consider how many challenging platformers we’ve seen arrive on console – just in 2017 alone in fact – and see if you think you’ll be able to justify a return then.
Whilst Contra certainly isn’t a bad game, it doesn’t quite compare to the platformers of today, with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero having recently brought delight to the platforming genre, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams bringing one of the best platformers ever released for free to Xbox Gold members next month, and Cuphead due later this year. The thought of going back to Contra becomes a lot less appealing when you throw those three titles into the mix and is something you should only look to return to should you not already have one of the many great Xbox One platformers available to you.
Gin Rummy – Ignore
Not every game needs to be a big budget blockbuster to be enjoyed by the masses. After all, I only have to pop to the grandparents to hear the latest lecture on how games used to be played. That doesn’t mean we don’t like to see our Xbox put through its paces every now and again, but with Gin Rummy being a game that can be played just as easy away from the console, then that’s where it belongs.
The abundance of titles already clogging up that backlog of yours may just mean that Gin Rummy is something you can save for a really rainy day instead.
Golf: Tee It Up! – Play
I’ve always been quite good at the selection of golf games that have appeared on consoles over the years – that is the ones attempting to go all out to be as ultra-realistic as possible. Arcade titles on the other hand have always caused a bit of trouble.
That doesn’t mean they are bad games however, and anyone who has experienced the bitesize indie that is Golf: Tee It Up!, will certainly agree that arcade golf can be a lot of fun. With tons of customisation options for your characters and unique gameplay moments that can make even the worst of hits sparkle into something of beauty, this is one title that is sure to be enjoyed when the friends or family come over.
Initial release may have been met with criticism, due mostly to the short nature of the game, but Golf: Tee It Up! is perfect for anyone wanting a couple of games to go down with that afternoon wine.
3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures – Play
It’s safe to say we are fans of golf titles here at TheXboxHub. Those with a keen eye will have noticed our 5 of the best golf games article from a few weeks back, but whilst we like to crack that ever so impressive hole-in-one every now and again, it’s easy to see why most golf games can feel similar.
3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures changes that with 36 wacky courses for you to master, each including various crazy obstacles and hazards to putt your way through, which can often make for tense gameplay moments and is certainly worth a blast now it’s finally arrived on Xbox One.
So, there we have it. Our thoughts on the latest batch of Xbox One backwards compatible arrivals. Will you be heading back to relive any of the fresh faces this week? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels.