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The first of April’s OG Xbox games have arrived on Xbox One via Backwards Compatibility – but which should you head back to first?


Xbox One may have had a tough start to life back in November 2013, but since that point there have been many changes to improve the overall core experience. One of the most well received changes has to be the introduction of the Backwards Compatibility Program. With hundreds of Xbox 360 games now available to play on Xbox One, players are finally able to get stuck in to some of their favourite games once more, and with more games arriving on a regular basis, it’s certainly something that deserves praise. For those interested in OG Xbox games however, the list of available titles has been somewhat limited. This month’s planned releases look to change that with as many as 19 new arrivals set to take pride of place on the Xbox One.

This week sees the first of those new arrivals, but which of the OG Xbox additions should you be heading back to first?

Starting with the first batch of arrivals and it’s fair to say that this week’s additions have some quality titles that fans will be itching to get involved in once more. With The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind, SSX 3, Conquer: Live & Reloaded and Jade Empire making up just some of the titles available, Microsoft have certainly been listening to fan requests. But how important are these titles to gamers?

Well that depends on your specific tastes. If you’re a sports fan, then SSX 3 would be the perfect game for you as it provides some of the finest arcade snowboarding action we’ve ever seen on console. An RPG fan on the other hand who’s looking for a lengthy adventure in a magical land would be well away with what is often regarded as the best Elder Scrolls adventure to date in The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind. With hundreds of hours of content and a vast open-world experience on offer, anyone who chooses to dive back in will certainly find plenty to keep them busy, and all of it offers a fantastic and enjoyable adventure.

As for weird and wacky, well, can you really get any better than an adventure with Conker? We don’t think so and with Conker: Live & Reloaded now available to play on Xbox One there’s very little reason you wouldn’t want to head back. Not only is it rare to see games created with such a unique and darkened humour as that seen in Live & Reloaded, it also joins the very limited selection of 3D action platformers that can be enjoyed on Xbox One. If you’ve already polished off games like Yooka-Laylee and Super Lucky’s Tale and fancy something a little more outrageous, then there is no adventure better than that of Conker’s.

Besides those mentioned above, the other OG titles arriving this week include:

  • Breakdown
  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • Jade Empire
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta
  • Hunter: The Reckoning

There are many out there who pushed these titles to the top of their wish lists and with Microsoft bringing all of them over to Xbox One, there is no reason not to check them out – I know for sure I will.

Whilst that’s it for this week’s additions, there are still even more games set to arrive later this month that offer some equally incredible experiences.

The next batch arriving on April 26th brings a different type of experience to players too, with several Star Wars titles arriving on Xbox One alongside MX Unleashed for the motocross fans out there, Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction should sort those wanting a destructive environment outside of Just Cause, and Destroy All Humans will happily bring some alien madness without the spine-tingling chills of the Sevastopol Station within Alien Isolation.

With Star Wars Battlefront and Star Wars Battlefront 2 set to receive a fresh lease of life, those not quite as affectionate towards EA’s attempts will have the chance once more to delve into some of the finest shooters to ever grace the console experience, and enjoy the original Battlefront experience once more. With large battles in space, the fan favourite Galactic Conquest and some of the most addictive combat we’ve ever seen, there will be many out there who will want to jump in to Star Wars Battlefront 1 and 2 when they arrive on April 26th

There is also of course MX Unleashed and despite seeing countless MX titles arriving in recent years, it’s hard to find an entry that provides the same thrill and excitement of the titles that were available on the OG Xbox. MX Unleashed is just one of those many brilliant racers and if high-flying stunts, jumps and Sunday shunts are the key ingredients you look for in a racer, then chances are you’ll find a game that will easily eat away into the late hours with MX Unleashed.

Should you need a bit of destruction though, and Rico Rodriguez may be the first name that springs to mind when you think of an open-world playground full of the stuff, but for fans of Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction, Mattias Nilsson, Jennifer Mui and Christopher Jacobs are names that would put the government expenses of Rico to shame. With flames, explosions and destruction at the centre of every piece of action, these mercenaries were the first true heroes to truly create the term destructive playground. If you enjoyed firing RPGs into the world’s most wanted enemies then this is a title you’d be wise to jump into on April 26th.

And then we go back to the weird, wacky and wonderful with none other than Cryptosporidium 137. Aliens have long been a central character for gaming with Space Invaders providing them an early introduction. If you like the idea of taking on the Alien Invasion from the minds of the dreaded invaders themselves however, then chances are you’ll have a blast in Crypto’s shoes.

With a fully upgradable saucer to rain terror from above and psychokinesis and mind reading abilities to control the locals from the ground, Destroy All Humans is one experience that really shouldn’t be missed, but if that’s not enough then maybe the death ray capable of turning your enemies to ash and the probing device that harvests brains from behinds, will be enough to tempt you in once more.

Besides those mentioned above, April 26th will also see the following titles arriving on Xbox One:

  • Full Spectrum Warrior
  • Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando

If any of these games bring out the nostalgia in you then it’s fair to say April is set to be an incredible month. If you’ve yet to dive into any of these however then their arrival on Xbox One is definitely something you shouldn’t be ignoring and with all 19 games bringing many of the most beloved and classic experiences to Xbox One, this is by far some of the best games to arrive via the Xbox Backwards Compatibility program.

Will you be diving into any of this month’s OG Xbox adventures? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels.

Carlos Santuana (Sly Boogie1993)
Carlos Santuana (Sly Boogie1993)
After 20 years of playing every game I can get my hands on, I can now be found selling my soul for anything Resident Evil, Gears of War, or Gamerscore related... all of which will be mastered after a good cuppa!
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