Five Games: Xbox One Backward Compatibilty
The Xbox One received a huge boon when it was announced last year that the console would support backward compatibility with Xbox 360 titles. While I wasn't expecting much in the way of support following the initial announcement, Microsoft has gone above and beyond with their support of 360 backward compatibility and has far outdone their previous support of the original Xbox when it was added to the 360.
Recently one of the games I most wanted to see added to backward compatibility was added in Lost Odyssey. However, this got me thinking what other games I'd like to see playable on the Xbox One, so here is five games that I'd like to see playable on the Xbox One in the future.
Tales of Vesperia
Developer: Namco Tales Studios | Release Date: August 29th, 2008
Tales of Vesperia is the only entry in this long running series to appear exclusively on an Xbox console (in the West at least). The series is among my favorite RPGs on the Xbox 360 and while it didn't do much new for the series, being the first HD entry in the Tales franchise means that it's still important. I know some fans ignored this entry due to the PlayStation 3 port never being released to the West, but the still deserves it's due and being playable on the Xbox One would be an excellent way to offer that.
Developer: Day 1 Studios | Release Date: October 7th, 2008
Fracture certainly didn't get the love it deserved on its initial release. The game has some excellent mechanics that allow you to modify the game's terrain and it makes for some very exciting gameplay. Sadly, I don't think this is one that will ever happen because of the business side of things. Day 1 Studios is now part of Wargaming.net and have been working exclusively on World of Tanks for some time now. Meanwhile, the former publisher Lucas Arts has been absorbed by Disney, and since they're out of the publishing game, they certainly aren't going to do anything with it. Fracture may never make its way onto backward compatibility, but the game can be picked up on the cheap, and if you still have an Xbox 360 or PS3 around, I highly recommend it.
Developer: Mistwalker | Released: August 28th, 2007
The first exclusive RPG to come to the Xbox 360, this title has yet to be released on any platform other than the 360. Blue Dragon has a very classic feel to it, which shouldn't come as a surprise since the game was directed and written by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the father of Final Fantasy.
Joining Sakaguchi with this title were Nobuo Sakaguchi, the composer for the first ten Final Fantasy titles and Akira Toriyama, the creator or Dragon Ball, to design the characters. This game marked the first time these three men collaborated on a project since Chrono Trigger on the Super Nintendo. If you can tolerate the somewhat archaic design choices, Blue Dragon is an enjoyable, if underrated, RPG on the Xbox 360.
The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match
Developer: SNK Playmore | Released: November 3rd, 2010
Fans of the King of Fighters games may argue that this game isn't necessary since the superior King of Fighters '98 is already available as a backward compatible title, but I disagree. King of Fighters 2002 features every team from the Orochi and NESTS arcs in addition to the previous boss characters and a number of exclusive characters.
King of Fighters 2002 feels a bit like the black sheep of the Ultimate Match games, but for me, it's right up there with '98. KoF 2002 is a fantastic game, and SNK would be doing a disservice to their fans by not making it available on the Xbox One.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Developer: Netherrealm Studios | Released: April 16th, 2013
Netherrealm's follow-up to Mortal Kombat 9 was the game that people wanted from Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Taking the game engine from MK9 brought us one of the strongest fighting game of 2013 and, arguably, a stronger title than even its predecessor. Sadly, when it came time to port Injustice for the Ultimate Edition, the Xbox One was unfortunately left out even through the PlayStation 4 received a port.
Adding the title to backward compatibility would offer Xbox One owners a chance to play this great game, and with the upcoming Injustice 2 slated to come out on the Xbox One, it's a perfect time to get some last minute sales on the previous title in anticipation of the sequel.
I could easily continue this list with even more titles that deserve to be added to the One's backward compatible. The Xbox 360 had a great library and currently only a small fraction of these games are available on the Xbox One. While I know, it wouldn't be possible to bring every game to the Xbox One, adding more games only strengthens the console's library and offers more variety for the owners of their newest system.