You might have heard that the Xbox One has finally got backwards compatibility. Some of us, including myself, have been testing the backwards compatibility update for a few months already, and it’s pretty damn awesome. Sadly, though, not every game is backwards compatible. But Microsoft have come to our rescue and have given us the opportunity to vote for the games that we’d most like to see emulated for the Xbox One. So, in the spirit of lists, here’s the top 5 as voted by you, the gamers.
5 – Halo: Reach
If you’ve caught one or two of my articles over the past month or so, you’ll have probably worked out that I’m not much of a Halo fan. I don’t really care for the series, but that’s not to say that I haven’t played any of the games. I actually quite enjoyed Reach, though I’m not overly bothered about playing it again. Still, it was a good game and I’d imagine that, for a Halo fan, its inclusion on this list is damned good news.
4 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
The first of two CoD games on this list. I am surprised that it’s Modern Warfare 2 in the top 5, over the original Modern Warfare, but I can see the merits for it to be on this list. There were some awesome maps, like Nuke Town, and the story was pretty gripping – perhaps one of my favorites for some time. I also think that the multiplayer was pretty much at its peak with MW2, though they’ll never be able to rival the experience of playing World at War’s multiplayer, for me at least.
3 – Skyrim
Surprised? Of course not. Skyrim was one of the best games, if not the best game, of the last generation of consoles. It would have been a travesty for it to be lower than the top 5. To be honest, I’m slightly surprised that it was pipped to the post by the next game… though not overly surprised.
2 – Red Dead Redemption
Ah, Red Dead. Is there any need for me to say anything about this incredible game? It was by far one of my favorite titles on the 360, and what made it so much more special was how much of a surprise it was. The Western genre has been run ragged by the film industry in the 20th century, so to have Rockstar come and revitalise the genre, in video-game format, was quite a shock. But they did, and in the process made one of the greatest games of all time.
1 – Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Surprise surprise, the most requested game for backwards compatibility is a Call of Duty title. I guess it goes to show how much of a superpower the game series still is, considering there’s only one Halo game in the top 5 and they’re also the only other first-person shooters to feature. Even in the top 10, the only other shooter (other than Halo) is Gears of War 3, and that top 10 would be the CoD show were it not for Fallout 3. I’m also a little surprised that the more recent titles, like BO2 and MW2, made it so highly up the list – I would have thought that people would be going for the more nostalgic World at War and CoD4. Still, Black Ops II was a brilliant game, and one that I very much enjoyed playing.