With the lowest amount of support on this list so far (sadly, the numbers only get lower from here), Catherine probably doesn’t have much overlap between people who played it versus people who are logged into Xbox Feedback. Catherine is one of those games in many backlogs that just needs one excuse for you to forgo current releases and dive into Vincent’s puzzle/platform-based adventures in infidelity. Let’s just hope Kinect doesn’t broadcast us sitting around in pink polka-dot boxers to the government.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Ninja Theory makes pretty games with fast combat. That’s hard to debate. Andy Serkis is really good at motion-capture acting. That’s very hard to debate. What happens when you combine the two in a futuristic adaptation of a Chinese classic set in a beautiful pre-Last of Us ruined, overgrown cityscape? A barely above-average game that not a lot of people played, if I’m being honest. But there’s a chance this game can look and run even better with the power of the One behind it, so it’s worth a shot.
Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
This game is worth revisiting even without backwards compatibility — the prequel to good ol’ Dick Riddick’s film franchise still holds up as one of the best FPS experiences you could ask for. With this re-release on the 360, Riddick provided shooting action and stealth mechanics that people just weren’t doing at the time. Somehow the multiplayer went untouched from launch, which is odd given the amount of available modes, including one that pits a player-controlled Riddick against cannon-fodder guards. If the servers are still up, it deserves another chance. The fact this could be one of the only games playable on all three Xbox systems is pretty neat, too.
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
Yes, I’m serious. Curtis Jackson’s second(!) foray into video game stardom went over much, much better than his first. I was enthralled by the in-your-face presentation and gameplay that rewarded you for literally anything you did, and I was captivated by the all-time awful voice acting of the man himself, as he gunned down terrorist cells for the sole purpose of getting paid for a gig. This game is custom made for today’s Twitch-enabled consoles. 50 Cent is the future.
Vote for this. Vote. For. This. The Microsoft-published Lost Odyssey is a criminally overlooked JRPG on a system with barely any entries in the genre. Imagine a JRPG that actively designs itself to limit grinding, has addictive skill-learning mechanics and party formation planning, doesn’t waste its time or yours with overwrought tropes, and doesn’t overstay its welcome with needless padding. Also the lead designers were Hironobu Sakaguchi and Nobuo Uematsu, who basically are Final Fantasy. If this game’s high emotional weight and tragic lore don’t make you cry within the first of its four discs, you might need to see a therapist. That, or people I know (a.k.a. me) are just big babies.
There are still plenty of deserving titles out there, and this list doesn’t even cover the Xbox 360 Arcade. We’ll have to check in with backwards compatibility in the coming months to see how much stock is actually placed in our votes. And if you want to help out your Playstation 4 brothers, you can always shout at Sony about PS2 games.
Article by contributor Nate Page.