8 Great OG Xbox Games That Aren't On The Backward Compatibility List
There were some good games created for the original Xbox that never made it to the backward compatibility list for the Xbox One, which does not leave any hope for some other fan favorites. This is especially upsetting considering that Microsoft has come out and stated they have no further plans to expand the list. Which was a major disappointment to fans.
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While some inclusions likely have a good reason behind them, others are confusing as to why they wouldn't be included. Popular games, ones in the middle of a series, and ones that have ports on other systems are just not there for access. Closing games off in such a way can be truly alienating to fans. Hopefully, they change their minds and expand this unfortunately short list.
8 Otogi: Myth Of Demons Is Not Backwards Compatible
Otogi: Myth of Demons is a single-player hack-and-slash full of monsters and epic battles. Initially released in Japan as just Otogi, it also had a sequel of Immortal Warriors that was released only one year after the original.
The game follows the executioner Raikoh Minamoto throughout the world full of challenging battles. It's also interesting as his character is loosely based on real-world Minamoto no Yorimitsu, a Japanese regent of the Fujiwara clan born in August 1021. So there's a lot of history strewn into the game too, but with added fantasy elements. Too bad neither game is making it to the backward compatibility list.
7 Gunvalkyrie Isn't Going To Be Included Either
A third-person shooter from 2003 was the niche cult classic Gunvalkyrie. It had a lot of the same vibes as the old Resident Evil games, making it a good little horror-filled disaster party that fans just adored.
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It really suffered as it was originally being developed for SEGA Dreamcast but was moved over to the original Xbox during production. However, it still worked fine on the system. It's just not going to be able to be remastered and revamped enough to make it to modern systems.
6 Dino Crisis 3 Was A Futuristic Installment That Didn't Make The Cut
Dino Crisis was a pretty big hit, though fans went back and forth on the third installment. It took place incredibly far in the future and had some differing mechanics that made it feel like a completely new game, so maybe it's best that it didn't make it to the list.
However, it is still a fun game that can stand on its own. It's certainly not the first piece of media to stick dinosaurs in space, and it certainly won't be the last. There are even bits and pieces of the game that really reminds some players of more modern games, including Overwatch and Monster Hunter World, but easier and less complex as far as the storyline goes.
5 Dead Or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball Was Awkwardly Fun But Not Enough To Go Forward
Sometimes just being an enjoyable game to play is all something needs. Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball tried desperately to cash into the sporty trend going on at the time of its release. It might not have been a masterpiece, but the game was engaging enough to cash in on a ton of playtime anyway.
It's one of those games that makes sense to a reluctant crowd as to why they wouldn't bother updating it enough to port to the backward compatibility list, but it still sits in the back of some old players' minds as something that was far too much fun for its own good.
4 TimeSplitters Might Be Getting A Remaster
The original TimeSplitters games are not going to be appearing on the backward compatibility list despite their extreme popularity. That might be alright though, as there are rumors out there that a new TimeSplitters is going to be coming out instead, or at least a shiny new remaster along the lines of how Final Fantasy updated VII.
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That would be exciting enough for old fans of the series, so hopefully, it turns out to be true. Even so, the older versions are going to be completely lost to time themselves without a port upwards.
3 Shin Megami Tensei: Nine Barely Made It To Xbox In General
Shin Megami Tensei: Nine barely made it to English Xbox in general, so it makes a little bit of sense as to why it's not being ported forward. It was the first of the Shin Megami Tensei games to make it, the first to utilize 3D graphics and the first to try and incorporate online elements.
Those elements were inevitably canceled, and the game itself received many mixed reviews. However, it remains an enjoyable game with a number of other games that have seen more success than Nine.
2 Crimson Sea Could Benefit From A Remaster
Crimson Sea was an amazing game in the same vein as Resident Evil and cleaned the field as far as its story goes. While it isn't being ported forward, some fans are hoping that the game will at least receive a remaster, as it is highly deserving.
It has an epic story complete with sensible controls and some really strange monsters to fight. The best part about it is that it is a hack-and-slash third-person shooter which also is full of RPG elements that makes it one amazing game.
1 Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War Is A Classic That Deserves Backwards Compatibility
It's not too much of a shock that the classic stealth horror game Wolfenstein and all of its incarnations, including Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War are not exactly cut out for modern systems. They are old games that really should not be stretched out to fit modern screens. They simply do better on the PC libraries of similar fans.
Still, some fans are a little sad knowing that these classics were unable to be enhanced and enjoyed by a new generation of Xbox gamers. The good news is the horror genre is still a vibrant one and has a lot of hope for similar gameplay on the new systems.
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