Microsoft and various publishers have been working together quite nicely in providing Xbox One owners with a fast growing selection of awesome backwards compatible titles. With that said, five more games have been added to the stash, including a couple of classics from the 16-bit era.
Gamespot picked up the news from Major Nelson, Microsoft's resident PR rep, who made a tweet indicating that a handful of titles are now available from the Xbox 360's library for purchase, or play, on the Xbox One.
So what are the five games that are now backwards compatible on the Xbox One? Check out the list below.
• Altered Beast
• The Cave
• Comix Zone
• Double Dragon: Neon
• Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
All classics except for Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime. Not many games can literally put me to sleep, but I can't count the amount of times I just completely dozed off while playing Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime. I had high hopes for that game, assuming that it would be fun following up on the well-received and decent selling Ghostbusters game from Atari a few years prior. But nope... it was not fun. It was very boring and repetitive with practically no gameplay depth.
But don't let Sanctum of Slime get you down. There are still some noteworthy games on that list. Double Dragon: Neon is a great blast to the past. Some reviews were mixed on this title when it first came out, but if you're looking for a true successor to Double Dragon IV: The Return (which was one of the very best and could still be considered the best beat-'em-up game of all time), Double Dragon: Neon isn't a bad follow-up. Unfortunately, Double Dragon V was based on the cartoon that came out around the same time and was a one-on-one fighting game, completely diminishing the beat-'em-up elements that made the series popular in the first place.
Double Dragon: Neon isn't without its faults, it can be a little cumbersome to control at times, but the fighting is fairly solid for the most part, the retro-wave music is perfect, and the inclusion of the skill system makes it replay worthy.
Comix Zone is another classic... a great game whose only fault was being too short. It was a superbly animated title with some awesome side-scrolling beat-'em-up action that really stood out on the Sega Genesis back in the day. I loved the art-style and gameplay, and this was one of those games that really helped define the 16-bit era. Over time this legendary classic has been ported to newer consoles, including the Xbox 360. It's nice to see it make the list of backwards compatible titles for the Xbox One.
Double Fine's The Cave is another well-regarded puzzle-adventure game that features a bit of a throwback to Tim Schafer's original work on Maniac Mansion. The ability to choose from a cast of characters, each with their own abilities opens up a lot of different possibilities for completing the game and replaying it with a different combination of characters. That was one of the features from Maniac Mansion that made it stand out so much back in the day, so it was cool to see Double Fine return to that for The Cave.
Last but not least is the classic Sega title, Altered Beast. This was all the rage back during the the late 1980s and early 1990s and it was one of the games that was used during the 16-bit console wars. Eventually it made a return to form on the seventh gen systems, and now the Xbox 360 port is playable as a backwards compatible title on the Xbox One.
You can either purchase the aforementioned games digitally through the backwards compatible store on the Xbox One, or if you already have them linked to your Xbox Live profile, you can simply go to the game tab and install them on your Xbox One.