[UPDATE] – The Last Backward Compatible Games for Xbox One Are Now Available

By Sam Quirke, 1 month ago
UPDATE – The latest Xbox Wire on the subject doesn't mention Too Human's limited availability, so it may stick around a while longer. We don't know for how long, or whether it will remain free — so it's still best to download it now while it's on our collective minds. You can also pick up the free Too Human Pre-Order Armor Sets.

Some territories have conflicting reports about what is or isn't available digitally on the Store at the time of writing, so check your local Microsoft page to see what you can grab. Also, this is the last batch of backward compatible games coming to Xbox One — so while Scarlett may pick up the torch at some point, those who do not make the upgrade won't be seeing any more 360 or Originals made available on the One - unless Microsoft decide to backpedal on that position.

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Another set of games have joined the ever expanding Backwar... oh, wait, we can't say that any more. Sad face. Well, a bunch of games have now become available via Backward Compatibility, and you already know what they are – it's the last 23 Backward Compatible games coming to to Xbox One. Here's the complete list, followed by a breakdown of what these games are all about. Make sure to grab Too Human as soon as possible — it's only being made available for a week, for free, and then it's gone forever. You can download Too Human here.

Armed and Dangerous

It'll be interesting to see if the daft British humour of Armed and Dangerous holds up to modern scrutiny, because honestly there aren't many other reasons I can think of to return to this sub-par shooter. It's as bland as they come with blocky graphics and a total lack of innovation. It might be worth playing for a few laughs, but it's a damned good reminder how far we've come in the meantime — just because your game is funny doesn't mean it also has to be rubbish.

Splinter Cell Series (Xbox Originals)

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

Yes, Splinter Cell finally made it to E3, just not in the way anyone truly wanted. Still, the Xbox Original era of Sam Fisher's secretive lifestyle was almost certainly his best, so it's nice to have the entire set of Splinter Cell games backward compatible on Xbox One. Your mileage may vary between the original game, Pandora Tomorrow, Chaos Theory and Double Agent, but the general consensus among fans and critics alike is that Chaos Theory is the best of the bunch – refining and defining the true Splinter Cell experience. It's worth pointing out that this Xbox Original version of Double Agent was a distinctly different game from its 360 counterpart of the same name, so if you want a truly unique slice of the series' history you should give this one a go.

Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb (Xbox Original)

Indiana Jones' 3D outing in the early 2000s lends some action to Lucasarts' traditional adventure series, adding a third-person view and direct combat. Unfortunately both elements are glitchy. Really this is a middle-of-the-road action adventure that would be lost in a sea of similar titles if it weren't for the use of the brand. Still, if you need more Indy in your life, you might as well give it a go.

Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy (Xbox Original)

Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy

Sphinx is one of those classic OG Xbox era action adventures that looks like it'll be absolute trash, but actually turns out pretty good. A lack of voice acting holds it back from being fantastic, but some clever puzzles and acceptable action — split between its two titular protagonists — make this a brief, forgettable but enjoyable ride through the early 00s. If we can't have Jak and Daxter on Xbox, then this might be our best bet.

Unreal Championship 2 (Xbox Original)

One of the better rated games of this final selection of Xbox Originals, Unreal Championship 2 builds on its predecessor by adding melee combat to the shooter action, which most critics agreed fundamentally changed the games internal strategy for the better. Unfortunately most also agreed that it's not much to write home about in single player, and because in those days Xbox Live subscribers were absolutely in the minority, most found their experience pretty underwhelming.

Too Human

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Too Human is among the last 360 games headed to Xbox One backward compatibility, which is appropriate because this is the last game we ever would have expected. You may know Too Human as shorthand for a critically panned commercial failure, but that's not entirely fair. Too Human is actually alright (we wouldn't go any further than that), but the game failed to meet expectations and, worse, got caught in the crossfire of some lawsuits that made it literally un-sellable; hence why we are shocked to see it on Backward Compatibility. It's also unfortunately the first part of a planned trilogy that will probably never happen, so don't expect a resolution — but we know all about that, don't we Half Life 3?

There's a catch — Microsoft are only putting it on the store for a week before it's gone forever. Luckily, those legal issues mean that Microsoft are not allowed to sell us Too Human — so they're giving it away for free. Try this unusual cyber-mythical action game before it's gone forever.

Infinite Undiscovery

Back when it was a huge novelty to get a Square Enix JRPG on a Microsoft console, Infinite Undiscovery picked up a little bit of a following. Unfortunately time has not been particularly kind to it, and look beyond the marvel of Japanese design on an American console and you see a pretty textbook JRPG experience — right down to the soppy boy hero destined to overcome evil. If you desperately need a JRPG fix, by all means go for it. If you're still new to the genre, happily there are plenty of other options on Xbox these days, including a fair chunk of the Final Fantasy back catalogue.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

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Ah, the game our own Mark Delaney desperately wanted backward compatible makes it to the service just under the wire. For those curious about Microsoft's broad sweep of developers acquired in the last year or two, this is actually an early Ninja Theory game — long before they shot into the critical spotlight with Hellblade. Here is a colourful post-apocalyptic retelling of classic Chinese text Journey to the West, with Andy Serkis playing a monkey-like man rather than an actual monkey King. Sitting in between Heavenly Sword and Ninja Theory's eventual success with Hellblade, the player can really see the roots of the studio's renowned attention to character, and capturing the physicality of human action and emotion in digital form in a way that resonated with audiences. It might not be as earth-shatteringly brutal and heart-wrenching as Hellblade, but this fantasy adventure is well worth a look for anyone who enjoys a good story with their action adventure.

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat

There's unfortunately not a heck of a lot to say about this early Battlefield franchise entry, apart from the fact that most of its praise and acclaim came via the expansive multiplayer suite that the series has become so well known for. Unfortunately this particular Battlefield is no longer available in the Xbox Store — you'd have to own this game physically — and besides which, the online multiplayer servers are dead. It's a long way to go for just a middling shooter campaign mode, but it's there if we want it.

Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Star Ocean: The Last Hope is just one entry in a long-running JRPG series, and it shows. Fans of the franchise will find plenty to love here and find it easy enough to dive into the unusual design choices and extended cutscenes. If you're new to the series you may find it a bit more challenging to get into — it's not particularly straightforward, and those cutscenes are really quite long. Still, there's not many space-faring RPG experiences around at the moment — so if you need your space opera fix, this isn't a bad place to start. It's worth pointing out that you can get a proper remaster on PS4 and PC though.

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Well, you kept asking for Skate and Splinter Cell to show up at E3, so... here we are. Yes, the original incarnation of the only skating series to properly give Tony Hawk a run for its money ollies on to Xbox One. Rather than trying to ape the mechanics of Hawk's juggernaut franchise, with its cartoonish sense of fantastical anarchy, Skate decided to be the serious, technical skating game for the gentleman scholar of the sport. It's much harder to master than the Hawk games, but so much more rewarding when you get it right thanks to a deep control system and realistic physics. Unfortunately online services are unlikely to work at this point, but you can still witness the brilliance that finally put Tony Hawk's Pro Skater in the shade — even as you lament the non-arrival of Skate 4.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Among the most forgettable of the modern Prince of Persias, following the controversial spin-off entry simply titled "Prince of Persia", The Forgotten Sands is still absolutely worth ago if you just need some last-gen popcorn action-adventure in your life. This actually skips the aforementioned cel-shaded spin-off and returns to the Sands of Time universe from the PS2 era. It's a little too linear for PoP elitists, but it's slick and well-paced, and it's the last we've seen of the Prince to date — so you might as well give it a go.

Syndicate

Yet another 360 game with a cult following yet never broke the mainstream. It's simply a solid shooter, with an intriguing angle on a dystopian future in which meddlesome minds can be meddled with in return thanks to global adoption of neural chips. The shooting and progression is a little too hum-drum to stand out alone, but the co-op was reportedly well worth checking out. If you like your run-of-the-mill dystopian sci-fi shooters, there's nothing too terrible about Syndicate.

Enchanted Arms (Physical Only)

Enchanted Arms

From Software — yes, the people behind Dark Souls — had a line in fairly generic JRPGs before they shot to fame with their challenging masterpieces. It was a pretty game for its time, with solid turn-based combat and memorable characters. There are certainly better JRPGs available on both 360 and Xbox One, but if you're desperate to sink another 50 hours into something that sort of looks like Final Fantasy, you could do a heck of a lot worse.

Asura's Wrath

You're probably getting sick of me saying things like "cult classic" at this point, but this 2012 action fantasy epic is mainly remembered for being absolutely bonkers. The combat is relatively satisfying, but unfortunately there's just not enough of it. In fact, there's not enough of anything; the game is only six hours long, and a shocking proportion of that is cutscenes. Still, if you like Kojima levels of cinematically produced madness but want it in the trappings of gods and demons, Asura's Wrath is one of those games you just have to play and then tell your friends all about.

Far Cry Classic and Far Cry Instincts Predator

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Does the original Far Cry stand up to scrutiny? Not really, it turns out — especially when this port isn't exactly the best. While it can be interesting for franchise historians to see the roots of the series that still somewhat keeps people's attention to this day, ultimately you are looking at a fairly generic first-person shooter with some of the horribly frustrating aspects of the genre you would expect circa 2004. You're much better off trying out Instincts Predator, itself an upgraded version of an OG Xbox game. At least that one you can play in HD, plus it's generally a more solid experience — though a lot of the contemporary praise was centred around its multiplayer. It might be tricky to get a game off the ground these days.

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

If like me you've struggled to get into fighting games, maybe you can take the side door into the lore thanks to this classic puzzle-centric twist on Street Fighter. It's highly acclaimed for its addictive nature and tough-but-fair difficulty, and the 360 version updated the original with better artistic rendering and some online multiplayer functionality. It's well worth a shot, but don't expect an easy completion just because it's not a fighting game — quick and precise reflexes are still paramount to success. Oh — if you're struggling to find this, it's just called "Puzzle Fighter HD" on the Microsoft Store.

Unreal Tournament 3

Unreal Tournament 3

One of the better rated games in this last batch generally, Unreal Tournament 3 was well received by most audiences for being a solid multiplayer shooter and, for its time, having top tier graphics and physics. As you might expect, the single player leaves a lot to be desired. Luckily the servers are still up — hopefully this inclusion in the backward compatibility program will give it a new audience.

Peter Jackson's King Kong

"Looks great, but it's kind of boring" could apply to both Peter Jackson's movie and the video game that followed (and, frankly, 90% of the Hobbit trilogy). Unfortunately time can only make those good audiovisuals diminish even further, leaving very little reason to return to this mostly tedious adventure. You do get to play as a giant ape though. We can't deny that.

As always, you can find the (now completely complete) list of backward compatible games here.
Sam Quirke
Written by Sam Quirke
Sam has been a Newshound since 2016 and is now the Editor for both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. He loves gaming on all devices and in all genres. He remains a stubborn Assassin's Creed and Pokémon fan.