Ten Xbox 360 Games We Wish Were Backwards Compatible on Xbox Series X|S

Ten Xbox 360 Games We Wish Were Backwards Compatible on Xbox Series X|S

With the release of the Xbox Series X|S, it is nice to see Microsoft do their best at making games from the Original Xbox and Xbox 360 backwards compatible. Not only are the games that are already backwards compatible available digitally, the Xbox Series X will also be able to read those titles in its disc drive.

While there are some incredible titles available, the list isn’t complete and there have been some real gems missing that need to be made backwards compatible. The Xbox 360 is one of Microsoft’s biggest achievements as a video game system manufacturer and has one of the most diverse and epic game libraries. For these reasons, people still keep their Xbox 360 readily available to play games only accessible on the platform.

As time goes on and our favorite games from the past continue to grow older and we believe they need to be preserved for people to revisit. We have decided to compile a list of Xbox 360 games that deserve to be added to Xbox Series X|S’s backwards compatibility list. This was a hard task with all the great titles to pick from but wanted to keep it well rounded and based on each titles impact to the overall collection of games from the generation. See the full list below:


10. Fracture

Release Date: October 8th, 2008

In 2008, Fracture took new idea and implemented it into the third person shooter genre by focusing the game around a gun that allowed you to raise or lower the ground to get around and complete objectives. Developed by Lucas Arts, Fracture takes place in a futuristic setting and overall made for fun game play. While their are better shooters out there, there aren’t much as creative as Fracture.


9. Naughty Bear

Release Date: June 25th, 2010

While Naughty Bear didn’t get the best reviews, it creatively pushed the boundaries by taking cute teddy bears and putting them in an arena to kill other teddy bears. You play as a bear who didn’t get invited to a party becuase he is naughty. The game may be short, but it has a stealth action feel and is colorful. The point of the game is to be as naughty as you can to complete objectives. In a time where shooters and sports games were the big thing, Naughty Bear stood out by being different and is a gem in the Xbox 360 game collection. For this reason, we believe the game should be backwards compatible with the Xbox Series X|S.

8. James Bond 007: Quantum of Solace

Release Date: October 31st, 2008

After a drought of great 007 video games, 2008 saw the release of 007: Quantum of Solace, an action style shooter that dropped with the release of the movie. This was the first game featuring Daniel Craig which forced developers to give the video game series a new feel. Quantum of Solace benefited from being published by Activision by adapting the feels from a Call of Duty game due to its very well developed shooting mechanics. It didn’t have the same impact as Goldeneye or Nightfire, but stands out as the best game from the series on the Xbox 360. 007: Quantum of Solace is more than deserving to become backwards compatible.

7. NBA Street Homecourt

Release Date: March 6th, 2007

NBA Street Homecourt was one of the last original games from the series. In the Xbox/PS2 era, game developers would take more chances by making creative sports games like NBA Street, NFL Street and NHL Hitz just to name a few. Homecourt was very well received and while modern, had all the important elements from the NBA Street franchise. The game was fun to play alone or with friends and took advantage of the power of the new hardware. NBA Street Homecourt kicked off what is to be considered one of the best years in video game history and helps prove that point even more. This game NEEDS to make its way to the backwards compatibility list.

6. BlackSite: Area 51

Release Date: November 12th, 2007

BlackSite: Area 51 was a alien/military style shooter that was overlooked to due to all the incredible shooters that came out in 2007. It was hard to justify buying this game when it came out the same year as Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare but after getting through both games, I found BlackSite: Area 51 as a demo on the Xbox 360 Marketplace and was immediately hooked.

It had shooter mechanics that stood up to games that Bungie and Infinity Ward were putting out but just lacked a little bit of story depth. It is baffling when a game like Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway, a very clunky shooter that looked like it came out on the original Xbox is backwards compatible, but not this? It does a lot of things right and we would have loved to see this series continue. In the meantime, I am going to have to dust off my Xbox 360 to replay this.

5. Tony Hawk Franchise

Release Date: 2005-2007

With the lack of new skateboarding games, specially the Tony Hawk Franchise, we feel that some of the Tony Hawk games for the Xbox 360 should become backwards compatible After re-capturing the essence with Pro Skater 1+2 Remaster, fans were left for wanting more. There was originally a plan for a remaster of Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3+4 but has been cancelled.

Some of the better games from the franchise that came to the Xbox 360 include Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, Tony Hawk’s Project 8 and Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground. These would be great additions to the backwards compatible list and would round out the skateboarding category.

4. Full Auto

Release Date: February 10th, 2006

Full Auto was an Xbox 360 exclusive released in 2006 and was a car based shooter that had elements of Burnout: Revenge and Twisted Metal. The series was short lived on the Microsoft platform as it eventually moved over to the PlayStation console. In the game, you raced around as you destroyed cars and objects throughout the map. The goal is simple, come in first and destroy as much stuff as you can.

There is depth in gun selection for the cars and you never run out of ammo. There is also a time reversal capability that allows you to re-correct a mistake or crash that happens during the race. The fun factor is very high and due to its uniqueness, should be backwards compatible.

3. Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie

Release Date: November 22nd, 2005

When a video game based on a movie comes out, they tend to for the most part flop due to many reasons including rushing a game to have it come out when the movie comes out. For Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, it was a different story. The game not only let you play through significant parts of the movie, but featured incredible game play with stellar graphics at the time.

The Xbox 360 version also took advantage of the sound capabilities to make the game feel even more thrilling in dark and intimate settings. There are first-person shooter aspects with great mechanics for being one of the first games to come out of the Xbox 360. The replay value for Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie is high and is a great way to experience the story. We hope to see this avaialble to play on the newer consoles one day!

2. The Godfather Franchise

Release: April 7th, 2009

The Godfather video game franchise was one of the only real open world sandbox games to rival the Grand Theft Auto series during the PlayStation 2/Xbox era not only for being true to the films, but for being a well polished game. The original game received so much praise that it eventually made it’s way onto the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with up to date graphics. The Xbox 360 version also has new features and missions added to the game making for even more mobster style action.

It was one of the best games to be ported over from the generation prior to the Xbox 360 and we feel should be ported over once more to the Xbox Series X|S. While a proper remaster of these games would be ideal, we think these games still stand up and don’t need a reboot. The Godfather video game franchise is must play for fans of open-world games and is a must for the backwards compatibility list.

1. Need For Speed: Most Wanted

Release Date: November 15th, 2005

The Xbox 360 version of Need For Speed Most Wanted is not only considered one of the  best games of the franchise, it is also regarded as one of the best racing games of all time. For year’s Electronic Art’s tried to capture the success that Most Wanted obtained but could never live up to it. Even people who don’t like racing games will love this game.

It was originally released as a launch game for the brand new Xbox 360. It a lot of cases, launch games are hit or miss when a new video game system comes out, but this title stood out. There was a huge graphical difference between its original Xbox counterpart with all the same amazing game play. Today, the game sells on the pre-owned market from 70-100 dollars due to its high level of quality. Due to its impact to the racing genre and overall fun factor, we believe Need For Speed Most Wanted deserves to be made backwards compatible over any other game in the Xbox 360 collection.

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