Last week, I had decided to make a list of 5 games on the PlayStation 2 that I would like to see remastered. Being someone who probably looks like a PlayStation fanboy from the outside view, as I spent most of my younger years gaming primarily on the PS2, it wasn’t the only system I had familiarity with. With Microsoft going back to make more original Xbox games backwards compatible on the Xbox One, I wanted to take the time to write a list this week of games that I feel should be backwards compatible. Again, like my previous list, not all of these games will be well-known or highly acclaimed. They are, however, games I would like to see available again and I feel at the very least are worth the inclusion.
#5.) Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes
Beginning my list with an RPG, I figured Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes would be the perfect way to start. Created by Atari, and released in 2003, this was a game I felt I was comfortable enough with to place at this spot on my list. It’s a game I can still remember spending a lot of time playing cooperatively with a friend and having a fun time. Set in the world of D&D, I figured this would be an easy one to bring up, especially for anyone who enjoys the Dungeons & Dragons MMO Neverwinter and was looking to find other D&D based games to play. The game itself being a traditional hack & slash, much like Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, or Untold Legends, with the option of being able to play as one of four characters, each with their own skill sets. While I can’t say the story was that memorable, the gameplay is at least enjoyable enough by itself, either solo or with a friends. Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes is by no means the best game on this list, but it is a part of a genre that seems to have faded away this generation. I would love to see more hack & slash RPG’s in general, but until we do there’s still the option of having games like this being available through backwards compatibility.
#4.) Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance
Next up is another hack & slash RPG, and one I compared the previous game to, Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance. This was a very excellent RPG that I feel definitely deserves to be available on the Xbox One. Though this wasn’t a release that was exclusive to the Xbox, being initially developed for the PlayStation 2 and later ported to both the Xbox and GameCube , it’s a game that was regarded highly enough to where I feel as though it should have already been added to the backwards compatibility list. Similar to Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes, you have the option of playing either alone or cooperatively, though there is only three characters to choose from, in Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, with your choices being either a fighter, an archer or a sorceress. Again, like D&D: Heroes each class has their own unique skill sets to create some diversity. This was yet another game I can recall spending hours playing cooperatively with my brother, still remembering something as simple as the first quest in the game where you’re tasked with dealing with a tavern’s rat problem. Not particularly original, for me, this has always been what comes to my mind whenever I think of Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance. This was a game that did well enough to warrant a sequel a few years later, though that wasn’t as memorable for me. With all of that being said, this is probably my personal favorite game on this list.
#3.) Otogi: Myth of Demons
Getting to the next game on my list, and one that surprisingly isn’t an RPG, the action game Otogi: Myth of Demons. Developed by FromSoftware, who have become known for the Souls games, and released in North America in 2003. I felt like with the recent resurgence of all these samurai-esque games, this would be the perfect opportunity to dig out other games with similar styles. Though the game itself is probably of the lesser known status these days, with the gameplay of Otogi resembling more of a Ninja Gaiden style, it had done well enough to spawn a sequel that released the following year in Otogi: Immortal Warriors. Though this wasn’t the last time FromSoftware tried this style of game, later releasing the mediocre Ninja Blade in 2009, Otogi: Myth of Demons is still something that I feel should be considered for backwards compatibility, especially with FromSoftwares popularity these days. In the end, I feel as though someone who might be particularly fond of FromSoftware might be more inclined to try something like this out.
Slowly but surely moving along towards the end , this time with the Action RPG, Sudeki. Released in 2004 and developed by the company Climax, I felt as though I had to mention Sudeki at this spot even with the feeling that some of the games I’ve listed are better. Even then, I do feel like Sudeki was a bit under rated. Even with the game’s relatively annoying cast of characters and a story that I’ve completely forgotten, it’s been 14 years since I played it. I can at the very least, remember enjoying both the combat as well as what I remember at the time to be interesting world exploration on top of a style very similar to JRPGs. It’s been a long time since I’ve played Sudeki, having not completed the game due to it annoyingly freezing , thus causing me to lose hours of progress. It’s a game I have collecting dust on a shelf, but it’s still one that I would be more than happy to pick up again if it were ever available to play on the Xbox One. There aren’t a whole lot of games like Sudeki these days in general, that is why I am placing this one so high up.
#1.) Arx Fatalis
Now finally getting to the end, the number one game I’d like to see available through backwards compatibility. The Arkane Studios first-person RPG, Arx Fatalis. This was a game that had released on the Xbox back in 2003. With game design similar to titles like as Thief, or Deus Ex, Arx Fatalis is a game I would thoroughly be pleased to see become another backwards compatible title. Arkane over the past few years has slowly been releasing some well-regarded games. With games like Dishonored and the Prey reboot, I feel it would be a fine opportunity to see more games from Arkane reintroduced. Arkane has done a solid job with creating games that have felt immersive and it would be nice to see the studios beginnings available to a what is now a wider audience with a lot more gamers these days, verse back in the early 2000s. All I know is that I would be happy to be able to play Arx Fatalis in some way.
Before ending things I wanted to at least give a small mention to one more Xbox game, this one being Thief: Deadly Shadows, this was yet another well received title that surprisingly isn’t backwards compatible and one that I would be more than happy enough to give another shot. Anyways, that about does it. There’s still has a solid list of titles on the original Xbox that I feel are still worthy of being included through backwards compatibility on the Xbox One. Microsoft has done a relatively good job of adding games at a nice pace and the inclusion of more games, I feel, is never a bad thing. I guess we’ll see if any of these games I’ve listed make it in the end.