A bunch of new (and old) games are coming to Xbox One. Three new games are landing on Xbox Games Pass, Microsoft’s ‘Netflix of video games’, while another batch of older titles is now backwards compatible on the Xbox One.
Let’s take a look at all these new additions, starting with the backwards compatibility games.
New Xbox One Backwards Compatible Titles
All three new titles announced for backwards compatibility are available as we speak.
- Aliens vs Predator
- Sonic Unleashed
- Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
I’m happy to see Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning on this list. I haven’t played that game in ages, but it was a really fun action-RPG and a great first (and last) effort for 38 Studios. The insane story of that developer—founded by Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling—is one fraught with controversy, legal battles and financial disaster. But the game itself was cool and I’d definitely play it again.
Xbox Games Pass December Games
For Xbox Games Pass subscribers, three new games—one brand new, two fairly new—are headed to Xbox One. The first is already out on the service.
November 29th: The Gardens Between
I have yet to play this one, but it looks like a great puzzler and it’s gotten a strong reception from fans and critics alike.
December 4th: Mutant Year Zero
This is one I should have a review out for soon. It’s a turn-based post-apocalyptic tactical game in the vein of XCOM: Enemy Unknown and it looks great. I can’t wait. The world needs lots and lots of XCOM-likes.
December 6th: The Strange Brigade
A fun co-op shooter all about adventuring in exotic lands and shooting hordes of monsters. Think of all those old movies like King Kong and the like. From the studio behind the excellent Sniper Elite franchise.
Xbox Games Pass continues to be one of the better gaming deals out there at the moment. For $10 a month you gain access to a fairly robust catalog of games that are usually fairly recent releases, and you get access to Microsoft’s exclusives (like Forza Horizon 4) at no extra charge. That’s not too shabby.
Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to add value to the Xbox One with its backwards compatibility list. While Sony may still have the best and most exclusives, Microsoft has put its biggest gaming rival to shame with backwards compatibility. It’s an impressive effort and one I hope we see from both companies in the future.