The Top 5 Backwards Compatible Games On Xbox One

Since its announcement at E3, 2015, backwards compatibility on Xbox One continues to be a feature fans are excited about. It is great to be able to relive some of our favorite gaming experiences from the previous generation. It was also a technical accomplishment on Microsoft’s part, as it was originally believed to not be possible. Do to completely different architectures between Xbox 360 and Xbox One, software engineers on the Xbox team had to pull of some programming wizardry to make it work. This monumental undertaking was done purely as a service to fans, since backwards compatibility was the number one requested feature among Xbox owners.

The list of backwards compatible games now includes more than 300 Xbox 360 titles, ranging from Xbox Arcade titles to blockbuster AAA franchises, like Halo and Mass Effect. Recently some heavy hitters have been added including Grand Theft Auto 4, Call of Duty: Black OPPS and Hitman: Absolution. With so many options it’s difficult to pick the top five backwards compatible games on Xbox One. Here are my five favorite B/C games (in no particular order).

Halo: Reach


Released in September, 2010 Reach follows exploits of Noble Team shortly before Halo: Combat Evolved. The critically acclaimed Halo: Reach offered excellent visuals, a compelling plot, and the excellent game play you would expect from a Halo title. In the Halo series, Reach stands as one of my favorites.

Lost Odyssey


A JRPG from legendary Final Fantasy Creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, Lost Odyssey offers a traditional turn-based combat as you navigate through an interesting world filled with magic and technology. If you are a fan of JRPGs, or great games in general, you owe it to yourself to play Lost Odyssey.

Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemtion

From the creators of Grand Theft Auto, this game needs no introduction. Amassing a huge following, RDR is an enthralling adventure in the Old West. With Red Dead Redemption 2 set for release in the fall of 2017, now is a great time to experience the original again, or for the first time.

Mass Effect Trilogy

Mass Effect

Perhaps the definitive Sci-Fi RPG franchise, Mass Effect is an enjoyable and rich experience. All three entries in the original trilogy are now backwards compatible on Xbox One. If you are an EA Access subscriber you can play each title for free in the vault.  Fans of RPGs or Sci-Fi should definitely give this series a try.

Alan Wake


Remedy Entertainment delivered one of the most unique and enjoyable games for Xbox 360 last generation, in my opinion. Combining a third person action game with a horror/psychological thriller, this game tells a riveting story while delivering satisfying game play. Alan Wake was well received by reviewers and is worth picking up.

Backwards Compatibility is a feature I enjoy on Xbox One. The list of titles is continually growing with new entries every week. Currently, these five games stand out to me as the best. What are your Top five B/C games? Lets us know in the comments.

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  1. My Top 5 Backwards titles are:

    5.Rainbow Six Vegas 2
    4.Mass Effect 1
    3.Battlefield 3
    2.Halo Reach
    1.Mass Effect 3

  2. My current top 5:

    5. Red Dead Redemption
    4. Halo: Reach
    3. GTAIV
    2. The Orange Box
    1. Portal 2

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