Monday, June 19, 2006

Xbox 360 BC with Popular Live Titles

Let's take a look at Major Nelson's top 10 Live games for the original Xbox:

Original Xbox Top Live Games
  1. Halo 2

  2. Battlefield 2: MC

  3. Counter-Strike

  4. Splinter Cell Chaos

  5. Rainbow Six 3 BA

  6. Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2

  7. Pro Evolution Soccer 5

  8. Madden NFL 2006

  9. Forza Motorsport

  10. Ghost Recon 2: SS

Non-backwards-compatible titles in this list:
  • Battlefield 2: MC

  • Counterstrike

  • Madden NFL 2006

I was actually expecting less of these to be BC. 7 for 10 is better than I originally thought (4-5 for 10). However, one has to wonder how many of these BC titles are being played on 360's? My impression must come from the ruckus over Psychonauts (which I still have to purchase by the way). I noticed that Beyond Good and Evil wasn't on there either. That's another great game I bet a lot of people missed out on.

Maybe Microsoft isn't doing so bad with BC. This info implies that the games that people are playing online seem to be mostly supported. But this info is tainted because Halo 2, the behemoth other-game-killer, dwarfs them all:

As noted last week, if you combine the lists, then Halo 2 would be number 1..followed by all Xbox 360 games.

That's a lot of Halo 2. I'll admit that I am one of the many that play Halo 2 often on my 360. That's mainly because I completed Burnout (all golds!). Oblivion is on the list...but I still haven't been inclined to play that game for a while.

Below are the Xbox games I have that are not 360 BC, in order of preference:
  • Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

  • The Suffering: The Ties that Bind

  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones

  • Tenchu: Return from Darkness

  • Panzer Dragoon Orta

  • Counterstrike

Of the games I have, I'd really like to play through "The Suffering" with a 360 controller. Counterstrike would be nice, but it isn't essential.

8/14 or %57 of my games are backwards compatible. However, I'm only interested in 2 of the above 6 games to get backwards compatible. I still have 2 Xboxes, so not being able to play these games via 360 isn't crucial.

Since I've not seen anyone else mention crucial BC titles for the Playstations, I'll list the PSOne games that backwards compatibility was nice for in the PS2:

  • Final Fantasy VII

  • Final Fantasy VIII

  • Intelligent Cube

  • Einhander

  • Alien Trilogy

The BC isn't perfect for FFVIII, and I can't get Intelligent Cube and Einhander to work all the time on my PS2. So I play them on my PSOne, which plays them flawlessly. I'm not sure why Sony's BC is so praised. It's not %100 either. There's a few PS2 games that don't work on the silver slim PS2, you know.

Here's a list of non-BC PS1 games for the PS2.


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