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The Best of Xbox Back Compat 53

Posted by Zonk
from the mildly-retro-gaming dept.
Eurogamer takes a look at the best of Xbox backwards compatibility; the original Xbox games that run the best on the 360. From the article: "Enough ranting to embattled Zenmeister Peter Moore about the Xbox games that don't work on our 360s. What about the ones that do? It's not as though Microsoft's 'emulation ninjas' haven't already managed to get a whole bundle of them working, and with that in mind we've cheered up a bit since yesterday and started working through the 'compatible' list and had some fun sorting the wheat from the chaff."
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The Best of Xbox Back Compat

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  • Links (Score:5, Informative)

    by janet-on (982800) on Friday June 16, 2006 @01:46PM (#15550052)
    Here are some links you'll find useful:

    Backwards compatible title list:
    http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/backwardcompatibil itygameslist.htm [xbox.com]
    Launch titles:
    http://www.majornelson.com/2005/11/14/xbox-360-lau nch-day-titles/ [majornelson.com]
    Arcade titles:
    http://www.majornelson.com/2005/11/15/xbox-live-ma rketplace-launch-content/ [majornelson.com]

    The list of backwards compatible games will grow over time, so if you're not already signed up for Xbox Live (even Silver, which is free), you should do so. Enjoy your 360!
  • by MeanMF (631837) on Friday June 16, 2006 @01:46PM (#15550054) Homepage
    They're right on the money with GR2: Summit Strike. I still play it way more than GR: Advanced Warfighter. The maps are better, there's a lot more variety, and you don't have to deal with the kiddies who rig the game to get their rank up. And Forza is still my racing choice. All of the idiots who play bumper cars instead of racing seem to have moved over to PGR3, and there's some great competition on Live in Forza.
  • by szembek (948327)
    I had to stare at that title for a minute trying to figure out what the hell "compat" was. No room for ability?
  • by Kesch (943326) on Friday June 16, 2006 @01:52PM (#15550081)
    Barbie(TM) Horse Adventures(TM) Wild Horse Rescue(TM)

    Everything else is irrelevant.
    • Okay, posted as a joke or not...Barbie Horse Adventures has given Microsoft a lot of grief. Why was this made backward compatible before Splinter Cell? (any tons of other games..)

      This was just a throw-in...meaning that when they made something else backward compatible, this game came along for the ride. They didn't have to do any work to make it happen.

      • Barbie Horse Adventures has given Microsoft a lot of grief. Why was this made backward compatible before Splinter Cell?

        My guess is because it was a lot easier/cheaper/faster to make Barbie Horse Adventures backwards compatable.
        • My guess is because it was a lot easier/cheaper/faster to make Barbie Horse Adventures backwards compatable.

          Which is wrong. Or, well, not exactly right. Bigman answered his own (rhetorical?) question correctly already:

          This was just a throw-in...meaning that when they made something else backward compatible, this game came along for the ride. They didn't have to do any work to make it happen.

          In other words, Barbie Horse Adventure either used the same engine as some other game, or was so technically s

          • Why they bother to list it on the BC list is beyond me, though.

            Perhaps because they have a script that adds anything that has been confirmed as working? Doesn't the emulator use a list of compatible titles internally as well?
      • This was just a throw-in...meaning that when they made something else backward compatible, this game came along for the ride. They didn't have to do any work to make it happen.
        You're probably right but considering the amount of grief they've got over it you have to wonder if they would have been better off just leaving it off of the list
    • OMG PONIES!!!1
  • I understand that they have plenty of them ported for playing on the 360, but the fact is that there is that 'game' that i want to play and i can't play it the 360. This and a lack of a great launch library is what caused me to sell my 360 in return for a working XBox. There are plenty of great old games and not that many great new games, how are you going to play the majority then.
  • ...of the backward compatibility issues (i don't keep up on XBox news). Why is it so complicated, anyway? I mean, does anyone know of any PSX games that don't run on PS2, for example?
    • I don't keep up on it to much, but IIRC, MS is working BC into the XBox via a software emulator (hence the need to Xbox Live, gotta get the new patches) instead of just making the 360 hardware BC with the old Xbox hardware. With the playstation, the PS2 hardware was BC with the PSX.
      • I see. So instead of building existing hardware into the new console, they're giving the new console the "capability" to emulate its predecessor. Nice. As powerful as the 360 supposedly is, they probably still have to push it to its limit for that. Besides which, the fact that it's an emulation makes it pretty obvious why it doesn't work with every game. That should do well...way to go, MS.
        • In theory, yeah, but as you can see from some of the other posts here, it's being implemented very badly. Sony has set the bar pretty high in this field and MS seems like it isn't even trying to compete at times.
        • MS made a bad hardware choice last gen and as such cannot use hardware compatibility. The competition offers compatibility so MS saw itself fored to do something as well.

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