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Assassin’s Creed, Dark Void now backwards compatible on the Xbox One

Three more games are available through backwards compatibility on the Xbox One, but they are probably not three that many were asking for.

Assassin’s Creed tops the list as the highest profile game of the bunch, and it has a raw, innocent charm that makes it playable today. Ubisoft possessed a wonderful vision for the franchise before it found out that it could turn a bigger profit by morphing it into a “kitchen sink” series and taking the focus away from assassinations. This decision might have led to better games like Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Black Flag, but nothing in the original seems cold or calculated about its design.

Fire it up today if you don’t know what I mean.

The other two made ripples, but are ultimately forgettable titles. Capcom’s Dark Void was famous before release thanks to its jetpack, but the only memorable mention this game gets anymore was that it spawned a solid faux-retro NES game, Dark Void Zero on the DSi.

And then there is Grid 2, which was a solid racing game for its time but probably has been overshadowed by the all the advances in graphical technology since then. Does anyone really feel nostalgia for racing games, though? I mean, there’s the Mario Kart game that got you into the series, and I’ll always love Burnout 3 Takedown, but how would racing game nostalgia work?

Not the best games in the world, but at least Microsoft is sticking to its promises. Maybe we’ll still get Guardian Heroes sooner than later.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...