The time is near. We are almost upon the days of Xbox One Backward Compatibility!
At E3 Microsoft announced the ability to play select Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One with slight graphical updates. You can play multiplayer no matter which console you are on, and best of all you still have all of the features of the One like screenshot and DVR.
I don’t know about you guys… But damn. I gotta re-buy all of my games.
So here is another list of 5 things, because you know, everything is better in 5’s. Is that why I’m obsessed with lists?
THE FIFTH GAME I WILL PLAY AND/OR PURCHASE (yes, I am going backwards)
RED DEAD REDEMPTION
Red Dead Redemption was probably one of the games that pushed me to be the way I am. Neurotic, obsessive, and down right invasive into games and their stories. The online drew me in, with hopes to pillage the old west with some buddies and cause some good ol’ hoopla.
Side note: Don’t ever let me say hoopla again, unless I’m getting frozen yogurt.
Anyways, this game is the story of John Marston, an outlaw from the old west whose past came back to bite him. His family taken hostage by the government, he is forced to track down his old buddies and turn them in.
But for real it’s been over half a decade so it’s your fault at this point.
John Marston even after getting his family back is fated to die. The men he worked for already have a preset decision to kill him, and they do so in the most emotionally gripping scene in arguably any Rockstar game. With John dead you pick up as Jack, his son, who is free to roam the west as his father did before him. But there is a catch.
You can find a man at the train station, and a short cutscene tells you where someone is that can lead you to the man who masterminded your father’s death. Until you actually seek him out and kill him, you won’t see the credits roll or the end title until you kill Edgar Ross. The point is, your father fought tooth and nail to get you to safety, to a place where you wouldn’t have to commit the crimes and monstrous deeds he did, but in the end you do exactly that for revenge. Not every story has a perfect ending, and that’s exactly why I think this is storytelling at it’s very best.
THE FOURTH GAME I WILL PURCHASE AND/OR PLAY
GRAND THEFT AUTO IV
As anyone who has read any of my other articles knows, I am obsessed with Niko Bellic. I know everything about him down to the valley he comes from in BOSNIA NOT SERBIA. And I can do a mean impression too, but that’s for another day.
Grand Theft Auto IV is the recreation of New York City that feels most like New York City. I lived there for a while and no other game can capture the gritty, nonchalance the city embodies.
Niko’s story is one I have always loved, and I will use his story to see things in a different way for the rest of my life. Again, to understand this you would have to read my article on it. Yeah, shameless self promotion.
THE THIRD GAME I WILL PLAY AND/OR PURCHASE OR STEAL
Not because it is fantastic or amazing (it totally is) but because no matter how much time I put into it, I CAN NEVER FINISH A GOD DAMN THING.
THE SECOND GAME I WILL PURCHASE AND PLAY AND LOVE AND CHERISH
FALLOUT 3: GOTY EDITION
I have an odd relationship with Fallout. I’ve collected every available plunger and mug, created a character that destroyed my Xbox 360, and made every character hideously ugly.
I cannot tell you in words my love for this game. It is perfect. The jovial entropy of raiders walking over piles of bottlecap mines I laid in preparation, can only be surpassed by how far a Super Mutant Behemoth flies walking over a pile of 175 of them bad boys.
While the game faces serious aspects such as drug abuse, child abuse, and even racial segregation (jet and psycho, just look at some of the lore, and ghoulies vs. smooth skins), it captures the feeling of exploring and finding your own way. While there are sites everywhere with lists of exact placements of mines and traps, I play without them. I like the way the game allows you your own canvas to paint with survival stories.
And to the deathclaw I had as a pet for 3 minutes, I miss you Scoops. I’m sorry your head blowed up. :’-(
THE FIRST GAME I WILL PLAY AND/OR PURCHASE AND WANT TO MARRY
THE MASS EFFECT TRILOGY
Everyone has played this game, and if you haven’t someone you know has. Every single person can meet up and discuss the decisions they made as well as the outcomes they saw. I remember finding out my friend did the same things as me but in his story Tali survived while Tali died in mine. I was betrayed! But either way this speaks for the game, as there are MASSive amounts of choices and EFFECTs they have on the story. See what I did there?
Shepherd’s story is incredible and supremely emotional. Leaving Earth in the third installment shook me to the core as I watched a child climb onto transport for safety only to have it inevitably destroyed by a Reaper.
This story is about loss, and how you cope with it and use it to prevent more. Mass Effect is a series that I can play through and start back over at the beginning as if it were brand spanking new. The gameplay is different enough with each title that you feel like you’re playing something new, making it possible to do a “Jordan” and play titles one through three over and over one right after another.
But the worst part?
Waiting until they drop the backward compatibility this holiday.