Best Backwards Compatible Games On Xbox Series X | S:
- 1-5 Must-Play Xbox Original Games
- 5-10 Must-Play Xbox Original Games
- 1-5 Must-Play Xbox 360 Games
- 5-10 Must-Play Xbox 360 Games
- 1-5 Must-Play Xbox One Games
- 5-10 Must-Play Xbox One Games
Must-Play Backwards Compatible Games | Xbox 360
GTA IV [Open World Shooter | NOT On The Game Pass]
If you played GTA IV on Xbox 360, you owe it to yourself to try it on Xbox Series X. The enhanced version looks sharper and runs at a solid 60 FPS. It’s a night-and-day experience compared to the original game, that usually ran in the 20-25 FPS range. The game is one of greats of the 360 generation. As a fresh immigrant to America, you do jobs for crime organizations in a fictional New York — the game is massive, immersive, and totally worth your time.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance [Hardcore Action | NOT On The Game Pass]
One of the best action games ever made, you don’t need to be a Metal Gear aficionado to appreciate the razor-sharp action on display here. As an enhanced cyborg, you’ll go on a globe-trotting adventure, taking on evil PMCs and battling their wildly elaborate robotic minions. The signature ability of the game allows you to slice through literally anything, turning enemies into lovingly-rendered mince meat.
Bioshock [Horror FPS | NOT On The Game Pass]
Bioshock is a gonzo shooter / horror FPS that you might’ve heard about. It was a critical hit in the 360 era for its satire of objectivist politics mixed with smart game design. Trapped in an underwater city filled with monstrous gene-hacked mutants called Splicers, you’ll need to scrounge for items and gain special powers to survive. This is a stream-lined System Shock spiritual successor that’s still tense and exciting today.
Condemned: Criminal Origins [Horror FPS | NOT On The Game Pass]
Condemned is a lesser-known horror FPS, but a true classic of the spooky shooter genre. Instead of loading down your hero with tons of guns, you’ll have to brawl through derelict malls and terrifying abandoned schools. Serial killers rule each level, transforming their victims into skittering husks or painted mannequins. It’s a wonderful little midnight thrill, and the Xbox Series X makes it even better with sharper graphics for an even more immersive experience.
Virtua Fighter 5 [Fighting | NOT On The Game Pass]
One of the crown jewels of hardcore fighting games, Virtua Fighter 5 is a fan-favorite with no convenient current-gen method to play. You need to buy Yakuza 6 if you want Virtua Fighter 5 on a modern console. That isn’t the case anymore thanks to the Xbox Series X — now any 360 copy of the game will get you started. Bring friends, and enjoy the improved loading times.
Continue to the next page for recommendations from the Xbox One era.