Spec Ops: The Line, The Darkness II Join Xbox One’s Backwards Compatible List
Spec Ops The Line

Three new games have joined the backwards compatibility list for the Xbox One. While it was too long to fit into the headline, The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom has joined other Xbox 360 classics such as Spec Ops: The Line and The Darkness II on the backwards compatibility list for the Xbox One.

Gamespot spotted the three new entries into the ever-growing catalog of games that are being made backwards compatible from the OG Xbox and Xbox 360 era. The additions of Spec Ops: The Line and The Darkness II are actually fairly significant because it means that both games are now eligible for appearing in the Games With Gold line-up, which will surely help bolster the appeal of the Xbox One’s library.

A lot of people loved Spec Ops: The Line, but I thought the game undercut itself with the limited gameplay. It was a typical whack-a-mole shooter with shootouts that were nowhere near as intense as they should have been. The major problem was that there was way too many linear corridor shooting segments and nothing really gripping about the shooting, so the core mechanics of the game were just kind of mediocre.

Despite the samey gameplay, the gaming community loved the fact that the story wasn’t straightforward and the morality of the main character’s mission was completely blurred.

I didn’t care for Spec Ops: The Line. The voice work was good, but the gameplay just wasn’t compelling enough for my tastes. Even still, if you missed out on the game you can play it on the Xbox One via the backwards compatibility.

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is another interesting game to join the ranks, which features some really mind-bending platforming puzzles themed around time-space manipulation. It’s not an easy game to play, and I didn’t find it to be all that fun, but the aesthetic and visual charm definitely stood out.

And finally, there’s The Darkness II… a game that came out during a time when it was still safe for heroes to save the girl and you didn’t have to hit all the diversity checkpoints to get the game published.

You can check out all three titles right now on the Xbox One via the backwards compatibility, or you can wait a few months for them to show up for free as part of the Games With Gold offerings.


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