ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

I never owned an myself, but I remember becoming fondly acquainted with its blocky charms round at my buddy's house or when they decided to lug the thing over to mine. Oh how we swore at , marveled at how surprisingly deep 'Star Wars: ' was and yelped when some demonic bastard jumped out at us in 3. Those were some good days.

But despite how cynical I was about Microsoft's foray into a console market already dominated by Sony and Nintendo, the Xbox absolutely flourished. And if this data amassed by Xbox Wire is anything to go by, it did so with aplomb.

  • Number of players: 222,468,423
  • Number of total gaming hours: 100,539,390,670
  • Number of total multiplayer hours: 29,000,304,183
  • Number of Achievements unlocked: 32,667,582,157
  • Gamerscore racked up: 572,605,554,587
  • Highest Gamerscore: 1,416,465
  • Number of Xbox Live friendships made: 4,233,891,482

Xbox has some fantastic games, titles I'm still nostalgically fond of today. But sadly due to the ache of attempting to emulate its OS, we may never see the old girl's games appear on Xbox One backwards compatibility lists. But if that day was to rise, here are 7 I would absolutely love to see.

Original Xbox Games That Totally Deserve Backwards Compatibility

Shenmue II

WIth the third instalment of Yu Suzuki's thrilling series currently in development after its crowdfunding phase, it would make a lot of sense to revisit the games that became a phenomenon. Easily one of the best games on Xbox, and one of the best ever created, I'd love to revisit 80s Hong Kong for a spell.

Panzer Dragoon Orta

An on-rails shooter which feels like an game, but you're on the back of a dragon that has the ability to fire lasers? The games have been blowing minds since their emergence on Sega Saturn, and it would be fitting to see it take to flight for another round on Xbox One. I mean, dragons with lasers! Come on! And it was so simple to play too, which made it a little less daunting for less experienced gamers to dive in.

Jet Set Radio Future

Okay, so this list is heavy with Sega titles. But man did they offer the Xbox some amazing support! And the sequel to the seminal Dreamcast game is another one to be chalked up onto this list. Playing and looking better than its predecessor, really deserves its own chance to shine. But Jet Set Radio is available on Xbox One... so not all is lost.

Steel Battalion

You're more than likely in complete disagreement with this one, but is a severely guilty pleasure of mine. Yes it may be impossible to play without its hulking controller that requires a particular set of steps to start up your mecha. It was terribly demanding too, with a permadeath system that sought to punish you at every turn. Literally! If you turned too fast in your mech, it would fall over, leaving you open for attack! And believe me that would happen. Too often.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay

Easily one of the best looking games on Xbox, and honestly, one of the best FPS games ever, was a welcome surprise for my friends and I back in 2004. Also, the game's production values were high and resoundingly cinematic in aesthetic, with not much of an HUD to speak of. So... can we have it on Xbox One please? Pretty please?

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Oh, boy, imagine. Imagine id was to come to Xbox One. I would literally never leave my house. Stunning graphics, a mind-blowing combat system, an engrossing story and some of the best dialogue I've enjoyed in a game, never have I been happier aimlessly strafing around corridors in my life. Well, apart from in obviously.

Jade Empire

Well this classic RPG is available on iOS as I type, but who wants to play a classic RPG on iOS, amirite?! Jade Empire was BioWare at its most fierce. Kickass kung-fu action with a stereotypically BioWare flair for narrative, building deep and believable characters, and crafting a ton of annoyingly tense moral choices. Hmm, maybe what I really want is a sequel...

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