Xbox’s Larry Hyrb just announced three more titles added to Xbox One’s backward compatibility program, including a couple of forgotten gems.
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) January 10, 2019
First up is a game that might scratch a particular historical itch that maybe Battlefield V hasn’t quite yet reached. Battlestations Pacific is a real-time World War II tactics and action game that lets players take control of American aircraft and sea vessels during the Allies’ final approach towards Okinawa. It’s the sequel to Battlestations Midway and provides a ton of real historical context to the in-game battles. If you’re more into alternate history narratives, Battlestations Pacific also provides a Japanese campaign that imagines what would happen if that side won the Battle of Midway and continued its approach to invading Hawaii.
Next up is Fuel, an open-world racing game that at one point boasted the largest playable area in a console game. While it’s actual racing mechanics weren’t considered the best at the time, it did take place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland with a day-night cycle where global warming caused extreme weather effects, which is basically the setting for every other open-world game coming out in 2019. Looking at you, Rage 2, BioMutant, and Far Cry New Dawn (not to mention Just Cause 4).
Finally, we’ve got the game that kicked off a worldwide phenomenon: Rayman Raving Rabbids. Starting in development as a Nintendo Wii, Rayman Raving Rabbids introduced everyone’s “favorite” crazy rabbit characters in this minigame-focused spin-off. The characters would go on to get their own merchandise and TV appearances, and even got to co-star with the Mushroom Kingdom’s most famous faces in Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and we all have Rayman Raving Rabbids to thank for that.