Three more previously released games are now available through the Xbox One backward compatibility program, and you’d be hard pressed to find any consistent theme in this oddball group.
According to Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb’s recent tweet, Prince of Persia, Earth Defense Force 2025, and Sine Mora have been added to Xbox One’s growing library of classics.
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) August 7, 2018
First up, head back to 2008 with Prince of Persia. In this action-adventure platformer, players take control of a mysterious character that can use acrobatics and swordplay to rid Persia of an evil energy. With the help of his companion Elika, the acrobat can also wield magic to take on the more powerful enemies in the game. There’s plenty of puzzle-solving traps to work around, too, so players will have a solid challenge at their hands.
For fans of third-person shooters, Earth Defense Force 2025 will let them step into a futuristic world filled with mechs, aliens, and even giant lizard creatures. Pick from four different soldier classes, each with specialized weaponry and abilities, to run and gun through the battlefield. Players can also call in other soldiers to aid in the fight, and several of the areas feature destructible environments that can be used to surprise the enemy.
Sine Mora is also a shooter fan’s delight—but in a different style. This 2.5D “bullet hell” side-scroller tasks the player with controlling an airplane through a war-torn Empire. Speed is the key in Sine Mora, as it uses a time meter instead of a traditional health bar. Each time a player takes a hit, the timer counts down faster, bringing them closer to failure. The game includes four different modes to enjoy—story, arcade, score attack, and boss training—with four difficulty levels.
Players with physical copies of any of the games can pop them into their Xbox One consoles and begin playing. For those that need the games, they are now available to buy on the Xbox Store. For a full list of the other backward compatible titles available, check out Major Nelson’s site.
Source: Major Nelson on Twitter