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Xbox Backward Compatibility Sale: 10 Hidden Classics To Buy Right Now

Microsoft is running a massive sale on classic Xbox and Xbox 360 games right now, with over 100 of them discounted and playable on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.

Consumers are spoiled for choice, with some major releases like Grand Theft Auto 4 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution for as little as $2.24 in the US and £1.79 in the UK.

Rather than focusing on the obvious picks, we’ve gone through the full list and narrowed down the 10 premium titles that risk being overlooked. If you want to check the full list yourself, you can do so through the US Xbox website or the Xbox UK website.

asura’s fury

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This Capcom action brawler has a reputation for being more movie than video game, with a particular focus on QTEs that would make even the original God of War games blush.

Although it garnered an average response from some critics and players, Asura’s Wrath resonated with enough people to form a dedicated fan base. As the fallen god Asura, aka the most angry man in all of video games, you embark on a single-warrior mission to save your daughter from your ancient allies.

If you can live with style over substance, you’ll probably fall in love with Asura’s Wrath’s flashy presentation, larger-than-life characters, and over-the-top action settings. Its biggest flaw, unfortunately, is that its true ending and final boss are locked behind paid DLC.

Price: $3.99 / £2.99

Binary domain

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Ryu Ga Gotoku is best known for Yakuza and Judgment games. But, in its early days, it released the third-person shooter Binary Domain. Although it didn’t sell particularly well, it received mostly positive reviews and arguably has something of a cult classic status.

From Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi (who has since left RGG and Sega), Binary Domain puts you in command of the leader of a strike team sent to stop an uprising of machines.

It featured, at the time of its release, an innovative AI and a consequence system where your teammates behave differently in the story and gameplay depending on the player’s performance and how they are dealt with by the player.

Binary Domain holds a sweet place in the hearts of many fans, including producer Daisuke Sato who has said in the past that he would either like to make a sequel (via Gematsu) or remaster (via VGC).

Price: $8.99 / £5.99

Bully scholarship edition


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Compared to Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption, Bully feels like it’s been completely overlooked by Rockstar Games. There have been requests for a sequel for years and, if the rumors are true, it could finally be happening.

That makes Bully’s inclusion in this Xbox sale the perfect opportunity for newcomers to see what all the fuss is about. Instead of a modern-day mobster or grizzled cowboy, this action-adventure game puts you in the shoes of teenage Jimmy Hopkins who’s been sent off to boarding school.

Despite what the game’s title may suggest, Jimmy’s mission is to gain popularity at school so he can stop bullying. To do this, you spend the school year completing missions inside and outside of school to take control of the various cliques.

Since this is the Scholarship Edition, you will be able to enjoy all the extra content not present in the original version, including two-player mini-games.

Price: $5.99 / £4.79

Burnout Revenge

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If you found yourself really enjoying 2018’s Burnout Paradise remaster, it might be worth going back to its predecessor, also developed by Criterion Games, as it costs less than a fiver.

Released in 2005, Burnout Revenge isn’t your typical racing game as all of its different game types take place in rush hour traffic. It also places more emphasis on vehicular combat, encouraging players to crash into each other if it means coming out on top.

This not only makes for great online multiplayer sessions, but it offers a pretty meaty single-player mode with over 150 events to complete. The version offered is also the Xbox 360 version, so it comes with improved visuals and better online features.

Price: $4.99 / £4.99

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

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Prior to Crystal Dynamics’ abrupt reboot of the Tomb Raider series, the same studio released an arcade-style co-op shooter titled Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light in 2010.

While you can play solo as Lara, you can also hire a friend to join you in the adventure as ancient Mayan warrior Totec. Together, you use their unique abilities and weapons to battle enemies and solve puzzles.

It received mostly positive reviews at launch and its lack of gravity and character focus in the story department may be perfect for those who might never get on board with the more realistic approach taken by newer games.

If you fancy a more traditional Tomb Raider adventure, Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, and Tomb Raider: Underworld are also discounted.

Price: $2.99 / £2.39

Origins of Rayman

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After Rabbids debuted as Rayman’s new enemies, Ubisoft quickly realized they were much more popular than the limbless mascot and they pretty much took over, eventually supplanting Rayman as the thing. closest to a corporate mascot.

Rayman Origins was an attempt to bring the character back to relevance and although it once again fell behind Ubisoft’s cabinet and couldn’t get out, this 2D platformer is one of the best around.

It was praised upon release for its creative and thought-provoking platforming, as well as its delightful art style and presentation. It also offers up to four player co-op if you want to make things even more hectic.

Its sequel, Rayman Legends, is arguably even better, but unfortunately it’s not included in the sale.

Price: $4.94 / £3.95

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

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If you’re tired of Mario Kart, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is a more than valid alternative. It’s not just a simple Mario Kart clone with Sega characters, as it has a pretty nifty gimmick where your kart can transform into a boat or a plane throughout a race.

Even the circuits themselves will change from turn to turn, keeping things fresh and exciting, and the whole game drowns in Sega nostalgia. Characters and locations hail from Jet Set Radio, Skies of Arcadia and Panzer Dragoon, and there are even a few non-Sega guest stars: Wreck-It Ralph and true pro racer Danica Patrick.

The single-player mode is full of different racing challenges to attempt, which can unlock different mods that alter a vehicle’s stats. And, of course, there’s online multiplayer. Did you like Team Sonic Racing? Then you will love its predecessor.

Price: $4.99 / £3.74

Special operations: the line

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Ever wanted to play a shooter that makes you feel like a bad person? You can strangely enjoy Spec Ops: The Line, a 2012 title that immediately had an impact on how it subverts the usual trends seen in similar games.

We obviously won’t spoil anything since its narrative is such an important part of the game, but Spec Ops: The Line starts out as your typical covert reconnaissance mission and continues to escalate as it tackles the true horrors of war and type of game. effect they can have on a man’s psyche.

The narrative received nearly universal praise at the time, with the gameplay itself generating a more mixed response. It’s arguably a game worth experiencing at least once, especially if you’re tired of the usual militaristic glorification seen in games like Call of Duty.

Price: $5.99 / £3.99

TimeSplitters 2 & TimeSplitters: Perfect Future

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Since they’re both from the same series, we’ll group our last two picks together. The absence of the first game is a bit annoying since it never came out on Xbox, but it’s still worth picking up its two sequels if you’ve never played them before.

The Timesplitters games have you traveling through different levels at different points in history to stop the titular alien race from changing the timeline and taking over Earth.

Both games feature a campaign mode that can be played solo or cooperatively, multiplayer modes for groups of friends, and challenge modes to obtain various unlockables. Future Perfect even comes with a map creator.

The series is supposed to make a return in the future, with the return of original developer Free Radical Design. If the next game is as good as its predecessors, fans shouldn’t worry.

Price (TimeSplitters 2): $2.49 / £2.09

Price (TimeSplitters: Future Perfect): $2.49 / £2.09