The best Xbox One compatible Xbox 360 games

Backwards compatibility is the holy grail of video game console features. Though it’s only occurred a few times, every new console prompts the question, “what am I going to do with all the games I already bought?” In November, Microsoft made a select number of Xbox 360 games playable on the Xbox One, including both physical and digital versions thereof. Since then, the list has been updated several times, and — as of now —  it includes more than 230 titles. That seems like a lot, but with more than 1,000 titles in the Xbox 360 library, it isn’t easy to keep straight which games still work and which should stay in a box with your 360.

What’s more, due to licensing agreements and potential development complications, the list of backwards-compatible games do not necessarily represent the essential Xbox 360 canon. There are some great games and some, err, not-so-great games. Here some of the highlights you’ll want to keep in mind before unboxing your old console.

Fallout 3 ($10+)

Bethesda’s original re-imagining of the Fallout universe set the gold standard for open-world RPGs in its time and still conjures up fond memories for so many players, even to this day. Even though you can now tool around the much prettier Commonwealth wasteland in Fallout 4, the apocalyptic ruins of Washington D.C. have retained their own charm.

The follow-up, Fallout: New Vegas, is also backwards compatible on Xbox One. Developed by Obsidian with Bethesda’s blessing, New Vegas brought everything interesting about the Fallout 3 to a new setting, the Mojave desert in southern Nevada.

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Halo: Reach ($13+)

The only Halo that hasn’t been remastered for a new generation, Halo: Reach remains the narrative peak of the series. A prequel to the original Halo trilogy drawing from the expanded canon of Halo novels, Reach follows a team of Spartan soldiers fighting a losing battle against the Covenant for control of the planet Reach. The fifth and final entry in the series made by developer Bungie, Reach stands apart from other Halo games for taking bigger risks in both its narrative and gameplay design, introducing strong improvements, such as armor abilities.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution ($14+)

This cyberpunk prequel/reboot to Ion Storm’s innovative action-RPG, Deus Ex: Human Revolution brought the franchise into the 21st century, connecting the wild world of cyborg conspiracy theories to our own. Players control Adam Jensen, a corporate security expert, who uncovers a global conspiracy while investigating an attack on his company forced him to replace most of his body with robotic prosthetics. We’re also big fans of the current-gen follow-up, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which came out in August, 2016.

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Red Dead Redemption ($20+)

Red Dead Redemption is an epic, open-world adventure from Grand Theft Auto series developer Rockstar effectively brings its distinct brand of open-world chaos to the Old West. Players take on the role of outlaw-turned-federal agent John Marston, chasing bounties on notorious criminals and exploring new territory in the American Southwest. Everything about this game, from carefully crafted story to its procedurally generated score was carefully crafted to build a world that players still love. Though its visuals haven’t aged as well as other games — everything just seems a little too brown at this point — the smooth gunplay and authentic environment still lend the game’s story and ambiance quite a bit of credence.

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Portal: Still Alive ($15)

Valve’s masterful puzzle game puts players in a laboratory where they must complete a series of experimental puzzles using a gun that creates portals. The who, what, where, and why of it all are just icing on the cake. Widely regarded as one of the best games of its generation, if not of all time, Portal is a game that everyone should play. Not just “fans of the genre” or “gamers,” everyone. If you have this version of the game, it’s always worth having on your hard drive, just in case.

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