Larry Hyrb announced three new titles have joined Xbox One’s Backwards Compatibility program – Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Sonic Unleashed, and Aliens vs Predator.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning first released in 2012, and is a 3D action RPG developed by the now-defunct 38 Studios.
The title received critical appraise upon its release, with most outlets citing its flexible combat as a strong point, as well as its story and world building.
Despite this, the title failed to meet sales expectations, possibly due to poor marketing, and other action RPGs such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, being popular at the time of its’ release.
Sonic Unleashed was the second HD outing for the blue hedgehog, following the disastrous Sonic the Hedgehog released in 2006.
While its predecessor was slammed for a myriad of issues including detrimental technical problems and glitches, the 2008 title managed to be a more well-received installment.
Sonic Unleashed included two different gameplay styles based on the time of day. The daytime stages focused on delivering a more familiar Sonic experience, with the speedy platforming the franchise built its name on.
The nighttime stages, however, were much more divisive between fans and critics. During the nighttime, Sonic turns into a “Werehog” (a mix between a werewolf and hedgehog) and focused more on combat and light puzzle solving.
While there was unanimous agreement that it was a better title than the 2006 outing, the game still received many mixed reviews, with most criticizing the nighttime stages as being noticeably weaker than their daytime counterparts.
Releasing in 2010, Aliens vs Predator was a less conventional type of first-person shooter. The title was split into three different campaigns (Marines, Alien, and Predator) with each campaign featuring different levels and playstyles.
The Marine campaign resembled something closer to what would be expected from a more standard first-person shooter campaign, while the Alien and Predator campaigns focused more on their respective abilities.
The Alien, for example, would be able to crawl along walls and ceilings before delivering vicious attacks up close, while the Predator could use a variety of different gadgets featured in the various movies.
The game received mixed reviews, with outlets stating that the various ideas didn’t come together as well as they had hoped.
Each of these titles are available to play on Xbox One now.