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Prince of Persia, Earth Defense Force, and Sine Mora All Join Xbox Backward Compatibility

Three cult favorites, one platform.

News by Matt Kim, .

Three more games have been added to the Xbox One Backward Compatibility program today including Sine Mora, Earth Defense Force 2025, and the 2008 Prince of Persia game for Xbox 360.

All three games have some kind of cult following. Sine Mora is a shoot 'em up developed by Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture. Set in a war-torn steampunk world, Sine Mora is unique in that it is a side-scrolling shmup where players pilot fighter planes and fight through touch bullet hell levels.

Earth Defense Force 2025 is part of the long-running EDF series where players take on a Earthling soldier fighting against giant alien insects. Earth Defense Force isn't for the faint of heart, especially if you're afraid of insects. Basically, just imagine Starship Troopers as a video game.

Prince of Persia is the 2008 reboot of Ubisoft's Prince of Persia series featuring the prince in a new cel-shaded art style. The game received plenty of praise when it came about, but we haven't seen much of the Prince since the 2008 release. Perhaps it is time for another reboot?

Xbox's Backward Compatibility program has been a secret success for Microsoft and offers the Xbox a killer feature that none of the other consoles offer. For more, check out Xbox's full list of backward compatible games here.

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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #1 NiceGuyNeon 14 days ago
    The 2008 PoP was such a cool idea with gameplay ideas that needed a sequel to be properly fleshed out, so it's a shame we never saw that world explored any further.

    Sine Mora and EDF are great too. These are three fun games.
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #2 MetManMas 14 days ago
    That's nice and all for the Xbone folks, but wake me up if Microsoft adds some more games from the original Xbox, like the Otogi or MechAssault games. Or if Hell freezes over and all the music rights issues to rerelease Jet Set Radio Future are worked out. Those kinds of things tend to also hit the 360 too.

    Speaking of, I should still snatch up KotOR and Panzer Dragoon Orta when I can drag myself away from the PS4 for long enough.
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  • Avatar for davidwurzel94 #3 davidwurzel94 14 days ago
    @MetManMas

    The OG Xbox compatibility that I get out of my One X is the primary reason I've been playing it recently.

    Otogi and its sequel are damn high on my wishlist, but Dark Alliance 1 and 2, Psi-Ops, Second Sight, and Outrun 2 would all be appreciated.
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  • Avatar for Funny_Colour_Blue #4 Funny_Colour_Blue 14 days ago
    @davidwurzel94 that OutRun2006 remake was the sleep hit of the century. I grabbed it on PSP and PS2. I'm still trying to find to find a way to play it online ever since their Ferrari license expired and they took it down off steam :(
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #5 MetManMas 14 days ago
    @davidwurzel94 I don't have an Xbox One myself, but the OG Xbox digital rereleases also seeing release on Xbox 360 have definitely been a big reason why I still regularly keep the 360 hooked up.

    Speaking of Out Run 2 and 2006, I really wish that Sega would get the Ferrari rights back so maybe we could have a non-compromised digital version* for modern consoles. Or at least officially release the soundtrack digitally! Like, I had a Flash drive full of Out Run 2 music and those tunes were great for sandbox gaming to. Played 'em all the time with Just Cause 2.

    * I heard the (sadly gone) digital release was from the days when Microsoft had a strict file size cap on digital games. It's why Symphony of the Night's 360 adaptation lost the bad CGI castle videos.
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