The 12 Best Xbox 360 Games You Can Play on Xbox One


Do you have a library of Xbox 360 games that you’d like to play on your Xbox One? Thankfully, Microsoft has an ever increasing list of backward compatible games that’ll work on the Xbox One.

Sifting through that list of games is rather daunting, which is why we’ve gone through and picked 12 of the best backward-compatible games on the list. These games fall into a wide range of genres including shooters, RPGs, action games, and plenty of others.

Note: I’ve not included games from Halo series, as they are available in The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One, and that’s the best way to play them.


1. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood: E3 Premiere | Trailer | Ubisoft [NA]

This is the pinnacle of the Assassin’s Creed series. The followup to Ezio’s story in Assassin’s Creed 2 tells a fantastic story with some incredibly fun gameplay. It totally still holds up today in terms of both the story, visuals, and gameplay.

2. Viva Piñata

Viva Piñata - Trailer - E3 2006 -

Viva Piñata is one of the most underrated games of the last console generation. While it looks like a kids game on the surface, it features a shocking level of depth and interesting mechanics that’ll keep you busy for hours. If you’re looking for the kind of game you can really get addicted to, look no further than Viva Piñata.


3. Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption Official Launch Trailer

Surely you’ve heard the heaps of praises thrown at Red Dead Redemptions 2 on the current generation of consoles, and the original Redemption is just as good as the sequel. If you’ve never experienced the tale of John Marston, you need to go back to this one.

4. Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV Trailer 1 "Things Will Be Different"

Sticking with the Rockstar games, GTA IV is another one worth going back and playing. The story of Nico Bellic is arguably better than the story in Grand Theft Auto V, and the gameplay is just as off-the-wall as the game that’s available on the Xbox One.


5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Launch Trailer

Picking a particular Call of Duty that’s the best to go back to is rather hard, but ultimately, I think Modern Warfare 2 is the perfect point in history to go back to. The choice between this and the original Modern Warfare was hard, but seeing as the first one had a remaster, it makes more sense to go back to this one.

6. Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 - Trailer [HD][HQ]

Far Cry was a pretty niche series for the first two games, but it completely exploded in popularity with the Far Cry 3. If you want to see what brought the series to prominence, you should definitely go back to this one. Running around taking over outposts is just as fun as it ever was!


7. Dead Space

Dead Space - Trailer - E3 2008 - Twinkle Twinkle - PS3/Xbox360

If you love to be scared while playing a video game, Dead Space is for you. There are few games that feature the incredibly intense atmosphere of this one. The visuals still look great on the Xbox One, and it’s just as fun as it ever was.

8. Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 Launch Trailer

Personally, I think Mass Effect 2 was the best game released for the Xbox 360. The gameplay makes massive improvements over the first game, and the universe really comes into its own in the second game. The first one is still acceptable if you want to play them in order, but if you just want to experience one Mass Effect game, this is the one to play.


9. Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite Official Trailer [HD]

Bioshock is one of the coolest, most well-imagined shooters out there, and you could argue that Infinite is the best game in the series. From the bright visuals to the deep story, this is one of those games that’ll make you forget that you’re actually playing a game from the last console generation.

10. Fable 2

Fable 2 Launch Trailer

Fable 2 is an absolutely incredible RPG that you really should go back and play if you haven’t. The amount of detail that goes into the world building is truly mind-blowing. On top of that, the RPG mechanics are rather fun, and you’ll get quite a few hours out of the game.

11. Gears of War 2

Gears of War 2 Last Day Trailer

Personally, I think the first Gears of War is better than the second, but because the first has been remastered for the current generation, it makes more sense to go back to Gears of War 2. We’d recommend picking up Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and then digging up your old copy of GOW 2.

12. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Trailer

Bethesda made a lot of improvements to The Elder Scrolls in Skyrim, but Oblivion is still worth going back to just to experience the massive world. The gameplay is similar enough to Skyrim to remain enjoyable, even if you’re just going back to get a history lesson.

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