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New additions to Xbox One backwards compatibility, including Just Cause and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

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Microsoft’s Larry Hryb just announced a new batch of classic Xbox games coming to the backwards compatibility program on Xbox One.

There’s a good mix of classic and newer games across multiple genres, the full list of games are: Just Cause, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.

The original Just Cause, released on the Xbox 360 title that also released on PC, PS2, and the original Xbox in September of 2006. The action-adventure title is an excellent physics-based romp through a great open world. The fourth game in the franchise is due to release this December. So if you wanted to check out the original game, now is the best time to do so, Although it’s only really useful for nostalgia as the later games were vastly superior. The Xbox version is on the Microsoft store for $9.99.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a 2010 title that was a reboot of the previous Castlevania. The game scraps the 2D style and adventuring gameplay of the older games in favor of a 3D 3rd person perspective. It was released later for PC in 2013. That PC version is on sale on Steam for $5.99. The Xbox version is on the Microsoft store for $9.99.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD went back to being a side-scrolling game and was originally released on the Nintendo 3DS before being ported to Xbox 360, PlayStation Network, and Steam. It’s a pretty fun game for what it is. If you played the original 3DS version, the switch to consoles might be a little awkward, but it’s still a good pickup if you’re looking for a quick dose of Metroidvania action.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is the most unique of the games on this list. It eschews the typical Metroidvania style in favor of an open-world style. Fans didn’t love the transition, and they quickly dumped all over it. It’s still pretty pricey due to it only being a few years old. The 2014 game is $39.99 on the Microsoft store. I wouldn’t recommend this to even hardcore fans of the franchise as the gameplay is pretty rough and boring.

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