Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Golden Oldies

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Golden Oldies

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Byline: Cheryl Mullin Games reviewer

WHEN the next gen consoles hit the market there was one big question at the forefront of most gamers minds - can I play my old games on it? In the battle of backwards compatibility, both the XBOX ONE and PS4 had solutions - although one was far more elegant than the other.

For PlayStation fans there was PlayStation Now, a streaming service which requires a solid web connection and cares not if you already own the game you're trying to play.

On the XBOX it took a while, but an update in November last year made more than 120 360 titles playable, with more to be added when Microsoft issue a new update later this year.

So while the January gaming drought drags on, here's the best 360 games to dust off and pop into your XBOX ONE for a spin...

Splosion Man RELEASED: 2009 DARKLY comic and stupidly fun, this platformer infuriates as much as it entertains.

The hero is literally a man who can 'splode' at will, allowing you to jump, remove objects in your path and take out your enemies.

Fiendishly difficult in places, the sense of satisfaction when you finally master a tricky level is overwhelming.

Portal: STILL ALIVE RELEASED: 2008 A WISE man once said 'You cannae break the laws of physics.' Well Portal begs to differ. One of the best puzzle games ever created, Valve's devilish creation sees you trapped in a laboratory with a gun which forms portals you manipulate to complete challenges and survive.

It's almost an insult to try and sum this game up in a single sentence, but if you like games, then I promise you that you will love this one.

Gears of War RELEASED: 2006 FIRSTLY, can we just acknowledge that it's been ten years since Gears first landed. And it still stands the test of time.

Fantastic multiplayer, intense combat and characters so beautifully fleshed out you feel a real connection with them, Gears never fails to leave me breathless. …

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