In keeping with the backwards-compatibility trend, Microsoft just announced a slew of classic Xbox 360 games that are all playable and 4K-enhanced on Xbox One today. There’s a lot of Splinter Cell, a healthy dose of Fable, and a little bit of Ninja Gaiden in there. The full line-up of games includes Ninja Gaiden 2, Fable 2, Fable 3, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent.
The Splinter Cell series are third-person stealth games that follow Sam Fisher, an agent of the black-ops group “The Third Echelon”. While there are six entries in the series to date, the final three (Double Agent, Conviction, and Blacklist) are the only ones playable on Xbox One. So if you’d like to play the entire series, you’re unfortunately stuck playing on an Xbox 360.
Fable is an action RPG series with a fantasy setting similar to Elder Scrolls, a combat system similar to The Witcher 3, and a less realistic art-style like Fortnite or Bioshock. As of now, the remaster of Fable 1, Fable Anniverary, is already on Xbox One. If you’ve played that, but not the sequels, Fable II and III, go and play them!
Thematically, the Ninja Gaiden series is most similar to From Software’s recent Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. But that’s where the comparison ends; Ninja Gaiden 2’s combat is more in-line with hack-and-slashers like Bayonetta or Devil May Cry. With that in mind, if Sekiro seems interesting but maybe a little too daunting for you to try, give Ninja Gaiden 2 a shot.
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