If there is anything that Xbox One has been sticking with since early days, it’s making more and more Xbox 360 games backwards compatible. And the nice, huge log of old games has been growing for some time now. The newcomers to this group are Dead Space 2 and 3.
Dead Space series of games started back in 2008, with Isaac Clarke (I’m sure you already know what they did there), an engineer, boards the Ishimura responding to a distress signal. Little did he know where this trip would take him and what kind of death traps he would avoid along the way. The game was a bit of runaway success, even though some called it just “Resident Evil 4 in space”. Truth be told, the game succeeded in everything it was supposed to – it was scary, it gory, the action had a powerful, visceral feeling to it. No wonder that the developer’s name was changed to Visceral Games, shortly after the game was published.
It went on to spawn two more games, that took Isaac on an even more insane roller-coaster ride, however, they did lose some of its initial horror feel by going more “mainstream”. The third game went even further, implementing a co-op option. Have you ever tried playing a horror-game together with someone? It’s not quite that scary, is it? A weak and unfocused story, plus the insistence on micro-transactions caused poor sales. The series stopped after that, although the hope never dies that someone, somewhere, will light up a marker for a future Dead Space game.
This weak saw four more games made it to the backwards compatible club: Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013, Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions, Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai and Cabela’s Alaskan Adventures. Unlike Dead Space, they are games about hunting, not being hunted.