No matter which next-generation console you prefer, one thing’s for sure: It won’t play your old games. Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are touting the power of the cloud, so the potential to stream them is there. Of course, that doesn’t help those not connecting their machines online.
With the Xbox One coming in November — and with the annual summer release drought in full effect — now’s the time to give these old favorites one last spin before it takes your 360’s place in your entertainment center.
Left 4 Dead 2
Xbox Live’s ability to cultivate great online experiences has always made it worth the price of admission, and few games made a better case for the service than Valve’s co-op zombie classic. Wrangling up three of your closest gaming besties to get through whatever the Director AI threw at you made for unique playthroughs every time.
Left 4 Dead 2 gets the nod over the original for introducing great new special infected, but mostly because we loved hearing about Ellis’s misadventures with his good buddy Keith.
While the most cynical gamers looked at it as nothing more than a vehicle to hawk Energizer batteries and Thermoses, Alan Wake was actually one of the better horror games to come out in recent years.
With Remedy Entertainment currently working on Quantum Break for the Xbox One, it’s prime time to bust out your flashlight and take a trip down to Bright Falls.
Super Meat Boy
When Sony and Microsoft say that PS3 and 360 games will be incompatible with their new systems, that includes titles downloaded via PSN and XBLA. So why not go a few rounds with one of the very best games in the 360’s library, digital or otherwise?
Super Meat Boy is a tough-as-nails 2D platformer, requiring precision from players if they want to make any sort of meaningful progress. However, the game is so finely tuned that you know in your bones that any failure is completely your own, and the compulsion towards self-improvement drives you to play more. It’s also got a pretty rippin’ soundtrack, so check that out, too.