5 Original Xbox Games We Want to Play on Xbox One

Stubbs the Zombie

Zombies are a common videogame staple but there are relatively few games that let you be the zombie and gnaw your way through the ranks of the living. Stubbs the Zombie was one such game and had you converting the citizens of a 1950s-themed utopia to your brain-munching cause. The game used the original Halo engine and while it wasn’t as grand in scope as Master Chief’s first outing, it was ridiculously entertaining.

Aside from attacking your foes with Stubbs’ detachable body parts, you were able to shove your shambling comrades into the line of fire. Providing they survived the initial hail of bullets, they would sink their teeth into your foes’ juicy craniums. These former enemies would then reanimate and join your small band of shufflers, giving you a ghoulish sense of satisfaction.

BUT: While we’d love to eat brains on the Xbox One, there are several potential issues with reanimating Stubbs the Zombie. Firstly, it has long since been delisted from the Xbox Marketplace and Steam Marketplace. Secondly, Wideload Games, the company behind the game, is no longer in existence though some of their former employees are working on a similarly-themed game called Ray’s the Dead. Finally, as Wideload Games were purchased by Disney, said company presumably owns the rights to the title and we can’t see them being in a hurry to re-release a game with such a heavy focus on brain-eating.

Def Jam: Fight for NY

How could you go wrong with a game where you can play as Snoop Dogg and throw Ice T into the path of a subway train? Quite easily in fact; Def Jam: Fight for NY could well have become a celebrity-stuffed one-joke game. But instead, this rap-themed brawler ended up being one of the most accomplished fighting games on the original Xbox. Sporting an extensive single player campaign as well as a multitude of quick-play modes, Def Jam: Fight for NY rewarded players who put the time in; button mashing was definitely not an option.

BUT: Bringing Def Jam: Fight for NY to the Xbox One might be problematic since it featured a large number of licensed music tracks. A number of games have been pulled from digital distribution or had tracks removed after their music licenses have expired. It seems likely that, thirteen years after its release, at least some of the legal contracts relating to Def Jam: Fight for NY’s use of licensed music would have expired.

Timesplitters: Future Perfect

The third and last in the Timesplitters series (Timesplitters 4 having been since been shelved), Timesplitters: Future Perfect was a tongue-in-cheek first person shooter that saw you travelling through time and shooting things in the face. Said things included zombies, robots, aliens, giant mutant deer and generally anything that the warped minds at Free Radical Design could come up with.

But that was only the tip of the blood-soaked, cartoony iceberg. Aside from being a joy to play in single-player mode, it also supported four-player split-screen play across a large number of maps and modes. It came with a wealth of challenge maps, a huge roster of wacky characters and a mapmaker that allowed you to create your own levels. In short, it was a lot of game for not a lot of money; these days, the bulk of the aforementioned additional content would likely end up being sold separately as a season pass.

BUT: There’s no compelling reason why Timesplitters: Future Perfect couldn’t be added to Xbox’s backwards compatibility library. Many of Free Radical Design’s staff were moved over to Dambuster Studios though it doesn’t bode well that, despite demand, Timesplitters: Future Perfect never came to the Xbox 360.