It was a little over a week ago that Microsoft released its highly anticipated November update that delivered a slew of features and changes to the Xbox One system. Among the features it launched was Xbox One Backwards Compatibility, which enables gamers to play specific Xbox 360 games on their Xbox One consoles.
Microsoft and their publisher partners enabled 104 Xbox 360 games for Backwards Compatibility, with presumably plenty more to come in the months ahead. Among the dozens of Xbox 360 games enabled on Xbox One was what is regarded as perhaps the best Assassin’s Creed in the series, Assassin’s Creed II.
Among the various iterations there have been in the series, Assassin’s Creed II innovated on the foundation the first game delivered and I wanted to see what it was like playing this game via Backwards Compatibility. The first thing you must do before playing the game is insert the disc, which follows with a 6GB install on your Xbox One.
The process doesn’t take that long as 6GB isn’t too big of a file, relatively speaking, when thinking about how big full game installs can be these days. From here, launching the game does the Xbox 360 intro clip and then it’s back to normal for playing Assassin’s Creed II.
Achievements are displayed and show up just like they did on your Xbox 360, as achievements do not take the animation that players see when they unlock an achievement on Xbox One. Game Hubs look about the same as the ones you see when you play an Xbox One game, though the total playtime and some of the other stats you see when looking at an Xbox One’s Game Hub are absent from Assassin’s Creed II’s Hub.
From an overall standpoint, Assassin’s Creed II runs quite well on the Xbox One and I didn’t see many issues with its performance. The only instances I observed from my time replaying the game were things like slight visual glitches when standing on a roof and looking across at a build nearby or when looking at the game’s draw distance. These things were slight, since when I began moving and running they were no longer noticeable.
Additionally, cutscenes operate quite smoothly, with the occasion clunkiness during some points of a cinematic. Outside of these observations, playing Assassin’s Creed II via Backwards Compatibility on Xbox One is excellent and it’s like I’m playing the game on Xbox 360 again.
Microsoft said that players can expect Halo Reach, Halo Wars, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Bioshock, Bioshock 2, Bioshock Infinite, and Skate 3 to arrive soon. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the latest news and games added to Xbox One’s Backwards Compatibility list as they are announced.