New additions to the Xbox One backwards-compatible game catalog have been slow to start the new year, but we’ve just gotten a good one. Microsoft has announced that Xbox 360 game Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation is now playable on Xbox One, just days before the release of its sequel.
As is typical with backwards compatible games, you can simply pop in the disc to initiate a download and begin playing on Xbox One. The game is unfortunately not currently available for purchase digitally from the Xbox Store. That said, if you have any interest in the upcoming Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, you’re in luck; by pre-ordering, you’ll receive a free copy of Ace Combat 6. Ace Combat 7, which you can see in the video above, releases on January 18 for both Xbox One and PS4.
Ace Combat 6 was originally released back in 2007 as an Xbox 360 exclusive. Although it didn’t offer much in the way of innovation for the series outside of online multiplayer, it was well received in our review, which scored it an 8.5/10.
«Ace Combat 6 makes up for it by providing the most immersive experience yet in an arcade flight combat game, thanks to smooth, gorgeous visuals and polished gameplay,» Kevin VanOrd wrote. «And you’ll want to play again and again: There are medals to earn, aircraft and special weapons to purchase with the points you receive during missions, and a good selection of Xbox Live achievement points to earn that are spread out evenly among the campaign and multiplayer modes. You can also save replays of your matches, and the cinematic camera views make them a pleasure to watch. Whether you’re an Ace Combat veteran or a series newcomer, you won’t be disappointed.»
Other recent additions to the Xbox One backwards compatibility list include Battlestations Pacific, Fuel, and Rayman Raving Rabbids. The number of playable titles (which also includes a limited selection of those for the original Xbox) has grown to a staggering size. For some help in finding what’s worth playing, check out our recently updated rundown on Xbox One’s best backwards compatible games.