5 awesome games that never made the Xbox backwards compatible list - Dexerto

5 awesome games that never made the Xbox backwards compatible list

Published: 13/Jun/2019 12:47 Updated: 13/Jun/2019 13:32

by Paul Cot


With the announcement of Project Scarlett, Microsoft have released their latest and last batch of backwards compatible games for the Xbox One. What were the best games to never make the list though?

The next generation Xbox was revealed at E3 2019 in a much anticipated presentation. Microsoft intend to make Project Scarlett compatible with thousands of games from the four previous generations of Xbox.


As a result, their resources will now shift from the current Xbox backwards compatibility programme to ensuring they are compatible with Project Scarlett. Of course this means no further Xbox or Xbox 360 games will be added to the current generation.

The best Xbox games that aren’t backwards compatible

MicrosoftCrash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex was the first CB game to appear on PS2 or Xbox…

5. Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex

Perhaps only second to the original Crash Bandicoot games on the PlayStation, Wrath of Cortex is iconic within the series.


It maintained the classic Crash Bandicoot style while adding much improved graphics. It remains relatively popular today which has seen many forum posts over the last few years requesting it to be added to Xbox One.

However, Microsoft have ignored these calls and consequently, with the recent news of the programme ending, it won’t ever be backwards compatible for the Xbox One.

Interestingly, none of the Crash Bandicoot games are backwards compatible and some would suggest that a licensing issue is the reason behind it.

MicrosoftTiger Woods was the face of EA’s golf games until Rory McIlory in 2015…

4. Tiger Woods series

When it comes to golf video games, the Tiger Woods series unquestionably tops the pile. While the series lost popularity during the Xbox 360 era, the original Xbox days had it as one of the most popular sports games.

Despite this none of the games appear on the Xbox backwards compatibility programme. This means all of Tiger Woods 2003 through to 2014 can only be played on their native consoles.

Unlike a lot of other sports games, the Tiger Woods series had good enough mechanics to still have fun with today. However, the sheer number of the games may be the reason it hasn’t got the compatibility treatment – deciding which would have been a thankless task.

MicrosoftPES and FIFA have been in a battle for football game supremacy since the 2000s…

3. FIFA and PES

Football, or soccer, is the world’s most played sport – despite this the football games of yesteryear have been ignored.

FIFA and PES have battled for the right to be considered the premium football game for years now. This has seen, between them, dozens of games released.


Similar to Tiger Woods, this may be the reason why Microsoft haven’t bothered introducing them to their newest console.

Although they are dated by today’s standards, all of them can still provide plenty of fun. They can also be picked up for pennies due to the massive supply of them and the fact that, today, they are largely redundant.

Tony Hawk’s Underground is just one the incredibly popular games from the Tony Hawk’s series…

2. Tony Hawk’s Underground

The Tony Hawk’s Underground (THUG) games were the successor to the incredibly popular original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games. In the late 90s and early 2000s there were few games as big as the Tony Hawk’s series.

The Underground iteration was a natural follow up to the basic skater concept, introducing larger worlds with an engrossing story to play through.

Unlike other games in this list, the series is defined by THUG 1. Therefore, this might be the most surprising omission from Microsoft’s backwards compatibility.

It has been suggested the reason they have eluded compatibility is because of the music soundtrack. Supposedly the license for it has expired and this is the reason such a popular game never made the list.

Rockstar GamesGames don’t get any more iconic than GTA 3 or Vice City…

1. GTA 3 and Vice City

There are few games more iconic than Grand Theft Auto 3 and GTA: Vice City in gaming history. You could be forgiven for thinking these would be certainties to appear but they never made it.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is on the list though, which makes their exclusion more confusing – this suggests licensing issues isn’t the reason.

Luckily both games can be found with ease and they have been released on the Xbox 360 and PC as well.


How to claim free Genshin Impact Primogems: Promo codes

Published: 7/Oct/2020 16:34

by James Busby


Genshin Impact is home to loads of colorful characters, but you’ll need to spend a lot of Primogems if you wish to increase your chances of obtaining the game’s elusive five-star units. Fortunately, there is an easy way to grab a lot of Primogems without breaking the bank. 

MiHoYo’s free-to-play title, Genshin Impact allows players to explore every inch of its vast open-world completely free of charge. In fact, you can get through the entirety of the game’s current content without spending a penny. However, if you wish to increase your roster of characters and gain access to some incredibly powerful weapons, then you’ll need to score yourself a lot of Primogems. 


These twinkling gems are used to purchase the game’s Acquaint Fates and Intertwined Fates, which are then used to Perform Wishes (Gacha). Primogems are also used to refill the game’s energy/stamina system (Original Resin), making them vital to both acquiring new characters and farming the game’s deadly dungeons. While you’ll naturally get this in-game currency as you progress through the game, there is an even easier way to add more Primogems to your account. 

How to redeem Genshin Impact promo codes

Genshin Impact promo codes official site
Claiming your free Primogems only take a couple of minutes.

One way to add Primogems to your Genshin Impact account is to redeem promo codes. These codes not only net you a decent number of Primogems, they also give you access to a number of useful items that will make your adventure through the world of Teyvat much smoother. 


In order to claim these codes, you’ll first need to level your account up to Adventure Rank 10. You can do this fairly quickly by doing main/side quests, exploring the map, opening chests, and doing your daily commissions. Once you’ve reached Adventure Rank 10, simply head on over to the official Genshin Impact website

Before you enter the region-specific codes below, make sure you’ve done the following:

  1. Reached Adventure Rank 10
  2. Signed into the official Genshin Impact Website
  3. Selected the server you play on
  4. Entered your character nickname (in-game name) 

As soon as you’ve done the above, you should be able to enter the following code:



  • GENSHIN1006U


  • GENSHIN1006A


  • GENSHIN1006S

Once the code has been activated, head back over to your game. If done correctly, you should receive an in-game notification. Simply click on the mail icon from the pause menu to claim your rewards. The above codes will reward your account with 30 Primogems and 5x Adventure EXP that you can use to level up any characters. Not bad for a few minutes of work!

We’ll be updating this post whenever miHoYo’s adds any new promo codes to the game, so make sure you come back here for further Genshin Impact news and content updates.