Max Payne 3 (Xbox 360)

Max Payne 3 (Xbox 360)
Max Payne 3 (Xbox 360)
Publisher: Rockstar Games / Developer: Rockstar Games
Release Date: 15th May 2012 (USA)

Finally! After what seems like years of waiting, our own personal favourite entry from the excellent Max Payne series is now backwards compatible and anyone who has yet to dive into this one should do so at the earliest possible opportunity.

Max Payne 3 is a super slick and polished action adventure that funnels players through a tightly knit campaign littered with brilliant gunfights and face-offs. The franchise's signature bullet time gameplay is intact here and it's honestly never looked or felt better as you fling yourself in slow motion across rooms, take cover behind obstacles and gun down foes in a series of brilliantly escalating, and evermore absurd, scenarios. This is a breathless, breath-taking action game that you simply have to try for yourself.

Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors (Xbox)

Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors (Xbox)
Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors (Xbox)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: FromSoftware
Release Date: 21st Oct 2004 (USA)

Fromsoftware is a household name at this stage thanks to the huge success of their incredible Dark Souls franchise but back before all that, in the early noughties, they released the Otogi series of games, a couple of excellent hack and slash efforts that fans of the developer, and fans of action games in general should absolutely check out.

We've plumped for the second game in the series here, although both are pretty much equally as good, as it provides tons of gorgeous, refined and unique action that builds upon and adds to everything that was great about its predecessor. Do yourself a favour and go check this one out, it's not just a good FromSoftware game, it's a cracking hack and slash adventure in its own right.

Ridge Racer 6 (Xbox 360)

Ridge Racer 6 (Xbox 360)
Ridge Racer 6 (Xbox 360)
Publisher: Namco / Developer: Namco
Release Date: 22nd Nov 2005 (USA)

2005's Ridge Racer 6 might not be the absolute pinnacle of Namco's storied franchise but there's absolutely no doubting that the nitrous-boosting, drift-heavy arcade racing action on offer here is still some top-notch stuff.

With 30 tracks, 130 cars, a lengthy World Xplorer career mode, 14-player online and the series' signature, slide heavy arcade driving action present and correct, this is fast and rewarding racing that you should definitely make an effort to try out.

Red Dead Revolver (Xbox)

Red Dead Revolver (Xbox)
Red Dead Revolver (Xbox)
Publisher: Rockstar Games / Developer: Rockstar San Diego
Release Date: 4th May 2004 (USA)

Back before Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar San Diego treated us all to the genesis of the series with Red Dead Revolver, an action-packed shooting gallery of a western game that saw the introduction of the dead-eye mechanic that we all now know so well from the epic cowboy adventures Rockstar went on to create.

This isn't a perfect game by any means, your character's movement can be a little clunky, there's nothing in the way of open world or any real narrative to cling onto, but none of that matters when you get down to the shooting here. The duelling and shootouts in Red Dead Revolver are hugely engaging and atmospheric affairs that challenge you to be quick on the draw and make good use of your dead-eye as you gun down gangs of outlaws and face down bosses in tense stand-offs. It may be getting a little long in the tooth by now, but this is still a cracking little arcade action game that's well worth your time.

Timesplitters 2 (Xbox)

Timesplitters 2 (Xbox)
Timesplitters 2 (Xbox)
Publisher: Eidos Interactive / Developer: Free Radical Design
Release Date: 9th Oct 2002 (USA)

The pick of a pretty great bunch of games, Timesplitters 2 serves up more of the series' trademark OTT FPS action, and it's action that's aged remarkably well over the years.

With a great core campaign that sees you assume the roles of a host of different characters, a challenge mode full of sweet side missions and a vibrant and colourful art style, Timesplitters 2 is an excellent first person shooter, and a pretty much perfect sequel to its superb predecessor, that you should add to your Xbox game collection ASAP.

Have we missed your favourite game from the latest batch of backwards compatible titles? Think there's something that should have made the cut and didn't? Let us know below!