After yesterday's announcement that various backwards compatible games would be getting a frame rate boost on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, it got us thinking about all the titles we’d love to see.
With only five confirmed 'FPS Boost' games thus far, there is a staggering collection of backwards compatible games to get through, some of which the community is already screaming out for. So, we’ve curated a list of some of the most popular choices that will hopefully be next in line to receive an FPS Boost.
After the PlayStation 5 received Demon’s Souls as a launch title with a great performance mode that ran at 60 frames per-second, it’s not a surprise that many want to see Dark Souls III receive the same treatment. The hardcore action is something that lends itself beautifully to a enhanced frame rate, helping players perfectly parry enemies and tackle the devastating boss battles that await. We think Dark Souls III is the best of the bunch, but while we’re at it, why don’t we just do the whole trilogy?
Numerous Sonic games would benefit immensely from an enhanced FPS boost, but none more so than Sonic Generations. The game acts as a love letter to the iconic hedgehog and his years of adventures. Blending a mixture of 3D and 2D levels, the high octane action would be visually stunning with a performance boost, especially coupled with the inclusion of Auto HDR to make it even more beautiful. With the hedgehog’s anniversary this year, it couldn’t come at a better time.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla added 60 frames per-second for the first time in the franchise and it’s made going back to older titles harder. You could pick any game from the franchise, but Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag would be an excellent choice. The high sea faring adventure being infused with an FPS boost would make sailing across the seven seas a visual treat as the waves bash against the side of your ship. There would never be a better excuse to return to one of the best games in the franchise.
When Just Cause 3 launched it was plagued with frame rate issues due to the explosive nature of it. There aren't many moments of downtime in the open world sandbox, as you’re constantly tasked to cause as much destruction as possible, which ultimately used to cause damage to a consistent frame rate. While it undoubtedly runs better on the Xbox Series X|S, having the frame rate pushed and fully optimised could really turn the game into something special that fans have been craving for ages.
We pretty much know this one is coming as it was originally shown when the FPS boost mode was teased, but we’re still waiting patiently. Bethesda’s open world RPG blends exploration with frantic gunplay, but does have a tendency to suffer from performance issues - especially when a lot of things are happening at once. You can unofficially mod the game to run at 60 frames currently, but we would definitely appreciate an official rework to get the game to a new standard which we hope could be the future for Bethesda’s open world RPGs.
Ryse: Son of Rome is a very underrated game and an excellent launch title on the Xbox One. It still holds up visually 8 years later and has some truly impressive vistas to behold. It also has some great combat which could be complimented by an FPS boost to update the adventure for a modern audience which craves fluidity in action. Not only that, but we hope it could introduce a wave of new players to the game, showing them what they’ve been missing all this time.
Control’s next-gen edition earlier this month made a big impression. The game suffered from some frame rate issues which the new version has rectified. Quantum Break managed a lot better, but would still look fantastic with an FPS boost. Remedy’s recent titles have infused some pretty visceral combat that takes a lot of resources and is quite hectic. As a result, an upgrade to the game would be very welcome. It’s also one a lot of Xbox fans have rallied behind to get a next-gen patch, so this could be the next best thing.
The Auto HDR update to Spyro Reignited Trilogy added quite a lot to the game, enhancing it for the Xbox Series X|S in a lovely way. It made the world more vibrant and lively than it already was, all by simply adding colour. Bringing a 60 frames boost to the game would marry the two elements together perfectly and also help fine tune the numerous platforming challenges in the game. It’s something we’d no doubt see from a new entry, but there’s no better place to start than the Reignited Trilogy.
This one (along with its sequel) is already being campaigned by many Xbox fans, and to be honest, we’re not sure it will happen, as Rockstar would most likely be interested in re-releasing the game at some point. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate how much it would add to the game. The world of Red Dead Redemption is stunning, even being an Xbox 360 game, which would make riding around on your trusty steed a gorgeous treat. That, and reliving the part where you first enter Mexico at 60FPS, would no doubt bring a tear to our eye.
Another no brainier (no pun intended) is Dying Light. The first-person action game is filled with parkour, zombies and intense melee combat. Navigating the city was already a delight, but we can only imagine how much more fluid and natural it would feel if it was subject to a FPS boost. A sequel is in the works, but a release date doesn't appear in sight, so now would be a great time to revisit the game that kickstarted the love for the IP.
Do you agree with the list? What would you add to it? Let us know in the comments.