This Week's Xbox Charts Show The Power Of Backwards Compatibility

We're all big fans of backwards compatibility here at Pure Xbox, and it's at times like this where you can see just how important is to the masses of Xbox owners out there. Taking a quick look at the "Top Paid" Xbox Charts in the UK and U.S. right now, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for the Xbox 360 is the most popular paid game across both regions!

It's not just Black Ops 2, either - some other Xbox 360 games that are pushing the top spots include the original Black Ops, the original Modern Warfare titles, World at War, Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto IV, Skate 3, Max Payne 3, LEGO Batman and many others. It's quite a lineup!

Here's a look at the top five paid games as they stand at the time of writing (on the UK store):

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Image: Xbox Store

And here's a list of the most popular Xbox 360 games (on the UK store) right now:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (overall = #1)
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops (overall = #5)
  3. Grand Theft Auto IV (overall = #8)
  4. Call of Duty: World at War (overall = #12)
  5. Red Dead Redemption (overall = #19)
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (overall = #23)
  7. Skate 3 (overall = #31)
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (overall = #34)
  9. LEGO Batman (overall = #37)
  10. Bully: Scholarship Edition (overall = 50)

Before you mention it - yes, there is a reason for this. Many of these Xbox 360 games are currently discounted (or have recently been discounted) as part of the Xbox sales, so people are obviously taking the opportunity to snap them up.

Nevertheless, the fact that so many of them are climbing to the very top of the paid charts in multiple regions shows just how powerful backwards compatibility has become for Xbox. You can't play a lot of Xbox's back compat games on any other modern console, and there's clearly still a significant amount of demand for them in 2023.

Have you bought any backwards compatible games this week? Tell us in the comments below.