A few times a month, Xbox owners are given a little surprise when Microsft decide to announce which new games are set to be added to the Xbox One's backwards compatibility service. As most know, this program allows players to load and play some of their Xbox 360 games on the current generation console. It is a great feature, and one of the main reasons someone who has never owned an Xbox console might be tempted to pick their latest one up.

With over 400+ Xbox 360 games, and plans to eventually include titles from the original Xbox console, there already is an impressive collection of titles which can run on the Xbox One.

Some of the playable games include "Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance," "Dead Space 2," "Far Cry 3," "Borderlands 2," and "Hitman Absolution."

'Halo 3' and 'Halo 4'

A franchise which has yet to make its debut on the Xbox One's Backwards Compatibility program is arguably the biggest Xbox series of all-time. None of the mainline 'Halo' games can be played using this service, although this is set to change in the near future.

343 Industries confirmed that they are working on a four game bundle for the Backwards Compatibility program, which will include "CE Anniversary," "Halo 3," "Halo 3 ODST," and "Halo 4." All the DLC will be part of the package, so there is a lot of content to enjoy here.

Unfortunately, a release date has yet to be announced, although the developers should take their time to ensure that all the necessary changes are done and it works smoothly on the Xbox One.

While Microsoft does not have all that many titles set to be released for their current console, these type of bundles provides enough incentive to seduce customers to consider buying the Xbox One S since the original version is no longer being sold.

A retrospective

"Halo 3" is considered by most as the best in the franchise, although all three all have their strong points.

From all the mainstream titles released in the franchise, it is arguably the best rounded of all of them. Its gameplay is enjoyable if a bit awkward, and there is more substantial content than the previous two titles.

"Halo 4" generally does not receive all that much love from the fan base, mostly because it decided to humanize Master Chief.

The gameplay is still Bungie, so there is still a decent FPS to be found here.

"Halo 3: ODST" is one of the best entries in the franchise, even if it does not feature Master Chief. As it was considered a stopgap until "Halo: Reach" was released, not as many people played this one. It would be cool to return to it all these years later, especially alongside its three bigger brothers.