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Hitman: Blood Money leads the latest Xbox One backward compatibility releases

Have a bit of Lego Star Wars 3 too.

Hitman Blood Money and Lego Star Wars 3: The Clones Wars are the latest games to make the Xbox One backward compatibility list, Microsoft has revealed.

Blood Money, if you'd briefly like to me accompany down memory lane, is the fourth instalment in IO Interactive's celebrated Hitman series, and released back in 2006.

On a fundamental level, it's business as usual for Agent 47, offering another open-ended, atmospheric game of cat and mouse as you attempt to fulfil contracts and eliminate targets as stealthily as possible. However, IO did at least find time to refine its rock solid formula, including the likes of a new notoriety system.

"Like the very best games, it's a slow burner, often hiding its charms and subtleties from the player until you've invested the time and effort to understand how the pieces of the jigsaw fit together," said Eurogamer of Blood Money in its 2006 review.

"If the impressive visual enhancements, tighter controls, more coherent narrative and bigger production values don't draw you in, the thoughtful level design and degree of freedom will keep you coming back for more."

Lego Star Wars 3 is an equally decent backward compatibility offering. As its subtitle suggests, the animated Clone Wars film gets the Lego-isation treatment this time around - presumably because the first two games had already covered the six mainline Star Wars movies and nobody particularly fancied taking a crack at the Star Wars Holiday Special.

"Occasionally clunky structure aside," said Dan Whitehead in his 8/10 Eurogamer review, "Clone Wars is still easy to recommend. There's ambition here that you wouldn't expect from a series on its eighth iteration. While stretching those boundaries has meant that the game loses some of its structural shape, the moment-by-moment experience is as enchanting and engaging as any previous entry."

As ever, if you happen to have a copy of the original Xbox 360 game discs lying around, both Hitman: Blood Money and Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars will run seamlessly on Xbox One. Otherwise, both games are available to purchase on the Xbox Games Store. Blood Money and Lego Star Wars 3 will both set you back £11.99.

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