It’s the end of an era, folks. Microsoft’s excellent backward compatibility program has ended. The latest 23 games from the original Xbox and Xbox 360 to be backward compatible on the Xbox One are here. With this, Microsoft is closing the door on this project as it prepares for the 2020 release of the next-gen Xbox console currently named Project Scarlett.
Just over half of the 23 new backward compatible games are Xbox 360 titles. Much is from the original Xbox, and most of them are from the original Xbox. Exploded cell franchise. Fully four Exploded cell OG Xbox Era titles are now playable on Xbox One.
We also have both Unreal Championship 2 from the original Xbox and Unreal Championship 3 Xbox One in today’s roster, as well as Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, Prince of Persia, the forgotten sands and the original Far cry-a game that a lot of people didn’t like but still love (even though I only played it on PC and the Xbox 360 port wasn’t supposed to be that good).
There is also the old FromSoftware game, Enchanted weapons, although it is a pre-Demon souls version and nothing comparable to their more recent work. In fact, it’s a turn-based game much like other Japanese turn-based titles like FF: Tactical.
Finally, there is a game that Microsoft is offering for free, but only for a week. Then it’s gone forever. Too human was supposed to be released on the original PlayStation in 1999, but was caught in development hell for years, first upgrading to a GameCube version in 2000 before fading away for years until developer Silicon Knights and Microsoft entered into a partnership agreement in 2005. The game was released in 2008, nearly a decade after its release, but at that time Silicon Knights and Epic Games were in litigation over the Unreal 3 game engine.
In the end, Epic won the legal battle and Silicon Knights was forced to recall and destroy every game they developed using the Unreal 3 engine, including Too human which was recalled from the Xbox store. This is why Microsoft can only give the game away for a very short time instead of selling it. If you want to play the game (by all accounts pretty mediocre) you only have a short time to acquire it.
Here’s the full list of the newest bundle of Xbox One backward compatible titles. Note that some of these are not on the Xbox store and require a physical copy to play.
- Armed and dangerous
- Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb
- Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
- Exploded cell
- Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
- Shattered cell chaos theory
- Double Agent Splinter Cell
- Unreal Championship 2
- asura’s fury
- Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (physics only)
- Enchanted weapons
- Slave: Odyssey to the West
- Far Cry Classic
- Far Cry Instincts Predator
- Infinite Undiscovery (physical only)
- King Kong by Peter Jackson (physical only)
- Prince of Persia, the forgotten sands
- Star Ocean: The Last Hope (physical only)
- Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
- Too human (free, but there is a catch)
- Unreal Tournament 3
It’s pretty good that Microsoft has gone to such lengths to make these older titles available on the Xbox One, and certainly better late than never.
Fortunately, all of the Xbox One games we love right now will be backward compatible on the next Xbox right out of the box, so we shouldn’t have to deal with this progressive trickle of backward compatible versions. Much more practical.