Original Xbox Games Are Coming To Backwards Compatibility!

Nostalgia? Great thing, huh? Well…

Microsoft revealed that there are 13 new games hitting its backward compatibility programme. At this year’s E3 event, the company announced that the games are going to be released in conjunction with the upcoming console.

Now… We’re finding out which games are appearing as they start to emerge on the Xbox store online.

Embrace the dark side, and give in to the force within, as Star WarsKnights Of The Old Republic is listed among those we are seeing. But is it going to slip through our fingers, just like time..? Next on the list is Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time.

Using some Hocus Pocus in an attempt to put a spell on you… the games which are on the list, and are set to come to our consoles are:

  • Black
  • BloodRayne 2
  • Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge
  • Dead To Rights
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Grabbed By The Ghoulies
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Psychonauts
  • Red Faction II
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates!
  •  Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • The King of Fighters: Neowave

Each one of the games are priced at $9.99, with the UK price for some being £8.99.

If you’re like me, and couldn’t bring yourself to rid yourself of the original discs, you can insert them into your Xbox One as of 24th October, a week before Halloween. At least it’s not that much of a blood-y nightmare, eh?

Fans of system link! Do not despair! No, it’s not Navi, unfortunately (Bad cross-over joke, I know!). The feature still works, across the Xbox family. So, if you sport an Xbox One, a friend will still be able to frenzy that fusion, or grab those ghoulies with you. Be sure to watch for those spooky, scary skeletons! However, there is some doom and gloom! Boo-hoo! (Okay, I’ll stop with the Halloween puns, too.) Online multiplayer for these games is not supported, as original Xbox servers were shut down a few years back. But don’t let that stop you from fighting the force with your sabers, or crucifying those vampires.

Keeping all future backwards compat games under wraps, the Xbox team are being careful not to underachieve and are hoping to defy all expectations. Xbox platform lead, Bill Stillwell, said in an interview with IGN that many original Xbox publishers “don’t exist anymore”, or are missing their hard copy contracts. He also said there might be “licensing issues” with certain soundtracks for the games. While Microsoft might be able to allow the backwards compatible versions of the games, it may be “legally impossible” and/or impractical.

Above, is a comparison of some Fuzion Frenzy gameplay on the original Xbox compared to gameplay on the Xbox One S. Looks good, right?

Are you going to waste hours of time on Prince Of Persia? Will you turn into Drop Dead Fred, and scream “Pirates?” Or are you going to turn into (here’s one for the metal fans among us…) Slayer, and Rayne some blood in BloodRayne 2? Whatever your plans and thoughts are, let us know within the comments below!

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