Microsoft Is Bringing Us Back
Starting on the 17th of April, Microsoft is bringing back a series of 19 original Xbox games. Microsoft has been slowly adding backward compatibility to the Xbox One since its release. It first began with a handful of titles and slowly that list has grown to over 400 games from Xbox 360 and about 32 Original Xbox. Most gamers will agree that backward compatibility is a must. When a new console comes out, you naturally want to buy it. However, you don’t want to have to keep all your old systems hooked up all the time just to play your favorite, now outdated game.
Out of the 19 games coming, the most anticipated of these games are Star Wars: Battlefront II and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – at least for me. They are being released in two rounds this month, April 17 and April 26. See the full list here:
- Blinx: The Time Sweeper
- Conker: Live & Reloaded
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- Hunter: The Reckoning
- Jade Empire
- Panzer Dragoon Orta
- SSX 3
- Destroy All Humans!
- Full Spectrum Warrior
- Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
- MX Unleashed
- Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory (Europe only)
- Star Wars: Battlefront
- Star Wars: Battlefront II
- Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
- Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
- Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- Star Wars: Republic Commando
Microsoft is also “enhancing” a few games already on the list of games you are able to play now. These games’ “enhancements” are available now. I’m not sure what “enhanced” means – maybe the graphics or possibly they just fixed some bugs.
- Gears of War 2
- Portal 2
- Red Dead Redemption
- Sonic Generations (first time available on Xbox One)
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Retro Gaming Is Getting Bigger
With movies like Ready Player One (the book was better) and TV shows like Stranger Things, it’s clear that retro is the big thing right now. While these original Xbox games are not “retro”, they are nostalgic for many people. I have great memories of playing through the conquest campaign in Star Wars: Battlefront II with one of my best friends. We would stay up all night to take over the galaxy. I am excited we will be able to do it again. Nostalgia is important and I think gaming companies are seeing that. By adding more backward compatibility, I can see a bigger shift to bring back the titles from the 80s and 90s to the newer consoles. I would love to play some old school side scrollers on my Xbox soon.