Xbox added over 70 extra backward compatible games, and your favorites might be on this list


Beautiful Katamari, F.E.A.R., Dead or Alive Ultimate, Max Payne, NieR, Skate 2, Jedi Outcast, Otogi, and TimeSplitters 2, among many others

One of the best parts of modern-day Xbox gaming has been the commitment to legacy games, and today, we’ve got a ton of new (old!) games to revisit from the Xbox and Xbox 360 days. Announced during the laid-back Xbox 20th anniversary stream, Microsoft is rolling out over 70 backward-compatible games on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Fans were hoping for some more movement in Xbox’s backward compatibility program, and I’d say this is it. It really felt like they were saving ’em up for one final wave.

Courtesy of The Verge, here’s the list of backward compatible games coming to Xbox platforms today. You just need your original disc or a digital copy to play them.

  • 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
  • Aces of the Galaxy
  • Advent Rising
  • Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Make the Grade
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth
  • Bankshot Billiards 2
  • Beautiful Katamari
  • Binary Domain
  • Black College Football Xperience: Doug Williams Ed
  • Cloning Clyde
  • Conan
  • Darwinia+
  • Dead or Alive Ultimate
  • Dead or Alive 3
  • Dead or Alive 4
  • Death by Cube
  • Disney Universe
  • Disney’s Chicken Little
  • Elements of Destruction
  • F.E.A.R.
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
  • F.E.A.R. 3
  • F.E.A.R. Files
  • The First Templar
  • Gladius
  • Gunvalkyrie
  • Islands of Wakfu
  • Lego The Lord of the Rings
  • Manhunt
  • Max Payne
  • Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
  • Max Payne 3
  • Mini Ninjas
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
  • MX vs. ATV Alive
  • MX vs. ATV Untamed
  • NieR
  • Novadrome
  • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee
  • Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
  • Otogi: Myth of Demons
  • Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
  • The Outfit
  • Outpost Kaloki X
  • Quake Arena Arcade
  • R.A.W. – Realms of Ancient War
  • Red Dead Revolver
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Ridge Racer 6
  • Rio
  • Risen
  • Risen 2: Dark Waters
  • Rock of Ages
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
  • Scramble
  • Screwjumper!
  • Secret Weapons Over Normandy
  • Skate 2
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam!
  • SpongeBob’s Truth or Square
  • Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition
  • Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • Switchball
  • Thrillville
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails
  • Time Pilot
  • TimeSplitters 2
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment
  • Viva Piñata: Party Animals
  • Warlords

Everything on the list today supports optional Auto HDR on Xbox Series X/S, some of the “new” games like NieR, Binary Domain, and F.E.A.R. have FPS Boost, and 26 games from the existing lineup are also getting FPS Boost — Fallout: New VegasFallout 3, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Dead Space 2, Sonic Generations, and Dragon Age: Origins among them.

As a reminder, original Xbox games will have a resolution bump: a 2x increase on Xbox One S and Xbox One, 3x on Xbox Series S, and 4x on Xbox One X and Xbox Series X.

“Your constant requests for specific titles and enhancements encouraged the Backwards Compatibility team to partner with the original creators to preserve thousands of games from over four generations of Xbox,” said compatibility program lead Peggy Lo. “While we continue to stay focused on preserving and enhancing the art form of games, we have reached the limit of our ability to bring new games to the catalog from the past due to licensing, legal and technical constraints. Thank you for being part of this journey with us.”

So, it’s a bit of a bittersweet note. I’m stoked to see a lot of these fan-favorite names — for my part, it doesn’t get much better than TimeSplitters 2 and Future Perfect— and I hope Microsoft was able to check off a few of your wishlist items too with this last batch.

As for the games getting FPS Boost today, I’m excited about Kameo, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (the GOAT), and the Gears of War series. I want to replay them all.

Here’s the list of backward-compatible games getting a higher frame rate on Xbox Series X/S today (via The Verge), and a reminder: you can toggle FPS Boost by selecting “Manage Game” (with the Menu button) on an individual title to find its compatibility options.

  • Alan Wake
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Binary Domain
  • Black College Football Xperience: Doug Williams Ed
  • Darksiders
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dead Space 3
  • Disney’s Chicken Little
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Dragon Age II
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • F.E.A.R.
  • F.E.A.R. 3
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fable III
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Far Cry 3
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Kameo: Elements of Power
  • Lego The Lord of the Rings
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • NieR
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Rock of Ages
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Sonic Generations
  • Sonic Unleashed
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment