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Nothing else big launched today so why not check out some classic games from the 2000's?

Bryant Francis, Senior Editor

November 15, 2021

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A promo image for Xbox's backwards compatibility service

If you're not interested in the surprise launch of Halo Infinite's multiplayer mode, Microsoft does have some other games you can check out today--classic games. Over 70 of them, now backwards compatible on Xbox devices. 

Microsoft announced the new titles during its celebration of the Xbox's 20th anniversary, noting that the added games will have HDR support and in some cases, improved framerates. It's a fascinating grab-bag of titles that includes Star Wars: Jedi Knight II and the F.E.A.R series, and also overlooked licensed games from the era like Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth.

What's surprising is that in 2019, Microsoft said it had no plans to add new games to its backwards compatibility service on Xbox One hardware, choosing to prioritize Xbox Series X|S releases. But with those devices being harder to acquire, (and the Xbox One's continued status as a viable Project xCloud device), it looks like the last generation of Xbox still has some relevancy. 

Here are all 76 games getting added in this new addition. 

  • 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

About the Author(s)

Bryant Francis

Senior Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Bryant Francis is a writer, journalist, and narrative designer based in Boston, MA. He currently writes for Game Developer, a leading B2B publication for the video game industry. His credits include Proxy Studios' upcoming 4X strategy game Zephon and Amplitude Studio's 2017 game Endless Space 2.

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