First original Xbox titles to be backwards compatible with Xbox One revealed – and there are some crackers

The leaked pic of possible OG Xbox titles for Xbox One. Image from this tweet.
As Eurogamer reports, a leaked image shows the first bunch of original Xbox games that will be backwards compatible with Xbox One. They are:

  • Dead to Rights
  • Fusion Frenzy
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Crimson Skies
  • Psychonauts
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
  • Bloodrayne 2
  • Pirates!
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • King of Fighters: Neowave
  • Red Faction 2
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

The list hasn’t been confirmed by Microsoft, but six of the games – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Prince of Persia, Red Faction 2, Bloodrayne 2, King of Fighters and Dead to Rights – have just popped up as downloadable titles for the Xbox 360, so it seems likely that they will be available for the Xbox One imminently.

Bunch of crackers

It’s a pretty decent mix of games. KOTOR, Psychonauts, Crimson Skies and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time are the immediate standout titles for me. All of these still hold up well today, and if you haven’t played them yet, you really should give them a whirl. The Baron recently reviewed Observer for PS4, an excellent game about going inside the brains of strange people, but Psychonauts was doing this years ago – the Milkman level in particular was a deranged highlight.

Dead to Rights is also meant to be pretty good, although I’ve never played it myself, and Pirates! is an absolute classic. This Sid Meier game (he of Civilization fame) looked a little dated even at the time (it was a remake of an old Commodore 64 title), but it plays like a dream – and it has undoubtedly inspired the current crop of piratey games, from Sea of Thieves to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Sid Meier’s Pirates! is an all-time classic.
Fuzion Frenzy on the other hand. Well, yeah, Fuzion Frenzy. Not quite sure why they bothered with that one.

There are still plenty of amazing games that Microsoft could port – I picked out the ten best original Xbox games to play on your Xbox One for Kotaku UK a while back, and so far it look like only Crimson Skies has made it from my list. But there’s still plenty of time for Microsoft to do the right thing and make Jet Set Radio Future backwards compatible.

What original Xbox games would you like to see on Xbox One? Let us know in the comments!

UPDATE: It’s confirmed! These 13 games will be available tomorrow, and you can use original Xbox discs as well as buy them digitally.

4 Comments

  1. Ninja Gaiden Black is one of the few original Xbox titles I actually own and played on 360 long ago, but I don’t know if I could ever bring myself to play it again. It made Dark Souls look easy.

    1. That game is definitely not my cup of tea. I much prefer swanning around the Caribbean pretending to be a pirate.

Leave a Reply