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Xbox One Backwards Compatibility: Original Xbox Games To Expect

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Original Xbox games are coming to the current-gen console. [Image from Microsoft]

During E3 2017, Microsoft expanded on Xbox One backwards compatibility by stating that original Xbox games would be playable soon. It’s a blockbuster announcement that has many Microsoft fans happy, showing that their console has something Sony and Nintendo won’t have. Like the 360 backwards compatibility, expect an update soon, since fans can’t just insert random Xbox CDs.

Crimson Skies was announced as one of the first backwards compatible games for the console, which is an Xbox exclusive. It made fans wonder what other Xbox exclusive games will be playable on Xbox One, along with older third-party titles. Here is a list of likely titles that will definitely come to the console, since they’re too popular to ignore.

Ninja Gaiden Black

Admittedly, Ninja Gaiden has been ported to pretty much every other system, including 7th gen consoles and the PS Vita. However, none of those ports provide the challenge that Ninja Gaiden Black offered, which made the difficult original much harder. Considering the amount of easier ports made, this should be a no-brainer for Xbox One backwards compatibility, give it’s reputation.

Jade Empire

Bioware’s first original game after Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, is one of the company’s most interesting titles. Mixing great real-time combat, with the typical well-written dialogue that made Bioware famous, this title deserves more attention from fans. Interestingly, a prettier version was released on 360 as well, so Microsoft can always port that version if they want to.

Panzer Dragoon ORTA

A genuinely good on-rails shooter, Panzer Dragoon ORTA is one of the most underrated titles ever released on the Xbox. It even comes with the original Sega Saturn Panzer Dragoon, making this a must-have for Xbox One backwards compatibility. Sega put a lot of love into this game, and seeing it on the Xbox One will please many nostalgic fans.

Timesplitters Series

Of all the FPS revivals that fans want, this is the series that often gets thrown around for a remaster. It’s easy to see why though, thanks to the game’s sense of humor and imaginative levels, which are sorely missed. Since it has yet to receive a PS2-on-PS4 version, Microsoft should fulfill fan requests and port the beloved shooter series.

Stars Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2

How the series hasn’t received a current-gen remaster is baffling, considering how they’re the best Star Wars games ever made. Pretty much setting the tone for future Bioware games, the Star Wars RPG series still holds up today. While the second game was rushed and more flawed, fans still want them together for completions sake.

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