Xbox One Backward Compatibility games update: 'Half-Life 2' debuts alongside six new titles


It has been quite busy in the Xbox One Backward Compatibility library to the delight of many fans. Aside from the slew of games coming in regularly, highly rated “The Orange Box” also makes its way to this month’s batch.

As usual, the good news was announced by Xbox programming director Larry Hryb, who is more known online as Major Nelson, with the use of his social media account.

The famed game compilation, which is a collaboration between Microsoft and Valve Corporation, first debuted in 2007 and includes a couple of video game classics. It contains “Half-Life 2” and its standalone expansions, “Half-Life 2: Episode One” and “Half-Life 2: Episode 2.” Completing the list of five games are the puzzle title “Portal” and “Team Fortress 2,” which is the multiplayer game sequel to “Team Fortress Classic.”

When the crate of goodies first rolled out almost 10 years ago, it was met with applause from fans and professional critics, with IGN citing it as possibly “the best deal in the history of gaming” at that time. Given that most of the titles included in “The Orange Box” are timeless especially with “Half-Life” games included, its inclusion in the Backward Compatibility library is also a special and exciting feat.

Aside from the crate, “Joe Danger 2: The Movie” and “Galaga Legions” also make their respective debuts.

These five exciting titles in one bundle and two separate offerings follow last week’s impressive pack which had “Silent Hill: Downpour,” “Puzzle Quest,” “Eat Lead,” “Dragon’s Lair,” “Battlestations: Midway,” “Jurassic Park: The Game,” and “Tour de France 2011” joining the party.

Gamers who would like to indulge themselves in this plethora of games as well as other previously made available titles can get them in the Ready to Download area of the My Games and Apps section of the Xbox One. However, if a subscription is not put in place, players can access the games by buying them separately on the Xbox website.

The complete list of all games made available through the Xbox One Backward Compatibility feature can be found on the Xbox official website.