Dozens more Xbox games playable on 360

Microsoft releases another list of tweaks for its current console's backward compatibility list; update adds Panzer Dragoon Orta, Jet Set Radio Future, Mercenaries, and more.

Roughly 17 months after the launch of the Xbox 360, Microsoft is bringing the Xbox 360 backward compatibility list above the 300 mark. The company today added dozens of original Xbox titles to its official backward compatibility list, with highlights including Sega releases Jet Set Radio Future and Panzer Dragoon Orta, as well as Pandemic Studios' Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction and Microsoft's MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf.

When asked if this would be the final backward compatibility update, a Microsoft representative told GameSpot that while there were no details to share yet, "don't expect this to be the final update."

The following is a list of games added to the backward compatibility list in the latest update:

Avatar: The Last Airbender
Breakdown
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
Call of Duty 3
Cars
Crash Bandicoot 5: Wrath of Cortex
Daisenryaku VII
FIFA Soccer 2007
Full Spectrum Warrior
Guilty Gear Isuka
Innocent Tears (Japan only)
Jet Set Radio Future
King of Fighters 2002
King of Fighters: Neowave
Mad Dash Racing (Japan only)
Mech Assault 2
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
Nascar 2006: Total Team Control
NFL Fever 2004
Oddworld Munch's Oddysee
Panzer Dragoon Orta
Petit Copter (Japan only)
Phantom Dust
Reservoir Dogs
Return To Castle Wolfenstein
Rugby League 2
Sengoku Warriors (Japan only)
Sonic Riders
Soul Calibur 2 (updated)
Spider-Man 2
Star Wars: Republic Commando
Street Fighter Anniversary Collection
Tenku (Japan only)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
Tony Hawk's Underground
Ultra Bust a Move
Unreal Championship 2

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ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Otogi 1 and 2 should have been on the list.   And Operation Flashoint.

NeoSaintST
NeoSaintST

Wow, this game is very impressive even now 6 years after the release. It's particularly refreshing with the great graphical enhancement over the 32-bit era. Also, since it has a female protagonist leading this end of the series. I might have to get this off of XB Live. -NST

big-joe-cool
big-joe-cool

One of my favorite games on Xbox was Full Spectrum Warrior, I never owned a copy however as my original Xbox died before I had a chance to go out and buy it. No matter, I bought a 360 thinking, like most people at the time that all original xbox games would be playable. As we now all know we were WRONG! Finally come April, another update came out featuring Full Spectrum Warrior, I was so thrilled I bought a copy of the game to play that very same day. Since updating however, things have taken a turn for the worst. The first thing that happened after I updated my Xbox, BAM 3 Red Lights of death, seemed my 360 had gone to heaven (my second one in 8 months btw), I managed however to fix the problem, I just left it running on the red lights for like 5 hours, turned it off and turned it back on, hey presto works a treat. Now however Full Spectrum Warrior seems to freeze, no joke, 10 minutes into gameplay EVERY TIME. No reason for this, it just happens, theres not one scratch on the disc, and all my other games work fine, so why this??? I paid over $600 for my 360 only to have it inexplicably die every few months, NOT HAPPY.

Zazalon
Zazalon

Is RAW 2 compatible yet? Or has it already been added?

mendoz64
mendoz64

None of theses new updates work in the uk.Why?

jasongm
jasongm

Hahaha not one game on that list that i own... figures...

Nightfall07
Nightfall07

Jet Set Radio Future!!!!!!!! YES!, this means im getting a 360 now! I said i wouldnt get one unless that was added as its my favourite xbox game ever, awesome stuff. (i dont have an xbox 1, i just played round friends)

HaloPrince
HaloPrince

After doing a little searching it seems that Mercenaries is freezing due to a corrupted audio file. However after progressing further into the game I've found (and others have as well) that freezes occur less frequently than before (maybe after a godd 2/3 hours of gameplay). Still though you should save as often as you can even if it's for something as trivial as a blueprint, as you can't imagine the boredom of trekking around to find something you've already found.

blazenx
blazenx

I wonder if anyone else had this problem but when i play mercenaries for 30 min, my 360 freezes. I can play other games for hours but mercenaries is just wacked out on my console

LoyalGamer
LoyalGamer

Keep e-mailing Microsoft about what game you want B.C. Keep pressuring them about it. Tell them that your submitting game requests on behalf of other gamers! Call of Duty 2: Big Red One Daisenryaku VII Full Spectrum Warrior Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction Star Wars: Republic Commando These are some of the game requests I sent Microsoft a couple of months ago, and they made the April Update. Need I say more?

danof76
danof76

Still no Riddick... so I still don't care. I guess Panzer Dragoon and Jet Set Radio are good additions, but damnit, I want Riddick.

Dasin
Dasin

Again, where the #$^% is RIDDICK !

HaloPrince
HaloPrince

djord02: "OMG if you are going to port over Mercenaries, do it right!!! I went out, bought the game this weekend, and fired it up only to find that it completely craps itself when you enter Chinese territory. ARGHGHGHGHGH. Shoddy emulating" Actually after cleaning my disk I've had no problems with Mercenaries, although the Mini Map has a tendency to diapear occasionally it always comes back. My advice save every 15 mins seems to do the trick for me.

gryphon23
gryphon23

I complained to the Xbox backwards compatability team about 3 months ago about Soul Calibur 2, and they fixed it! Power to the people, now I can enjoy the best game I never played on the original Xbox!

DROPKICKKID
DROPKICKKID

I NEED ARMED and DANGEROUS. also riddic will be a market place game

Jermwarfare
Jermwarfare

still no Operation Flashpoint or America's Army..... :(

1337pwnage
1337pwnage

Yes! Tony hawk's underground!!! i bought it 2 months ago without being aware it wasn't bc. but now it is! woot

djord02
djord02

OMG if you are going to port over Mercenaries, do it right!!! I went out, bought the game this weekend, and fired it up only to find that it completely craps itself when you enter Chinese territory. ARGHGHGHGHGH. Shoddy emulating

lithus
lithus

Mortal_Medic says "There are really no incentives for backwards compatability. You don't get any anchievements, you can't talk to your friends while playing it, you can't download anything related to it. They can keep making more games compatible until they find they should have just made it completly compatible in the first place." Umm how about just getting a chance to play some Xbox games you missed or just want to get back to during the slow season...uh like now. While I wait for Bioshock, Mass Effect and Shadowrun I'm going to catch upon some old games. I'd be playing Silent Hill: Restless Dreams if only they add the ****er!

Mortal_Medic
Mortal_Medic

There are really no incentives for backwards compatability. You don't get any anchievements, you can't talk to your friends while playing it, you can't download anything related to it. They can keep making more games compatible until they find they should have just made it completly compatible in the first place.

Laurence114
Laurence114

Why doesnt everyone just get an original xbox you can get them really cheap (£29.99) and then you wouldnt have this problem

HaloPrince
HaloPrince

Is any one else having issues with Mercenaries? It seems to lock up after five minutes...

menciawatcher25
menciawatcher25

i looked at this list and ran to gamestop and bought phantom dust for 5 dollars ive been wanting to play this game ever since its come out and finnally its backwards compatible i read the review and it said it was good and you cant go wrong for 5 bucks and this game is not only intense its mulyiplayer is awesome and it in depth skill syste mis amazing but this game is quite a challenge ther e are plenty of single player missions in story moda

Dryker
Dryker

Panzer Dragoon is sweet and an excellent addition, but.... Oddworld Munch's Odyssey! That's awesome, hopefully Stranger's Wrath is next. In my opinion, one of the best games for the Xbox. Munch's I believe was published by Microsoft, where as Stranger's was EA, so perhaps that may hinder things. Chronicles of Riddick is a no-brainer. There must be something behind the scenes keeping that from happening... anyways, keep up the good work! Glad to see these additions, I had thought they had givin' up on BC's.

DanteKiller
DanteKiller

I love Panzer Dragoon and Jet Set Radio Future, but WHERE THE HELL IS CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK?! That game was amazing!

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

Also Breakdown is a great game it may not have a multiplayer deathmatch mode but its the first first person shooter to have a fairly deep fighting system that you use all in the first person it NEVER STRAYS from the first person perspective like say...HALO the NPC interaction is not bad either.

They just don't make truly innovative games like Breakdown and Unreal Championship 2 Liandri Conflict anymore. No, if a new FPS is made they'll tend to water down the gameplay till its too simple and context-sensitive gameplay. I don't mind the occasional one like Perfect Dark Zero but this should not be the trend.

Oh and incase you're wondering when it comes to playing Unreal CHAMPIONSHIP 2 I prefer 3rd to first..so I can see everything around me.

_Zodiac_
_Zodiac_

Allright only two more games and my entire Xbox collection is playable, Microsoft add Metal Gear Solid 2 and Silent Hill 2 and I'm good.

GrimBee
GrimBee

Question is, does this update make sonic riders any good?? :P

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

scottshilling i bought mercenaries from blockbuster today for 9.99!!! its half off at all blockbuster gamerushes. so stoked on that. plus the godfather, double agent, saints row and a bunch of other cool games for the 360(yes the 360) are half off the listed price on the box. so mercs was 19.99 but rang up 9.99. freakin sweet. cant wait for brothers in arms so i can beat earned in blood instead of playing it on my break in the back. is unreal champ 2 that good? Posted Apr 21, 2007 1:21 am CT

Yes it is Scott. Unreal Championship 2 is excellent. There was also a prior Unreal made for xbox...the awakening but I heard that one was bad and it was just another port from PC.

But Unreal Championship 2? The Liandri Conflict? was made from the ground up exclusively for xbox.

You can deflect projectiles, and melee attacks. There are heavy and quick melee attacks, in addition to flying melee thrust attacks at your disposal on the melee side.

In addition to that you can bring up your energy shield and then there's always your guns which you can use in either first OR third person perspective (which is now the top right bumper for 360). You can switch at anytime betwixt your character specific melee weapon and your three guns. Each gun has two or three different attacks. Your default energy gun can stun or rapidfire.

Then there's the walljumping and the flying somersaults you can do and your 6 Unreal powers...

There's also online multiplayer deathmatching and you win modifiers in the singleplayer campaigns.

Oh I almost forgot you can also win bots to add to your roster, change up the bots on that roster as well as the team that they are on, trashtalk ingame using a menu that doubles for giving orders to your computer controlled team mates.

Maps can be swapped in or out...and you can even unlock Raiden as a playable character. My favorite is Sobek...cause he has a sword...

hi_im_derek
hi_im_derek

Woooooo! The only game I want to be BC is Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure.

gamer1137
gamer1137

Lol i dont play any of those games anyway so meh

stinger503
stinger503

NASCAR! Full Spectrum Warrior! AND WOLFENSTEIN! HURRAY!

vlam
vlam

Still no Def Jam FFNY, despite the many requests after Icon ruined the gameplay of the series.

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

Keep up the good work MS!

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Bout Time MS! Did it really take two years to make these SEGA games backwards playable??

loafy929
loafy929

I still want Otogi and Otogi 2....

edwardnortan
edwardnortan

GOD DAMMIT......................... Where is Capcom vs SNK 2

lamprey263
lamprey263

Has anyone else besides me noticed that there's lots of sound effects missing from PANZER DRAGOON ORTA? I noticed that some creatures that should make noise when you kill/attack them don't when played on the X360. Also, lots of the aircraft don't make explosion sounds when they should, like when they explode in mid air or collide with walls. Even that mid level-2 giant worm boss is a pretty quiet event; no water splashing or creature noises. Is there a BC issue with lots of games concerning sound? I know that in MANHUNT you can't hear the director's voice (which is extremely disappointing!).

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

I've been getting into NASCAR 06 on my 360 now, waiting for 08!

Wilstysabsinthe
Wilstysabsinthe

I can't believe they haven't put Morrowind on there yet. It's not even on the old lists.

XboxGuyxx
XboxGuyxx

I had given up all hope of playing Phantom Dust on my 360 since it wasn't a "big seller", but Microsoft surprises again. If anyone wants to get owned I'll be on there all day, every day, for the rest of your lives. Kudos to Microsoft for not sleeping at the wheel on BC, even if it is a bit slow.