Microsoft reveals list of Xbox Live games coming to Windows 8

First set of Xbox Live games heading to Windows 8 announced; some titles to be exclusive to the OS.

The first set of Xbox Live games to be available on Windows 8 has been revealed. An announcement on Major Nelson's blog listed 40 titles that will be making their way to the OS, including titles from Microsoft Studios, Rovio, Miniclip, Gameloft, ZeptoLab, Glu Mobile, and Halfbrick Studios. Some of the titles will be exclusive to Windows 8, but all will be playable on any Windows 8 PC, laptop or tablet.

Windows 8 is being designed for touch screens, as well as mouse-and-keyboard interfaces.

Previously, Microsoft announced that Xbox Live would be available on Windows 8, rolling out with the launch of the operation system.

Earlier this year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed that the Kinect motion-sensing camera peripheral would be coming to the PC, saying that, "We'll support that in a formal way in the right time, and when we have an announcement to make, we'll make it." (The company has since released the Kinect software development kit for the PC.)

See the complete list of titles below.

1. 4 Elements II Special Edition
2. A World of Keflings
3. Adera: Episode 1
4. Adera: Episode 2
5. Adera: Episode 3
6. Angry Birds
7. Angry Birds Space
8. Big Buck Hunter Pro
9. BlazBlue Calamity Trigger
10. Collateral Damage
11. Crash Course GO
12. Cut the Rope
13. Disney Fairies
14. Dragon’s Lair
15. Field & Stream Fishing
16. Fruit Ninja
17. Gravity Guy
18. Gunstringer: Dead Man Running
19. Hydro Thunder Hurricane
20. IloMilo
21. iStunt 2
22. Jetpack Joyride
23. Kinectimals Unleashed
24. Microsoft Mahjong
25. Microsoft Minesweeper
26. Microsoft Solitaire Collection
27. Monster Island
28. PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
29. Pinball FX 2
30. Reckless Racing Ultimate
31. Rocket Riot 3D
32. Shark Dash
33. Shuffle Party
34. Skulls of the Shogun
35. Taptiles
36. Team Crossword
37. The Harvest HD
38. Toy Soldiers Cold War
39. Wordament
40. Zombies!!!

Written By

Zorine “harli” Te is a long time competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

Discussion

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gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

When they said Xbox live games for Windows8 I expected some mainstream games like Halo or GOW for PC.

petran78
petran78

Blazblue Calamity Trigger? Really?

When Chrono Phantasma is about to arrive?

starduke
starduke

No Halo= NO buy. I'll stick with 7.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I think most of the people reading this article didn't really understand it.  These are forty games that are confirmed to run across Windows 8 devices -- "all will be playable on any Windows 8 PC, laptop or tablet."

 

That doesn't mean that the PC won't have computationally intense, hardcore games like Mass Effect or Halo, but those games obviously won't run on a tablet or smartphone.  To put it another way, PC gaming is still not dead yet.

 

The exciting thing is that Microsoft has finally brought us binary compatibility across platforms.  That has been something that many of us have wished for over the past decade.  Obviously that means that such programs have to be written to the lowest common spec in order to work on multiple systems, but it also brings us closer to having the same functionality and operation in our favorite games and applications no matter which device we use to run them.

 

These games are not supposed to demonstrate the graphical prowess of the next generation of high-end PCs.  They're harbingers of what is yet to come -- the possibility of buying one game and running it on your smartphone, tablet or PC.  Personally, I am excited about that possibility.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Windows Phone 8 actually looks like it's finally gonna be in the same league as Android. The software will finally support multi-core processors, among hundreds of other little features that Android & iOS have supported for years. Windows Phone 8 is reported to have over 400 improvements to the platform, obviously most of these are background processes with how the software runs. But it's so much more capable.

 

The bad thing is that people with WP7 won't be able to upgrade to WP8 software.

wyan_
wyan_

Dragon's Lair?.... Jeezuz....

Johny_47
Johny_47

I really want microsoft to make cross platform games, it would have alot of potential if it's done right.

 

And even though they do not need more money, they'd get some from people upgrading to Windows 8, doubt they'll do this and it's a shame.

timmy0001
timmy0001

How about giving us some full fledged games like Halo 4 on Win8? Show us that you really are confident in your OS's gaming capabilities and release some decent games. The Xbox 360 architecture is so similar to a Windows machine that the only reason I can see for MS not releasing first party titles on PC is because they don't want people to see how much better they look than on the 360. And don't mention piracy because playing illegitimate games on 360 is easy. 

timmy0001
timmy0001

Windows 8 has some cool features, but I don't understand why they don't just have a toggle for    touch interface +-- mouse/keyboard interface. If it's set to mouse/keyboard just give us the regular start menu. If it's set to touch then give the live tiles. That's the only thing I haven't liked about the release preview.

isahunt
isahunt

Ahh, MS forcing you to upgrade again. Brings back memories of playing Halo 2 on my XP with XP-patch.

 

Too bad most of these games are ass.

quantumtheo
quantumtheo

So, I still don't have a reason to go to Win8... Win 7 will probably be my OS for quite a while, I doubt Directx 11.1 will be enough to tip the balance either....

GamespotAudio
GamespotAudio

Remember Windows ME?

 

Why they are going with a tablet/mobile interface is still a mystery to me...... (I'll stick to Win 7 for the foreseeable future)

cephas90
cephas90

These aren't real games, these are mobile games.  Why on EARTH would I play a mobile game on my DESKTOP?  The HECK?

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

The genius of the Metro... I mean.. the Modern UI in Windows 8 is that it uses the same technologies that are used for building Windows Phone apps.

 

With Windows being the dominant OS in the majority of the developed world, this provides Microsoft with a huge advantage for attracting developers and will significantly increase the number of apps on the Windows Phone App Store simply by companies adapting their applications to run on the Modern UI interface.

AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

windows 8 is the next vista  a mobile phone os on your desktop. t

No thanks win 7 works just fine and that list is pathetic

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

wouldnt xbox live titles exclusive to windows 8 actually not be xbox live titles but rather windows 8 titles? lol, just sayin

DJ8WORK
DJ8WORK

That list is a insult....

I wouldn't p**s on it, if it were on fire!!!!

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

Where the hell is Halo ??? This is just a list of tablet compatible games no real gamer wants to play lol I hoped they would announce at least a Win8 compatible Halo 4 version same crap they did back in the days with Halo 2 PC being Vista exclusive (you can play it on Win7 nowadays thou). Sorry MS but this is really underwhelming, I am fully aware that its nearly impossible to implement Xbox360 to Win8 because of the code the games are written in but at least port over some awesome PC games like Halo or Gears of War series.

kweeni
kweeni

What a garbadge list, where the heck is Halo?

 

I'd get W8 if they bring the 360 Halo games to it.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Those games are horrible.

 

If Microsoft wants to impress with Windows 8, when their previous Win 7 is working just fine, they need to bring something interesting to the table.

demonic_85
demonic_85

Lol i'll chalk this one up to another fail for Windows 8. Some of those games are free on other platforms and you can even play some like Angry Birds in your browser right now. http://chrome.angrybirds.com/

Wisdominsilence
Wisdominsilence

Zorine thanks for the article sweety but MS just make me sleep with their "arcade games".

me4656
me4656

Wait what, BlazBlue Calamity Trigger not Continuum Shift? But Calamity Trigger already has a PC port!

bakasora
bakasora

I'm happy with the mouse and kb

91210user
91210user

No Bejeweled 3? Give us Bejeweled 3!

Hrodwulf666
Hrodwulf666

What a load of S**T... This is it MS? This is what you announce? The big Gaming revelation. Its bad enough you have no original games for the 360, no exclusives. Now you show your lack of vision for PC gaming by releasing a bunch of Mobile device Apps.... You really are out of touch aren't you.

 

SandRunneR
SandRunneR

Having spent some time with Windows 8, I will say this... It's a pretty decent system for small devices. As for Desktop users... It's the new Windows Vista.

Kjranu
Kjranu

Pfft, no Halo? Don't expect me to make the unnecessary upgrade to W8.

10V3n0M01
10V3n0M01

Hopefully they will add support for Xbox games in general. Only reason a "gamer" would really go for w8. Other than that, w7 is more than sufficient for now. 

10V3n0M01
10V3n0M01

We need a Forza port :( It hurts me seeing the limited graphics of such a great game on Xbox while my gaming PC sits on the side waiting for the challenge. 

Grimar75
Grimar75

I think that a lot of people missed the point.  With Win8, you still get to play PC games, but also, for the casual gamers, get to enjoy touch based games as well.  I would rather think that it is best of both.

TaintedMindz
TaintedMindz

Shame, I thought Halo would make a return to the PC. Guess it will stay 360 exclusive. Not much on the list noteworthy except maybe BlazBlue. No real reason to upgrade right now anyways.

BFKZ
BFKZ

Windows 8 is awesome, been using it for a month now :D needs getting used to, but after that, its freakin sweeet!

Dareitus
Dareitus

Before everyone points the lame finger and starts face palming, consider these games are built for metro, meaning they should be playable on your Surface tablets, metro phones, AND PC's. Considering these games are tailored more for functioning on portable platforms the list makes a bit more sense. I personally am excited for Blazblue

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Actually the sequels of Halo and Gears of War which mysteriously failed to release.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Therefore my response to Microsoft:Go f**k yourself.

DIGN
DIGN

 @SalahDinThe2nD Actually Halo 2 finally works now (I just played it last night online) and it plays good multi-player, achievements, and everything else. It's kinda like an HD version considering how good PC hardware is today and how almost anyone with a semi-modern gfx card can max it out at 1920x1080 with 120+ fps. 

suprsolider
suprsolider

 @theKSMM 

We already have that, it's called the HUMBLE BUNDLES.

There have been 3 of them for Android that work on Windows,Android,Linux and Mac.

 

So it's not a new concept.

suprsolider
suprsolider

 @Vodoo it will be in the same league as Android functionality but sales wise, not going to happen. They missed the boat, it's already sailed, iOS and Android have that market locked up phone wise, with Blackberry and Windows phone fighting it out for what little remains.

GGCrew_basic
GGCrew_basic

 @Hrodwulf666 While I also found the list extremely underwhelming, your "out of touch" comment is punnily off the mark: many of these titles were designed for a touch interface, and will likely be highlights on the upcoming Windows 8 tablets.

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

 @SandRunneR Thats what I thought. Perfect for a touch screen interface such as a tablet but for PC's it looks dreadful. I think I will be sticking to Windows 7 for a while yet.

DIGN
DIGN

 @gamefreak215jd  @SalahDinThe2nD Yes, but for some reason the game and Games for Windows Live didn't work on Windows 7 and no one wanted to go back to Vista, so now it's playable again. it's still pretty fun go back to the old days.