Microsoft has been hard at work making original Xbox games playable on the Xbox One consoles. Naturally, alongside their own agenda of games, they have been relying on fan input to determine what games are seen as “most desired” or rather those who are most anticipated to make the jump. Many fans are still frothing at the mouth at the thought of Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3 making the jump from the Xbox 360 era to current generation consoles.

Still, there are many gamers, myself included, that have seen some of the games that got approved for the backwards compatibility treatment and couldn’t help but think “Why that one?” That seems to be the case with a lot of the games being released on Games with Gold as of late, but in any light, the announcement of original Xbox games getting the compatibility treatment fills me with hope. I never had an original Xbox, so I missed out on a lot of great games growing up. Below are a few that I hope Microsoft gives me a chance to experience soon.

Fatal Frame

Recently, I spent the time watching a full play through of an emulation of Fatal Frame 2. I immediately fell in love with the focus on story telling. There wasn’t necessarily a detraction from combat, but rather a unique (for the time) mechanic that made players have to snap pictures of the attacking apparitions in order to do damage to them. The overall story takes place in a small Asian village, where twins are often sacrificed in the name of ancient traditions. Coincidentally enough, the main protagonists are twins whom get stuck in that village, the one actually controlled by the player is tasked with stopping the ritual and getting herself and her sister out of the town. The twin not controlled by the player gets taken a few times over the story and begins to slowly act more and more creepy. It definitely added a new layer to the atmosphere. It also may have been caused by the emulation but Mayu (the sister not controlled by players) sometimes looked back at the camera as it changed and seemed to be looking directly at the player. It made myself and the individual player very uncomfortable once we noticed it.

Silent Hill

I am almost ashamed to admit this but outside of Silent Hill: Downpour and the ports of Silent Hill 2 and 3 for the Xbox 360 I never got the chance to play any of the Silent Hill games when I was younger. My parents used to follow the ESRB ratings to the point so they were deemed to adult for me to play for most of my young life. Now, however, I’m a beer-swilling, foul-mouthed adult and can play whatever I please. Usually it’s The Sims and Overwatch. Anyways, the concept of Silent Hill has always been an intriguing one. A person, gets trapped there and usually has to face horrors based on an event pertaining to their past. For instance in Silent Hill 2 main protagonist James gets a letter from his deceased wife saying she is waiting for him at their ‘special place’ in Silent Hill. He then spends the rest of the game in Silent Hill trying to piece together the circumstances of her death. Every Silent Hill after that follows a different character with a whole new story. Silent Hill 4: The Room actually has high interest for playing. A majority of it takes place in a singular room in Silent Hill, at least as I understand it. The protagonist ventures out periodically and pieces together story events but somehow always ends up back in that same room. It is also worth noting when he is stuck in that room the game switches to first person perspective, which isn’t explored again until the recently cancelled Silent Hills.

The Suffering: Ties That Bind

Speaking of games that never graced my family’s consoles, The Suffering: Ties That Bind never showed up in my house outside of the demo I found on Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks disc. To my understanding, the game picks up after convict Torque escapes the island of the original game. Instead of being in the grimy, dirty penitentiary the first game took place in, Ties That Bind is in Baltimore, the main character’s home town. Much like the first game, the players’ actions matter throughout the game. Choices made throughout the horror and gore will lead to one of three endings, depending on the actions made. For fans of the first game with a save file, you will also have three openings to chose from which adds a pretty healthy incentive to play both games and get the whole experience.

Time Splitters: Future Perfect

Time Splitters: Future Perfect was a game that hit all the right notes. It had a ton of comedic moments, the gameplay was really well pieced together and the characters all had a ton of personality to them. Ninja monkey? Time Splitters: Future Perfect has it. Sexy female cops, got it. Rebellious bad ass female characters, yup. A horror filled mansion with zombies? Yeah, they took that page from Resident Evil. Protagonist Cortez adventures through several different time periods spanning about a dozen different locals in the attempt to stop the time crystals that released the Splitters in the first place. The weapons were also a blast. I remember many afternoons spent with friends and my little sister shooting flare guns at each other trying to get those instant kills and burning everything down around us. Not to mention, the game came with an insanely intuitive map maker that allowed players to share their creations and have whole new experiences. Almost an infinite amount of possibilities.

Cold Fear

As a streamer and a game critic, I am always looking for new games to play and talk about. Even of those games aren’t new in the literal sense of them being the newest thing on the market. I will be totally honest, up until recently, I had no idea this game existed, so I had to look it up. Cold Fear, as I understand it, follows US Coast Guard member Tom Hansen as he tries to aid a whaling ship in the Bering Strait. He then finds that most of the crew has succumbed to a virus, changing them in to undead abominations. Apparently, he also finds out the Russian mob and CIA were involved in the whole incident which, peaks the interest of the conspiracy theorist in me. It was met with mostly positive reviews and it was often likened to Resident Evil 4, which definitely makes me want to play it even more.

As always if you have any games from the era of the original Xbox that you want to see Microsoft put on newer consoles please let us know down below in the comments. I know this seemed a little horror heavy but there are still a multitude of games I would play if given the backwards compatibility treatment. Several Resident Evil games, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, Psychonauts was already put on to the Xbox One and I am really looking forward to getting my hands on it in the future.