Dead Space 2 and 3 Hit Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

Man, say what you will about the Xbox One, but they have a lot of amazingly awesome features. Not the least of which is that it’s literally the only current gen system that offers any kind of free backwards compatibility.

Announced via Larry Hyrb’s Twitter, Dead Space 2 and 3 are coming to Xbox One’s backwards compatibility today, which is totally awesome. Dead Space 2 is arguably one of the best horror games available on last gen systems. Combining the best of the action horror vibes of Resident Evil 4 and the psychological survival horror of Silent Hill, it nailed everything the survival horror genre had become at that point. It was even our 2011 Horror Game of the Year!

The almost as brilliant Dead Space 3 is also very welcome. It was very popular at the time to simply write off the game and bash it because of a more action-focused game design and the addition of co-op – but in all honesty the game is still excellent on a lot of accounts. The decision to make the co-op entirely optional (that is, playing in single player does not stick you with a bot) and the really cool handling of Carver’s hallucinations (which only the person playing as him can see) are amazing. Oh, and if you have a Kinect, you can shout “Fuck off!” when grappled by Necromorphs to shake them off. That has to be worth a whole point in the review score alone.

If you’ve never gotten the chance to experience these great games, give them a shot now that you can play them on a more modern system, and just maybe it might clue EA in to the fact that the series still has a fan base that would really like a part 4 (especially considering the ending of DS3’s DLC). The original Dead Space is of course also available, and has been for a while, so the whole numbered series is available.

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