Xbox: F.E.A.R. Series, Manhunt, and More Now Backwards Compatible - Rely on Horror

Xbox: F.E.A.R. Series, Manhunt, and More Now Backwards Compatible

It’s been two years since Xbox ended its Backwards Compatability program, which saw a selection of titles from across both Xbox and Xbox 360 being made available on Xbox One systems. It was pretty awesome, but sadly left a lot of great titles out, with a huge chunk of the Xbox 360’s horror library left behind. During today’s Xbox 20th Anniversary stream, however, it was announced a new lineup of over 70 classic titles will be hitting Xbox Backwards Compatability starting today. While the grand majority of the list is non-horror (full of classics like the Max Payne trilogy and Red Dead Revolver), there are a bunch of horror titles that I’m over the moon to hear are part of this release. The full list of horror (along with a few horror-adjacent) titles are:

  • Binary Domain
  • F.E.A.R.
  • F.E.A.R. FILES (Extraction Point and Perseus Mandate Expansion Packs)
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
  • F.E.A.R. 3
  • Manhunt
  • Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Excluding Manhunt (which is playable on PS4/5 natively), this will be the first time these titles are playable on current-gen systems without the need for streaming (and in Binary Domain, Onechanbara, and F.E.A.R.‘s case, at all). Along with this rollout of new games, there are also quite a few of these, along with games already available, that are receiving FPS boosts on Xbox Series systems. The horror (and horror adjacent) games included are:

  • Alan Wake
  • Binary Domain
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dead Space 3
  • F.E.A.R.
  • F.E.A.R. 3
  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War Ultimate Edition
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgement
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

I’m especially excited to see the boost applied to Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, as that game suffers from some serious framerate issues. ORC is sort of a guilty pleasure, so I’m happy that it’s getting a little special treatment here. I should also mention that FPS boosts are also coming to a number of Xbox Cloud games, including:

  • The Evil Within 2
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War 4
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Prey

Overall, a damn good day to be a horror fan on Xbox. The complete F.E.A.R. collection is a huge get, personally, as the franchise has been trapped on 360/PS3, along with PC versions that have problems running on Windows 10 (and the first game being kind of annoying to buy). ORC also has issues, as it requires the now-defunct Games For Windows Live to run. I’m just so overjoyed to have these titles back, and can’t wait to jump right in tonight.

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