10 awesome original Xbox games you can download for Xbox X/S

As supply shortages continue to become less and less of an issue, sales of the latest Xbox consoles – the Series X and S – have exploded, becoming one of the best-selling Xbox consoles of all time. Recently, the Xbox X/S has even has overtaken the PS5 in salesproving that both consoles are true contenders in the gaming world.

One of the coolest things about the X/S is Microsoft’s commitment to backwards compatibility, giving gamers the ability to download many titles from the Xbox One, 360, and even the original 2001 console. of the society. And some of those original Xbox games are fantastic hits that have stood the test of time and remain fun and addictive to this day.


ten Destroy all humans!

An alien charges civilians in Destroy All Humans

Wacky, campy, wild and outrageous, Destroy all humans! it was like Tim Burton Martian attacks! meet Grand Theft Auto. It is an open-world adventure game that allows players to take control of Crypto-136, an alien who is rampaging on Earth.

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Set in the 1950s, the game parodies the way people interpreted science fiction at that time and pokes fun at the tensions of the Cold War era. Thanks to his humor, Destroy all humans! was an incredibly popular game when it was released in 2005 and remains hilarious and endearing to this day.

9 Manhunt

A player electrocutes a man in the game Grizzly Manhunt

Manhunt was a hugely controversial game centered on a death row inmate who was given a strange deal: if he murders people on camera, he can earn his own survival. Dark, gritty, and macabre, the game was a horror masterpiece that reviewers praised for its use of stealth tactics and gruesome atmosphere.

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However, Manhunt was also very controversial and was even briefly blamed for the murder of a teenager in 2004, prompting its sequel, Manhunt 2, to initially receive the rare AO rating by the ESRB. However, in the years that followed, it became known as a terrifying yet compelling atmospheric stealth game with a unique and gripping concept.

8 Fusion Frenzy

Two players compete in the famous ball cages of Fusion Frenzy

Fusion Frenzy was a popular party game that started out as an Xbox launch title and eventually became a pack-in game for the console. In Fusion Frenzyplayers compete through various challenges that include rhythm games, bumper cars, tank battles, and more.

But most notable are the challenges that place players in giant metal ball cages. Players must complete various tasks and fight, while inside a formidable orb of steel. It was a great way to make the game unique and give it a more grown-up feel compared to similar games like mario party.

7 dead or alive 3

Ayane punches Batman in a steel cage in DOA 3

dead or alive 2 was a smash hit and really helped showcase the graphical power of SEGA Dreamcast. His follow-up, dead or alive 3was a launch title for the Xbox and used the console’s next-gen technology to produce even better graphics (especially when it came to the arena and backgrounds) and even added new characters.

With improved graphics and DO Atight and reliable brand controls, DOA 3 turned out to be an instant hit and remains a great fighting game to this day.

6 Panzer Dragoon Orta

Orta flies on his dragon through the cliff to stop the empire in Panzer Dragoon Orta

SEGA’s 32-bit console, the Saturn, was plagued with issues. To begin with, after the cancellation of Sonic Xtreme, the Saturn was left without a powerful franchise to sell units. However, a few games have managed to rise above the rest and maintain themselves as instant classics. One of them was Panzer Dragoon.

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The game was a rail shooter that allowed players to fly atop a giant dragon. After SEGA exited the console market, the game’s 4th installment, Panzer Dragoon Orta, became an Xbox exclusive. Not only was it praised for its improved graphics, but also for its new, modern controls (thanks to dual thumbsticks, which the Saturn never had).

5 Psychonauts

Razputin Aquato prepares for his moonlight mission in Psychonauts

In 2005, Psychonauts has been freed. It was a fresh take on the 3D platformer genre and players took control of Raz, a teenager with psychic abilities. After fleeing to a camp for the gifted, he uncovers a sinister plot that must be stopped.

With wild and imaginative levels and an arsenal of psychic abilities to use, Psychonauts was a fresh take on an already crowded genre and managed to become a cult classic. The fanbase has grown so large that in 2021, more than 15 years after the initial release, the game got a sequel, Psychonauts 2who received universal fame.

4 Red Death Revolver

A shootout takes place in a western town in Red Dead Revolver

Before Red Dead Redemption forever changed open-world gaming in 2010, and long before Red Dead Redemption 2 revolutionized the industry with its amazingly beautiful graphics in 2018, the franchise started in 2004 with Red Death Revolver. It was a third person shooter/adventure game set in the wild Wild West.

For its time, the graphics were impressive and the vast open western world was truly breathtaking. While the game isn’t quite as beloved as its spiritual sequels, it’s a fascinating look at the history of the game and how it all started.

3 SSX-3

Elize skis down a mountain in SSX 3

SSX is known as the best snowboarding franchise ever created. Almost every game holds 90% or more on Metacritic, but one title in particular has really pushed the series into the next generation: SSX-3.

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The game retained the bright colors and catchy music of the series, but also added new features, such as the fact that all courses of SSX-3 are connected, which technically makes it an early version of an open-world sports game. SSX-3 also has tons of variety, with some challenges involving races, while others involve trick competitions and even halfpipe events.

2 Star Wars: Battlefront II

A rebel charges into battle on Hoth in Battlefront II

Despite two more recent battle front games released during the Xbox One era, the original Xbox releases remain incredibly popular, especially those from 2005 Battlefront II. The series lets players choose sides – Empire or Rebel, Separatists or Clones – and then battle it out using Jedi heroes like Luke Skywalker and armored walkers like the AT-AT.

The game was so successful because it gave fans what they always wanted…the ability to literally be transported into the middle of an epic Star Wars battle. Even better, online multiplayer is still available for the Xbox version.

1 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

A group of Jedi enter battle in Knights of the Old Republic

With a ranking of 93% and 94% on Metacritic, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is considered one of the best star wars games ever made, many say it’s the better. The story follows a Jedi some 4,000 years before the events of the first star wars film.

As an RPG, the game allows players to specialize their characters and ultimately choose whether they align with the light or dark side of the force. Apart from its captivating story and gameplay, Knight of the Old Republic was praised for its immense size, incredible graphics, audio quality and soundtrack.

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