The Xbox One backwards compatibility program continues to be one of the best things about Microsoft’s incumbent console, as a slew of classic Valve games arrive today.
This batch of releases represents some of the very best games that were available for the Xbox 360: Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, The Orange Box, and Portal: Still Alive. What a sexy lineup.
As always, if you have the old discs lying around you can get them installed and play right away, or simply buy them again through the Xbox store if you traded them in years ago like a normal person.
Each game will be upscaled and enhanced, making the Xbox One the best console to play these classic titles on. Notice that I made sure to say “best console”, because I’m sure the PC Gamers were just waiting to pounce on me for that one.
Left 4 Dead and its sequel of course, offer hours of multiplayer zombie killing fun that I genuinely don’t believed has been matched since, and is well worth revisiting this weekend with friends.
Meanwhile, The Orange Box still stands out as one of the very best deals in gaming, consisting of Half Life 2: Episode 2, Team Fortress, and Portal. All genuinely brilliant games in their own right, that remind us of a time when Valve actually used to make video games.
Portal: Still Alive rounds out the new offerings, and is as mind-bendingly brilliant as it ever was. If you’re a fan of Valve the developer and not Valve the digital storefront owner, this should be a great day for you.
We might not have a Left 4 Dead 3 or a Half-Life 3, but at least we have this wonderful new collection of classic titles to play through on Xbox One now. A reminder of a simpler time, before Steam and CS:GO gambling scandals.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.