Darkness, Duke Nukem Forever, XCOM Declassified join Xbox backward compatibility

Ever since Xbox One backward compatibility was announced, gamers have been asking for a few high-profile games. While the majority of requests revolve around the Call of Duty franchise, the Duke Nukem franchise has been other hot series. Today, Microsoft announced that The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, The Darkness, and Duke Nukem Forever are now backward compatible.

Backward compatibility opens Xbox One to a huge variety of games, spanning three generations of Microsoft's consoles. Despite hardware differences, it remains an outstanding feature, allowing a select library of older games to be played on Xbox One. While the majority of them are Xbox 360 titles, there are also some original Xbox games in there. To date, gamers have enjoyed well over a billion hours of backward compatible games, and the catalog now includes over five hundred Xbox 360 games alone.

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

The year is 1962. John F. Kennedy is President and the Cold War has the nation gripped by fear – but a far more powerful and insidious enemy than communism is threatening America. Known only to a select few, a top-secret government unit called The Bureau begins investigating and concealing a series of mysterious attacks by an otherworldly enemy. As special agent William Carter, call the shots, pull the trigger, and lead your squad in a gripping third-person tactical shooter set within a high-stakes, covert war to protect humanity.

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is currently $3.99 for Xbox Live Gold members on the Microsoft Store.

The Darkness

The Darkness gives you awesome and terrible powers, in a new twist on horror-based adventure. On his birthday, the Darkness awakens within Jackie Estacado, a mafia hitman for the Franchetti crime family. With his new powers, Jackie is able to wreak terrifying havoc on his enemies. Jackie must learn to fully command the Darkness so he can take back control of the Franchetti family, which is ruled by his uncle Paulie, a despicable man who is almost universally despised.

The Darkness is currently $3.99 for Xbox Live Gold members on the Microsoft Store.

Duke Nukem Forever

Put on your sunglasses and prepare to step into the boots of Duke Nukem, whose legend has reached epic proportions in the years since his last adventure. The alien hordes are back and only Duke can save the world, again. Pig cops, alien shrink rays, and enormous alien bosses won't stop our hero from accomplishing his one and only goal: to save the world and to be a badass while doing it.

Duke Nukem Forever is currently $3.99 for Xbox Live Gold members on the Microsoft Store.

Be sure to check out The Darkness in particular if you're a fan of dark action games. Many of these titles aren't just cult classics, they're also a lot of fun to play due to their unique gameplay.

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