Two Classic Metal Gear Games Are Now Backwards Compatible On Xbox One

Microsoft continues to court publishers far and wide to keep allowing games to be made backwards compatible on the Xbox One. The latest duo of software to make the leap from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One are two fan-favorites from publisher Konami and the Japanese auteur, Hideo Kojima.

The news rolled out over on Major Nelson’s Twitter account, where he announced that both Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater are available as high-definition backwards compatible games for the Xbox One via the Metal Gear Solid: HD Edition bundle pack.

Yes, some bundle packs will be made available as backwards compatible titles for the Xbox One, meaning you can sometimes access multiple Xbox 360 games through a single title.

Metal Gear Solid 2 was a controversial title when it originally released, first for its terrorist-themed content shortly after 9/11 had taken place, and, secondly, because a majority of the game was actually played using a new character named Raiden.

Most gamers wanted to continue to play as Solid Snake, but Kojima decided to mix things up a bit with the sequel. The stealth-espionage aspects still stayed in place, but the sequel definitely took some getting used to coming off the original game that came out for the PlayStation One.

Metal Gear Solid 3 was received much better, given that it went back and retold the events involving Big Boss (the original Snake) and The Boss (Snake’s mentor). It helped establish and flesh out a lot of other characters whose fates would later unfold in future installments of the game as well, including one of the series’ regulars, Revolver Ocelot.

If you missed out on the two games before, you can now catch up with them on your Xbox One, either by purchasing the double-disc pack or by picking up a digital copy from the Xbox Store.

This means most of the Metal Gear Solid games are now available for the Xbox home consoles, including Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The only one missing from the line-up would be Metal Gear Solid IV, which came out for the PlayStation 3 last gen. The exclusive was widely popular and helped wrap up the story involving Big Boss and Solid Snake.

So far, Microsoft has fleshed out a rather expansive library of backwards compatible games, giving users plenty of options from both seventh gen and eighth gen when it comes to playing games on the Xbox One.

It’s a nice hold-me-over feature until the Xbox One lands more exclusives, which is probably its biggest drawback at the moment. During this year’s E3, Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer announced that a number of new games were in development exclusively for the Xbox One, so, hopefully, that will help give gamers something to look forward to after they burn through all the titles that have recently become backwards compatible.

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