Xbox One received another backwards compatibility update today, making Alan Wake (opens in new tab), Pac-Man, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night playable on Microsoft’s latest console. With the exception of Pac-Man, it’s a decidedly spooky selection of games (though I guess you could have a phobia of brightly-colored ghosts, in which case Bandai Namco’s arcade classic would be just horrifying for you).
If you’re not familiar with any of the above, let me break ’em down for you real quick: Alan Wake is a game about a horror writer whose tales of fiction seem to be coming to life, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is the tale of Dracula’s son fighting the forces of evil, and Pac-Man is about drug addiction and being haunted by the mistakes of your life – just kidding, it’s about collecting dots while avoiding colorful ghosts. Seriously, it’s Pac-Man.
Despite its newfound playability on Xbox One, I might suggest holding off on buying a copy of Alan Wake for the moment. Developer Remedy’s new game, Quantum Break (opens in new tab), comes out April 5, and comes with a free digital copy of Alan Wake plus all of Alan Wake’s near-essential DLC. Pre-order Quantum Break through participating retailers and you’ll also get pseudo-sequel Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (opens in new tab), which is similarly backwards compatible on Xbox One.
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