Games that are and aren’t compatible with Windows 10 thus far

Games that are and aren't Compatible for Windows 10

With Windows 10’s release date nearly upon us, that’s July 29th, and Microsoft’s promise that the OS is a great step forward for PC gaming, an obvious question has been which games will and won’t work for Windows 10.

Microsoft’s answer has been fairly generic, claiming that most games will work with the obvious unfortunate exceptions. That’s not really good enough for anyone who takes gaming seriously.

Seamless device/platform integration, DirectX 12 and everything but the kitchen sink has been thrown at Windows 10, so we expect it to shine, but we still want to know what works and what doesn’t.

To that effect, gamers with access to Windows 10 have tried every game they can get their hands on and created a list of games that are and aren’t currently compatible with the new operating system.

Take each entry with a grain of salt. This list is not established through rigorous, standardised testing, and results will almost certainly vary with each PC setup.

Compatible Not Compatible
8BitBoy Avengers Alliance
A Valley Without Wind 2 – Activation errors; DRM issues
Alan Wake Counter Strike Nexon Zombies
Alice : Madness Returns Cry of Fear
Alien Isolation Defense Grid : The Awakening
Amnesia Defiance
ArcheAge Grand Theft Auto 5 iFruit App (Windows Store)
Arma 3 GTA (Original GTA Steam version that came with bundle) – Display Issues
Assassin’s Creed Hamachi
Assassin’s Creed : Brotherhood Metal of Honor : Airborne
Assassin’s Creed : Freedom Cry Quake 3 Arena – Display issues
Assassin’s Creed : Liberation Rift
Assassin’s Creed : Unity Rocksmith
Assassin’s Creed II Shadowgrounds
Assassin’s Creed III Shadowgrounds : Survivor – Crashed after menu at game load
Assassin’s Creed IV – Some PhysX issues Skiddy the Slippery Puzzle
AudioSurf Star Wars Battlefront II – loads menu, fails to load mission.
Awesomenauts Star Wars Commander App
Batman : Arkham Asylum – verify game cache integrity first Stronghold HD
Batman : Arkham City GOTY – Win 8 compatiblity mode The Ultimate Doom (steam ver that plays in DosBox) – freezes at title
Batman : Arkham Origins The Ultimate Doom (Steam version that plays in DosBox)
BattleBlock Theater Tomb Raider (VI) : The Angel Of Darkness
Battlefield 2 Unity Of Command – “Loads into game but gets stuck at loading screen when choosing a game. Plays music, but nothing happens.”
Battlefield 3 Crusader: No Remorse – crashes on exit
Battlefield 4
Battlefield 4 – with Nvidia’s 3D Vision
Battlefield Hardline BETA
Bejeweled III
Ben There, Dan That!
BF 1942
Binary Domain – Win 7 compatibility mode
Bionic Commando
Bionic Commando Rearmed
Bioshock 2
Bioshock Infinite
Blade Kitten
Blake Stone : Aliens Of Gold (Original) – (Apogee Throwback Pack via Steam through DosBox)
Blake Stone : Planet Strike! (Original) – (Apogee Throwback Pack via Steam through DosBox)
Borderlands : The Pre-Sequel
Borderlands 2
Call of Duty : Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty : Black Ops II
Call of Duty : Black Ops II Multiplayer
Call of Duty : Modern Warfare II – Win7 compatibility mode
Call of Duty : Modern Warfare III
Call of Duty IV : Modern Warfare
Call of Juarez : Bound in Blood
Captain America : The Winter Soldier (Free game in Store)
Castle Crashers
Civil War II
Civilization 5 – Needed to install direct X from the game folder
Clicker Heroes
Command and Conquer : Red Alert 3
Command and Conquer 4 : Tiberian Twilight
Commandos 3 : Destination Berlin – Some display flickering issues but played fine
Company Of Heroes 2
Counter Strike (as well as Condition Zero and Source)
Counter Strike Nexon Zombies
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Crusader Kings 2
Crysis 2 : Maximum Edition – Windows Defender excluded; in Win 8 compatbility mode
Crysis 3
Crysis Warhead
Cubeworld – crashes when exiting
D.C. Universe Online
Daikatana – 800×600 or lower screen res
Dark Messiah of Might & Magic
Darkreign 2
Darksiders 2
Dawn Of War  (Soul Storm)
Dawn Of War II : Chaos Rising
Dead Effect
Dead Island
Dead Rising 3 – Playable but several issues
Dead Space
Dead Space 2
Defense Grid 2
Deus EX : Game Of The Year Edition (Steam) – some changes to display settings might be required
Deus EX : Human Revolution
Deus EX : The Fall
Devil May Cry 4 – in DirectX10
Diablo III
Dishonored – Win 8 Compatbility Mode
Don’t Starve Together
Doom 3
Dragon Age : Origins
Dragon Age II
Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition
E.Y.E. Divine Cybermancy
Earth 2150 Trilogy
Elder Scrolls III : Morrowind
Elder Scrolls IV : Oblivion
Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim
Eldorado : Halo Online
Europa Universalis IV
Eve Online
Extreme Rise Of The Triad (Original) – Apogee Throwback Pack via Steam through DosBox
F.E.A.R. 2 – Verify game cache integrity
F.E.A.R. 3 – . Verify game cache integrity
Fallout : New Vegas
Fallout 3 : Game Of The Year Edition
Far Cry 2
Far Cry 3
Far Cry 4
Farming Simulator (2011, 2013, 2015)
Faster Than Light (FTL)
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VIII
Five Nights At Freddy’s (I, II, & III)
Frogger (1997)
Frogger 2 : Swampy Revenge
Gabriel Knight
Game Dev Tycoon
Garry’s Mod
Ghostbusters : Sanctum of Slime
Giana Sisters : Twisted Dreams
Goat Simulator
Grim Dawn
GTA : San Andreas
GTA : Vice City (with patch)
GTA V – Some screen tearing, vsync, and start up issues
Guild Wars 2
Guilty Gear Isuka
Guns of Icarus Online
Half-Life : Source
Half-Life 2 : Deathmatch
Halo 2 – Skip intro video using h2launcher
Heart’s Of Iron 3
Hellgate London
Heroes Of Might and Magic III (GOG Ver)
Heroes Of Might and Magic III : HD Edition (Steam Ver)
Heroes Of Might and Magic IV (uPlay Ver)
Heroes Of Might and Magic V (uPlay Ver)
Heroes Of Might and Magic VI
Heroes Of Might and Magic X Legacy
Hitman : Absolution
Hitman : Blood Money
Hitman : Codename 47
Hitman : Contracts
Hitman : Sniper Challenge
Hitman 2 : Silent Assassin
How To Survive – Win 8 Compatibility Mode
Imperialism 2
Injustice : God’s Among Us Ultimate Edition
Interstellar Marines
Judge Dredd : Dredd vs Death
Just Cause – Windows XP Compatibility Mode
Just Cause 2 – verify integrity of game cache
Just Cause 2 : Multiplayer Mod – verify integrity of game cache
Kane & Lynch : Dead Men
Kane & Lynch 2 : Dog Days
Killing Floor
Killing Floor 2 – Need to set KFGame.exe to run as admin
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead 2
Legacy of Kain : Defiance – Minor display issues due to lower resolution upon start. Fixed easily in game
Legacy of Kain : Soul Reaver – Minor display issues due to lower resolution upon start. Fixed easily in game.
Legacy of Kain : Soul Reaver 2 – Minor display issues due to lower resolution upon start. Fixed easily in game.
LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes
Mark Of The Ninja
Marvel Online
Mass Effect 1 – launcher throws a UAC warning, if you still have UAC turned on
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Max Payne 3
Metal Gear Solid : Ground Zero
Metro 2033
Metro 2033 : Redux
Metro Last Light
Metro Last Light : Redux
Middle Earth : Shadow of Mordor
Might & Magic : Clash of Heroes
Mirror’s Edge
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition
Mortal Kombat X
Moto Racer Collection
Narco Terror
NBA 2K 2015
Need For Speed : Carbon
Need For Speed : Hot Pursuit
Need For Speed : Most Wanted (Original DVD Ver – 2005)
NiGHTS into Dreams… – Steam Ver. Issues with full screen at 1080
Obi & The Blind Forest
Operation Flashpoint : Red River
Orbital Gear
Orcs Must Die
Orcs Must Die 2
Oregon Trail : Directors Cut
ORION: Prelude
Overlord II
Painkiller Hell & Damnation
Path of Exile
Planetside 2
Plants Vs Zombies : Garden Warfare
Platypus II
Portal 2
Primal Carnage
Quake (GL Quake)
Quake 2 – full screen issues with certain resolutions; Original CD ver has install issues.
Quake 3: Team Arena – Menu has some display issues, but played a multiplayer game with no issues.
Quake 4 : Special Edition
Quake World
Quake World (QL Quake World)
Rayman : Legends
Remember Me
Resident Evil 4 / Biohazard 4
Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil 6 / Biohazard 6
Resident Evil Revelations / Biohazard Revelations UE
Rise Of The Triad (Original) – Apogee Throwback Pack via Steam through DosBox
Rise Of The Triad (Redux. Steam Ver)
Saints Row IV – Verify game integrity first
Sanctum 2
Section 8
Serious Sam 3 : BFE
Shadow Warrior (2014)
Shadow Warrior : Classic Redux
Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri
Sid Meier’s Civilization V
Sim City 2000
Sleeping Dogs (Original)
Sleeping Dogs : The Definitive Edition
Slender The Arrival
Space Engineers
Space Hulk
Spec Ops II : The Line
Star Trek Online
Star Wars : The Old Republic
State of Decay
Station Launcher
Stronghold 2
Stronghold 3
Sugar Cube : Bittersweet Factory
System Shock 2
Team Fortress 2
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
The Cave – Needed to verify game integrity
The Cursed Crusade
The Darkness II
The Escapists
The Forest
The Joylancer : Legendary Motor Knight
The LEGO Movie
The Secret World
The Showdown Effect
The Witcher (Enhanced Edition)
The Witcher 2 : Assassin’s Of Kings (Enhanced Edition)
The Witcher III
They Bleed Pixels
Thief (2014)
Time Gentlemen, Please!
Titan Quest
Titan Quest : Immortal Throne
Titanfall – works in latest build as of 6/20/2015
To End All Wars
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six : Vegas
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six : Vegas 2
Tomb Raider (2013)
Tomb Raider : Anniversary
Tomb Raider : Chronicles
Tomb Raider : Legend
Tomb Raider : The Last Revelation
Tomb Raider : Underworld
Tomb Raider I
Tomb Raider II
Tomb Raider II : Adventures of Lara Croft
Torchlight II
Trine : Enhanced Edition
Trine 2
Tropico 4
Ultima VII
Ultima VIII
Unreal Tournament III : Black Edition
Valiant Hearts : The Great War
Viscera Cleanup Detail : Shadow Warrior
Warhammer 40,000 : Kill Team
Warhammer 40,000 : Space Marine – verify integrity of game cache first
Watch Dogs
Watchmen : The End is Nigh
Wingcommander III
Wingcommander IV
Wolfenstein New Order
Woolfe : The Red Hood Diaries
World In Flames
World Of Warcraft
X-Com : Enemy Unknown

*Table courtesy of WCCF Tech

That’s the list thus far, but expect it to grow quickly as Windows 10 grows closer to release and more users get their hands on it.

Of course, expect Microsoft to continuously work on the operating system, so this list will likely see a number of updates and changes for some time to come.

Either way, the good news is that there’s a great assortment of games that work on Windows 10, most do in fact.

Sadly, some of the games that don’t work for the moment are certainly games we’d love to play or recommend: games like Unity of Command, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Quake 3 Arena, Defense Grid: The Awakening and more.

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