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  • 10 New Backwards Compatible Games Added to Xbox One

    new backwards compatible games xbox oneThe year has only just started and Microsoft are already going crazy with their backwards compatibility lineup. In January so far, 10 more backwards compatible games have been made available to play on the Xbox One.

    To begin with, a bundle of seven Xbox One compatible games were launched to the Xbox Games Store. This first bundle included both of the previously Xbox 360 exclusive Battlefield titles (Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3), as well as a number of other AAA and indie/arcade titles.

    A little while after the initial 7 games were announced, 3 more titles were added to the backwards compatible games list. The additional three games were Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10 and Beat'n Groovy.

    The full list includes the games listed below.

    Battlefield: Bad Company 2 ($20; 4.88 GB)
    Battlefield 3 (requires disc)
    Dragon Age: Origins ($15; 6.44 GB)
    Ghostbusters ($15: 6.18 GB)
    Scrap Metal ($15; 130.06 MB)
    The Splatters ($10; 505.95 MB)
    Strania ($10; 206.86 MB)
    Mega Man 9
    Mega Man 10
    Beat'n Groovy

    Battlefield: Bad Company 2 can be downloaded for all users that already owned it on Xbox 360 - the file size is 4.88GB. All other titles have been dealt with in the same way, with Battlefield 3 as an exception - this still requires the original disc to be playable.

    Do any of these recent Xbox 360 titles take your fancy? File size information and digital download prices have been included where possible.

  • Games with Gold January 2017 Lineup Announced

    games-with-gold-january-2017-lineupThe Games with Gold lineup for January 2017 has been announced.

    If you're already lining up to get your hands on some new freebies, you'll be happy to hear that the January 2017 Games with Gold lineup is pretty impressive.

    The first game available for the January 2017 lineup is World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap. This game is for the Xbox One and will be available throughout the entirety of the month, starting on January 1st.

    Van Helsing: Deathtrap is a tower defense and action-RPG hybrid that comes with a versus mode, a cooperative campaign, and an extensive single-player campaign that tasks you with defending the world against the horrors of the void.

    Also on the Xbox One is Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition, and this will be made available from January 16 and will remain available until February 15.

    With Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition in your hands, you'll be able to unlock new combatants, more stages and Killer Instinct 2 Classic, the port of the iconic arcade fighting game. This legendary fighting franchise is a must-own for fighting game fans, with unique characters, fluid gameplay, and an open-ended combo system. You can battle friends and challenging AI at home, or unleash your skills online against players around the world and in monthly ranked leagues.

    Finally for Xbox 360, The Cave will be available from January 1st and will remain available until January 15th. The Cave is described as a whimsical adventure platformer and is available for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

    On January 16th The Cave will be taken down from the Games Store and replaced with Rayman Origins, which will remain in the store until January 31.

  • Halo Reach Gets Backwards Compatibility Patch

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    Backwards compatibility on the Xbox One is a big thing for some gamers, but it doesn't come with its own little hiccups. Halo Reach has been available on the Xbox One via the backwards compatibility feature for a while now, but the performance for the game has been terrible.

    Until now, players have struggled to play Halo Reach on the Xbox One without having juttery frames, freezes and crashes. Thankfully a brand new patch has been released for Halo Reach that has been designed to fix all the performance issues entirely.

    The new update has been confirmed to help with frame rate on Halo Reach and from early tests it seems as if the game is now running as smooth as ever. Not only is Halo Reach on the Xbox One now working smoothly, but in some cases it has a higher frame rate than the original Xbox 360 version.

    Now that we know that patches like this are possible for backwards compatible games, we wonder whether it'd ever be possible for a developer to revive a once-popular Xbox 360 title with new content and additional content updates.

    Backwards compatibility for the Xbox One has grown massively over the past few months and the backwards compatible game library is now filled with over 100 titles. A lot of the BC titles are some of the most popular Xbox 360 games, too. Give it a few months and anybody still clinging onto their Xbox 360 may find that they can finally upgrade without losing out on any of their favorite games.

  • Red Dead Redemption Hits Xbox One with Free DLC

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    It's finally happened. Red Dead Redemption is now available on the Xbox One via the backwards compatibility program. If you own an Xbox 360 version of Red Dead Redemption you'll now be able to play it on your Xbox One.

    If you don't own it, you'll be able to purchase the Xbox 360 version digitally or alternatively you could pick up a cheap second hand physical copy online or at a local retailer. Surprisingly the Red Dead digital version is under $10 so either way you'll be able to get the game on your Xbox One for cheap.

    Not only has Red Dead Redemption been added to the backwards compatibility version, but the previous DLC for the game has been released for free. Not all of the DLC content has been put up for free, but the vast majority of it has. This includes some single player content and all of the multiplayer content. The new free DLC includes the Legends and Killers Pack, the Myths and Mavericks Pack and the Liars and Cheats Pack. The Outlaws to the End co-op mission pack and the Hunting and Trading outfits pack are free as well.

    The only content that is still not free is the Undead Nightmare, which is currently available for just a little bit more than the cost of the standalone digital game. If you choose to purchase the digital copy, keep in mind that you'll need 7.5GB of free storage space to install the game to your Xbox One's hard drive.

  • New Backwards Compatible Games Help Xbox One Library Surpass 200

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    The Xbox One backwards compatible games list has been growing ever since the feature was added to the console late last year. This month, new games have been added to the list and the total amount of compatible games has now surpassed 200.

    For those unaware, backwards compatibility refers to Xbox 360 games that are now supported on the Xbox One system. At the end of June Microsoft added the following games to their list.

    Bloodforge - Bloodforge is a third-person hack n' slash style game developed by the Climax Studios and Microsoft Studios. The game was originally released as an Xbox Live Arcade title in 2012

    Mars: War Logs - Mars: War Logs is a cyberpunk themed RPG game. The game was published by Focus Home Interactive. Originally Mars: War Logs was released in 2013.

    Gripshift - GripShift was a stunt driving game that was developed by Sidhe Interactive and co-published by Red Mile Entertainment, Sony Online Entertainment and Ubisoft Entertainment for the PlayStation Portable handheld in 2005. Later it launched as an Xbox Live Arcade title.

    Go! Go! Break Steady - Go! Go! Break Steady is a puzzle game developed by Little Boy Games. The game was originally released in 2008.

    Whilst these games may not be the most popular titles in existence, it's good to see that more developers are working to include their game in the backwards compatible program. A lot of the most popular titles have already been released for the backwards compatible program and plenty more games are going to be added in the future.

    With backwards compatible Xbox 360 titles, players are able to continue earning achievements and make save game progress. Unlike the backwards compatibility feature for the Xbox 360, the Xbox One essentially emulates the Xbox 360 system so that games can be played in their entirety.

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC Now Free

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    If you're a Battlefield 4 player and own the game on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 or PC, you may want to head into game because DICE has just released Second Assault as a new free update.

    The new change has been added as part of DICE's new 'Road to Battlefield 1' campaign, which will essentially re-release old content for free to hype up previous Battlefield players and encourage others to get back in the game in anticipation for the new Battlefield title later this year.

    Before this change, Second Assault was available for $15, so if you've always wondered what the Battlefield 4 DLC content was like but didn't want to spend any extra cash on the game, you can now find out for yourself.

    Operation Metro, Caspian Border, Gulf of Oman, and Operation Firestorm are included in Second Assault, all of which are re-imagined versions of Battlefield 3 maps. Second Assault also adds five new weapons and 10 new assignments to the game.

    The new update will have to be downloaded manually - Simply head to the area you'd usually buy DLC once you are signed into your account and you'll find that the DLC will be available for free instead of the previous $14.99 price tag.

    If previous changes are anything to go by, we may see more DLC going free in the next few months leading up to Battlefield 1's release in October.

  • New GTA V DLC Trailer Released

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    The next DLC for Grand Theft Auto Online has been announced by Rockstar and it will make it's way to the PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC next week. The new DLC has been named Executives and Other Criminals and in this update players are given the ability to create their own criminal organization.

    Although Executives and Other Criminals includes extra modes for player-made criminal organizations, these organizations basically act like a new form of team size clans. Players can create their organizations and then go face to face with other organizations via the new co-op jobs and challenges. Some of the pre-existing Freemode Events will now be altered slightly when a criminal organization takes part in it together. Modes like King of the Castle and Moving Target will change slightly. A new mode named Extraction Adversary has also been added. In this mode, teams of bodyguards must search and locate an executive before a hit squad gets to him first.

    Players can hire player-controller bodyguards for Freemode. Bodyguards will be paid RP and GTA$ regularly but they can be fired by the organization VIP at any time.

    To add to the content, Rockstar has included new apartments and houses in Vinewood Hills as well as an upgradeable Super Yacht. New armored vehicle variants will be added in Executives and Other Criminals, along with a turreted limousine and a new helicopter named the SuperVolito Carbon.

    A variety of new weapons, vehicles and clothing items are expected to be added in with the Executives and Other Criminals update. Rockstar has set the release date for this DLC as December 15.

  • Decembers Games with Gold Deals Announced

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    Now that December has arrived, Major Nelson has updated his personal blog to introduce the new games that will be available for free as part of the December Games with Gold promotion. This month there will be five different titles that will be available at different times throughout.

    Three of the titles available are on the Xbox 360 whilst the other two are Xbox One titles.

    Starting with the Xbox 360, the first title available will be Castlestorm. Usually a $9.99 digital arcade title, CastleStorm is a 2013 game developed by Zen Studios. CastleStorm features a variety of medieval weaponry that players can use to protect themselves from oncoming enemies. The objective of CastleStorm is defend your castle.

    The second game available on Xbox 360 will be Sacred 3 - this title is usually available for $19.99 on the Xbox Games Store and it will be available on Xbox 360 for free, starting on December 16 and ending on December 31.

    The third Xbox 360 game, which Major Nelson has mentioned is an extra gift for players this Holiday season, is Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. Like Sacred 3, Operation Flashpoint will be available from December 16 until December 31.

    As for the Xbox One titles - starting from December 1, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing will be available for free for the entirety of the month. On December 16, the new Thief remaster will be put up for free as well. Thief will be available until January 15.

  • Burnout Revenge Won't Have Backwards Compatibility

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    The backwards compatibility feature for the Xbox One has brought a lot of joy to many gamers around the world. A huge library of Xbox 360 games are already compatible with the new feature and more games are constantly being added to the compatibility list.

    Some games unfortunately cannot be backwards compatible and in most cases this usually comes down to a developer's decision instead of a choice made by Microsoft.

    Take Criterion's Burnout Revenge for example - This title was firstly released as an Xbox original game but it also received a release on the Xbox 360. Despite it being available on the 360, Criterion has spoken out stating that backwards compatibility support for this title was very unlikely.

    When asked on Twitter about the possibility of Burnout Revenge's backwards compatibility support, Criterion Games simply stated that there were 'No plans for that right now.'

    Whilst Burnout Revenge is being adapted for the Xbox One, Criterion has already confirmed in the past that Burnout Paradise should eventually be made compatible for Microsoft's latest console.

    Burnout was one of the best racing titles for the original Xbox and a few of the releases made their way onto the Xbox 360 as well. It's a shame that Criterion did not have any plans for bringing some of the classic Burnout games to the Xbox One instead of the open world Burnout Paradise, which received mixed reviews.

    Since Burnout Paradise, Criterion has worked on other games, including a Need for Speed title.

  • New Xbox One Experience Available

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    The new Xbox One experience has now been released across all internet-connected Xbox One consoles. The new update brings a completely new UI redesign and adds a few new features onto the console software as well.

    The most talked about feature of the Xbox One experience is of course the backwards compatibility feature. Backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 titles is now possible and for the most part it works very smoothly with all backwards compatible games.

    In the new UI you'll get a new Xbox Home that is very simple to use. Within the new Xbox Home you are able to share achievements and game clips to friends within seconds. Finding out what your friends are playing has become more convenient as well. For the most part, everything has become more connected, more social and more streamlined.

    The Xbox Dashboard button has been reworked too - you're now given a game guide that can be accessed from within any game or app, or even from the home screen. The new dashboard has definitely taken a step or two in the right direction.

    The new user interface is also working really well and it's the UI that has been getting less attention than it deserves. The new UI elements have all been inspired by community feedback so this new Xbox One experience is the closest we've ever been to having it exactly how the community wants it.

    If you own an Xbox One you should check out the new UI refresh. The new changes have definitely been welcomed by the community.

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