Microsoft officially begins their backward compatibility program for Xbox One this month, bringing over 100 Xbox 360 games over to the new console.
While you can check out the list they posted right here, you can also scroll down to see all 104 games in alphabetical order:
A Kingdom for Keflings
A World of Keflings
Alien Hominid HD
Assassin’s Creed II
Asteroids & Deluxe
Banjo Kazooie: Nuts ‘n’ Bolts
Bellator: MMA Onslaught
Beyond Good & Evil HD
Blood of the Werewolf
Call of Juarez Gunslinger
Centipede & Millipede
Deadliest Warrior: Legends
Discs of Tron
Dungeon Siege III
Earthworm Jim HD
Feeding Frenzy 2
Gears of War
Gears of War 2
Gears of War 3
Gears of War: Judgment
Halo: Spartan Assault
Joy Ride Turbo
Just Cause 2
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
LEGO Star Wars: TCS
Metal Slug 3
Metal Slug XX
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes
Monday Night Combat
Monkey Island 2: SE
Monkey Island: SE
Ms. Splosion Man
Mutant Blobs Attack
NBA JAM: On Fire Edition
NiGHTS into dreams…
OF: Dragon Rising
PAC-MAN CE DX+
Perfect Dark Zero
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
Plants vs. Zombies
Prince of Persia
Rayman 3 HD
Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe
Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Sonic The Hedgehog 3
Super Meat Boy Arcade
Supreme Commander 2
The Stick of Truth
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2
Toy Soldiers Arcade
Toy Soldiers: Cold War
Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
Viva Piñata: TIP
If that’s not enough for you Microsoft plans to announced even more backward compatible games next month, with some of the rumored games being Halo Reach, BioShock Infinite and Call of Duty: Black Ops.
It’s already been 5 whole years since Alan Wake launched for the Xbox 360, and we still haven’t gotten a sequel to the seriously underrated psychological thriller.
However, developer Remedy Entertainment has recently made a remark that makes it pretty crystal clear that a sequel will happen. During a 100 question Q&A with Game Informer the company’s Creative Director Sam lake was asked if we’d ever get to play Alan Wake 2, and he replied simply with a “yes.”
We still have no clue when this game will happen as they are currently working on the Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break, but this at least reassures the fans that the game has not been forgotten.
Guitar Hero Live features a new music streaming model that allows you to access new songs without having to play real money for them, and this aspect of the game is getting a lot more content very soon.
GHTV will be adding another 70 songs to the current 200 by the end of the year, bringing tunes from the likes of Alive In Chains, Judas Priest and Iggy Pop.
Additionally, all of these songs will be accompanied with a music video or a live performance from the band, sometimes with footage from an actual live DVD.
Lastly, the entire game’s music catalog will be free this weekend, beginning on Friday at 4PM PT.
Ever since Bungie’s MMOFPS Destiny launched last year it has been a huge success, regardless of the fact that it was a very flawed game. Still, the core ingredients were so good that it kept millions of people on board, and their loyalty has been rewarded with updates that have improved the game greatly.
The last big update was the expansion called The Taken King, which added 5 million users to the game which now brings the player total up to 25 million. Activision confirmed these numbers yesterday and they said the following:
“Day-one downloads broke PlayStation records, day-one engagement saw the highest number of active players in Destiny’s history, daily player engagement is now well above three hours per day and the Destiny community has climbed to over 25 million players.”
I admit that I was initially super hyped for the game, taking part in both the game’s alpha and beta testing. However, once the game actually launched with not much more content and a story that seemed purposely removed from the game for the sake of future DLC it kind of put a bad taste in my mouth. I am tempted to jump back in and see how much it has improved, though.
The Xbox One’s Backward Compatibility program will be launching next week, by which time the full list of the initial 100 Xbox 360 games that will be revealed.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer made the announcement on twitter when asked by a fan when the list would be revealed, resulting him in revealing the date to be November 9th.
There is a bit of a catch to this program, however, as just because one of your 360 games is backward compatible doesn’t mean that you can just pop your disc into the Xbox One and start playing. Instead, inserting the disc will launch a download of an Xbox One friendly version of the game, and any digital 360 games that are compatible will automatically show up in your library.
Call of Duty fans that live in a city that supports Amazon’s Prime Now app may find the following interesting, as they could potentially get Black Ops III hand-delivered to their door at the game’s midnight release.
The Prime Now app allows certain items to be delivered directly to the customers door, though the window at which the delivery will arrive varies. You won’t be getting the game exactly at midnight, but more likely a couple hours later.
There’s also the fact that this offer is only available to customers that live in the following cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami, Minneapolis, Orange County, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle.
Whelp, looks like I’m out!
How’s this for a thanks for all your hard work? Developer Avalanche Studios has laid off around 24 staff members who previously worked on Mad Max earlier this year and Just Cause 3 that will release next month.
So, what gives? Well, a representative of Avalanche Studios spoke with Game Informer and they said the following:
“The transition between major projects is always challenging, especially for independent developers,” a representative told us via email. “We have just completed one project and are currently wrapping up another. In starting up our new projects, we were not able to perfectly match the team sizes and skill sets of the previous ones, and we unfortunately had to let some talented developers go. 12 developers were given notice in New York. There was a similar number of notices given this summer in Stockholm, but right now we are in the process of rehiring some of those who left. We expect to keep hiring in the new year. This unfortunate event does not affect any of our current projects, and we’re taking measures to avoid situations like this in the future.”
In other words: you’re fired! Merry Christmas!