Finally! Well that’s what I thought when Microsoft announced the release of Crackdown to the Backwards Compatibilty program on the Xbox One X. In fact, only last week I was wondering why it wasn’t already there and assumed it would be linked to the release of Crackdown 3, in a pre-order bonus kind of way. Does the fact that the release of this now mean that Crackdown 3 is delayed again, or that news is imminent and this release is being used to get gamers all excited about the franchise again?
And it’s not just Crackdown that is coming to the Backwards Compatibility program. Also now available are Fable Anniversary, Forza Horizon and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.
A new feature has also been added which allows greater control over the graphical settings of the 360 games on the X. When you play Enhanced Xbox 360 games on Xbox One X, you can now choose how to experience them—with enhanced graphics or in their original form. Enhanced graphics will be turned on by default, running your game with higher resolution, 9X the pixel count, increased texture details and antialiasing, allowing you to enjoy greater visual clarity than ever before. If you turn off the Graphics setting, the graphics will be comparable to the experience on Xbox One or Xbox One S.
This new setting can be found on the old 360 guide, opened by pressing the “View” and “Menu” buttons together on your controller.
The last 12 months have been exciting for EA Access members with 20+ additions to the vault in their unlimited play section, several Play First Trials and the 10% on top savings on EA Digital titles on Xbox One. Well the next few months won’t dissappoint you either as EA have just announced the latest set of titles that will join this incredible deal.
Joining the EA Access Vault –
Need for Speed (July 12)– Tear up the streets of Ventura Bay as you go back to the underground in the latest game in the franchise.
Unravel (July 12) – Join Yarny on an adventure in this physics-based puzzle platformer. Using ingenuity and yarn strategy, you’ll traverse through 12 unique levels, aiding Yarny in a quest to mend a broken bond. If you want to know what we thought about this great game check out our review here.
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (August 30) – Take the fight once again against the Zombies in the sequel to the fantastic Plants vs Zombies. Battle on 12 new maps from the Great White North to Moon Base Z in a game packed with fun, laughs and humor. Check out our review here to find out what we thought of the game.
Play First Trials –
EA SPORTS Madden 17 (August 18) – Are you ready to take your team all the way with the most balanced gameplay, deeper Franchise and an all new commentary team.
EA SPORTS NHL 17 (September 8) – Hit in the ice with all-new game modes, new and deeper experiences in fan-favorite modes, and the best on-ice gameplay ever to date. Live out your hockey fantasy in all-new Draft Champions and World Cup of Hockey game modes, own every zone with authentic goaltenders, new Net Battles on offense and defense, and bone-crushing Collision Physics.
EA SPORTS FIFA 17 (September 22) – Powered by Frostbite, FIFA 17 delivers authentic, true-to-life action, that takes players to new football worlds, and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion.
If that wasn’t enough to wet your appetite, EA Access members on Xbox One and Origin members on PC will also get a chance to play the epic Battlefield 1 via Play First Trials on October 13, ahead of its worldwide release on October 21.
For further information on how to join and a complete list of Vault games and Play First Trials, check out the official EA Access website.
This weekend the internet was abuzz, when several sites revealed a method to install and play Rockstars western opus, Red Dead Redemption, on the Xbox One.
By exploiting the Find Someone function, gamers have been able to download and install the game. At the time of writing the other games, including Left 4 Dead 2 and Halo Wars, were still showing as unavailable but following a simple step by step process you could download Red Dead Redemption, but be prepared for disappointment if you do.
Like previous cases, the ability to view and interact with 360 games that others own allows access to the game by going to the users profile, viewing their following list, finding the game then clicking the “See in Store” function to access the Xbox Live back end for that game, even though it is not available directly on the store front.
It appears that in an effort to curb the in-proper download of Red Dead Redemption, players are now being redirected to downloading Hexic HD instead.
It is safe to say that this gives the first true indication that Xbox have been listening to the community and the top voted games are on their way to us, so we can expect Red Dead Redemption to arrive on our download lists very soon.
For now, patience appears to be the best course of action as Xbox Support have confirmed that following the unsanctioned process to obtain the game is a breach of the Terms of Service.
Have you cashed in on the offer announced at E3 last year by Bethesda that anyone buying a copy of Fallout 4 on the Xbox One would get a copy of Fallout 3 free? Well if you haven’t, you’ve only a few days left.
It’s been announced the offer is finally coming to an end on Monday, 8th February. As most people are aware Fallout 3 on the Xbox 360 is part of the backwards compatibility list and therefore playable on the Xbox One. So if you’ve a few pennies spare and haven’t added Fallout 4 to your collection, consider taking up this offer before it disappears into the wasteland.
If you’re still undecided check out our review of Fallout 4.