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Splinter Cell Blacklist and Splinter Cell Double Agent available on Xbox Backwards Compatibility

Fans of Sam Fisher rejoice! Last month saw Splinter Cell Conviction free on Xbox One via the magic of Games With Gold and Backwards Compatibility. This has now been followed by the news that the franchise companions of Blacklist and Double Agent are also now available to play on the Xbox One. We might still be a few years from a new Sam Fisher game, so for now we can revisit these classics.

Splinter Cell Blacklist was originally released in 2013 and received favourable reviews. Unleash the power or the most lethal agent to ever exist. You are Sam Fisher, and you’ve been given the ultimate freedom to protect innocents against a series of global terror attacks known as Blacklist – the freedom to use limitless force, to break every law, and to become the globe’s deadliest operative. If you succeed, the President of the United States will deny you exist. If you fail, millions will die. You can read the TiX review of Blacklist here!

Splinter Cell Double Agent hails back to 2006 and again was rated very highly upon release. Veteran agent Sam Fisher is back. But he’s never faced an enemy like this before. To stop a devastating terrorist attack, he must infiltrate a vicious terrorist group and destroy it from within. For the first time ever, experience the relentless tension and gut-wrenching dilemmas of life as a double agent. As you infiltrate a terrorist organization in its American headquarters, you must carefully weigh the consequences of your actions. Kill too many criminals and you’ll blow your cover. Hesitate too long and millions will die. Do whatever it takes to complete your mission, but get out alive. Dual objectives to fulfill: NSA government agents and terrorists will each want you to accomplish opposing tasks at the same time. Discover the tension of being a double agent: Use actual tactics employed by today’s real-life double agents to sabotage the terrorists’ plans. Explore a branching storyline with multiple endings: Your choices have an impact on how the story and game play unfolds. Missions from all over the world, from Asia to Africa to the heart of the US. Experience extreme situations: underwater or in a sandstorm, hiding behind the dust or smoke – and even skydiving. Master the latest weapons and gadgets used by NSA government agents in addition to black-market terrorist weapons

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Battlefield 1943 comes to Xbox Backward Compatibility

This one really brings back some fond memories. Battlefield 1943 was probably the first online multiplayer shooter that this gamer can remember playing, and not sucking at! And, if you owned previously or have EA Access the game it now available for free with the magic of the Xbox Backwards Compatibility program.

Originally released in July 2009 and developed by EA Dice, Battlefield 1943 saw the player as as either being Marines with the United States Marine Corps or with the Imperial Japanese Navy and was a 24 v 24 multiplayer only game with three maps: Wake Island, Guadalcanal, and Iwo Jima. After all players collectively reached 43 million kills, players received access to an additional Coral Sea map.

If you’ve not managed to pick this up previously click here to purchase on the Xbox site.

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Xbox Backwards Compatibility gets 19 Original Xbox Titles

Microsoft have announced a huge amount of new titles coming to the Backwards Compatibility program, including a number of 360 titles that have been enhanced for the Xbox One X, and a number of original Xbox games available to play on all Xbox One systems.

So, the 360 titles coming enhanced for the Xbox One X are Red Dead Redemption, Portal 2, Gears of War 2, Darksiders, Star Wars:The Force Unleashed and Sonic Generations. All are available now, and should have updates waiting for you to download. Xbox 360 games enhanced for Xbox One X run at a higher resolution and 9X the original pixel count when played on Xbox One X. The power of Xbox One X enables the Xbox 360 emulator to showcase the very best version of the game possible with the existing assets – all without touching the game code. And through the power of Backward Compatibility, fans can choose whether they want to experience these games with enhanced graphics or in their original form.

The original Xbox titles will be released in two sections, the first on April 17th and the second group on the 26th. All of these Original Xbox games will take advantage of the power of Xbox One with up to 4x the pixel count on Xbox One and Xbox One S, and up to 16x the pixel count on Xbox One X. You’ll be able to play all of these games on Xbox One through the disc you already own, or you can purchase them digitally in the Microsoft Store. Coming on the 17th are;

  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • Breakdown
  • Conker: Live & Reloaded
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • Hunter: The Reckoning
  • Jade Empire
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta
  • SSX 3

And following on the 26th are;

  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Full Spectrum Warrior
  • Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
  • MX Unleashed
  • Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars Republic Commando


Hitman: Sniper Challenge shoots onto Backwards Compatibility

The new owner of the Hitman IP, IO Interactive has tweeted to announce that Hitman Sniper Challenge is now available on backwards compatibility on the Xbox One. There is some confusion as apparently this has been available previously with the BC release of Hitman Absolution.

Sniper Challenge was an exclusive standalone pre-order sniper experience, available to gamers who pre-ordered Absolution.

But, if the developer says its now available then I believe them, due to the fact that I personally LOVE this dev team!

Backwards Compatibility Sale Starting 16th May

Xbox have announced that there is to be a Backwards Compatibility “Super Sale” starting May 16th 2017, with up to 75% off BC titles such as Red Dead Redemption, Black Ops 2, GTA4 and Skate 3.

I will be checking this out to add some of those classic 360 games to my digital collection!  Keep tuned to This Is Xbox for a full list of games and discounts.

Seven more games added to backwards compatibility

Seven titles have been added to the Xbox One backwards compatibility list, Major Nelson has announced.

  • Strania
  • The Splatters
  • Scrap Metal
  • Ghostbusters
  • Battlefield 3
  • Dragon Age
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2

The list keeps getting bigger and bigger. Over on Major Nelson’s website you can see a complete list of games that you can now play on the Xbox One.

Let us know what you would like to see next below.

Call of Duty 2 hits Xbox One backwards compatibility

The first of the numbered Call of Duty games to release on console, Call of Duty 2, is now available on Xbox One backwards compatibility.

Call of Duty 2 was one of the launch titles for the Xbox 360 back in late 2005. The single player campaign provided a compelling story through the battlefields of World War II from the perspective of four different soldiers: two from the British forces, one from the American and one from the Russian. Not to mention its terrific multiplayer.

Now you can relive that Xbox 360 nostalgia, although without the threat of the Red Ring of Death.

Is this the end of console generations?

Microsoft’s head of Xbox marketing, Aaron Greenberg, certainly thinks so in an interview he conducted with engadget.

The interview explores many of the statements made by Phil Spencer and Aaron Greenberg during and following the Microsoft E3 press conference, where the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio systems were announced and the concept of maintaining an Xbox ecosystem where games and accessories remain compatible across systems was put forward.

In the interview, engadget asked whether this would be the last generation of consoles, with Aaron Greenberg replying:

I think it is. … For us, we think the future is without console generations; we think that the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware — we’re making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio.

He goes on to say,

If the games and the content deliver, which I think they will do, I think it will change the way we think about the future of console gaming.

The backwards compatibility and VR compatibility of Project Scorpio was also brought up during the interview, re-confirming that the new system due in late 2017 will indeed support current Xbox One games and accessories and will not have console exclusives:

…we’re not going to have console-exclusive games for Project Scorpio. It’s one ecosystem — whether you have an Xbox One S or Project Scorpio, we don’t want anyone to be left behind…

As for VR, we don’t yet know what headsets will be supported, or whether Xbox has their own hardware in mind, but it’s been re-confirmed that Project Scorpio will support VR:

Now, with the power and capabilities we have, we’ll be able to do high-fidelity VR. Now, that space, we don’t think of that as console gaming, we think of that as high-fidelity VR, and so with the VR experiences those will be new things that you will get on Project Scorpio.

The end of console generations, the perpetual support of games and accessories, and Xbox VR experiences coming soon, the future certainly sounds interesting. Why not tell us our thoughts in the comments below.

Backwards Compatible gaming offers free The Witcher 2 *Update*


Yes folks, you read that right. With this latest batch of Backwards Compatible games, comes the prequel to CD Projekt Red’s awesome Witcher 3; The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

For a limited time only, you’ll be able to download The Witcher 2 for free, but only if you’ve registered your Live account in the US, the UK, Canada, France or Germany.

You’ve got a little over two weeks to grab this title, as it’s available from today, 21st of January, until the 5th of February.

There’s no information on whether you’ll need to be a Gold member or not, but hey, it’s a free title.

Go for it.


OK, after searching around for this, I’ve found the best way to get this for free is the following.
Using any browser, go here.

Log in and choose to Buy Game (note the price is FREE!)

Confirm the ‘purchase’.

Once complete, browse to your Games & Apps section on your Xbox One. You should find it on the far right, with your other games that are available to download.


You’re welcome.

New Xbox One backwards compatible titles announced


It must be nearly Christmas. Microsoft are revealing crackers.

They’ve announced another wave of backwards compatibility titles including the excellent Halo: Reach and Fable III.

Today’s announcement of 16 titles brings the total number of backwards compatible goodness to 120 much-loved and cherished games.

Here’s the list of new titles, released today:

  • Braid
  • Doritos Crash Course
  • Fable III
  • Halo: Reach
  • Hydro Thunder
  • Iron Brigade
  • Kane & Lynch 2
  • Motocross Madness
  • Peggle
  • Portal: Still Alive
  • Spelunky
  • Splosion Man
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Zuma’s Revenge!

You can play any of the games above if you had them either as a download or on-disc. If you still have that disc, you can install the game on your One as well. Don’t forget that the monthly Games with Gold 360 free offering is also part of the Backwards Compatibility program.

Find out more about Xbox One Backwards Compatibility here.