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All I want for Christmas is a few old favourites

Long before the thoughts of mince pies and turkey, Microsoft announced something that all Xbox One players were waiting for, backwards compatibility. As the year draws to an end, and we look to the future, I give to you my wishlist of the 360 games I would love to see on the Xbox One.

There are a host of  arcade classics on the 360, often overshadowed by their all-singing, all-dancing, big-budget siblings, still waiting to have their day on your Xbox, and here are the five I have picked out…


First off is a title all Portal fans should keep an eye out for… Quantum Conundrum released on June 15 2012 to little fanfare, and slipped under the radar almost immediately. However, those who did pick it up were not disappointed with its promise of devious puzzles, and were delighted in the twist which made Quantum Conundrum such a dream to play.

Playing as a young boy, visiting his crazy uncle, you enter his home to find him missing… It is up to you, and your uncles’ crazy invention, the Interdimensional Shift Device, to find him. The Interdimensional Shift Device is not your usual tool for rescuing stray uncles, but in fact allows you to change the physical properties of items throughout the home, and enables you to shift between dimensions, to solve those intricate puzzles.

Next up is one for comic book, and side-scrolling fanatics, everywhere…

Based on the incredibly popular series of comics, Scott Pilgrim vs the World pits you and up to four friends against the seven ex’s of Scotts’ friend, and object of desire, Ramona Flowers.

Fans of classic side-scrolling beat ’em ups, like Streets of Rage and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will feel right at home with the slick gameplay and colourful art style, which emulates perfectly the unique style of the comics themselves.

Released on August 11, 2010, Scott Pilgrim vs the World retains much of its original charm and would fit perfectly into the library of any comic and side-scrolling beat ’em up fan.

Next on my list is an adaptation of another incredibly popular first-person shooter; released on April 30, 2013, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon took the brilliant Far Cry 3 and gave it an 80s makeover.

The year is 2007, and the planet has been ravaged by nuclear war, it is up to the enigmatic Mark IV Cyber Commando, Sergeant Rex Power Colt, to save the world against a powerful bioweapon, and find out what the hell is going on.

With a rocking soundtrack, vibrant luminescent visuals, and excellent gameplay, Far Cry: Blood Dragon is worlds apart from its quiet and stealthy sibling, Far Cry 3, and is just an absolute joy to play. Fans of Duke Nukem, or Doom will get an absolute kick out of this one.

During a time of incredible growth in the indie scene, a relatively unknown title emerged…

On January 28, 2013, The Cave made its appearance onto the marketplace and into my heart. A devilishly tricky puzzle game, which has you choose three plucky adventurers, to discover the hidden secrets of The Cave.

However, before you embark upon your adventure you must choose wisely, as each of the seven characters have unique abilities and skills to ensure you can complete the increasingly more difficult challenges to guarantee your release from the depths of The Cave. Each adventurer also has their own secrets to uncover, from discovering and deactivating a nuclear bomb, to finding the treasure of a medieval castle.

I had hours of fun going through the multiple puzzle combinations and possible conclusions to my adventure, and if you love puzzle games, then this is definitely one to look out for.

Last, but by all means not least, the charming and positively quirky Fez is a title I would love to see on my Xbox One.

Developed through much controversy, Fez appeared on our screens on April 13, 2012 and proved to be an instant success. Mixing its unique 2D visuals, with 3D puzzles, it had millions scratching their heads in a bid to solve the puzzle.

Fez was unique in many ways, utilising every aspect of the Xbox 360 to aid you in your journey through its beautiful world. It had players searching the internet for clues to deciphering the intricate glyphs, and following the buzz of their controllers to unearth the mysteries of the past and discover the truth about reality and perception.

So there you have it, these are the five titles I would absolutely love to see on the Xbox One backwards compatibility list. But, what would you love to see grace your Xbox One?

Far Cry 4 – #XboxGamesCom


Far Cry 3 albeit released late in December 2012 was a commercial success for Ubisoft, and although we’ve had Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon since then, fans of the series are excited to get their hands on the latest open world shooter. We at ThisisXbox are amongst those fans and were lucky enough to gets hands on with one of the missions showcased at Gamescom 2014.

In Far Cry 4 Ubisoft have gone big and are pushing the boundaries of the serious further than they have before. Far Cry 4 is set in the fictional Himalayan country of Kyrat ruled over by an evil dictator called Pagan Min. Players will take up the story of protagonist Ajay Ghile as he fights to remove Pagan Min from power.


At Gamescom 2014 Ubisoft brought with them 2 different playable missions for people to get stuck into. First was the stronghold mission and the second that centred on the mythical Shangri-La. We got stuck into the first and from the outset, the stronghold mission drops you immediately into the action. We were dropped outside of our stronghold and left with two choices; storm the front gate or use stealth tactics to fulfil our objective. I choose to go with stealth, at least to begin with…

The objective during the mission was to assassinate an enemy Lieutenant using a knife which is always easier said than done. As we made our way through the stronghold, using our crossbow to pick off guards we couldn’t help but notice the level of detail and impressive graphics on display. The stronghold was alive, the foliage around the buildings swayed and moved naturally as you brushed passed them whilst creeping to cover. Shadows cast from cloud above you moved realistically. It was all rather impressive and I couldn’t help but chuckle when our fearless TiX leader @XboxJay himself commented on how he may have been wrong about this latest Ubisoft Montreal title.


One of the cool things I didn’t get to try out (being too busy admiring the foliage) was the all new bait items which can be used to draw in wild animals from the surrounding countryside who will with the right push do your killing for you. Should they fail to and actually be taken down by your enemies they at least provide a good diversion whilst you get on with the job at hand.

The level we didn’t get to try due to time constraints, was the Shangri-La demo. I did manage to catch a few minutes of the level being demonstrated on the main Xbox stage on the big screen. The level looks impressive with some unique features and encounters. During the main campaign we can expect to stumble across mystical items that tell the story of a powerful warrior who banished an ancient evil. Whilst then meditating our protagonist Ajay can take control of said warrior and take on various humanoid monsters.

During GamesCom 2014 Ubisoft also released a new trailer for Far Cry 4; A Glimpse into Kyrat. The trailer welcomes players to Kyrat, a country on the roof of the world in the legendary Himalayas. We take a glimpse into Kyrat, from the lush forests and rivers, up to the highest mountain peaks and back down, through the depths of its mythological past.

Far Cry 4 launches on the 21st November this year on Xbox One & 360. Keep your eyes on ThisisXbox for more news as the release date approached and of course our review to come too.

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon – Garrison Reset Patch Now LIVE

Far Cry Blood Dragon Logo

Ubisoft has released a new patch for Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, introducing a garrison Reset option which is now live across the Xbox LIVE marketplace as soon as you boot up the game.

Once players have conquered every garrison in their first run, they can reset them, and face the challenge all over again. Based on the success of FC3’s Outpost reset patch, this similar patch will give players another reason to revisit the year 2007 and re-take the garrisons once more.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is the game where you kill the baddies, get the girl and save the world, in a VHS-era vision of the future. As Sergeant Rex Colt, you are part man, part machine all American, a state-of-the art Mark IV cyber-commando on a mission… of vengeance. He is out to bring down his old commanding officer and his battalion of ruthless killer cyborgs, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the job done.

ThisisXbox.com rated Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon 7.5/10 in our review:

Blood Dragon is constantly coming at you with reminders that it is an homage to every bad action film that you had seen in the 80s and early 90s. Every piece of dialogue in the game is penned to perfection. Every line coming with a barrage of dated clichés that will slap you in the face with a fist full of nostalgia. They even secured the extremely appropriate voice acting talents of Michael Biehn, who played Corporal Dwayne Hicks in Alien and Kyle Reese in The Terminator. Every line delivered by Biehn feels like an open apology for the bland and frankly upsetting nature of Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Official Trailer

Check out the first official cinematic and gameplay trailer for Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, an 80s-styled standalone shooter that is set for release on May 1st 2013 from Ubisoft. Looking like a mash-up of an 80’s cartoon series and sci-fi action adventure, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is said to include up to six to eight hours game time.

From Eurogamer:

Rook Island’s replacement in Blood Dragon is a little smaller – it’s said to be around the same size as the South Island in Far Cry 3 – and it’s dotted with garrisons, shield-protected forts that are the equivalent of the original game’s outposts. Attacking them presents the same type of open-ended play, but there’s a lurid twist, with the option to coax in trundling laser-spewing dragons to finish off the job once the shields are down.

And now from CVG:

There was a nice mixture of normal and special enemy types in our skirmishes. Standard cyborgs were thrown at us in waves, with the occasional heavy or flamer thrown in to keep us on our toes. Miniguns, bows and flamethrower will be available, but for our demo we stuck to the standard assault rifle, which suited us just fine since it was well-suited for headshots. Nail a cyborg in with a bullet to the face and you’ll get a satisfying explosion of blue juice as a reward.

There will also be plenty of side quests; rare animal hunting is back, and wanted quests have been tweaked so they’re hostage rescue missions.

XBLA: Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Spotted

Twitter user @LifeLower who runs a really great Xbox LIVE Arcade Release Schedule operation on Google Sites has posted an image of an unannounced title called: Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon. His find suggests that the title has its logo’s posted on the Xbox servers and is therefor pending an announcement soon from the developers and/or likely publishers Ubisoft.

Here is the image:


Further investigation reveals that the title has been rated 18 by the Brazilian Ratings Board during January 2013 and detailed Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon as a “First Person Shooter”.

When official announcements are in, expect us to keep you updated.