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Rockstar Titles coming to Xbox Backwards Compatibility

Three Rockstar titles are on their way to the Xbox Backwards Compatibility program on June 7th. GTA San Andreas, Midnight Club: Los Angeles and Rockstar Table Tennis will make their debuts on the Xbox One system thanks to the magic of technology!

GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS – After escaping the pressures of life in Los Santos, Carl Johnson returns home after his mom’s murder to find his family falling apart, his childhood friends all heading towards disaster, and corrupt neighborhood cops framing him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets.

Both the original Xbox release and the Xbox 360 version of San Andreas will be backward compatible. Save games from the original Xbox version will not transfer, however owners of that version will get the upgraded Xbox 360 version of the game, featuring higher resolution, enhanced draw distances, and Achievements.

MIDNIGHT CLUB: LOS ANGELES – Race at breakneck speeds through the streets of Los Angeles in a collection of real-world tuners, muscle cars, exotics and superbikes. Customize your vehicle with the best after-market performance parts and custom kits.

Both the original version and Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition – which adds the iconic South Central area along with new vehicles, aftermarket parts, music and races – will be compatible on Xbox One.

ROCKSTAR GAMES PRESENTS: TABLE TENNIS – Experience the unmatched intensity of real-world competitive table tennis with an authentic physics engine and intuitive gameplay that mimics the exhilarating experience found in true international competition.

Choose from 11 distinct characters, each with their own style of play, and guide them to ultimate victory by mastering all the shots and techniques, including power shots, heavy spin and precision accuracy.

On Thursday 7th June, digital game owners will have instant access to the games on Xbox One, so they can download them from the “Ready to Install” section of their Xbox One. Physical game owners can just pop the Xbox 360 game disc (or Xbox game disc as well for San Andreas) into their Xbox One and download the game.

Burnout Revenge and Dragon Age 2 added to Xbox Backward Compatibility Program

Rejoice Burnout fans! You were reasonable happy with the recent release of the remastered Burnout Paradise, but we all know that you really wanted Crash Mode! Well, now your wish has been granted with the release of Burnout Revenge on the Backward Compatibility program. Dragon Age 2 has also just been added.

Burnout Revenge was developed by Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts for PlayStation 2, Xbox and Xbox 360 and was originally released in 2005 and 2006 for the newer generation consoles. Similar to its predecessor Burnout 3: Takedown, Revenge focuses on a mixture of racing in the midst of rush-hour traffic, and vehicular combat; players use the cars themselves as weapons. Revenge also expands on the combat side of its gameplay with new features such as “traffic checking” (ramming same-way traffic), Vertical Takedowns (landing on a rival car after the player’s car drives over a jump), a new game type (Traffic Attack) and significant changes to the gameplay of Crash mode (a game type where players attempt to cause as large a crash as possible).

Dragon Age 2 is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and OS X. It is the second major game in the Dragon Age series, and was released worldwide in March 2011. Set in the world of Thedas introduced in Dragon Age: Origins, the player assumes the role of Hawke, a human mage, rogue, or warrior who arrives in the city of Kirkwall as a lowly refugee, and becomes its legendary champion over a turbulent decade of political and social conflict.

Both games will automatically be in your Ready to Download section on your Xbox One, and both are also available to purchase should you not already own them. Click the following links to take you straight to the download page.

Click here for Burnout Revenge.

Click here for Dragon Age 2.

First 104 backwards compatible 360 titles officially revealed


It’s been a little while since Microsoft announced that they’d cracked backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. In truth, I remember saying at the time of the One’s release that it shouldn’t be that difficult to run an emulator inside the One’s OS to be able to play your favourites from the previous console generation.

The November console update that introduces this is due to start hitting machines from the 12th of the month for the majority of Xbox One owners. With this in mind Microsoft have officially announced via Mike Ybarra on Xbox Wire, the first 104 games to get the backwards compatible treatment.

The notable big-hitters in this list are arguably Assassin’s Creed 2, Borderlands, Fable 2, Fallout 3, Mass Effect and Mirror’s Edge.

For those wondering how it will work, it’s quite simple. If you had purchased a digital version of one of the games below, it will appear in your “Ready to Install” list. If you own the game disc itself, well, it’s the same as the current One titles. You load the disc in the console and it installs to the HDD. You’ll still need the game disc in the drive to play though.

Additionally, all future Games With Gold Xbox 360 titles will be available on this programme too, so One owners will get double the value from their Gold account.

You can find more information here as well as a comprehensive list of the games already available and those that will be coming to the programme soon, like the Bioshock series and Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Microsoft have even provided us with a handy trailer for the feature, with the ever-ready Larry Hryb.

Which games are you excited to play again?

Here’s that launch list in full:

A Kingdom for Keflings Lode Runner™
A World of Keflings LUMINES LIVE!
Alien Hominid HD Mass Effect™
Assassin’s Creed II Metal Slug 3
Asteroids & Deluxe Metal Slug XX
Banjo Kazooie®: Nuts & Bolts Might & Magic Clash of Heroes™
Banjo-Kazooie® Mirror’s Edge™
Banjo-Tooie® Missile Command
BattleBlock Theater Monday Night Combat
Bejeweled 2 Monkey Island: Special Edition
Bellator: MMA Onslaught Monkey Island 2: Special Edition
Beyond Good & Evil HD Ms. Splosion Man™
Blood of the Werewolf Mutant Blobs Attack!!!
BloodRayne: Betrayal N+
Borderlands NBA JAM: On Fire Edition
Call of Juarez® Gunslinger NiGHTS into dreams…
Castle Crashers Operation Flashpoint™: Dragon Rising
CastleStorm Pac-Man: Championship Edition™
Centipede & Millipede Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+
Condemned: Criminal Origins Perfect Dark
Crazy Taxi™ Perfect Dark Zero
Deadliest Warrior: Legends Phantom Breaker:Battle Grounds
Defense Grid: The Awakening Pinball FX™
DiRT 3 Plants vs. Zombies
DiRT Showdown Prince of Persia
Discs of Tron Putty Squad
Doom Rayman 3 HD
Doom II R-Type Dimensions™
Dungeon Siege III Sacred Citadel
Earthworm Jim HD Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
Fable II Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe
Fallout 3 Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
Feeding Frenzy Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown Shadow Complex
Gears of War Sonic CD
Gears of War 2 Sonic The Hedgehog
Gears of War 3 Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Gears of War: Judgment Sonic The Hedgehog 3
Golden Axe™ Super Meat Boy
Halo: Spartan Assault Supreme Commander 2
Hardwood Backgammon® Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas
Hardwood Hearts® Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas 2
Hardwood Spades® South Park: The Stick of Truth™
Heavy Weapon Torchlight
Hexic HD Toy Soldiers
Ikaruga Toy Soldiers: Cold War
Jetpac Refuelled Tron: Evolution
Joy Ride Turbo Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
Just Cause 2 Viva Piñata
Kameo™: Elements of Power Viva Piñata: Trouble In Paradise
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game Wolfenstein 3D
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga Zuma


Original Xbox games could see the light of day again

original xbox

Way back at E3 was one of the biggest surprises to hit many Xbox fans, the implementation of backwards compatibility for 360 games and it being available that day for Xbox Preview members and everyone else for the official launch in November 2015. Earlier today on Phil Spencer’s Twitter we saw an exchange of messages relating to what else backwards compatibility could offer us.

original xbox phil

Backwards Compatibility will launch this November with a large roster of 360 titles at its disposal with more to follow in due course, while this is in no way a confirmation we can take away that it is at least being thought about by Phil Spencer and the Xbox Team. Hang on to those Original Xbox discs for a little while longer, Is there anything you would want to replay from the original Xbox days? I still have my Ninja Gaiden Black and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas ready to go!


Top 10 wanted backwards compatible games

You were there with us I am sure, the moment we learnt for sure that backwards compatibility was coming to Xbox One this fall (unless you are a Preview member of course!). The excitement was un-measurable but when the dust settled and I had time to think, I suddenly realised I needed to get voting on which titles I wanted bringing across to Xbox One. I’ve cast my votes, have you? If you haven’t make sure you do.

So far the top 10 requested Xbox 360 games to be brought across to Xbox One via backwards compatibility are (in reverse order):

10. Mass Effect 3 with 20,043 votes

9. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare with 20,642 votes

8. Fallout 3 with 21,978 votes

7. Call of Duty: Black Ops with 22,488 votes

6. Gears of War 3 with 23,063 votes

5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 with 27,710 votes

4. Halo: Reach with 28,287 votes

3. Skyrim with 32,560 votes

2. Call of Duty: Black Ops II with 32,792 votes

Out in the front with over 4000 votes more than CoD: Black Ops II is of course the one and only Red Dead Redemption with over 36,000 votes.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was a title many were hoping was to be announced at E3. It looks like we may need to wait until either Gamescom later in the summer or a separate studio/publisher announcement later in the year.

Let us know which Xbox 360 title you are most excited to play on Xbox One.

Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Test

We predicted it in our latest podcast and Microsoft revealed it in their E3 2015 press conference: backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games on Xbox One.

Initially the following games are supported, but more will follow:

A Kingdom for Keflings
A World of Keflings
Alien Hominid HD
BattleBlock Theater
Defense Grid
Geometry Wars Evolved
Hexic HD
Jetpac Refuelled
Mass Effect
Perfect Dark
Perfect Dark Zero
Super Meat Boy
Toy Soldiers
Toy Soldiers: Cold War
Viva Piñata
Viva Piñata: TIP

But how well does it work? Well, we take a look at it by loading up the original Mass Effect, with footage of the process including any problems we meet.


We’ve found the Backward Compatible digital titles. Rather than appearing in your download queue, these titles can be found in Games and Apps, Games, scroll all the way to the end to see what you can re-download, and boom there they all are – if you’ve previously downloaded them on the Xbox 360 of course.