Backwards Compatibility for Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One was one of the biggest bombs dropped at E3 last year and so far the initiative has been quite a success in its endeavour to bring popular Xbox 360 games to the Xbox One BC catalogue. In particular, the backwards compatibility feature has been very successful in increasing the value of pre-ordering Xbox One sequels to a game originally released on Xbox 360. Here are 5 Xbox 360 games that I think will be offered as a pre-order incentive this year:
Red Dead Redemption
Arguably one of the best games of the last generation, Red Dead Redemption is an open world, western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. This game was huge back on the Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2010 with sales reported to have reached over 14 million worldwide as of 2015. While numbers like this might not exactly be out of the norm for Rockstar, those are impressive numbers for a game that arguably doesn’t have the same widespread appeal as their GTA franchise. Red Dead Redemption released to critical acclaim with a metacritic score of 95, making it one of the highest rated games of the entire last generation of consoles.
Well, Xbox One gamers and fans of the game got very excited when it appeared that Red Dead Redemption was playable and avaliable to download on the Xbox One, albeit using a little trickery, earlier this month. However Microsoft quickly responded and shut down the games avaliability on Xbox One. According to Major Nelson “Microsoft tests all Xbox 360 games with our emulator to ensure a quality experience across a breadth of titles,” he explained. “Due to an error some of the games currently in test were accidentally made available.”
However, what seems a bit odd with this response is that those who did manage to get their hands on the game for the short while it was avaliable reported that, in terms of performance, the game worked perfectly. This leads me to believe that we may just be getting a Red Dead Redemption sequel sooner than we expected and Microsoft and Rockstar could be holding off on the original RDR in order to provide it as a pre-order incentive for the RDR sequel.
The original Halo Wars on Xbox 360 was quite a big departure from the beloved first person franchises mainline games but it still cultivated its own loyal following for being one of the only decent RTS games that worked well on console. The game was developed by Ensemble Studios, creators of “Age of Empires.” And was designed exclusively for the Xbox 360, Halo Wars allows you to take charge of the human UNSC armies and see the Halo universe from a totally new perspective.
At Microsoft’s 2015 Gamescom briefing, it was revealed The Creative Assembly, the U.K.-based studio behind the Total War series of strategy games, is developing Halo Wars 2 with 343 Industries. The game is slated for release this fall on the Xbox One and Windows 10. Seeing as this is a Microsoft exclusive game, I would imagine that we may see a scenario similar to Quantum Break. Recently it was announced by Remedy and Microsoft that Xbox One pre-orders for Quantum Break would receive a free copy of Alan Wake and all its DLC’s along with the standalone expansion. Since this is also being published by Microsoft, it’d be hard to imagine them not providing a similar incentive with Halo Wars 2 by also giving those who pre-order a free copy of the digital Xbox 360 original Halo Wars playable on the Xbox One via backwards compatibility.
Mafia II is an action-adventure video game developed by 2K Czech and published by 2K Games. Mafia II explored an area of Mafia crime that not too many video games have done before, if ever. While we’ve all seen the classic mafia movies, we’ve never really got to play a game where you play as a young Italian gangster as you down the organized crime route to make some cash. The best thing that I can say about Mafia II is that it was genuinely a very fun game. While the storyline itself was a solid part of the game you can be sure that you’ll have fun during your time with Mafia II just doing whatever you want.
After years of rumor and speculation, a Mafia 3 release has finally been confirmed. Mafia 3 is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC in 2016, publisher 2K Games announced today alongside the first trailer for the upcoming game. Set in 1968, the third game in the Mafia franchise takes place in a new time period and location: 1968 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mafia 3 stars Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam War veteran who returns home in an attempt to start life anew — while also building his organized crime empire. With the game set to launch at some point this year, it’d be the perfect time to give away a copy of Mafia II as a pre-order incentive for Xbox One versions of the game as a means of enticing new comers to the series.
Mass Effect 2 and/or 3
Although Mass Effect is already playable on the Xbox One via backwards compatibility and was even the game used to demonstrate the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility feature on stage at E3, the sequels Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 are yet to make their way to the Xbox One. The Mass Effect series is a trilogy of science-fiction role-playing action games developed by BioWare for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Microsoft have said in the past that these games aren’t backwards compatible yet because they’re multi-disc games and the feature isn’t supported yet on the Xbox One.
However, thanks to a tweet by Deus Ex: Human Revolution developers, we know that this feature is in the works. Developer Square Enix dished that the top-selling title “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” can now be played on the Xbox One as they tweeted, “Deus Ex #HumanRevolution is now backward compatible on Xbox One!” “For those asking: Missing Link and DXHR Director’s Cut are currently not supported, but the Xbox team expect them to be early next year,” the team added in a later tweet.
Therefore, since we know that it won’t be long before Microsoft and their engineers solve the issue of multi-disc games, surely it would be the perfect move to provide these games as pre-order incentives for the upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda. It’s unclear whether they’ll offer Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3 or the whole collection as a pre-order incentive for the Xbox One version of Mass Effect Andromeda but since Mass Effect is such an awesome franchise I hope it will be the collection.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare?
Let me preface this by saying that I don’t really care how Activision bring back the Modern Warfare series or whether or not they bring back the original MW or MW2, as long as it’s brought back in some shape or form I’ll be a very happy gamer. As someone that got into gaming as a serious hobby instead of just a small thing in my life thanks to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, I would love to see either COD 4 or MW2 return onto current gen consoles. Asides from Black Ops 2 (my personal favourite in the franchise) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is ranked highest in the series on the Xbox feedback request website.
Unsurprisingly, Activision recently confirmed that Infinity Ward will be returning to the helm for the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise with the currently unknown Call of Duty 2016. Despite the fact that Ghosts was not the best game in the Call of Duty series, Infinity Ward is nevertheless the developer that was responsible for making the series the phenomenon it remains to this day with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. With Infinity Ward losing a lot of faith from gamers after the disappointing Ghosts, what better way to earn some good will from their fans than making Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare of MW2 backwards compatible on the Xbox One?
While this is probably the most unlikely on the list due to the fact that Activision may be planning a remastered version of these games at some point as so wouldn’t want to make the game BC if it meant people wouldn’t bother buying a remastered version (even though I would day one) and also the fact that Activision has been quite cosy with Sony recently with partnerships with games like Destiny and Black Ops 3 and since the PS4 doesn’t have backwards compatibility with the PS3, they might be hesitant to give Xbox One gamers the BC versions of MW and MW2. However, that doesn’t stop me and thousands of others hoping that MW2 or COD 4 will be made BC as a pre-order incentive for the next entry into the Call of Duty franchise by Infinity Ward.
What games are you hoping become BC on the Xbox One this year? Let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.