Rejoice! Xbox One now offers backward compatibility support for multi-disc Xbox 360 games, that’s according to Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hyrb, Xbox Live’s director of programming. In a post on reddit, the Microsoft employee said that work has been done to make these types of games available on the Xbox One system.
“I can confirm that the BC team has done work to support multi disc scenarios. Be sure to thank the BC engineers.”
With the announcement, the team also revealed the first multi-disk 360 game that supports backwards compatibility on Xbox One; Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut. The standard version of Human Revolution became backward compatible on Xbox One in December. At that time, the franchise’s official Twitter account said that Microsoft engineers were working to bring the updated version to Xbox One’s library by sometime in early 2016 and they were proved to be right. With that, here’s our predictions and wish list for what multi-disc titles we want to come to Xbox One via backwards compatibility:
Mass Effect 2/3
Xbox unveiled backwards compatibility at its E3 2015 press conference along with a demo of the classic Xbox 360 title Mass Effect running natively on Xbox One. Since becoming one of the very first games to work with backwards compatibility on Xbox One, fans of the franchise have been clammering to play the two sequels Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 on their Xbox One also. Now with multi-disc support, it’s very likely that these two titles will come to Xbox One in the near future, especially with EA wanting to drive up hype for the upcoming Andromeda. The titles might even be available through EA Access like other EA Xbox 360 titles so keep a close eye out on these two games.
The Xbox brand has never found much success in Japan and as a result the Xbox consoles don’t get as much JRPG support as rival consoles receive from Japanese developers. However, that didn’t stop a valiant fight coming from the Xbox 360 during its life span and it was this that spawned one of the best JRPG games I’ve ever played; Lost Odyssey. You play as Kaim, a man who’s been sentenced to live for 1,000 years. The game’s storyline takes you through Kaim’s life as he lives through multiple generations, becomes a part of many families, falls in and out of love and gets into conflicts. All this is set in a world that is on the verge of a “mystical industrial revolution,” where mankind has attained dark powers.
Blue Dragon is a revolutionary RPG set in a massive, immersive world. Players assume the role of young hero Shu and set out with his friends for the epic journey to discover their past and the ultimate mystery surrounding their Shadow creatures. From the creator of Final Fantasy, Blue Dragon was a cinematic and immersive experience, uniquely combining the richness and depth of photorealistic environments with anime-style characters, all while incorporating a unique turn-based battle system within the context of a comprehensive and deep storyline. As one of the rare JRPGs on Xbox, and a really enjoyable game at that, let’s hope it comes to Xbox One soon especially since Phil Spencer has tweeted about this game multiple times, perhaps hinting at a BC announcement.
Max Payne 3
When it comes to the best games of the last generation, Max Payne 3 almost always makes it onto that list. Max Payne 3 continues the tale of former New York City detective, Max Payne. Still haunted by the memories of his traumatic past, Max begins a new life working private security protecting a wealthy industrialist and his family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When gangs target the family under his protection, Max is forced to fight to save his clients and clear his name, in a bid to, once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have tortured him for far too long. This dark, gritty action game utilizes cutting edge technology for a seamless, cinematic action experience. The game boasts highly-refined gameplay with an extensive range of realistic weaponry, an intelligent cover system and sophisticated Bullet-Time mechanics.
Splinter Cell Blacklist
Holy shit. Splinter Cell Blacklist is etched in my memory because of how blown away I was by the game’s graphics, especially on the 360 hardware. The United States has a military presence in two thirds of countries around the world. A group of 12 have had enough and initiate a terror ultimatum called the Blacklist — a deadly countdown of escalating terrorist attacks on U.S. interests. Sam Fisher is the leader of the newly formed 4th Echelon unit: a clandestine unit that answers solely to the President of the United States. Sam and his team must hunt down these terrorists by any means necessary, and stop the Blacklist countdown before it reaches zero.
Dead Space 2
The first Dead Space game went free with Games with Gold on Xbox One just last month in April’s lineup. The horror survival game is very tense and holds up well on the Xbox One. The offering of the first game via GwG just fueled the thirst for the sequel to become available on Xbox One. Engineer Isaac Clarke returns for another blood-curdling adventure in Dead Space 2, the sequel to the critically acclaimed horror adventure. After waking from a coma on a massive space city known as “The Sprawl,” the lone survivor of a horrific alien infestation finds himself confronting a catastrophic new nightmare. Battling dementia, hunted by the government and haunted by visions of his dead girlfriend, Isaac will do whatever it takes to save himself and rid the city of the gruesome, relentless Necromorphs. Equipped with a new arsenal of tools to dismember the Necromorphs, Isaac will face the challenge head-on.
With the big E3 show coming up on June 13th and marking the anniversary of the announcement of Backwards Compatibility on the Xbox One, we’re fully expecting Microsoft to bring out the big guns to mark such a special event. What multi-disc games are you hoping to see? Let us know by leaving a comment below.