Welp, I have been playing three games on rotation basically for the last week. Batman: Telltale series where I finished the second episode, Gems of War (up to level 73, still trying to get a mythic), and freshly started Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2. PvsZ2 is a fantastic game so far. It’s light hearted, full of charm and the achievements are entertaining as well. This week, we only get one BC game on sale, but it’s a good one. Foul Play is just a mere $2.49. The others, like Guncraft and Juju are certainly candidates for BC, but I would hold off unless they run an announcement in the same week. Oh and I do talk about Pinball sometimes on this column, I will mention that Bethesda Pinball is up right now at $10.99 (works with Pinball FX2). That’s a bit pricey, but you do get Skyrim, Fallout and Doom tables to play with. Enjoy.
Welp, I was pretty sure we would get an announcement today but after Oblivion on Tuesday, almost anything is going to be a let down. I mean, I’m sure Injustice fans will be quite happy, but it’s second fiddle to an ES game. Oh, and Outland is free today (Games with Gold) just so you folks know. Enjoy your weekend if I don’t have anything else to post before then.
Oblivion! Oblivion!!! MFING OBLIVION!!!!!!!!!! In this case, the rumor was true. And my $5 spent during the BF sale was a good investment (with my GOTY discs upstairs ready for DLC install). Fantastic news, the other three are interesting with Trine 2 looking to be something of a standout and a good sale candidate. Good stuff, and a fantastic Tuesday. I seriously want to go home right now and play Oblivion all night. Enjoy.
Okay, I probably went a little overboard with the Xbox Live Black Friday sale and capped it off with the deluxe version of Plants vs Zombies 2 Garden Warfare Deluxe Edition which was only $17.50. I think I got 4 games total digitally during that sale. (Mega Man Legacy, Oblivion (which I’m still hoping for BC), Virginia and PvsZ2 ) That’ll make up for the fact that I barely spent anything on Amazon or any of the other sites on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Anyway, as expected, this week will probably be slow in terms of news and well sales too. The only 360 sales are the Worms titles which have been rumored for BC a million times but have never come through. Maybe this will be the week, we can only hope. Enjoy.
Welp, this is why I don’t like to mention rumors. No Oblivion (or Modern Warfare 3), but Burnout Paradise is certainly welcome even if it was supposed to happen a long time ago :). Rayman Legends already has a port on the Xbox One (and the XB1 port was free for a month too) and Pure is one of those games you saw in bargain bins for a $1 (it was on plenty of combo discs). It’s a great announcement, I just be lying if I wasn’t a little disappointed. Ahh, Rumors, you double edge sword you.
- Burnout Paradise $14.99 (if you don’t own it on digital or disc, wait until December 16 to get it for free)
- Rayman Legends $39.99 (much cheaper on disc and you probably already own it on X1)
- Pure (not available on the Xbox store, but you can get it in a bundle disc with Lego Batman (also BC) or by itself for very cheap)
Well this month is a little bit better than last month that’s for sure. I do own both Sleeping Dogs and Burnout Paradise. But Sleeping Dogs is a fantastic game (and rightfully deserved my money) and Burnout Paradise I got on the cheap. But there is something more important here…Burnout Paradise will be BC before the end of the year. No more waiting, it’s happening kids. Outland is good too from what I hear. Good stuff, and there should be a BC announcement in about 10 minutes. Enjoy.
Xbox One Games
December 1-30th – Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
December 16th-January 15th – Outlast
Xbox 360 Games (both BC)
December 1-15th – Outland
December 16-30th – Burnout Paradise
So, I started the Telltale Batman game this past week. I have had the disc for a month or two and kept telling myself I needed to get on with it. I did, it’s been a blast so far and I will finish up the first episode tonight. Anyway, we do have a few new sales this week in addition to the sales from last Friday. Plus, I heard a rumor that Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and Modern Warfare 3 will be going backwards compatible possibly as early as today. I hope that’s true. Anyway, a couple more little sales today, a Duke Nukem XBLA game and Sonic & Knuckles. I will mention that Sonic & Sega Racing is not a BC title (at this time) but Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is. Now, I fully expect the former to be BC very soon, just not today (or rather at 7:00am in the morning today :)). So, enjoy, keep your fingers crossed for a BC announcement later and away we go.
So, Black Friday for Xbox Live started late yesterday. It is a good smattering of sales but so far I’ve only purchased Mega Man Legacy Collection for X1. At $6 for 6 games, that is too good of a deal to pass up on. However, I always like to look at sales beyond the sales. Or in other words, predict the next backwards compatible game. I understand it is all subjective, but I do like the fact that Fable Anniversary is showing back up. That is the last major Fable game not in BC and rightfully deserves to be. I also like Mafia II here, though I still think it has a tough road to BC. Other Non-BC that I think warrant intention include Oblivion (at an amazing $5), Quake Arena (they keep trying to sale price it) and the Saints Row games not named IV. Something is bound to break loose and hopefully we’ll see it leading up to Christmas. Lots to enjoy. So go ahead and do so.
(Note: On Capcom Arcade Cabinet: All in One Pack: You still need the base pack at $4.99 to play these.)
Welp, we usually get another couple of games on Thursday, and this one was no different. Military Madness is actually an updated version of the Pc Engine/Turbo Graphix game. I would easily buy it on a sale but some strategists might find value in it at $9.99. Omega Five is another game published by Hudson and is in the vain of a classic shoot-em-up. Again, I’d probably bite at a sale price but not $9.99. Still glad to see more games, and especially more Hudson published games. Enjoy.
When I started reporting on Backwards compatible to the Xbox One news, I had a simple premise. Here are 131 games that I voted on through Microsoft’s service; how much of a chance do they really have of being made backwards compatible. Four percentages were assigned, 99% (It’s going to happen), 75% (It most likely will happen), 50% (maybe, could happen), 25% (probably not going to happen), and 1% (not going to happen, but never say never). I was probably more positive than most. Well, a year later, 89 of these are still not part of the Backwards Compatible program. I figured a re-visit was in order and to examine how many of these still have a shot. Maybe deep down, I’m too pessimistic this time around. Maybe after watching the releases for the last year I finally started to understand what Microsoft and the Developer/Publishing companies are really pushing to the BC program. Find out more inside.