The 14 Coolest Xbox Live Arcade Games That You Can Now Play on Xbox One

Backward Compatibility for Xbox One is here, and the list of supported games is a pretty long one. Here’s a look at some of our favorite Xbox Live Arcade games, ranging from ‘90s classics to modern masterpieces. Whether you’re looking to race, shoot or survive an apocalypse, there’s something here for everyone. Banjo-Kazooie: Developer Rare’s famous bear and bird first made their debut in 1998, and this classic platformer still holds up. The game is split into nine levels, where you must gather musical notes and jigsaw pieces (called “Jiggies”) to progress. Stars Banjo and Kazooie are occasionally aided by their friend Mumbo Jumbo – a shaman who can use magical powers to ...

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Close Out an Awesome Year with December’s Games with Gold

If you’re into spending your holidays on grand adventures without spending a dime of your hard-earned cash, then Games with Gold has your back! In 2015 alone, Xbox Live Gold members have saved over $1000 with Games with Gold on Xbox One and Xbox 360. It’s only getting better in 2016 now that Xbox One members get double the free games every month with Backward Compatibility. With Xbox One Backward Compatibility play multiplayer with your friends no matter which console they’re on and enjoy Xbox 360 games with the advanced features of your Xbox One, including Game DVR, Screenshots, and in-home streaming to Windows 10. Xbox One owners can download their free Xbox 360 Games with Gold from ...

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The 5 Biggest Reasons We’re Loving Fallout 4

Fallout 4 – Bethesda’s massive, open-world, sci-fi role-playing game experience – is finally here, and we’ve lost full days to it already. There’s a TON to do in Fallout 4, and we’re talking everything from killing giant bugs to deciding which furniture looks best in our new living room. Check out some of the reasons we’re loving our time in the wasteland. Post-apocalyptic Boston Is Amazing Exploring the ruins (and refurbished areas) of Boston – now known as the Commonwealth – is sometimes gorgeous, sometimes scary, and sometimes funny. The massive area is full of landmarks like Fenway Park... and every inch of the place tells a story. Check out the old comic book ...

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Xbox App on Windows 10: Facebook Friend Finder and Other Updates Available Today

Those of you running Windows 10 on your PC or tablet may have noticed some exciting updates in the Xbox app over the past few days. Just like on Xbox One, regular updates inspired by fan feedback have been a cornerstone for the Xbox app on Windows 10. Your feedback through the Xbox beta app has been extremely valuable, and we’ve been listening. Today, you’ll notice an upgraded social experience in the Xbox app as we’re unifying your Xbox Live and Facebook communities with the release of the Facebook friend finder. This feature joins the recently launched Game DVR voice…

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Rise of the Tomb Raider: Surviving the Elements in Siberia

Siberia. The word itself has become shorthand for intense suffering. There’s a reason that even the mere threat of being shipped to this remote, bitterly inhospitable region under Stalin sent fear through every Russian... and it wasn’t just because of the salt mines. But Siberia can also be a picturesque place – one of the most remote, serene places on Earth. Danger is always just a step away, though, even with mountains worthy of a postcard serving as a backdrop. Lara Croft, however, isn’t one to shy away from danger – and that’s particularly true in her latest adventure, Rise of the Tomb Raider, which sees her set off for Siberia looking for mythical wonders of the ...

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Doubling Down with Rainbow Six: Vegas

When the chips are down and the deck is stacked against you, it’s good to know Team Rainbow is around to even the odds. The Rainbow Six series has always been about realistic tactics in realistic scenarios, but in 2006, they moved to a setting both realistic and fantastical: Las Vegas. Now, with the debut of Xbox One Backward Compatibility, Team Rainbow is prepared to bring their support to your Xbox One in two of their most memorable adventures. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas When the first Rainbow Six: Vegas arrived on Xbox 360 in 2006, it garnered near-universal praise, with many calling it the best shooter on the platform. This was with good reason: The intensely tactical ...

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Raiding Tombs for Fun and Profit: 7 Tips for Success in Rise of the Tomb Raider

Now that Rise of the Tomb Raider has finally arrived, fans and critics alike are praising the game for its return to the franchise’s roots. While it follows in the footsteps of 2013’s Tomb Raider, this is a game that’s very much about adventure. Exploration, puzzle-solving, and treasure-hunting make up the bulk of the game – and that means there’s more subtlety and complexity than Lara Croft has seen in years. Here are seven clues to help you on your adventure. There’s an obvious choice for your first skill unlock. When the time comes to level Lara up, make the Avid Learner skill your first purchase. It adds a boost of extra experience points whenever you find a Document, ...

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A Visitor’s Guide to Fallout 4’s Post-Apocalyptic Boston

Nuclear disasters are different wherever they strike, shaped by the particular landscape unfortunate enough to suffer their indiscriminate wrath. Picture the wooden buildings of Hiroshima completely eradicated, a single brick-and-concrete dome surviving. Imagine the eerie Red Forest of Chernobyl, a reminder of how quickly mankind can render a tranquil, verdant landscape uninhabitable for centuries. That’s why the setting of a Fallout game is as important as anything else – and why the prospect of an irradiated Boston is so exciting. Like the Capital Wasteland and New Vegas before it, Fallout 4’s Boston delivers a similarly novel experience. After all, this is a city that traces its ...

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The 5 Biggest Reasons We’re Loving Rise of the Tomb Raider

In Rise of the Tomb Raider, professional adventuress Lara Croft is back for revenge. Tracking down the organization responsible for the death of her father means climbing some mountains, exploring ancient temples, and fighting a lot of militant bad guys. Here are some reasons why Rise of the Tomb Raider – now available exclusively on Xbox – is one of our favorite games of 2015. Lara Croft Is a Total Badass Lara Croft is one of the all-time greatest gaming heroines – and she’s at her best in Rise of the Tomb Raider. Her story is more involved; her character is more complicated. Overall, she is far more capable, much stronger, and more complex than she’s ever been, and it ...

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Tips for Customizing Your Wasteland Weapons in Fallout 4

Almost as soon as your crawl your aching bones out of the vault and into the Commonwealth wasteland of Fallout 4, you’ll need to start blasting, punching, baseball-batting, and generally kick-butting your way through all sorts of enemies. At first, you’ll be able to get by with the standard fare: 10mm pistols, clubs, and such – but if you want to go toe to toe with some seriously pissed-off super mutants, you’re going to need to pump your guns up. That’s where the crafting system comes in. Now, to craft properly, you’re going to need a few things. First, you’ll…

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Postcards From Albion: A Fable Primer

The list of backward-compatible Xbox 360 games available on the Xbox One continues to grow, and among them is one of our favorite role-playing games, Fable II. If you’ve never experienced the Xbox 360 Fable games, now’s a great time jump in with the upcoming release of Fable Legends just around the corner. The Fable games are quirky, full of great combat and rife with humor. The Fable series is a collection of fantasy RPGs set in the fictional world of Albion, a land full of magic. In each game, you play as a customizable hero who changes in skill and appearance based on your decisions. Do good things, and your hero becomes more pure and charming... but use your powers for wicked, ...

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Sowing the Seeds of Chaos: Our Favorite Ways to Make Mayhem in Just Cause 2

Just Cause 3 hits Xbox One next month, and we’re pretty excited to start wreaking havoc. If you’ve pre-ordered Just Cause 3 or pick it up at launch, you’ll receive Just Cause 2 absolutely free via Xbox One Backward Compatibility for a limited time. If you missed it the first time around, you owe it to yourself to give Just Cause 2 a try; it’s one of the most awesomely destructive open-world games out there. In honor of this gem of the last generation, check out some of our favorite ways to cause mayhem on the island of Panau. I Need a Weapon The most straightforward way to make a mess in Just Cause 2 is to strap up and go in guns-blazing. Skydiving into the middle of a ...

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Excited for the New Xbox One Experience? Thank Martin Starr

Martin Starr, best known for his roles on “Freaks and Geeks” and HBO’s “Silicon Valley”, is featured in a video released this morning. Playing the “innovation guy” who single-handedly redesigned the Xbox One experience, the actor claims he was in fact the code-writing phenom behind the highly anticipated Xbox One update arriving tomorrow. The New Xbox One Experience includes backward compatibility for more than 100 Xbox 360 games, a redesign of the user experience on the console and new streaming options through Windows 10 devices – all features Martin claims were “easy.” “As someone who grew up on video games I get nostalgic when it…

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Offers More Ways to Play

Intrepid adventurer Lara Croft has undergone several transformations since her 1996 debut. These days, she’s more of an embattled survivalist than a smug, confident explorer who waltzes right into an ancient tomb, guns a-blazing. While 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot focused on reshaping the woman at the center of the franchise and making her more relatable and realistic, Rise of the Tomb Raider is most significant in the ways that developer Crystal Dynamics has tweaked the moment-to-moment gameplay. This time around, Lara won’t simply pull out her flaming bow and arrow and unleash fiery destruction from above when she’s in a pinch – every element is now far more nuanced, and Lara’s ...

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From Lancers to Lambent: Our Favorite Gears of War Moments

Xbox One Backward Compatibility is bringing some of the most iconic Xbox 360 experiences to a new generation of players on Xbox One, and today we’re taking a look at one of the classics: the Gears of War series. Fans who own any of the previous Gears of War games on Xbox 360 will receive them on Xbox One via backward compatibility when it launches on November 12, while fans who play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live through December 31 will unlock all Gears titles for free via backward compatibility starting on December 1. For all of the information on the Gears of War series in Xbox One Backward Compatibility, hit the Gears of War Official Site. We’re also pumped for the ...

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Launches Today Exclusively on Xbox

Today, Xbox and Crystal Dynamics launched the highly-anticipated Rise of the Tomb Raider, with the game releasing across Europe, and Japan later this week. Exclusive to Xbox in holiday 2015, the latest installment in the critically-acclaimed franchise from developer Crystal Dynamics takes gaming’s most iconic heroine – Lara Croft – on an epic journey that sees her become more than a survivor and embark on her first tomb raiding expedition. “Rise of the Tomb Raider is the culmination of years of effort from our dedicated teams at Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, and this is the day we’ve all been…

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Xbox and Musterbrand Team Up to Bring Halo Into the World of High Fashion

Ready to look sharp? European clothing creator Musterbrand has a pretty distinct brand of geek chiq to offer: top-quality threads based on your favorite video game brands. From Assassin’s Creed hoodies to Witcher 3 scarves and knapsacks, Musterbrand has created some of the coolest video game-inspired clothing around, and it’s the sort of thing you can wear every day without looking like you’re going to a Halloween party. The big news for us, of course, is that Musterbrand now has an entire collection of Halo-themed wearables. Flight deck officer coat? Check. SPARTAN track jacket? Check. Water-resistant UNSC top-loader bag? Check. The Halo collection has something to accentuate just ...

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A Closer Look at the New Xbox One Experience’s Store

The New Xbox One Experience is almost here – and we’ve got an exciting video of the improved Xbox One Store to share with you! As you’ll see in the video clip above, Major Nelson recently sat down with Partner Group Program Manager for Xbox One, Richard Irving to talk about a few of the changes and updates we’ve got in store for... well, the Store! There’s a ton to discover in the New Xbox One Experience, and all of the games you already own will be ready and waiting for you. But when you’re ready for more, quickly find the games and content you want in the optimized Store. As you land on the Store from Home, you’ll notice it expands into four easy to explore areas – ...

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Fallout 4 Owners Get Fallout 3 via Xbox One Backward Compatibility Next Week

As you get ready for the awesome, post-apocalyptic goodness that is Fallout 4 on Xbox One, don’t forget that for a limited time it comes with its direct predecessor, Fallout 3 –available first on Xbox 360 and then on Xbox One after November 12 when Xbox One Backward Compatibility becomes available. Whether you pre-order or purchase the game physically, digitally, or as part of the Xbox One Fallout 4 Bundle, you’ll definitely want to pick up Fallout 4 now if you haven’t already to grab your free copy of Fallout 3 for a limited time. While both Fallout 3 and Fallout 4 are thematically similar, Fallout 3 remains one of the seminal steps in the role-playing genre, revolutionizing a ...

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Here’s a Closer Look at the New Xbox One Experience’s Game Hubs

Update: Edited on 11/3/15 at 11 a.m. to include a link to yesterday’s blog post. The New Xbox One Experience is just around the corner, and those who have not experienced it in Preview will be able to experience it officially starting November 12. Faster navigation and a more social experience are at the heart of what is our biggest Xbox One update yet. Today, we’re giving you a peek at the New Xbox One Experience’s redesigned Game Hubs, with a video walkthrough by Major Nelson and Partner Group Program Manager for Xbox One, Richard Irving. They’ll also highlight improvements to Achievements and the new Community section. Now, Game Hubs themselves have been part of Xbox One ...