August’s Best Backwards Compatible Games

Welcome back to Xbox One UK’s regular reflection; where we take a look at the list of Xbox 360 titles that became backwards compatible in the last month, and try to point out a couple of highlights.

With only 10 releases for the month of August, you’d be forgiven for think there wasn’t anything worth mentioning. You’d be wrong. Allow us to show you the error of your ways.

Honourable Mentions

Forza Horizon


The brother to the original Motorsport series, there’s a case to be made that the Forza Horizon games are more enjoyable. The idea of a car and music festival taking over Colarado has much more personality to it than just “you’re a racer, go race”. With plenty of cars from across the years, a huge map of Colarado available for free roaming, and a larger variety in the types of races you can compete in, Horizon was a surprise hit and a fantastic addition to both Games with Gold and Backwards Compatibility.

Call of Duty 2

Call of Duty 2

Perhaps taking the crown as August’s biggest curveball, nobody expected Call of Duty 2 to get the backwards compatibility treatment. They might have wanted it, but the World War 2 shooter was a dark horse bet against the likes of the Modern Warfare series or even Black Ops 2. Still, its addition gives hope to the Call of Duty fans looking to play anything other than Infinite Warfare this Christmas. Plus, it gives someone like me a chance to play it. Yes, I only jumped on the series after CoD 4, I apologise…

Game of the Month – Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon


The 80’s never died. They live on in games like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Taking all the great pop culture inspirations of decade and blending them with the blueprint of one of the best first person shooters of the current decade, you’re left with an experience that feels incredible to control whilst busting your gut at every opportunity. Throw in a brilliant soundtrack by Power Glove that truly adds to the atmosphere, and FC3: Blood Dragon is easily one of the best additions to the Backwards Compatibility. Fight me on that.

And there’s your list. Be sure to check back next month for September’s highlights, and let us know in the comments what you were playing last month!

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Ashley Bates

Full time bearded man of Xbox One UK, and also a Senior Editor. Self-appointed Fighting Game Hype Man, because no one else on site appreciates the art of fisticuffs. Catch me on Twitter @donovan_ryder.

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