The Xbox One Game That Now Works On Xbox 360 — Plus, Predictions About October 2016’s Games With Gold Releases

The list of Xbox One’s backwards-compatible games seems to be growing faster than the body count on Game of Thrones. This is, of course, good news for Xbox 360 owners in that their consoles are not doomed to the bottom of a dusty shelf and low resale value.

So, if you own a 360, you’ll be glad to know that another name has been added to the Golden List. Express mentions that there will be two (legitimate) ways to get Word Puzzle on your Xbox One.

If you purchased the word-search game digitally, you should notice it popping up on your newer Xbox’s game library. Say you went the old-fashioned route and bought a CD. You can still use it by putting it in the Xbox’s disc drive. Handy, no?

Word Puzzle has you swapping letter tiles to form a preset list of words. You can also jazz things up more by snagging Theme Packs from the Xbox Marketplace. One such pack is the Ancient Theme Pack. As you might expect, this Theme inserts references from ancient empires like those of the Mayans and the Chinese. There are a variety of different themes in case you get bored.

Speaking of games, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention October’ s “Games With Gold” collection. As Xbox Live Gold subscribers know, Games With Gold allow you to get new, free games sent directly to your Xbox each month. This month’s collection includes a variety ranging from racing games to RPG’s. Here are our predictions for what might appear in this month.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

The Bitbag speculated that Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 could be one of the new titles on the Games With Gold list next month. Given the popularity of the series, the game could be an “explosive” addition to the growing list of backwards-compatible titles. Modern Warfare 2 introduces the new two-player Co-op mode, which has since evolved into more complex multiplayer modes.

The Witching Hour

October is the month for all things spooky, so a horror game makes perfect sense for addition to the Games With Gold collection. The only question is, which? First-person horror shooter Outlast feels like just enough to send chills down your spine. Nerd Rant notes that the game puts players into the role of a video journalist who investigates terrifying goings-on at an insane asylum. That’s not even the creepy part; you can’t actually defend yourself and can only run or hide. Sorta makes Silent Hill feel tolerable.

Games have been made to “play” the gamer before, but perhaps not so much as this one. The goal of Outlast‘s devs is actually to push you to a place where “going mad is the only sane thing to do.” The scheduled release date of Fall 2016 is terrifyingly timely.

Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag

Rumor has it that this action game will also be free in October 2016. The game takes all you swashbucklers out there to 1715, when pirates ruled the open seas. You’ll get to hang out with real-life pirate legends like Blackbeard and Calico Jack as you sail around the Caribbean and pretty much do whatever you want. Raiding, looting, and hunting are all part of this immersive adventure title. The creators of Black Flag also note that it offers the most expansive world yet, so why not dive right in?

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Frank Marshall (L), producer of Assassin's Creed, and Aisha Tyler at Ubisoft E3 2016 Press Conference, June 2016. [Image Via Jordan Strauss/Invision For Ubisoft/AP Images]

You play Edward Kenway, a cocky and terrifying pirate captain who teams up with a gang of allies to explore this huge world. The in-game universe is based on real locales such as Kingston, Jamaica, and the West Indies.

Iron Man 2

If the Christian Post is correct, this high-flying caper could be landing in the Games With Gold collection next month. Matt Fraction, who literally wrote the (comic) book on Invincible Iron Man, was a consultant for the game’s storyline. Iron Man 2 features new stories, villains, and locales to explore. Additionally, players can now choose between the heavily armored War Machine and fast-moving Iron Man. Plus, you can use research to unlock new gadgets and customize Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit. Not bad.

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Actress Gwenyth Paltrow attends the premiere of Iron Man at the Cinemaxx In Berlin, Germany, April 2008. [Image By Sean Gallup/Getty Images]

Let us know what you think of the possible reveals for October’s Games With Gold list. Are there any Xbox titles you want to see added or taken away? Did Microsoft satisfy your game cravings, or leave you wanting more?

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