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Red Dead Redemption rides again via Xbox One backwards compatibility

Those wanting to get back on the saddle can follow these simple steps to start playing the game right now.

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Xbox One owners who have made regular use of its backwards compatibility feature have been clamoring for Rockstar Games’ stable of titles to be available through the feature ever since it was first announced. Today, we’re learning the publisher’s open-world western, Red Dead Redemption, is not only coming to the Xbox One through backwards compatibility, but you can play it right now, as long as you follow some steps to access it.

According to NeoGAF users, all you’ll need to do is search for the gamertag “rockohoward.” Once you find that user, proceed to view their profile and find Red Dead Redemption. Once you do, you can install the game onto your Xbox One, that is as long as you own the digital version of the game in the past.

Red Dead Redemption isn’t the only game to have been preemptively released as Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 are also available to download using the same method mentioned above. If you own either of those titles, then you should also go ahead and download those as well.

This isn't the first time an Xbox One backwards compatible game had been made available prior to Microsoft's official announcement. Fable III was one game to be made available prior to its official release, and while we recently were made aware Left 4 Dead 2 can be downloaded, Microsoft has yet to officially make it available.

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    February 6, 2016 6:10 PM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Red Dead Redemption rides again via Xbox One backwards compatibility

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      February 6, 2016 6:10 PM

      yessssssss

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      February 6, 2016 6:11 PM

      yup.yup.yup.yup.yup.yup.yup.yup.yup.yup.







      yup.

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      February 6, 2016 6:16 PM

      oh snap! might have to crack that disc out again.

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        February 6, 2016 6:19 PM

        can you buy 360 games digitally on the Xbone yet?

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          February 6, 2016 6:22 PM

          I don't think you can.

          What annoys me is that most of the 360 backwards compatible stuff for me seem to be the old arcade games. And a couple of the 360 ones that were downloaded digitally.

          All the other ones that are on the list I have to put the 360 disc in and install it on the HD.

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            February 6, 2016 6:23 PM

            hopefully they add that. physical media is the devil!

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            February 6, 2016 6:25 PM

            If you get the game via a 360 disc, do you have to keep the disc in your XB1 to keep playing?

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              February 6, 2016 6:40 PM

              yes. If it came from a disc, you always need the disc.

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                February 6, 2016 6:50 PM

                shiiiiit

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                  February 6, 2016 7:10 PM

                  otherwise everyone would install it then pass the disk around

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                    February 6, 2016 7:12 PM

                    Yeah, true. I wish you'd just get a decent discount on the digital version if you had a 360 disc.

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          February 6, 2016 6:24 PM

          Nope you have to go to xbox.com to buy them. And if they're free you have to add a CC just to download it.

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            February 6, 2016 6:25 PM

            well there ya go.

            would make more goddamn sense just to put them up on the store.

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          February 7, 2016 3:47 AM

          You can buy them from the MS site and they will be available for download on the xbone

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            February 7, 2016 6:37 AM

            $30 for RDR digital ... yea i'll just use my disc

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          February 7, 2016 6:11 AM

          can you go to xbox.com and buy it there?

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      February 6, 2016 6:26 PM

      Strangely, I've owned this game for years, but never played it. I sold my xbox360 and it's just been sitting there, waiting for this exact feature. Awesome.

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        February 6, 2016 7:10 PM

        I thought it was super fun

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        February 6, 2016 8:29 PM

        It's a great game... one of the best to come out last generation.

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        February 7, 2016 2:40 AM

        It's great. Takes a few hours to really get going, but then it doesn't let go and the vistas are just stunning even today.

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      February 6, 2016 6:27 PM

      I really hope you can eventually use the GOTY version. I still have yet to play Undead Nightmare and that's probably the only thing I'd want to go back and play from RDR.

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        February 6, 2016 6:35 PM

        Aww i never considered the goty edition would be a different version. I was all excited to retire my 360 for good :(

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          February 6, 2016 6:36 PM

          Yep this happened with DXHR too. The original version was backwards compatible, but not the Director's Cut edition.

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        February 6, 2016 6:39 PM

        Undead Nightmare was super broken last I tried to play it. The updates they did for the online mode made it a buggy mess, and they never bothered to fix it. I think if they support the GOTY version it will be up to date and patched as it just verifies the disc and downloads all the stuff anyway, so it probably would be the broken version.

        That brings up a good question though, what happens to the DLC for these games?

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          February 6, 2016 7:06 PM

          Honestly, if you have a 360 lying around and the GOTY version on disc, just hook up the 360 and play the disc version offline so it can't pull any update.

          When I say broken I mean broken. 70% of the expansion revolves around you going from town to town and saving them from zombie hordes. And with the last patches, it can and will glitch out so the hordes of enemies never stop coming and you cannot progress. The only thing you can do is quit the game and restart and hope you get through one section at a time fast enough before it glitches out again, which it will.

          When the glitches start, you'll also see headless and armless bodies, people turning into different models (including animals), animations breaking, so on. But the big killer is how it halts your ability to progress. The zombie killing gameplay is repetitive enough without having to do every section over again and again because the game is constantly bugging out.

          Shame too, because the story is a fun and silly b-horror take with the same cast, and there's a nice spooky change in atmosphere for the whole world. It was one of my go to October / Halloween games until they broke it all with the final patches. I need to look into how I can remove the patches on 360 without wiping everything else out, and play it again sans update.

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            February 7, 2016 8:07 AM

            That's really terrible because Undead Nightmare absolutely owns.

            You can remove title updates on 360 by clearing the system cache somewhere in the settings, though be warned that it'll wipe out all title updates for everything you have installed (not a huge deal since patches are so small and quick to download on 360).

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      February 6, 2016 6:36 PM

      I wish this game got the Dragon's Dogma treatment

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        February 6, 2016 6:42 PM

        You mean finally come to PC? Me too.

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          February 6, 2016 9:40 PM

          When I saw the picture in the corner that's what I thought was about to happen :(

          This is good news for some though.

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          February 6, 2016 11:44 PM

          Yes :(

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      February 6, 2016 7:09 PM

      I can't UNF this enough! Now I only need to get Undead Nightmare.

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      February 6, 2016 8:19 PM

      Excellent now I can finally back up my 360 for good.

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      February 6, 2016 8:21 PM

      damn i might have to rebuy that... i think i sold my copy when I sold my 360. :\

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      February 7, 2016 12:49 AM

      So does this mean that technically you could play this on a PC with Xbone streaming?

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        February 7, 2016 1:07 AM

        Yup!

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        February 7, 2016 2:57 AM

        Haha, yeah, and even see the stream on a Virtual Desktop using an Oculus for a gigantic screen! I did that with Rise of the Tomb Raider and that made the intro sequences way more intense.

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      February 7, 2016 2:55 AM

      WHOOOOOOAAAAAA!!! Including DLC?

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      February 7, 2016 3:44 AM

      So I've tried this and the only game I could install is Alan Wake: American Nightmare. I'm pretty sure I own Castlevania: SotN and Halo Wars digitally but they show up as Unavailable in the store. For RDR which I don't own digitally I see Bundle Only in the store and it can't be purchased from the Xbone. Need to do it through their website or a 360, I guess.

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      February 7, 2016 5:13 AM

      The unwavering hype for this game has always surprised me. the entire second half of the game is so goddamned boring. The ending was good, which is what saves it for most I guess, but I would never replay it. Mexico fucking sucked.

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      February 7, 2016 7:09 AM

      LOoking forward to the digital foundry article on how it runs.

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        February 7, 2016 12:32 PM

        RDR on the 360 had some framerate hitches in places but hopefully those can be smoothed out. I am hoping for more of a Fallout 3 result instead of a Halo Reach outcome with the back compatibility.