Mass Effect 2 and 3 join Xbox One backwards compatibility, free for EA Access members Mass Effect 2 and 3 join Xbox One backwards compatibility, free for EA Access members
BioWare has kicked off N7 Day with a shiny new cinematic trailer and some all-round fantastic news for Mass Effect fans. Mass Effect 2 and 3 join Xbox One backwards compatibility, free for EA Access members

BioWare has kicked off N7 Day with a shiny new cinematic trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda and some all-round fantastic news for Mass Effect fans.

From today, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 will both be backwards compatible on Xbox One, making the full trilogy available to owners of the console.

Moreover, EA Access subscribers can access all three games from today in the Vault, which houses classic EA games, free of charges.

It’s pretty kick-ass news for a day where Mass Effect takes priority of everything, even eating and drinking water (yeah that’s right!).

If you’re only just becoming interested in the Mass Effect series, then this is really the perfect time to jump in. While Mass Effect hasn’t aged particularly well, both Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 are spectacular games in their own right.

The latter may have been the subject of controversial gamer angst over what was claimed to be a sell-out ending, but future DLC packs — which are bordering on free these days — address a lot of the questions and issues fans had with the ending.

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If you own the games on disc, you’ll need them in order to download the BC compatibility patch to play on Xbox One. You’ll need a disc in order to play them at all, unless you’re an EA Access subscriber.

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  • DarkSoulReaverZ

    November 8, 2016 #1 Author

    I really want a remaster of the trilogy! These games look quite old especially the textures, such an epic trilogy deserves a remaster surely!? Plus I have no interest in backwards compatibility due to the issues with emulation like lag, crushed blacks and the occasional crashes. Wish they could just implement the 360 hardware into the Scorpio spec for true BC, one can dream!

    • Master Fenix

      November 9, 2016 #2 Author

      @oliver I have’t had these issues with backwards compatibility games. Black Ops and Red Dead work very well. Mass Effect has aged but ME2 and especially ME3 hold up very well. EA doesn’t really seem in the game of remasters because they have EA Access. Why remaster it when you can add it to the Vault for “free” and entice people to pay $6 per month?

      • DarkSoulReaverZ

        November 9, 2016 #3 Author

        Really? Certain modes in Black Ops suffer terrible slowdown unless they have fixed this? My autistic brother loves Red Dead but gave up after frequent crashes (he owns the Xbox Elite model). Mass Effect suffers more slowdown than it had already (do the saves to the cloud work with ME when transferring them from title to title? As they didn’t before). Dark Souls being a dark title suffers from the crushed blacks featured with the emulator and feels some what off compared to it being run on a 360 leading me to believe there’s some sort of input lag? Sonic 2 features or at least did early on input lag causing me to die a lot, the crushed blacks issue arises again in Alan Wake making it a bitch to play. Only title I have played almost trouble free is the first Forza Horizon. Much prefer owning a 360 tbh.

        • Master Fenix

          November 10, 2016 #4 Author

          Never had issues with Black Ops. Could it be your refresh rate on your television perhaps?