Ah, I remember the days of playing Black Ops 1 with my friends. The advent of my Call of Duty and Xbox 360 days, being terrible at multiplayer and zombies with my friends are memories that I hold close to my heart. Whenever I pop in my Black Ops 1 disc and start rushing around with my Commando on Summit, it always brings back the fond memories of my seventh grade self screaming and laughing into the mic with my buds. Five-and-a-half years later and that's all they are; memories. All of my friends have moved on to Xbox One, and I'm still chugging away on the 360, screaming at Mason to understand what the numbers mean and occasionally running into someone using a godmode class on multiplayer. I run around Launch shooting at randoms and playing just to call back to those perfect seventh grade experiences. For me, and perhaps for many others as well, Black Ops 1 on the 360 has turned into a rather empty experience; a shell of what it used to be.
Well, good news for me and for the rest of the Black Ops 1 nostalgia crowd has arrived! Black Ops 1 has been added to the list of titles that will be backwards compatible on Xbox One! Now it's more than possible to relive those memories with your friends. Kick back, relax, and enjoy a surge in popularity of what is considered to be one of the better Call of Duty games in existence. The best part is that the game will continue to run on Xbox 360 servers, which means you will lose none of the progress you climbed to achieve back when the game was released. That also means that people with godmode classes and recoveries will continue to run around, but with the rise in players the game will receive, the surge of reports coming from the Xbox One end will surely be noticed by Microsoft.
As with all games that are backwards compatible, you must already have a copy of the game in order to play it, be it a physical or a digital copy. If it's a digital copy, it should already be available in your Games Library. All DLC packs are still available to purchase through the Xbox One Store if you do not already have them, and if you do, they will be carried over and will be available for immediate play. It'll bring back all the fond memories from five years in the past, but with a large makeover and polish thanks to the Xbox One's more advanced technology. Major Nelson confirms it here:
Black Ops 1's backwards compatibility has been speculated for a while, but now it's arrived and it's glorious. Many have been looking forward to this and have been squirming in anticipation. The 2010 nostalgia is going to barge its way back, and it's going to be better than ever. After I finish this article, I'm likely going to annoy my friends and make them play some Ascension with me. What are your plans for Black Ops 1? Do you think this is a good decision on Microsoft's part? Do you think other Call of Duty games are going to receive the same treatment? Let us know in the comments!