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The classic Xbox 360 RPG Lost Odyssey is free to download on Xbox One for a limited time.

Well this is an unexpected treat. To mark the Xbox One Backward Compatibility catalogue reaching 300 games, the Xbox 360 JRPG Lost Odyssey is now available to download for free. The offer lasts until 31st December and gives Xbox One owners the chance to savour an underrated game from Final Fantasy legend, Hironobu Sakaguchi.

Other notable names who contributed to Lost Odyssey include author Kiyoshi Shigematsu and legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu, whose score for the game is one of our favourites.

The game was originally released in the West in 2008. Developed by Mistwalker Studioes, it was part of last generation effort by Microsoft to court Japanese RPG talent. Sakaguchi and Uematsu had previously contributed to another Xbox 360 exclusive title, Blue Dragon.

Lost Odyssey is not without its flaws but the story of immortal warrior Kaim is a typically epic JPRG assembled with some beautiful flourishes that is worth revisiting. And this time round you don’t have to juggle four discs to play the game.

The fact that the Xbox One backwards compatibility programme has now reached 300 titles also deserves comment. Whilst every game isn’t perfectly optimised, it’s a pretty remarkable achievement that has given the Xbox One a genuine – and valuable – point of difference from its PlayStation competitor.

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