In episode two from the opening chapters of Shadow of War, we become a non-spectral Celebrimbor for an important flashback, ride Caragors, bombard Siege Beasts and get back on the trail of Minas Ithil's elusive Palantir. For this plus more Tolkien lore than you or Mike can handle, point your face at this Shadow of War gameplay.
Long-time viewers of our Hitman videos will recognise Rocco, the hapless, pantsless kitchen assistant late for his first day at work in the Sapienza mansion. He's our target in this latest Hitman contract, but we've got to kill him with a falling object. This should prove tricky. Will we manage it? Watch and find out.
Our John Marston tries to do good at every opportunity because a key part of redemption is changing your ways. But Red Dead Redemption doesn't make it easy, when our attempted good deeds go awry in a this week's stranger missions.
Horror sequel The Evil Within 2 is out today, and sees series protagonist Sebastian Castellanos thrust back into the STEM brain matrix, which is now under the control of a twisted photographer by the name of Stefano Valentini. Typical videogame artist - they're always up to something weird, as we find later in the show.
Some videogames offer non-lethal alternative methods to take out your foes. Just don't look too closely at these supposedly murder-free options, because it soon becomes apparent a lot are at least as deadly as the lethal method you've been trying to avoid. Here are the times we took the non-lethal option with probably fatal consequences.
In Battlefront 2 gameplay from the Battlefront 2 beta, Mike, Andy and Jane resist the Force Order from Maz's Castle on Takodana, protecting what we assume is Luke's lightsaber from enemy forces in objective-based Strike mode.
We play Middle-earth: Shadow of War from the beginning, in which Talion and his elf ghost bro Celebrimbor forge a new ring of power then lose it almost immediately to giant spider Shelob who is now a lady. What next for the wraith-and-ranger combo?
Our quest to achieve 100 percent completion in Red Dead Redemption rolls on this week with two stranger missions. In these we mule drugs for a weird racist, and gather flowers for a man's unseen but definitely still alive wife of 50 years. What could go wrong?
The recent Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer introduced Arthur Morgan, the somewhat sinister presumable protagonist of the Red Dead Redemption prequel who menaces people for money. If Dutch's gang is exclusively populated with jerks such as Arthur though, at least they have options for recruiting new blood; there are several games with excellent gunslinger characters they could bring on board, as we find in Show of the Week.
Videogames are supposed to challenge and amuse you, not get their kicks from screwing you over. In a recent video we recalled the times we could swear a game sneakily stacked the odds against us so it could see us fail, and in the comments of that video many of you submitted your own similarly suspect scenarios. Here they are for your viewing pleasure.
What do Ancient Egyptians and the internet have in common? They love cats. As such, these fuzzballs are everywhere in Assassin's Creed Origins and yes, praise Osiris, you can pet the heck out of them. Ellen and I do so in this new Assassin's Creed Origins gameplay. Also we slay a monster crocodile, perforate a giant hippo with the multi-arrow Warrior Bow, skewer a bunch of bandits, and raid some Ancient Egyptian ruins. But, most importantly: cats.
One of WWE 2K 18's pre-order bonus is legitimate Olympic gold medallist and 2017 hall of fame inductee Kurt Angle. In this WWE 2K18 gameplay, Mike and I pit two eras of Kurt Angle, his 2001 American Hero persona and his 2006 Wrestling Machine gimmick, against each other. Which Angle will come out on top? Watch and find out!
State of Decay 2 is coming in spring 2018, with base building and character progression pumped up, a new blood plague to infect your survivor community, and a much-requested online co-op mode. Take a watch and discover the new things you can do in the zombie survival sim sequel.
It is somehow 30 years since the birth of Street Fighter. Show of the Week celebrates generally with Mike and Andy's fondest street fighting memories and specifically with my five fave but oft overlooked characters. Where's the love for Allen Snider, I ask you.
It's all been friendly up until now, but Showdown of the Week saw Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra in pitched battle against each other in the three categories of violence, friendship and charades. If you missed the live show (and us) at EGX here it is now for your viewing pleasure.
It's almost time for The Evil Within 2, the survival horror sequel set to put the 'scared' into 'I am scared of the Evil Within 2'. In this Evil Within 2 gameplay from the game's fifth chapter, Luke and I set out to explore a town hall that is less full of city administrators and more full of terrifying camera monsters and challenging photography.
Death of the Outsider is a standalone Dishonored 2 DLC in which Dishonored 2's Billie Lurk and Knife of Dunwall's Daud team up to kill the mysterious, godlike Outsider. In this early mission, we're after a twin bladed knife to stab him with, but first, we need to stop by a tattoo parlour and get some ink.
Show of the Week ponders Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, a Dishonored spin-off in which Dishonored 2's Billie Lurk gets her own game. In it, Billie's former mentor Daud dispatches her to kill the mysterious and unknowably powerful Outsider. Oh is that all, Daud.
We recently owned up to the various times we exploited the heck out of a boss' one obscure weakness, and it turned out we weren't alone. The comments were full of players with shameful stories of similarly taking advantage of these convenient soft spots. So have a look at these times our commenters saw an opportunity and, like Luke Skywalker stuffing a proton torpedo into a thermal exhaust port, used it to cheese a boss battle.
Killer Instinct is among the Xbox One titles being zhuzhed up to take advantage of the Xbox One X and all the additional teraflopping it will do come launch in November. Get an eyeful of Andy's mummified fighter Kan-Ra giving Mike's dino-human hybrid what for in this fresh new 4k gameplay.
Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure was originally a collection of Pixar-themed mini games for Kinect, launched in 2012 when that peripheral was a motion control system full of hopes and dreams and not the millstone briefly around the neck of the Xbox One. It's now time for that game's rebirth on the Xbox One X, where the extra graphical oomph makes a new Finding Dory world pop in 4k. Mike and Andy give it a whirl in the following Xbox One X gameplay.
In Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One X, Mike and Andy go for a spin at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in a customised shark car and then at the Nürburgring in the Jaguar XJ220 favoured by Rocket Man Elton John. Get your eyes all over lovely Forza 7 Xbox One X gameplay in the following video.
Now we have our family back in Red Dead Redemption, I suppose we should spend some time with it, and not just because we're already halfway through a Jack mission and the game won't let us carry on until that's completed. So join us as we ride out with Jack to procure some new cattle for the Marston ranch, then afterwards ride off to Mexico to do weird stranger missions as soon as the game will let us.
Destiny 2 is out now, and fans have had more than enough time to hit the level cap and start on their endgame journey. Not us though, we're too busy playing football on the farm, as you'll discover in this week's Show.
On the surface, a videogame is a bunch of pixels doing what they're told by a bunch of rules. Go beneath the surface though and among those rules you'll find some additional secret rules snuck in there to make your experience more fun. Game designer Jennifer Scheurle recently asked other games people on Twitter to share the crafty mechanics like these hidden inside games, and those devs went and spilled the tea. Just consider these sneaky ways games trick you into thinking you're more awesome.
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