The new plasma caster in Halo 5: Guardians is a Covenant gun that fires globs of explosive plasma. When they hit their mark these balls of ionised, weaponised goop stick to the enemy and detonate; when they hit a wall, they bounce, hopefully in the direction of a high-value target. Watch Mike and Andy scrap over the plasma caster respawn point in Halo 5's Team Slayer multiplayer mode in this Xbox One gameplay.
Rainbow 6 Siege's Terrorist Hunt Classic mode is technically designed for a squad of five players, all toting bits of exotic counter-terrorist gadgetry. But instead of the canonical five we've got two Oxbox operatives versus a force of 22 vicious, armed-to-the-teeth insurgents, and and one of us chose a sledgehammer as our signature ability. Can we clean them out before they clean our clocks?
It's not often a game comprehensively indulges my desire to explode everything in sight. It turns out that Just Cause 3 is exactly that game. As you can see in this gameplay, everything that isn't the landscape can be pummeled with explosives until it explodes, or falls over then explodes, or flies into the air then explodes. There's no shortage of ordnance to help it gloriously along either, including our new favourite: sticky rocket mines. Here's a selection of the things we detonated.
Spaceflight adventure Elite Dangerous is the first full game to emerge from the Xbox Game Preview Program, which lets fans support (read: pay for) games before they're quite finished. To celebrate and in anticipation of our many deaths to come by interstellar privateering, we recall the five most humiliating ways we've expired in the indifferent vacuum of space.
We spend so much of games as a solo hero: saving the world single handedly, never letting anyone into our lives because getting close to someone can mean getting them killed, and generally being a cool lone wolf. Occasionally, though, a buddy character is foisted upon us for story reasons and that bit about getting them killed becomes a distinct possibility. Consider these seven most oblivious companion characters.
There were masses of intriguing indie games at EGX 2015 alongside the triple-A flash. Consider these five indie games coming to Xbox One in 2016 which we'll be keeping a closer eye on than a street magician doing that cup and balls trick.
We return to Halo 5: Guardians' main campaign in this co-op gameplay in which Master Chief (Mike) and Spartan Kelly (Andy) of Blue Team scuttle an ONI space station with energy swords, banshees and only occasional resuscitation by their AI teammates.
In this Assassin's Creed Syndicate gameplay, assassin twins Jacob and Evie Frye meet Victorian science man Charles Darwin and assassinate his science rival for the good of science, probably. Watch Mike and Andy roam Victorian London in this new gameplay footage.
Halo 5: Guardians' new Warzone mode is easily the largest scale Halo multiplayer mode yet. Huge maps, filled with AI as well as your human enemies, blend with objectives to create complex and close multiplayer matches. In this gameplay we tackle the new Raid on Apex 7 map, which is deeply reminiscent of the original Halo's classic Silent Cartographer level.
Watch Outside Xbox meeting fellow YouTube video channel PlayStation Access in a Towerfall battle royale on the YouTube Gaming live stage at gamerpalooza EGX 2015, live from Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate is less than a month away and this week we're all about its gang system, with which twins Jacob and Evie Frye take control of London's various gang territories. They also run everything from a train, the perfect excuse to revisit the most lavish locomotives in videogame history.
We'll be on the YouTube Gaming live stage at EGX 2015, and you can watch us do our thing. First up, Minecraft Pictionary: it's the 3D blockery of Minecraft meets the unguessable doodles of Pictionary! Watch us compete to build the least inscrutable drawings in Minecraft's almighty sandbox live from EGX in Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre.
Assassin Creed Syndicate hero Jacob Frye isn't the suave Ezio Auditore clone we were expecting. As you will discover in this gameplay, he's a sort of comedy idiot obsessed with running a gang called The Rooks (his gang name of choice). He's even picked out the uniform. Fortunately, his twin sister Evie is far more capable.
Lara Croft gets back to raiding tombs in Rise of the Tomb Raider, due on Xbox One in November. Watch as Mike and I use cunning, stealth and many explosions to infiltrate an old Soviet military installation in Siberia in this Xbox One gameplay.
We recently shared some sneaky tricks that give you the edge over your enemies at the bargain price of your self-respect, which we weren't even using anyway. Then we asked you to confess the undignified stuff you've done to squeak out a win. So you did.
After literally tens of people asked when there would be Outside Xbox merchandise, Outside Xbox merchandise is now a thing that exists. It's a t-shirt! It's available this week at EGX 2015 (24-27 September) or online at outsidexbox.com/tshirts.
Point your face at this Halo 5: Guardians co-op gameplay in which Master Chief (Mike) and Spartan Kelly (Andy) of Blue Team decrease the peace on an ONI facility, sampling Halo 5's spartan charge, ground pound and controversial aiming down sights.
We play Dragon Age Inquisition DLC epilogue Trespasser, which starts two years after the events of Dragon Age Inquisition (read: spoilers ahead) when my Inquisitor gets a spa day in an Orlesian cheese spa, at last. Have a watch of this Xbox One gameplay.
After all the meticulous preparation, it's time to actually rob a bank in Grand Theft Auto Online in the very final heist mission. The Pacific Standard bank isn't going to know what hit it.
Destiny expansion The Taken King is the nearest thing to Destiny 2 we've had so far, coming after more limited DLC packs The Dark Below and House of Wolves. It brings a new location, more missions, more subclasses and, controversially, less Peter Dinklage. Show of the Week examines The Taken King and reasons to consider not swapping out your voice actor, game developers.
The Escapists: The Walking Dead is a spin-off of Team 17's pixel-arty escape sim based on The Walking Dead comics. The final level is the beleaguered Alexandria Safe Zone, where we must craft disguises for Rick and Carl while also managing the zombie threat level and survival morale. See how we do the following Xbox One gameplay footage.
Weapons are meant to damage your enemies and leave you unharmed. But what if instead they were dangerous liabilities just as likely to kill their user as anything they're pointed at? Watch this and find out what if that.
Dishonored comes to Xbox One as Dishonored: Definitive Edition: a prettified version of the 2012 game bundled with all the subsequent downloadable content. In a throwback to some of our earliest Outside Xbox videos, we each undertake one of the game's assassination missions, a contract on the wealthy and corrupt Pendleton brothers, in our unique styles.
It's not easy living day to day in a toxic wasteland that's short on hope and long on angry supermutants. For some survivors, banding together and fashioning a bizarre new cult out of the rubble of civilisation is just their way of coping with the chaos, so it's not for us to judge these people for being deranged and weird and wrong. Except we're going to do just that, right now.
The final thing we require for burgling senseless the Pacific Standard bank are thermal charges, which we need to get through the bank vault doors. It turns out you can't just buy these at Costco. We'll have to thieve some from notorious private military company Merryweather. Stay tuned as we ambush one of their convoys in our usual inimitable style.
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