They say you shouldn't drink and operate heavy machinery, but they also said disposable giant mech suits would be a cost-effective way to wage war. So who are you going to trust? Show of the Week prepares for Titanfall landing next week with a drinking game and a few more tantalising details on its man-versus-mech warfare.
Xbox One's major March system update is rolling out now. It addresses a bunch of common user complaints, but is that going to be enough to keep Xbox One in the race? And, crucially, what's missing from the March update? Let's have a look.
Another day, another Xbox Live Indie Game featuring zombies. But this one has a twist: you play as a survivalist hedge fund manager called Joe Wheeler, who pops out from the safety of his underground vault with 100,000 dollars in unmarked bills bulging out of his trousers. Will it help him survive in this cruel zombie apocalypse? Not if the ham-fisted Outside Xbox team have anything to do with it.
Claw Machine Arcade simulates those toy-grabbing cranes at the arcade powered by 20p coins and youthful optimism. We play it and discover this is what it would be like if those claws were capable of grabbing and lifting things, instead of stroking them tenderly and leaving them behind. So this is what it feels like to win?
If you haven't seen The Lego Movie already, we would wholeheartedly recommend it. It's brilliantly written, very funny and looks absolutely stunning. And if that doesn't convince you, it has Batman in it. Whether or not you've seen the flick, you can still enjoy this Let's Play of the official game, which we've kept as light on spoilers as possible. Watch on for laser betrayal, Willy Shakes and discussion of 'lady spots'.
The European version of South Park: The Stick of Truth for Xbox 360 and PS3 has had seven scenes, each about 20 seconds long, replaced with descriptive text. But though the game calls them "censored" scenes, this isn't strictly censorship.
The jump scare is a horror game staple because it's the cheapest and occasionally the most effective of the scares. Discover the nine most pant-wetting jump scare moments in this video, which contains both spoilers and extremely loud noises. You have been warned.
Out this week, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 casts you as Dracula, formerly Gabriel Belmont, in action that skips between a modern metropolis and an old-timey castle the size of Sheffield. Join us for Show of the Week as we inspect Dracula's latest adventure and discover just what is so great about being a vampire, anyway.
You might fancy yourself as handy with a sniper rifle, able to part an enemy's haircut from four miles away. You might be able to hold a racing car in a perfect drift. You might even have the virtual MMA skills of a Brazilian jiu-jitsu champ. It doesn't matter though, you aren't getting your hands on these achievements. Don't believe us? Watch and find out why.
We love Trials Evolution, from the 'just one more go' instant restarts, through the tough but ultimately fair physics-based controls, all the way to the hilarious, broken contortions our rider makes when we fluff a landing. It's deeply silly, but it's also serious business. Just ask James, who regularly tickles the top of the leaderboards. Needless to say, we were all keen to see the first proper gameplay from Trials Fusion on Xbox One.
If ever a series was accurately summed up by its title, it's Plants vs Zombies. Until now it has pitted heroic plants against villainous zombies in adorable tower defence action on mobiles and handhelds. But the series makes the leap to Xbox as a third-person shooter, in a bold move that could alienate some of the series' hardcore fans. Was it worth the risk?
Lego: The Hobbit retells the story of the first two hobbit films across 16 levels based on locations from the Peter Jackson movies. Here's new gameplay from the subterranean goblin town, in which Bilbo, Gandalf and his beardy dwarf gang get in a ruck with the Goblin King. He's the one with the jiggly Lego goitre.
Here is new Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 gameplay, hot off the Xbox 360. This uneven hack and slasher sequel stars the world's most famous vampire, Dracula, AKA Dracul AKA Prince of Darkness AKA The Dragon. He's kind of a big deal, you guys.
The new Thief game from Eidos Montreal will be divisive. The factors in play include nostalgia for the original Thief games and some, often quite obvious, technical niggles. It ultimately comes down to what you expect the game to be. It's not Dishonored, but it's not quite the original Thief series either. To find out what it is, check our gameplay-stuffed review after the jump.
Out next week, Thief is a reboot of the classic sneak-and-steal Thief series, in which you creep around a pseudo-Victorian city and nick stuff, touching everything with your nimble thief hands. Join us for Show of the Week as we examine Garrett's new adventure and make sure you keep a close eye on your valuables.
Titanfall seems designed to make you look cool. The wall-running, the jetpacks, the giant robot fisticuffs. It's difficult to go two minutes without something spectacular happening. But every so often, you do something head-slappingly dumb and, like a Darwin Award nominee, end up paying the ultimate price. With the beta now over, we take a whistle stop tour through the most humiliating ways to die in Titanfall.
Bureau: Kendall Rising is an indie crime investigation game and, with its fully voiced dialogue and 3D cutscenes, it can't be faulted for ambition. Watch Mike and I sleuth our way around San Francisco as FBI Agent Kendall, who enjoys yoga, margaritas and smooching suspected arsonists.
Flappy Bird is no longer available for your phone, but there is a similarly aggravating Flappy Bird clone in the Xbox 360's indie games store by the name of Little Flappers. Watch Mike's hard-earned Flappy Bird skills translate to Little Flappers in this gameplay video.
Drowning a hedgehog, performing your own eye surgery and the entirety of Mass Effect 2 figure among the bits of games that have given us the biggest, baddest stress-induced headaches. Discover the others in this video.
Strider is a side-scroller in which ninja hero Strider Hiryu runs at full ninja tilt, katana-first, into hordes of robotic enemies. Mike and I take this crisp reboot of the 1989 arcade classic for a spin on Xbox One.
Now the Titanfall beta has thrown the doors open to all, hopefully you've experienced Titanfall for yourself. If not, you're missing out on something very special indeed. Ignore the people who say it plays just like Call of Duty because, basically, they're playing it wrong. Titanfall fixes everything people complain about in Call of Duty, including the online insta-deaths and the difficulty less skilled players have with precise twitch shooting. Topping the Titanfall leaderboards involves mastering both the free-running pilot and the heavily armed titan plus finding a loadout for each that works for you. Watch the video and you'll see us get that plate spinning both very wrong and very right.
South Park: The Stick of Truth comes out next month, after three years of development, several months of delays and a brisk change of publisher. With South Park creators Parker and Stone at the helm, it's just as lavishly offensive as the cartoon, with the same biting satire and shoddy animation. Show of the Week gets revved up for The Stick of Truth and asks: where did all other South Park games go wrong?
This whole free-to-play thing gets a bad rap. Within the first 10 minutes of launching World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, we were trundling as a platoon towards the front line and our first victory in customised tanks. At no point did the game grind to a halt and refuse to move until we'd handed over our hard earned. What's more, it's surprisingly fun to play as well, as you attempt to wrestle five tons of diesel-powered pig iron into a tactically advantageous position. See how we managed after the jump.
Here is your primer for everything included in the Titanfall multiplayer beta, which gives you two maps, three modes and one Titan model to stomp around in. Come on through for the skinny on the contents of the beta, plus new Titanfall gameplay on Xbox One.
The Titanfall beta arrives at the end of this week, and all that new Titan technology brings with it a host of new words and phrases key to understanding what the heck is going on. Hit the jump for the seven terms you'll need to know to survive the Titanfall beta and to see us shredding Titans in new Titanfall beta gameplay.
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