Whether due to a lack of games, a botched launch, or an unshakeable belief in the monetary potential of edutainment, plenty of games consoles have fallen by the wayside. Here are seven instances that made it pretty clear why for every hugely successful Wii, or PS2, or Nintendo DS, there are a bunch of Bandai Wonderswans. What? Exactly.
For the second day of this year's Oxbox Xmas Challenge, Andy draws Red Dead Redemption, which is surely a fix of epic proportions. At any rate, his challenge is to get drunk in a saloon of his choosing and then make it back outside to his hitched horse. Can he wobble his way outside? Will he collapse on the porch? Why does Horson Wells associate with this lush?
It's the first day of the annual festive Outside Xbox contest, in which we draw daily random game challenges in the run-up to Christmas 2017. Join us as the competition heats up like a panful of mulled wine, with the help of Outside Xtra elves Luke and Ellen. Mike has first pick and draws Fallout 4, in which he must punch the Brotherhood of Steel's Elder Maxson in the face aboard floating fortress the Prydwyn, then escape with his life. Also, he must be nude.
After the unique performance I gave in Hitman Patient Zero while dressed as a clown, we thought we'd tackle clown-themed Escalation mission The Corky Commotion. Our mission? To head to Paris and smash fashion model Helmut Kruger in the face with a confetti-filled baseball bat. Sounds right up our boulevard.
This week in Red Dead Redemption we polish off the final stranger missions, so called because you do them for strangers, and because they are usually stranger than the main missions in the game. They could equally be called 'downer missions' because the message of at least the three that we do today seems to be that helping people is for suckers and people are the worst. See for yourself in this Red Dead Redemption gameplay.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is due out in game preview next week, bringing its incredibly popular battle royale gameplay to Xbox One for the first time. Join us for the reasons Mike's slightly cautious about it, as well as a celebration of other games that, like PUBG, have no plot whatsoever, and are still great.
Game heroes are typically the picture of health, all muscle tone and good teeth. So it's all the more tragic when they canonically endure debilitating disease, smashed bones and severed limbs in the name of doing their heroic business. Just ponder these times being the hero was seriously bad for your health.
The final mission of Hitman's new Patient Zero campaign takes us back to the Gama Institute in Hokkaido, Japan, where doctors are treating the Patient Zero of the title - a man named Owen Cage who was the first person to be infected with the deadly Nabazov virus. While we're here, we'll also be taking out his doctor, Klaus Lieblied, because we don't want to make two trips, I guess. See how each of us goes about it in this Hitman gameplay.
If you play 100-person deathmatch Fortnite Battle Royale the way we do, your odds of success are determined by which randomly distributed weapons, if any, are strewn in your path in the opening minutes. Witness how the capricious Item Gods variously bestow heaps of twinkling guns or nothing at all on us over a number of matches in the following gameplay.
In this week's Red Dead Redemption adventures, Jane and I spend some time with The Devil, or at least a mysterious stranger who might be The Devil. Expect ethically tricky choices, such as whether or not to shoot a nun, as our moral character is tested in this Red Dead Redemption gameplay.
Fortnite: Battle Royale drops you and 99 other players onto an island with a periodically shrinking playspace, and carries on until only one of you is left alive. So yes it is like PUBG - but with key differences. For one, you arrive in a bus suspended from a hot air balloon 10,000 feet in the air, which you're then kicked out of. And yet that's not the worst bus journey we've endured in a videogame, as proven by Show of the Week.
I wouldn't say we're completely hard-hearted cynics here, but the last time I had a real human feeling was when I stood on a Lego in bare feet, and I barely felt that. So imagine our surprise when we encountered these hidden secrets in videogames and found that the stories behind them were so sweet and so heartfelt, we may have even said "awww".
Mike and Andy may have collected so many feathers in Assassin's Creed 2 they could have built their own Victoria's Secret angel wings, but how well do they really know the Assassin's Creed series? Let's find out in the official Outside Xbox Assassin's Creed quiz.
The Vector is the third mission of Hitman's new Patient Zero campaign. In it, you must ascend a new tower overlooking the Colorado militia compound and take out a series of soldiers infected carrying a deadly virus with only a sniper rifle, along with the doctor responsible for their viral infection. See how we get on in this Hitman sniping gameplay.
Now we've got our family back, we should spend some time with them, which means going hunting with Jack, helping run the ranch with Abigail, and pushing Uncle over every time we see him, because we hate him. Isn't that what family is all about? It is if you're John Marston, as you'll see in this Red Dead Redemption gameplay.
Hitman's Game of the Year edition brings with it new weapons, new missions and, to Mike's delight, new outfits that include a ridiculously sinister clown suit. Join as as we chat Hitman,then examine videogames' most sinister clowns who are still somehow not as scary as Agent 47 in a bright red wig.
A short while back we pondered the allegedly 'non-lethal' options in games that were in fact as non-lethal as a skinny dip in a shark tank. Everyone in the comments of that video went on to add their own fabulously lethal non-lethal takedowns, so let's see what they had to share in the category of dubiously conscience-sparing, supposedly lighter alternatives to murder, or as we like to call them, I Can't Believe It's Not Murder.
Oh my gosh is it nearly Black Friday again already? The day of the year when the Dark Lord marches his terrible armies across the land? What do you mean it's about buying technology? Well then you probably want to watch this video and find out whether you'd be better getting a 4K TV or a 4K PC monitor for your Xbox One X.
The Author is the second mission of Hitman's new Patient Zero campaign missions, and it returns us to a much spookier Sapienza to seize a deadly virus and eliminate an author and his cult contact. See how each of us goes about it in this Hitman gameplay.
Behold Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 gameplay in which Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers (Thor, Captain America, She-Hulk) vie for screen time in this Marvel mash-up on Xbox One, featuring cameos from Spider-Man, Iron Man, Dr Strange, Wasp, Gwenpool and there are a lot of superheroes, is what we're saying.
This week in Red Dead Redemption, our goal is to reach rank 10 of the master hunting challenges, and cement our reputation as the greatest hunter in the Old West. Standing between us and that lofty ambition are four legendary beasts, scattered around New Austin and Mexico. Join us as we hunt them down in this Red Dead Redemption gameplay.
The Sims 4 has finally arrived on consoles, giving us the means, motive and opportunity to murder Sims in fancier, better-looking homes than ever before. But the mortality rate isn't even the weirdest thing in our simulated neighbourhood, as Show of the Week attests.
Having our butts handed to us at the start of a game is so commonplace it's practically tradition, which is why there's nothing more gleefully empowering than much later on meeting the same baddie that humiliated you early in the game, and wiping the floor with them. Time now for a jog down memory lane, reminiscing about the times we totally showed that jerk from the opening act.
Hitman's Game of the Year edition adds a four-mission campaign called Patient Zero. See us take on first mission The Source, set in the Himmapan hotel in Bangkok, in which we must whack a pair of cult leaders to prevent a terrorist attack. See how each of us goes about it in this Hitman gameplay.
FIFA 18 sees the return of The Journey, which follows the life and career of Alex 'Goal' Hunter. Unfortunately in our clumsy hands he's definitely more Alex 'Buffet' Hunter. In the Part 2 we're on tour in America and all we have to do is beat Real Madrid. Easy.
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