Tom Clancy's The Division posits a future in which civilisation goes belly up thanks to a deadly flu virus spread on banknotes during the annual Black Friday shopping apocalypse. Let that be a lesson to you, civilisation: wash your hands (and do your shopping online). Show of the Week investigates this next-gen Tom Clancy joint, extrapolating from the mile-high heap of previous Tom Clancy games and the five things they love best.
As strong as the Xbox One launch line-up was, it might seem there aren't any system exclusives to look forward to in 2014 beyond the all-powerful Titanfall. Not so! There's a bundle of intriguing Xbox One exclusives coming our way next year. The problem is, most of are still more shrouded in secrecy than a KGB agent's surprise birthday party. Hit the jump to find out what we do know about the eight most mysterious impending Xbox One exclusives.
If you were disappointed Xbox One didn't launch with a shiny new Kinect Sports game, take heart - Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason is an early demo of next-gen wake racing ahead of the game's launch in spring 2014. Join Mike and I as we take the jetskis for a spin, crash into mines and backflip until we explode.
The first Battlefield 4 DLC pack is upon us (well, it's upon Battlefield Premium members) and it's a doozy. China Rising features four new maps, all set in mainland China, plus five new weapons and a couple of new gadgets. The new maps are enormous fun - Silk Road reminds us of the vast desert maps from Battlefield 2, Dragon Pass and Guilin Peaks have a more Battlefield Vietnam vibe and Altai Range is a huge mountainous arena that feels entirely fresh. Plenty of space for those 'Battlefield Moments' that EA is always banging on about, which is why we've compiled this video of the six most awesome highlights from a day's play.
There are no lengths to which Outside Xbox won't go to keep you up to date with everything Xbox One has to offer. That regrettable policy means Mike and I had to play Xbox One's Kinect-powered Angry Birds Star Wars, the world's most expensive way to play the world's favourite bird-hurling simulator. Hit the jump to see it in action.
I've made no secret of the fact that I'm a huge motorsport nerd. When I fire up a game like Forza, my first stop is the racing machinery rather than the (usually generous) selection of family runabouts. Because of this terrible affliction, every time I've seen Dan Greenawalt, creative director on Forza, I've bothered him with a bunch of really specific questions relating to the racing cars and circuits in the game. So that's the Indycar and F1 stuff, plus tracks like Bathurst and Spa Francorchamps. And Dan, being the good sport that he is, has always graciously answered those questions. Hit the jump for car nerd heaven.
Regular viewers may remember OX video producer James's State of Decay diaries, in which he pitted himself against zombies, poison gas and rogue pizza delivery vans. Now Undead Labs has released the first piece of DLC for the game, Breakdown, which gets rid of the story-based missions of the main game and replaces them with an endless challenge-based campaign with a rolling, escalating difficulty level. As our resident State of Decay expert, James returned to Trumbull County to see if it's worth another visit.
The Xbox One has been out for an entire week. That's seven whole days we've been living in the Next Generation, so join us for a Show of the Week that examines the highs and lows of the Xbox One's first week on sale, and takes a look at some of the cool features of the console that you might have missed.
You know the rules: everything is better in co-op. With that in mind, Andy and I teamed up and cut a bloody swathe through Los Perdidos, Dead Rising 3's zombie-infested LA-alike. Little did we know the horrors we'd face within. It wasn't so much the tragedy of civilisation's death throes or the true, monstrous nature of the human psyche. It was the icky seediness of the 'Super Massager' which is a leaf blower-powered dildo launcher that wouldn't look out of place in a Saints Row game.
We love the Xbox One, but now we have spent plenty of time with it, the little problems are starting to surface. The good news is they're all in Microsoft's power to put right. Hit the jump for 10 Xbox One problems Microsoft could fix tomorrow.
So here we go. This is basically as close as Forza Motorsport 5 gets to endgame. Kimi Raikkonen's 2013 Lotus E21 F1 car is the fastest, most expensive and most terrifying car in Forza 5 and the mountain-top roller coaster of road at Bathurst in Australia is probably the game's most challenging circuit. Combining them makes for a lethal cocktail, but at least you'll go out with a smile on your face.
Downloadable Xbox One fighting game Killer Instinct is free to play with one character, Jago. You can then shell out for extra characters, or hold tight and wait for another freebie - Killer Instinct plans to rotate the free fighter, as well as adding the brawling skeleton Spinal in January 2014 and cyborg Fulgore in March. Watch Mike, Andy and friend of Outside Xbox Julia Hardy take the launch roster for a spin in this Killer Instinct gameplay.
Rockstar recently filed a tradement for Bully: Bullworth Academy Canis Canem Edit. We're too excited by the prospect of a fully fledged sequel to 2005's Bully, if that's what it is, to mind the terrible name. Bully is even better than that other open-world Rockstar franchise Grand Theft Auto, despite being a million times less popular or successful. Hit the jump to find out why Bully might be the best thing that Rockstar ever made.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag looks terrific on Xbox One, with next-gen visual flair at every turn. Meanwhile, the sea shanties are as catchy as ever. Prepare your ears, if you can, to hear Andy sing along in this Xbox One gameplay video of Assassin's Creed 4.
Xbox One adds some next-gen oomph to the visuals in Call of Duty: Ghosts, if not the full 1080p. At the same time, the Xbox One controller is my brilliant new excuse for mucking up in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Watch Andy and I have a bash on Ghosts' multiplayer in the gameplay video after the jump.
Common wisdom has it zombie apocalypses bring out our darker selves, revealing that humans are the Real Monsters. Dead Rising games are super fond of the idea, expressed as gruelling boss fights with deranged survivors. Behold one such epic battle as Andy faces one Dead Rising 3's early bosses in this video.
Bright, breezy Zoo Tycoon on Xbox One lets you run around on ground level as a keeper, in addition to managing everything from up in the sky. Not only that, but you can hoon between exhibits in an animal-shaped zoo buggy. Watch on for sweet handbrake skids and sweeter buggy jumps in this Zoo Tycoon gameplay.
Xbox One is here! Join us on for our Xbox One Launchapalooza Live Show: six hours of Xbox One gameplay broadcast live from YouTube HQ in London, with special guests and Xbox One games to beat the band.
Xbox One arrives soon, launch slate topped by Dead Rising 3, Forza 5 and Ryse. But how do Xbox One's launch games compare to the games Xbox 360 landed with back in 2005? Who can even remember? Jog your memory with the video below the cut.
Ryse: Son of Rome has over 100 unique and gruesome execution moves all devised, I imagine, in one gruelling brainstorm session at developer Crytek. Mastering these executions in means spotting your intended victim flash blue or yellow, then tapping the corresponding face button. That's what I learned hacking and slashing through the first hour of this Xbox One launch game. See the highlights in the Ryse gameplay after the jump.
The Skyrim Minecraft Mash-Up Pack for Xbox 360's version of Minecraft is here. It adds Skyrim skins, textures and music, and abridges the land of the Nords into a dinky Skyrim-inspired world save, like a charming Lego playset based on the original game world. Join us on a tour of Riverwood, Bleak Falls Barrow, Whiterun and Dragonsreach, where I murder the Jarl and take his throne.
GTA Online's Beach Bum Pack is available to download now. This free DLC bundle brings four new vehicles, two new weapons, new jobs, clothes, hairdos and tattoos, all themed on being a laid-back, sun-kissed beach lover. Who will sometimes shank you with a broken bottle.
SoulCalibur 2 HD Online gives SoulCalibur 2, prince among fighting games, a HD makeover. It also unites Tekken's Heihachi (the PlayStation-exclusive character) and Spawn (the Xbox-exclusive character) in a single game, though there's no sign of GameCube's exclusive fighter, Link. Andy is our SoulCal man; see him whack Talim et al with Raphael's big sword.
Microsoft hasn't done the best job of convincing us we need Kinect in our lives. Grand promises were made when the technology debuted as Project Natal back in 2009, but when the device finally arrived it was heavily compromised. Great developers such as Rare and Harmonix teased good games out of Kinect, but for the hardcore there was no killer app to justify it. Now a more advanced version of Kinect is bundled with Xbox One and those same hardcore fans are skeptical, not least because there's little in the launch line-up to change their mind. But we reckon you will use it. Watch on to find out why.
The boss fight is a proud old gaming tradition and, often, rubbish. Sore from a lifetime of cheap boss tricks and thumb-numbing button bashing, we present our five least favourite boss encounters in games, alongside five much better ones to show them how it should be done. Spoilers ahead, so be warned.
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