Swery65's bonkers detective game D4 can be played either with a traditional controller or by using Kinect. Pick the Kinect control system and you'll be subjected to a succession of full-body QTEs as you swing your arms around, jump, swipe and flail wildly at the screen. My latest challenge? Get 100% in one of these motion-controlled QTEs. Wish me luck.
Day seven of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge is here and it's the turn of the recently patched Assassin's Creed Unity to host our festive competition. The rules for this one are straightforward: sprint across the rooftops of revolutionary Paris and catch one of two fleeing Assassins within five minutes. The execution will be much tougher.
In the spirit of the season, Mike means to prove any old idiot can do what Santa does: infiltrate homes by night and stealthily deposit festive gifts. In Minecraft, mind. Andy and I meanwhile set about hindering Mike's deliveries with extreme prejudice.
We don't mean to be unkind, but Evolve appears to be a bit boring. It's got a forgettable title, a generic sci-fi art style and a cast of characters whose names simply refuse to stay in our memories. The worst part is, if you've played it you know there are some brilliant mechanics in there and that it plays unlike any other multiplayer shooter. This is our last ditch attempt to convince you that Evolve isn't as dull as it looks.
The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare achievement "Never Saw It Coming" is awarded for boost jumping, dashing forward in the air, then ground slamming an enemy unto death. On a normal day, it's worth 15G. On the sixth day of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge, it's worth one golden Christmas point.
They say it's the thought that counts, but they are wrong idiots. There are good gifts and there are rubbish gifts which make your life as the recipient measurably worse, especially in videogames. Consider these seven horrible presents you can't stick on eBay or regift, except to your enemies, and even then you'll look like a cheapskate.
It's day five of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge and this time I am tasked with building a recognisable Christmas tree in Minecraft in under three minutes. Recognisable may be a stretch.
Things are heating up on day four of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge. I've eked out an early lead but it's all to play for as I draw a task similar to one I failed last year. Still, I'm more familiar with Street Fighter than I am with Killer Instinct. I didn't say I was good, mind.
On day three of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge, I must defeat The Undertaker in WWE 2K15 with an original character created by Mike and Andy. Behold, Chauncey Milquetoast, the purplest wrestler in sports entertainment!
After an apparently genuine and undoctored strong start from Mike yesterday, a new challenger steps up to the Oxbox Xmas Challenge plate: me, Andy. The challenge in question? Land a plane on the roof of the Maze Bank Tower in Grand Theft Auto Online. Place your bets now.
By popular demand (no, really) the Oxbox Xmas Challenge returns for 2014 with a whole new batch of randomly drawn challenges, taking in the year's games. I'm up first with a challenge that should play into a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. That career being 20 years of shooting things in the crotch in videogames.
Show of the Week ponders open-world racer The Crew, in which the entire continental United States has been squeezed and compressed into a driveable sandbox, filled with other players driving their own disgustingly decorated rides.
Geometry Wars 3 Dimensions lifts the kaleidoscopic action of twin-stick shooter Geometry Wars into a higher plane, wrapping its maps around three-dimensional shapes in the style of Super Stardust HD. The co-op mode is somewhat flatter, but it does let you shoot little shapes with up to three other players. Witness our co-op efforts in this Xbox One gameplay.
Grappling to the helicopter piloted by your partner in Far Cry 4 co-op creates a wealth of deadly new opportunities, such as being airlifted by a helicopter, danging from a helicopter, swinging wildly from a helicopter, and being scalped by helicopter rotor blades.
I collect Xbox achievements mostly for the quantifable bragging rights of gamerscore and the irrefutable proof that yes, I did waste many hours of the only life I will ever have collecting feathers for Ezio's mum. Sometimes, though, developers go the extra mile and devise achievments with such excellent names or premises that they must be attained purely, as they say, "for the lulz".
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a first-person fighting game in which knights smack each other with old timey melee weapons while no-good dirty-rotten archers take pot shots from afar. Sometimes a limb or a head will pop off. It is as hilarious as it is grisly and has come finally to the Xbox 360. Watch the gallant Sir Mike dismember me in this Xbox 360 gameplay.
In this week's show, we size up Telltale's talky, episodic Game of Thrones adventure, while Outside Xbox royal correspondent Mike Channell appraises six demonstrably dreadful kings who still can't hold a candle to Westeros' own slimy King Joffrey.
There's something about rising to the top of a military organisation in videogames that brings out the worst in people. These military commanders can't go five minutes without holding the world to ransom with a death ray or trying to blow up a major population centre for inadequately explored reasons.
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is a downloadable co-op game starring the Tomb Raider and up to three companions. Witness Lara and her new sidekick tackle giant scarabs, zombie mummies and physicsy bomb-rolling puzzles in this Xbox One gameplay.
Let's not get our hopes up, Jurassic World may be terrible. If the trailer is anything to go by, the dialogue is a bit hokey and the plot revolves around a genetically modified super-dinosaur. So lets regress into our nostalgic comfort zone and remember five classic Jurassic Park games that would serve as better sequels than Jurassic World will, probably. And Jurassic Park 3 too, come to mention it. Probably The Lost World as well.
Release the Hounds is event the second in Far Cryathlon 2014. In it, you must outrun a flock of angry guard dogs through a fiendish obstacle course. Who will get lost in the death maze? Who will trip on the death hurdles? Who will be shredded by attack dogs? Only this Xbox One gameplay has the answer.
Dragon Age: Inquisition invites you to decide who your heroic Inquisition leader is: a saviour sent by the Maker, a pragmatic disbeliever, or a sleazy flirt who spends more time macking on her advisors than closing demonic sky holes. I aim for a flavourful blend of all the above in Show of the Week, featuring five Inquisitor chat-up lines that shouldn't work but, encouragingly, do.
If you're old and hoary enough to remember a) the word hoary and b) Micro Machines on 16-bit consoles, you'll understand why we were rather excited by Toybox Turbos. In all but name, it's a Micro Machines remake by its original development house, pitting four tiny cars against each other in a race across domestic tabletops. If you've played the classic games, you'll also be aware that it has one of the most fiendishly entertaining local multiplayer modes around, which is why that's exactly what we're playing here.
Batman has a strict moral code that forbids him to kill criminals. After all, if Batman were to kill people, he'd be no better than those he's bringing to justice. The latest Arkham Knight gameplay trailer, however, reminds us the way Batman applies his moral code is getting more relaxed all the time. Here are five times we are convinced Batman murdered someone.
Games usually take hours to complete, but ain't nobody got time for that. In these secret endings, you find a surprise shortcut to the closing credits, finishing your game in just a fraction of the usual time by taking the sneaky path of least resistance. Watch on for the most entertaining secret shortcut endings in videogames. Minor, non-canonical spoilers ahead.
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