The 7 Easiest Achievements in Games

The 7 Easiest Achievements in Games

The whole point of achievements is that they're supposed to be just that - achievements. They should be awarded for feats of gaming skill or for exploring off the beaten track. They should, in short, be hard to get. Someone clearly forgot to tell the designers of these, the easiest achievements we've seen in games.

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2 days ago

Grand Theft Auto: Wanted Level Challenge

Grand Theft Auto: Wanted Level Challenge

While we're usually shining paragons of law-abiding virtue here on Outside Xbox, very occasionally we do enjoy the thrill of a police chase. Naturally we opt for the most disproportionately punished crime in GTA - backing up to the gates of Fort Zancudo for three wanted stars - to initiate the Grand Theft Sporto Wanted Level Challenge. Longest survivor wins and direct interference with other competitors is strictly forbidden. Not that it's ever stopped us before.

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3 days ago

Show of the Week: Destiny and 5 Things To Do When You Finish The Beta

Show of the Week: Destiny and 5 Things To Do When You Finish The Beta

The Destiny beta has finally arrived on Xbox One and Xbox 360, and will be with us until July 27, which is plenty of time to see and do everything that the beta has to offer. In fact, you might find yourself running out of things to do once you've finished all the missions and hit the level cap. Luckily, we at Outside Xbox are nothing if not resourceful, so we've come up with a few other ways of extending your time in Bungie's MMOFPS. Only one of them involves dancing, we promise.

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6 days ago

The 7 Weirdest Fighting Game Endings

The 7 Weirdest Fighting Game Endings

It must be hard enough making just a handful of endings for your game, just look at how badly Mass Effect 3 stuffed it up. With fighting games boasting rosters of up to 40 characters, all of whom need their own little arc to string together the beatings, that's a lot of endings to write. Perhaps that's why fighting game ending sequences are so frequently completely, unashamedly mental. Hit the jump for the seven weirdest.

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7 days ago

Let's Play Battlefield 4's Dragon's Teeth DLC

Let's Play Battlefield 4's Dragon's Teeth DLC

Decades from now in Videogame University, Professors of Videogames will point to Battlefield 4 as an example of how not to launch your game. It was a buggy, laggy mess, made all the more painful by the fact that there was a great game hidden under the strata of performance problems. Now that the netcode has been given a once over in a recent patch, EA and DICE were able to release this latest DLC, Dragon's Teeth, without the usual sheepish grin. We thought we'd dust off our (non existent) Battlefield skills and dive in.

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7 days ago

Let's Play Abyss Odyssey

Let's Play Abyss Odyssey

Abyss Odyssey is the new game from ACE Team, the developer behind the wonderfully weird and unique Zeno Clash and Rock of Ages. In it, you traverse a constantly changing, procedurally generated labyrinth inside the dream of a sleeping warlock, a warlock you must kill by journeying to the very bottom of the labyrinth. That old chestnut. Hit the jump to watch Mike and me get stuck into some co-op gameplay, as we try to figure out what the hell is going on.

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8 days ago

7 Asylums in Games Guaranteed to Make You Crazy

7 Asylums in Games Guaranteed to Make You Crazy

In an ideal world, a mental hospital would be a safe, calm sanctuary where qualified professionals treat the afflicted with understanding and compassion. In the world of videogames, a mental hospital is a nightmarish prison that attracts sadistic quacks and where 20th century medicine never happened. Hit the jump for seven videogame asylums that seem custom-built for turning the sane insane, and turning the insane into murderers, cannibals, monsters and vengeful ghosts.

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9 days ago

Grand Theft Auto Online: Monster Truck Challenge

Grand Theft Auto Online: Monster Truck Challenge

Team OxBox's GTA Online challenges, collectively known as Grand Theft Sporto, return this week with the monster truck challenge. The rules are simple: Stood at the top of Mount Gordo are Mike and me. Parked at the bottom of Mount Gordo is a Liberator monster truck. First one to drive that monster truck off the Vespucci Beach pier is the winner. Who will triumph and who will be admitted to hospital with suspicious monster truck-shaped injuries? Hit the jump to find out.

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10 days ago

Show of the Week: Skyrim Naked Run Challenge

Show of the Week: Skyrim Naked Run Challenge

You can't talk great games of the last generation without including Skyrim. The previous Elder Scrolls game, Oblivion, might have proved you can squeeze a huge, involving world onto an Xbox 360, but Skyrim demonstrated that it could be beautiful and atmospheric too. What better way to pay tribute to the depth and sophistication of Bethesda's masterpiece than by sprinting nude down a mountain? We couldn't think of anything, so we did that.

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13 days ago

What to Expect in the Destiny Beta on Xbox One

What to Expect in the Destiny Beta on Xbox One

The Destiny beta might not be coming to Xbox One for another six days, but that wasn't going to stop us sitting down with the PlayStation 4 version to see what we'll be getting. Hit the jump for a look at Destiny's character creator, a good chunk of single player and a couple of rounds of the game's domination-style multiplayer mode, control.

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14 days ago

Why Do Japanese Games Tell You Characters' Blood Types?

Why Do Japanese Games Tell You Characters' Blood Types?

Why do game manuals sometimes give a character's blood group along with the expected name, height and age? Take a watch for the significance of blood types in Japanese games and find out if you're a compatible donor for the cast of Resident Evil, Final Fantasy and Street Fighter, at last.

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15 days ago

Forza Horizon 2: 5 Reasons We Need It Right Now

Forza Horizon 2: 5 Reasons We Need It Right Now

Forza Horizon wasn't exactly a surprise hit, because letting veterans from Codemasters Racing Studio loose with Turn 10's technology was always going to result in something special. Forza Horizon 2 whisks the Horizon festival off to Europe and makes some big changes that have us itching to get back in the driving seat. We talk to creative director Ralph Fulton about the five most exciting improvements.

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16 days ago

The 9 Bitchiest Easter Eggs in Games

The 9 Bitchiest Easter Eggs in Games

Easter eggs let developers hide jokes, scares, secrets and downright weirdness in their videogames. Also bitchy asides about their rivals, and movies they don't like. Catch the the nine cattiest examples in this video.

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17 days ago

Show of the Week: Mass Effect's 7 Most Deranged Renegade Moments

Show of the Week: Mass Effect's 7 Most Deranged Renegade Moments

As the last generation of consoles recedes into the distance, Show of the Week takes its eyes off the road to the future of videogames, peers over one shoulder because it has a shoulder in this metaphor, and looks back to the Mass Effect trilogy: as glorious an RPG space opera as we could have have hoped for. Join us to salute BioWare's sci-fi saga and commemorate Shepard's most violently erratic Renegade interrupts.

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20 days ago

This Is What Alien Isolation Does to Your Heart (and Face)

This Is What Alien Isolation Does to Your Heart (and Face)

We've discussed the physical reaction we have to Alien Isolation: the clammy palms, trembling hands and pounding heart. It's time to use actual science to determine how scary the game is. I strapped on a heart rate monitor and played the nerve-shredding E3 demo, which added synthetic humans and a flamethrower to the mix. I begin with a pulse of around 70bpm and the only way is up.

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21 days ago

The 7 Most Baffling Game Adverts that Somehow Got Made

The 7 Most Baffling Game Adverts that Somehow Got Made

It shouldn't be hard to make a videogame commercial. Show some footage of the game. Tell people the price. Maybe stick some dubious accolades on there. Or you could slap together some inexplicable madness that has nothing to do with the game you're selling, that's good too.

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22 days ago

The 5 Flattest Performances by Hollywood Actors in Games

The 5 Flattest Performances by Hollywood Actors in Games

Peter 'Tyrion Lannister' Dinklage is taking a lot of flak for his voice performance in the Destiny alpha. To be fair, he is playing an emotionless AI called Ghost and also his is far from the worst videogame performance we've had from a respected Hollywood actor.

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23 days ago

Rainbow Six Siege: Other Levels 'Small', with 'More Destruction'

Rainbow Six Siege: Other Levels 'Small', with 'More Destruction'

Rainbow Six Siege smashed its way into E3 with destruction-based asymmetric multiplayer and lady hostages for maximum empathy. The first demo of its siege action took place in a highly destructible suburban house in Boston, but away from American homes with comparatively thin walls, will other Rainbow Six Siege levels be less lavishly breakable? The opposite is true, says technical artist Olivier Couture.

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24 days ago

Show of the Week: Red Dead Redemption Ghost Hunt

Show of the Week: Red Dead Redemption Ghost Hunt

July might be a barren wasteland of NO NEW GAMES, with nothing to look forward to except Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year Edition, but it's also a chance to revisit my favourite game of the last generation for a farewell tour. In Show of the Week, I jump back into Red Dead Redemption to find out once and for all if the game's spooky ghost town of Tumbleweed is actually haunted.

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27 days ago

Why Superman Will Never Have A Good Videogame

Why Superman Will Never Have A Good Videogame

Whether you're a fan of Superman's relentlessly noble superheroics or find him a superdull goody-goody, you will notice he sorely lacks a quality videogame. We're yet to get a game that does for him what the Arkham series did for Batman: capture the spirit of the character in an entertaining, challenging way. But Supes may be forever doomed to toil in dreadful games, and here's why.

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28 days ago

'War is Scary': How Dead Space Can Make Call of Duty Better

'War is Scary': How Dead Space Can Make Call of Duty Better

This year's Call of Duty, the near-futuristic Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, comes from Sledgehammer Games, the studio founded by Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield - also known as the creators of Dead Space. What could their experience with sci-fi survival horror bring to a game in which you'll be kicking enemies through walls with cybernetic legs? Pacing, tension and the "terrors of war", say the studio heads.

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29 days ago

Avatar Fear is an Indie Game in Which Your Avatar Is Chased by a Snake Monster

Avatar Fear is an Indie Game in Which Your Avatar Is Chased by a Snake Monster

Xbox 360 indie game Avatar Fear pops your Xbox Live avatar into a cluster of pyramids to collect precious relics and be chased by a winged snakey lizard monster. Mike and I endure the terror so you don't have to.

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30 days ago

What Happened to Forza Deep South Anyway?

What Happened to Forza Deep South Anyway?

If you keep a keen eye on videogame rumours, you may have been surprised when Forza Horizon 2 broke cover with a resolutely European setting. A few weeks before the announcement, two pieces of concept art surfaced, purporting to be from a game called Forza Deep South. The Louisiana bayou and moonshine running appeared to be the inspiration, which sounded cool to us. So what actually happened to Forza Deep South?

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30 days ago

Far Cry 4 Is 'Packed to the Gills' With Women, Says Director

Far Cry 4 Is 'Packed to the Gills' With Women, Says Director

Far Cry 4 is teeming with female characters, says creative director Alex Hutchinson, who tallies half of the game's main antagonists and half of the rebel fighters as ladies. For more Far Cry 4 story details, such as how Pagan Min is definitely for sure absolutely "not your father", take a watch.

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A month ago

Behold Our EA Sports UFC Champ in Glorious Action

Behold Our EA Sports UFC Champ in Glorious Action

We create a mightily hairy MMA fighter and take him to the Octagon in EA Sports UFC, the recent MMA effort from Electronic Arts. Watch the video for that desperately mismatched scrap, plus a more balanced bout between female fighters Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano.

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A month ago

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