The Xbox One cometh! And with it, Xbox One launch game Ryse. Ryse brings sexy graphics, courtesy of next-gen processing power, and sexy Roman legs, courtesy of how everyone is wearing skirts. It also takes a liberty or three with Ancient Roman history, but that's okay. Under the license of "alternate history", Ryse continues a proud tradition mucking with history in the name of videogame funtimes, as you will discover in Show of the Week.
Many games don't feature decisions any more sophisticated than picking what to shoot people with, but others have dilemmas so difficult we still can't make up our minds. We'll settle on a name for our Rock Band at some point, we swear. In the meantime, ponder these six no-win decisions you'll get wrong whatever you choose. Spoilers inside, but for games no newer than The Walking Dead (and including The Walking Dead).
Deadfall Adventures is an Indiana Jonesy shooter in which the great grandson of famous fictional adventure man Allan Quatermain kills Nazis and fiddles with puzzles in mystical ruins. Watch Mike trip Ancient Egyptian booby traps as Nathan Drake-alike James Lee Quatermain in this Deadfall Adventures gameplay.
It's no great secret that Fighters Uncaged on the original Kinect was utter toss. Its noble attempts to interpret your arm waving as precise fighting moves fell almost completely flat. After a catastrophic showing at Gamescom, we were convinced that Xbox One semi-sequel Fighter Within was heading in the same, poorly co-ordinated direction. We've now played a near-final version of Fighter Within on Xbox One, so what's the verdict?
Resolution has been an Xbox One hot topic of late. It's all 1080p this and oh-my-god-only-720p-preorder-cancelled that. Well, Need For Speed: Rivals runs at a native 1080p whichever next gen console you plump for and, having played the game on Xbox One, we can confirm it looks all kinds of sexy. Even the cars have a sort of wet, glistening sheen to them that's very Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
Dead Rising 3's new combo vehicles splice any two of the game's driveable machines into a deadly frankencar. Watch me cannibalise two muscle cars to create the dilapidated, acid-spitting Junk Car in new Dead Rising 3 gameplay.
BioShock Infinite's Burial at Sea DLC takes Booker and Elizabeth to the underwater city of Rapture before it all went to pot, and the place looks fabulous. It may have been a doomed social experiment run by and for Objectivist jerks, but there's no arguing with that Art Deco opulence. See for yourself in the Burial at Sea gameplay after the jump.
Spare a thought for people who live in videogame universes. Not because of the zombie apocalypses, military invasions and near-constant carjackings, but because they want to listen to music they have to put up with this dreck. Watch on for the seven worst musical acts to ever taint a videogame soundtrack, and don't blame us if your ears pop off your head in protest.
With Watch Dogs scrubbed from the launch slate, Dead Rising 3 is the most exciting game that will be available to buy when the Xbox One launches on November 22nd. It's got a huge open world to run around in, hundreds of weapons to play with and the largest crowds of zombies we've seen in a game. When you've just dropped all your pocket money on a new console and a single game, you want something that will last you more than an afternoon. We reckon Dead Rising 3 is that game.
No one could accuse Assassin's Creed 4 of giving you too little to do; its sprawling open world is stuffed with side missions, collectibles and secrets to discover. But all that piracy has made us greedy, which is why we are hungry for even more in the form of DLC. Assassin's Creed 4's first DLC is already confirmed and stars first mate Adewale, but here's what Edward Kenway would do next if we had our way. Yes, it involves skeleton pirates, don't worry.
The combo weapons of Xbox One launch game Dead Rising 3 are silly as they are deadly. Among them is the Sentry Cat: a robotic feline made of sawblades and oil drums that could have cleaned up on Robot Wars. It would be the perfect pet if it didn't sometimes explode. Come see it betray Mike in this new Dead Rising 3 gameplay.
Grand Theft Sporto returns! This week's event is the GTA Online big bounty contest, in which Mike, Andy and I set $10,000 bounties on each other's head and then scatter through downtown Los Santos. As in the similarly brutal Hunger Games, the GTA Online big bounty challenge is won by the last man or woman standing.
Minecraft is coming to Xbox One. Hurrah! And though it's not the most technically demanding or graphically advanced of games, there are still benefits to be reaped in the jump to next gen. Bigger maps and bigger multiplayer are already confirmed for the next Xbox's version of Minecraft, but the upgrades mustn't stop there. Watch on for the five things Minecraft desperately needs on Xbox One.
Compare Xbox Live now to how it was at the very beginning of the Xbox 360 and you'll be astounded at how far we've come. Gone are the brightly coloured blades, replaced with apps, parties and cloud saves. It's an upgrade, but there's still room for improvement. Discover the seven ways Xbox Live is better on Xbox One.
Call of Duty: Ghosts, the latest game in the juggernaut CoD franchise hits shop shelves next week. In it, America has been brought to its knees by, it says here, an orbital bombardment of kinetic tungsten rods. Sounds painful. It also marks the first time in the series that players can play as a female character in the game's celebrated multiplayer modes. Join us for Show of the Week as we gather together our Ghosts intel, and take a look back at the other female characters to have appeared throughout the series.
It's been a while since we dived into the writhing morass of actual, genuine horror that is the Indie Game Marketplace, but given that it's Halloween and there are a ton of spookily themed games on the service, we thought we'd don the hazmat suit and take the plunge once again. As usual, our objective was to scrape the bottom of the barrel right down to the bare wood. We were not disappointed (in so far as we were extremely disappointed).
Happy Halloween, video watchers! Dare you live the terror of Outside Xbox's Minecraft haunted house? Mike and Andy dared, with results as follows. Come on through for a high-speed thrill ride through a spooky mansion built with Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition's free Halloween skin pack.
It's easy to forget Assassin's Creed 4 even has a multiplayer mode when you're busy boarding ships, singing shanties and hanging out with Blackbeard. However, the series' online modes are unique and fun enough to make them worth a detour away from the story campaign. Hit the jump to see me play a couple of rounds, including the series' signature Manhunt mode, as well as capture the flag-alike mode Artifact Assault.
Playing the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 4 exposed a few of our prejudices. With all the talk of shiny new next gen versions, and our eye firmly on the future, we were expecting it to look awful. It's far from the case - this is a very good-looking Xbox 360 game, which benefits from a high resolution texture install. With a current gen victory under its belt, we thought we'd compare the Xbox 360 version against that stunning Fishing in Baku next-gen trailer, which formed BF4's debut, and see how it stands up.
Outside Xbox musters to attempt the GTA Online Military Base Attack Challenge: break into Zancudo army base and escape with as much military hardware as you can lay your hands on. Andy seizes a jet, Mike sizes up a tank, I get killed improbably early.
The Walking Dead Season 2 is on the way, with a first episode "coming soon". Here's a trailer for the second season of Telltale's lauded zombie adventure, in which you'll play as Clementine - the little girl you protected as Lee in season one.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag hits shops this week. Is it a shining treasure or should it be consigned to Davy Jones' locker, whatever that is? Hit the jump to watch our spoiler-free tour and decide for yourself.
Here's Call of Duty: Ghosts' new co-op mode Extinction revealed in a trailer. Extinction is a co-op multiplayer mode for 1 to 4 players that combines base defense, scavenging and levelling with Call of Duty gunplay against a gooey and befanged alien horde. Which makes it Call of Duty: Ghosts' equivalent of Black Ops' zombies mode.
For the second round of our Grand Theft Sporto competition, we looked back into the mists of time and took inspiration from our school days. There's a certain purity of competition to playground games, mainly because kids are completely incapable of fair adjudication. These are games with very clear winners and losers - no room for disputes. With that in mind, we came up with the patently ludicrous GTA Car Conkers.
In the opening act of Batman: Arkham Origins, the Dark Knight warms up with a trip to Blackgate prison, where pinstriped crime lord Black Mask is up to no good at all. Andy duffs up Black Mask's thugs and batarangs Killer Croc below the cut. Mike and I coach.