Recall is a reprehensible Xbox 360 indie game in which you start on a space station shooting alien women on their way to a nightclub, then are teleported to a dungeon where you shoot similarly attired zombie women. This is all with the aim of unlocking your lost memories, but these memories are poor CG renders of women in lingerie, so it is really not worth the effort. Watch us play Recall so you don't have to?
Dead Kings is a first-person dungeon crawler that evokes both Dark Souls and a Chuck E. Cheese in the late 1980s, combining a gloomy 3D castle and arcade classics such as Breakout. The latter are accessed via painted portraits of deceased royalty because ghosts. Observe our surprise and amazement on finding an Asteroids clone hidden in this bizarre Xbox 360 indie game.
We're hungry for new games on the Xbox One at the moment, and Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate just about counts. Alright, it is technically an 'Ultimate' edition of a game that was released on Xbox 360 back in 2011, but regardless, it's been stuffed with extra characters and missions and gussied up for an Xbox One release. With little to no understanding of Warriors Orochi beyond the fact it involves huge battles and kill counts in the thousands, we lobbed ourselves into the fray.
The Crew is probably the most ambitious driving game yet attempted. Ubisoft and Ivory Tower are attempting to compress the entire Continental US into a playable sandbox, and our time spent with the PC beta suggests they have been entirely successful. There's a real sense of the scenery and landscape changing as you traverse the country. This is the great American road trip in videogame form and knocks pale imitations like Need For Speed: The Run into a cocked hat. So with a console beta arriving in September, here are the places you should be sticking in your GPS.
Show of the Week looks ahead to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, which promises Metal Gear Solid melodrama in gorgeous, intricate stealth sandboxes. We're most excited for the Fulton recovery system, however, which promises goats dangling from balloons.
Trials Fusion is packed with a host of bizarre secrets and Easter eggs for dedicated players to uncover. This is also the case in the game's DLC; both Riders of the Rustlands and Empire of the Sky, the first two of Fusion's DLC packs, are full of weird secrets, odd mini-games and thumb-endangering challenges with which even the most hardcore Trials rider will have trouble.
Dragon Age: Origins' witchy fan favourite Morrigan returns in the upcoming Dragon: Age Inquisition. The former winner of the Dragon Age awards for Best Dressed, Least Dressed and Most Sarcastic, if they existed, is no longer a party member you can play with but she is important and, according to producer Cameron Lee, less of an 'ice queen'.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham has over 150 characters from the DC Comics universe in playable minifig form. These include big-name comic stars such as Joker and The Green Lantern, but also a bunch of lesser-known heroes such as Krypto the Superdog, Plastic Man and Bat-Cow. Discover the most obscure of Lego Batman 3's cast members in this video.
Different story, different developer, no actual island - you'd be forgiven for wondering why this game is called Dead Island 2. And don't get us started on the fact there has already been a direct sequel to Dead Island in the shape of Dead Island Riptide. Nevertheless, we give Yager and Deep Silver a chance to explain how this game fits snugly into the Dead Island canon.
Quantum Break is a game about time and the dangerous and awesome-looking things that happen when it starts to break down. Now we've had our first look at Remedy's next adventure, Quantum Break gets the Show of the Week treatment. There is also a convenient guide on how to acquire time travel superpowers if you aspire to become a time lord yourself.
We like to think of ourselves as unflappable gamers, but there are certain terrifying and implacable enemies we would forego any quantity of gamerscore to never face again.
The Mad Catz Racing Wheel is a new force feedback steering wheel peripheral for the Xbox One, and it's time to take it for a spin. And we mean spin. Sure, we could test the wheel with a modest family hatchback, but to really discover the limits of the hardware you have to pick the most extreme cars in the game: Grand Prix machinery from the 2010s and the 1960s. So is this £350 piece of metal, plastic and machinery really better than a controller? Take a watch.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has four new vault hunters, but the most interesting new recruit is Claptrap, the lovably rubbish robot with no friends who spent the previous Borderlands games annoying everyone. But he's not as useless as you might think.
Giant monsters wrecking up the place is business as usual for videogames, but it's time someone told the monster's side of the story. That's what Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock does in Evolve, in which you play a monster against a team of human-controlled monster hunters out to kill you for no reason other than that you're different. Also, you are trying to kill them. Discover the five most important lessons we learned while playing as the monster in new Evolve gameplay.
The forgettable name might not do it any favours, but first-person hack and slasher Hellraid deserves your attention. Discover why (viciously smashy melee combat, the Sean Bean-alike voice of protagonist Ayden) in this new gameplay.
Continuing its trend of fixing things we didn't realise were horribly broken until having them pointed out to us, FIFA 15 has set its sights on the 'unsung hero' of the football team: the goalkeeper. Through a combination of new animations and increased intelligence, FIFA 15's goalies look and behave like they do in real life - that is, drastically different from every other player in the team. We discussed that and more with senior producer Nick Channon.
Co-op play is new to Assassin's Creed in Assassin's Creed: Unity, but how does it work and what makes it special? Discover the co-op campaign's brotherhood missions, customised characters and shared co-op abilities in the video below the cut.
Previous gameplay sessions with Alien Isolation have been brief, terrifying snatches of the most intense sections of the game. For our most recent appointment with the Alien, we had much more time to roam the corridors of Sevastopol Station - a good three hours from early in the story. We got to play with the crafting options, which allow you to build tools to distract or divert the Alien, and we also got to experience what happens when the creature learns and adapts to those tools.
Forza Horizon 2 transplants Forza Horizon's open-world driving to sunny southern Europe and addresses the imperfect multiplayer of the first game with a slicker, simpler system. See for yourself in this new Forza Horizon 2 gameplay with car correspondent Mike Channell behind the wheel.
Alan Wake developer Remedy has revealed the first gameplay for time-warping action shooter Quantum Break at Microsoft's Gamescom 2014 conference. Get your eyes on it after the jump.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has just premiered its multiplayer, revealing bouncy, boost-jumping exosuits and a shiny new loot system. If you didn't catch the live gameplay premiere, or did but couldn't focus out of sheer excitement, we've played it and here are the first nine things you need to know.
After you murder the manager of Skyrim's Honorhall Orphanage at the request of one miserable orphan, another thinks out loud, "Kill one person and you can solve so many problems. I wonder at the possibilities." These are the lessons you learn growing up in videogames' least nurturing orphanages.
Battlefield: Hardline, Dragon: Age Inquisition and FIFA 15 will take the stage at EA's Gamescom press conference on Wednesday 13 August, and you can watch the live stream video here. Join us at 9AM UK time (1AM Pacific) for new gameplay from EA's big hitters and discover what BioWare's mysterious new game Shadow Realms is all about anyway.
This week we're preparing for German videogames uberconvention Gamescom by getting in a tizz over Bioware's mysterious new game, possibly called Shadow Realms. What is it? What do those mysterious teasers mean? Is it anything to do with the Canadian LARPing society? Jane, Mike and I examine the evidence and come to wildly different conclusions.
Sledgehammer Games will reveal Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer on Monday 11 August. To catch the new trailer and multiplayer gameplay, take your seats here for the livestream video from 6PM UK time (10AM Pacific, 1PM Eastern).