On the ninth day of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge, the festive hat of challenge randomisation gave to me: Overwatch basketball! In the following video I draw the Overwatch Basketball Challenge: score a basket in 10 minutes. Simple! Simple? Watch and we'll see.
Today, Mike draws the F1 2016 realistic damage challenge, in which he must finish a race in F1 2016 at Monaco, in wet weather, with realistic damage turned on. Being the only one on the team who understands what any of that means, Mike assures us that this is difficult. Let's watch and find out if he is telling the truth.
I take time out of the hectic Oxbox Xmas schedule to consider those less fortunate than ourselves: alligators. Don't they deserve a festive treat too? That's why I'm doing the Mafia 3 Alligator Feeding Challenge, in which I must feed five bodies to the alligators in Mafia 3's Bayou Fantom in 15 minutes. Well, that and I drew it randomly out of the hat of randomised Oxbox Xmas challenges. But still.
It's my turn again in the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2016, and day 6 is the Dishonored 2 Corpse Stacking Challenge: create a stack of five dead or unconscious guards (or similar) in 10 minutes. Can it be done? By me? Watch and discover, why not.
Day 5 of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2016, and Mike is back for the Iudex Gundyr Punch Up Challenge, in which he must defeat this Dark Souls 3 Boss as a Deprived character armed with a stick, a loin cloth and not much else. Can Mike prevail against such overwhelming, drafty odds? Let's watch!
I return to Red Dead Redemption for Day 4 for the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2016 tasked with heading to Tall Trees to kill eight deer, one for every named member of Santa's sleigh crew. Can I go through with this awful, Christmas-ruining act? Of course I can, there are points at stake, dammit.
Final Fantasy 15 tells the story of Noctis, a prince who sets out into the world to reclaim his kingdom, accompanied by his three bros, Ignis, Gladiolus and Prompto. Each has their own unique skills, but it's Prompto's photography obsession that got us thinking about other snap-happy game characters in this week's show.
Everyone loves unlocking achievements and trophies. Those little symbols popping up with their iconic sounds is where we derive, we estimate, 80 percent of our self worth. But sometimes the conditions required to unlock an achievement are so icky they've made us think twice about going for the gamerscore. Remember with us now: the achievements so gross they nearly put us off our gamerscore, and our lunch.
For the third day of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2016, I draw FIFA 17 and the notorious FIFA Giant Killing Challenge: beat a Premiership team with a League Two team in FIFA 17. Can I lead Leyton Orient to victory over Bournemouth? See for yourself in this FIFA 17 gameplay.
In day 2 of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2016, Mike must run over and kill an enemy (that is, Andy or I) with a Battlefield 1 biplane, without destroying the biplane, in under 15 minutes. Can Mike rise to this challenge, or will his hopes be as dashed as his WW1 biplane? Only time and you can tell, if you watch this video.
The Oxbox Xmas Challenge Contest returns for 2016 with a new batch of randomly drawn challenges. I'm the first to pick a challenge from the festive sack o' mystery and my task is to finish Hitman's Sapienza mission using only the throwable cannonballs. Can I get a strong start with a point on day one? Let's find out!
Yooka-Laylee is a spiritual successor to the classic N64 platformer Banjo-Kazooie by Playtonic Games, a studio made up of former Rare employees. Watch us play the game's Toybox demo on Xbox One in this new gameplay and marvel at how well our precision platforming skills have held up.
It is Mike's turn to suffer the whims of Hitman Roulette, the Hitman random mission generator which demanded I not kill or incapacitate anyone but the targets in Paris, and Jane not use any disguises in Bangkok. Now, Mike must finish the Morocco-set mission A Gilded Cage with a new and strict set of rules.
It's no mean feat, finding the perfect presents for your friends and family, and though in the Willamette Memorial Mall of Dead Rising 4 you won't have to elbow a dozen angry parents in the face for the last Hatchimal, you will have to turn several thousand zombies into zombie chum if you want to complete your Christmas shopping. Yet that only ranks it among the worst of the videogame malls in which to get your gift list checked off.
GTA Online: the fake LA where we've been gunned down and blown up more times than we care to remember. Except hard luck, Mike and Andy, it's time to remember some of those classic GTA Online moments in which we got wasted. Andy and Mike examine these clips from Outside Xbox's giant GTA Online playlist and try to recall: what happens next?
It's Jane's turn to spin the Hitman roulette wheel this week, to generate a random challenge in what has proved to be one of our favourite games of 2016. How will Jane's famed adaptable play style fare against the uncaring, random Hitman roulette wheel? Join us to find out!
This Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 gameplay shows Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 does sniping rather well. That's kind of its whole deal. For this third instalment in the series, though, it's branching out to all sorts of other stuff. Who knew that in Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 there are six things you can do that aren't sniping?
Dead Rising 4's combo weapons include brutally festive new combos like the Gandelf (a spear and a gnome), the acid trap Santa (Santa and acid), the ice-spitting Froztee penguin mask and a Christmassy electric wreath. Get an eyeful in the following Dead Rising 4 gameplay.
Dead Rising 4 puts you back in the blood-spattered shoes of disaffected photographer and zombie killer Frank West as he tries to stay alive in the Christmassy, zombie-rich town of Willamette. Join us for the opening of the game, in which we take selfies, build firework launchers, race go karts and do everything we can to avoid doing any actual missions.
Resident Evil 7's Beginning Hour demo over on PS4 has received another update, bringing with it a new area, the basement. And as you'd expect from a horror game, things go brilliantly when you go into the basement. This is apparently the final update to the PlayStation demo before the game arrives on January 24th but should give us Xbox players a good idea of the sort of thing to expect when the full game arrives.
Steep is the new open-world extreme winter sports game in which you go skiing, snowboarding, wingsuiting, paragliding and tumbling helplessly down a mountain in a ball of flailing limbs and ragdoll physics. It brings to mind some of our other favourite ragdoll moments from other games, as we discover later in this week's show.
The first-person perspective enhances your immersion in games, letting you experience your character's adventures from right behind their simulated eyeballs. Unfortunately, it also means seeing through the eyes of your character when they get set on fire, whacked in the groin, or surgery. This would be a lot less traumatic seen from across the room, videogame, seriously. Consider the most harrowing moments we've had to endure in first person, if you dare.
Dishonored 2's sixth mission takes us to the Dust District, part of Karnaca caught up in a conflict between thuggish gang The Howlers and religious order The Overseers. It's also periodically battered with dust storms, a byproduct of the local silver mines. Why would anyone want to visit this awful place? Because it also contains the combination to the Jindosh lock, which is keeping shut a door we need to get through for story reasons. Witness Mike as high-chaos Corvo, Jane as an adaptable Emily, and me as merciful ghost in the following gameplay.
In this final episode from Skyrim mod The Forgotten City, we conclude our time-looping investigation, recruiting Andy this time for his detective skills and spacious mind palace. What's with the underwater house? Is there a ghost in the Citadel? Which ending will we finally get? Watch and discover, mystery fans.
Join us for Hitman roulette as we spin the wheel to generate a random Hitman challenge for one of us to undertake. In episode one, I am the unlucky assassin charged with completing the Paris mission with a punishing set of criteria that would give even the most seasoned ICA agent pause for thought. Will I succeed? There's only one way to find out!