Indie platform adventure Shovel Knight burrowed into the hearts of PC and Wii U owners last year with its breezy action and pleasing variety. Now the retro charmer has come at last to PS4 and Xbox One, on which we give it a go in the following video.
After the weeks and weeks of setup, we are ready to go and heist the hell out of Humane Labs. The plan is to steal their important secret files and not get distracted by petting all the animals along the way. Join us for the finale in this Xbox One gameplay.
In the 1990s, Mortal Kombat became a global phenomenon, spawning movies, albums of confrontational techno and even a live action tour. As with anything successful, lots of games wanted to hop on the bandwagon and grab some of that blood-soaked cash for themselves. But most of them soon realised you can't just dress your mate in a karate gi, film him doing some kicks in front of a greenscreen and have a smash hit videogame on your hands. Here are the five most egregious Mortal Kombat klones. Sorry, clones.
Show of the Week eyes up Black Ops 3, the futuristic new face of Call of Duty, and interrogates Mike and Andy on the Black Ops canon thus far. What is Nova 6? Which labour camp did you escape from? Who played protagonist Alex Mason if not Troy Baker? Discover whose Black Ops knowledge is mightier after the jump.
When developers were first given CD-ROMs to play with back in the 90s, they decided to fill the increased capacity with hours of full motion video. Every so often an unwitting Hollywood star would agree to appear in one of these FMV games and for each of these occasions there was presumably a disgraced talent agent on the job market the following Monday. Behold these six Hollywood stars who thought live-action games were a good idea.
The crown store in The Elder Scrolls Online's console beta lets you buy cosmetic items such as costumes, pets and mounts with in-game currency crowns. My khajiit sorcerer puts on a wedding dress and mounts a flaming horse to better shoot lightning at skeletons, ghosts and bears in the following Xbox One gameplay.
The final setup mission of our heist on Humane Labs involves us driving to Humane Labs to park the EMP device we stole from the navy in a garage. We then have to leave and come back for the actual heist later, because reasons, I don't know. So, who's up for a long drive into the countryside with an unshielded EMP bomb in the back of the van? Anyone?
Those keeping up with our adventures in GTA Online may remember we are embroiled in the setup for a thrilling heist on Humane Labs, an animal testing facility. According to our heist coordinator, this is going to require the use of an attack helicopter, so it's off to the Los Santos naval port to nick one from our old pals Merryweather.
Black Ops 3 has finally been revealed as Call of Duty 2015. Treyarch's game will take place in a futuristic world somewhere between what we've seen in the Modern Warfare and Advanced Warfare series. So exo suits are out and robot legs are very much in. As with all Call of Duty trailers, the Black Ops 3 reveal is choppy and chaotic. Allow us to make sense of it for you.
We're still buzzing from the spectacular Star Wars: Battlefront trailer. That's partly because this 'in-engine footage' looks absolutely stunning but it's also because of the nostalgic, good-time vibes conjured by memories of the original two games, released in the mid-2000s. Here are five reasons they were light years ahead of their time.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited has come at last to Xbox One, albeit as a five-day beta test. Take a watch of this Xbox One gameplay and see for yourself how it stacks up against the original game on PC.
We at Outside Xbox live by a strict code of honour and observe the Geneva Convention at all times, but not all videogame combatants are so humane. Witness their low blows and cheaty guns brought to fist fights in this damning exposť.
Stealth Inc 2 is a charming puzzle platformer recently released for Xbox One. A bit like a mechanised Abe's Oddysee, you're leading a band of tiny robotic clones attempting to escape an unnecessarily lethal facility. We do our very best to prevent our adorable minions from getting mashed, sliced and lasered to bits. See if you can guess how that goes for us.
The first downloadable chapter of Assassin's Creed Chronicles takes us to China as new Assassin Shao Jun in this Xbox One gameplay, adapting the trademark Assassin's Creed climbing and murdering for a 2.5D sidescrolling world. As always, the secret is to ignore Mike's stealth 'advice'.
Star Wars Battlefront made a splash on Friday with its new trailer, in which speeder bikes race through the forests of Endor, Boba Fett flies around on a jet pack, and Darth Vader menaces dudes with his lightsaber. The hype train is well and truly rolling out of the station, but the combination of DICE and Star Wars means it might well be justified this time. We're optimistic, as long as they avoid seven specific things.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided made a splash with its recent first trailer, which revealed the turbulent setting for this Deus Ex: Human Revolution sequel, as well as cyborg protagonist Adam Jensen's cool new augmentations, such as a wrist-mounted knife launcher and nicer beard. In Show of the Week we stop rewatching the trailer for long enough to extract some clues to the game's story.
We're still not sure what to make of Goat Simulator, which will be arriving on your Xbox One very soon indeed. It seems less a game and more a random selection of 3D objects being smashed together by a rather suspect physics engine. Still if you're into fus ro dahing popular EDM producer DeadMau5 off a rooftop bar and into the ocean, you're probably not interested whether the game has done its maths properly.
We at Outside Xbox concern ourselves mostly with games you play on your Xbox, but we'll make a special exception for Star Wars Battle Pod, an arcade-only Star Wars game that lets you relive setpieces from the movies in a pod with a domed screen that completely fills your peripheral vision. Watch us tackle the Death Star, the battle of Hoth and a speeder bike chase through the forests of Endor in this video.
Who says Grand Theft Auto is a bad influence? Sure, we haven't seen sunlight for weeks and these rickets are a nightmare, but GTA Online has taught us several valuable tips and tricks for getting along in the real world.
Four-armed Shokan warrior and pre-order bonus Goro murders his way to the top in Mortal Kombat X's new Living Towers challenge mode, mostly by dismembering the other, less numerously limbed fighters. Wince along with us in this Xbox One gameplay video.
Tower of Guns is a first-person shooter in which you have one life to ascend seven randomised storeys of turrets, enemies and giant spiky bosses. We give it a whirl on Xbox One in this gameplay video.
We all have a close-talking cousin or nebulously racist uncle to cope with, but it's not just people who have embarrassing relations. Videogames have to deal with them too. Consider these videogame spin-offs so embarrassing that their original games won't return their calls or speak to them at parties.
If you quit mid-match in Mortal Kombat X you will suffer a "quitality", in which you are punished by having your head explode like a bony grenade. Mortal Kombat X thusly continues a proud videogame tradition of shaming quitters for their lack of moral fibre.
Gravelly cyborg Adam Jensen returns soon for Deus Ex: Human Revolution sequel Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. It's 2029 and augmented humans are being hounded by the terrified unaugmented public, so Jensen has had a bunch of killer upgrades bolted on to make himself even more terrifying? Look closely at these six sweet new cyborg powers promised by the slick announcement trailer.
We all know how saving works in videogames. You bring up a menu, press save, and then next time you get flattened by a dragon you don't have to start the whole game over from scratch. Our favourite save points, though, are the ones based on familiar, everyday things. It's enough to make you wish they worked in real life. Spoiler alert: they don't.