When Kinect Sports Rivals arrives next month, it will transmute your real human face and fleshy mortal body into a perfect, deathless Kinect Sports Rivals champion. Watch Xbox One's Kinect pour Mike into a sporty unitard in this avatar creation gameplay.
Show of the Week finds us torn between Dark Souls 2 and Titanfall, both out today in the UK and compelling in contrasting, sometimes totally opposite, ways. Where Titanfall has you play a bouncing superpowered pilot, Dark Souls 2 makes you a cursed, dogged explorer in an unfriendly world that wants you dead.
We've finally played Titanfall on real public servers, so it's time to deliver our verdict on probably the most anticipated Xbox One game yet. Is it just Call of Duty with giant robots, or has Respawn pushed the manshooter genre forward with its love letter to mech combat? Hit the jump to watch us talk it out.
We knew that Wolfenstein: The New Order was planned as an old school shooter. Our concern was that it was old school to a fault. A crawl through grey corridors, murdering that most classic of videogame enemies, Nazis. We played it briefly at E3 and came away roundly unimpressed, but having now settled in to play the first two hours of the game we're much more confident about its prospects. Find out why in the video.
Like the game before it, Dark Souls 2 is tough, even with its minor concessions to malcoordinated dummies such as we. Rise to the exceptionally stern challenge, though, and you will find an intricate adventure of occasional, intense victories and regular, brutal knockbacks.
It's the news Batman fans have been waiting for: Rocksteady, the studio behind Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, is making a next-gen Batman game called Batman: Arkham Knight. We're chuffed with the prospect of a bigger city, new combat trimmings and a driveable Batmobile, but here's hoping the creators of Arkham Asylum don't steer their game into any of these seven pitfalls.
They say you shouldn't drink and operate heavy machinery, but they also said disposable giant mech suits would be a cost-effective way to wage war. So who are you going to trust? Show of the Week prepares for Titanfall landing next week with a drinking game and a few more tantalising details on its man-versus-mech warfare.
Xbox One's major March system update is rolling out now. It addresses a bunch of common user complaints, but is that going to be enough to keep Xbox One in the race? And, crucially, what's missing from the March update? Let's have a look.
Another day, another Xbox Live Indie Game featuring zombies. But this one has a twist: you play as a survivalist hedge fund manager called Joe Wheeler, who pops out from the safety of his underground vault with 100,000 dollars in unmarked bills bulging out of his trousers. Will it help him survive in this cruel zombie apocalypse? Not if the ham-fisted Outside Xbox team have anything to do with it.
Claw Machine Arcade simulates those toy-grabbing cranes at the arcade powered by 20p coins and youthful optimism. We play it and discover this is what it would be like if those claws were capable of grabbing and lifting things, instead of stroking them tenderly and leaving them behind. So this is what it feels like to win?
If you haven't seen The Lego Movie already, we would wholeheartedly recommend it. It's brilliantly written, very funny and looks absolutely stunning. And if that doesn't convince you, it has Batman in it. Whether or not you've seen the flick, you can still enjoy this Let's Play of the official game, which we've kept as light on spoilers as possible. Watch on for laser betrayal, Willy Shakes and discussion of 'lady spots'.
The European version of South Park: The Stick of Truth for Xbox 360 and PS3 has had seven scenes, each about 20 seconds long, replaced with descriptive text. But though the game calls them "censored" scenes, this isn't strictly censorship.
The jump scare is a horror game staple because it's the cheapest and occasionally the most effective of the scares. Discover the nine most pant-wetting jump scare moments in this video, which contains both spoilers and extremely loud noises. You have been warned.
Out this week, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 casts you as Dracula, formerly Gabriel Belmont, in action that skips between a modern metropolis and an old-timey castle the size of Sheffield. Join us for Show of the Week as we inspect Dracula's latest adventure and discover just what is so great about being a vampire, anyway.
You might fancy yourself as handy with a sniper rifle, able to part an enemy's haircut from four miles away. You might be able to hold a racing car in a perfect drift. You might even have the virtual MMA skills of a Brazilian jiu-jitsu champ. It doesn't matter though, you aren't getting your hands on these achievements. Don't believe us? Watch and find out why.
We love Trials Evolution, from the 'just one more go' instant restarts, through the tough but ultimately fair physics-based controls, all the way to the hilarious, broken contortions our rider makes when we fluff a landing. It's deeply silly, but it's also serious business. Just ask James, who regularly tickles the top of the leaderboards. Needless to say, we were all keen to see the first proper gameplay from Trials Fusion on Xbox One.
If ever a series was accurately summed up by its title, it's Plants vs Zombies. Until now it has pitted heroic plants against villainous zombies in adorable tower defence action on mobiles and handhelds. But the series makes the leap to Xbox as a third-person shooter, in a bold move that could alienate some of the series' hardcore fans. Was it worth the risk?
Lego: The Hobbit retells the story of the first two hobbit films across 16 levels based on locations from the Peter Jackson movies. Here's new gameplay from the subterranean goblin town, in which Bilbo, Gandalf and his beardy dwarf gang get in a ruck with the Goblin King. He's the one with the jiggly Lego goitre.
Here is new Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 gameplay, hot off the Xbox 360. This uneven hack and slasher sequel stars the world's most famous vampire, Dracula, AKA Dracul AKA Prince of Darkness AKA The Dragon. He's kind of a big deal, you guys.
The new Thief game from Eidos Montreal will be divisive. The factors in play include nostalgia for the original Thief games and some, often quite obvious, technical niggles. It ultimately comes down to what you expect the game to be. It's not Dishonored, but it's not quite the original Thief series either. To find out what it is, check our gameplay-stuffed review after the jump.
Out next week, Thief is a reboot of the classic sneak-and-steal Thief series, in which you creep around a pseudo-Victorian city and nick stuff, touching everything with your nimble thief hands. Join us for Show of the Week as we examine Garrett's new adventure and make sure you keep a close eye on your valuables.
Titanfall seems designed to make you look cool. The wall-running, the jetpacks, the giant robot fisticuffs. It's difficult to go two minutes without something spectacular happening. But every so often, you do something head-slappingly dumb and, like a Darwin Award nominee, end up paying the ultimate price. With the beta now over, we take a whistle stop tour through the most humiliating ways to die in Titanfall.
Bureau: Kendall Rising is an indie crime investigation game and, with its fully voiced dialogue and 3D cutscenes, it can't be faulted for ambition. Watch Mike and I sleuth our way around San Francisco as FBI Agent Kendall, who enjoys yoga, margaritas and smooching suspected arsonists.
Flappy Bird is no longer available for your phone, but there is a similarly aggravating Flappy Bird clone in the Xbox 360's indie games store by the name of Little Flappers. Watch Mike's hard-earned Flappy Bird skills translate to Little Flappers in this gameplay video.
Drowning a hedgehog, performing your own eye surgery and the entirety of Mass Effect 2 figure among the bits of games that have given us the biggest, baddest stress-induced headaches. Discover the others in this video.