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Some games take a little time to get warmed up. Other games boot you straight into the action, barely giving you enough time to work out the buttons before you're attacked by a monster the size of a building, or dropped into the middle of the Normandy landings. Without further ado, here are eight games that drop you in right at the deep end.
We recently pondered some unsolved mysteries, such as why Resident Evil's STARS members are allowed to wear whatever they like, and why the Templars at Abstergo Entertainment create videogames that make their enemies the Assassins look like awesome badasses. Then we asked you to share the mysteries that have been bothering you, and you obliged.
Sometimes a fan mod is so good it goes on to inspire something in a future game or a whole game of its own. Take freeform base building, one of Fallout 4's various killer features, which takes its cues from a mod for Fallout 3 called Real Time Settler and a mod for Fallout New Vegas called Wasteland Defense. Now take these other six genius ideas that started life as mods.
In our latest GTA Online heist mision, we kill many, many O'Neil brothers in order to steal their tanker full of ingredients for making crystal meth. Why we are stealing the ingredients instead of the finished product, we have no idea, but it makes for a fun day trip to the countryside.
The next stage of this GTA Online heist demands we dress up as binmen, steal a Trashmaster garbage truck, and pick up rubbish bags full of presumably stinky MDMA. This heisting lark seemed a lot more glamorous in Ocean's 11, to be honest.
Recently we confessed the videogame habits we just can't kick. We then asked you to tell us what you can't help doing when you play games, to make us feel better about our obsessive compulsion to stack guard corpses like firewood. You duly told us about these quirky, charming, homicidal game-playing foibles of yours.
As we prepare for our daring raid on Humane Labs (in which we will steal every cute animal that's not nailed down), we must appropriate a couple of heavy duty Insurgent SUVs from notoriously crazy PMC Merryweather. I'm sure they'll be fine with it, they probably like having their stuff stolen.
Videogame protagonists are big-picture people. They focus on the stuff like saving the galaxy, daring heists, or bringing criminals to justice. But spare a thought for the ordinary, everyday people your protagonists encounter along the way, who have to deal with the unintended consequences of all that reckless heroing.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is out now on Xbox One, so Mike, Jane and I headed into GTA Online to test the new 30 player servers, try out the first person viewpoint, and attempt to parachute onto the back of a flatbed truck from a dizzying height above Los Santos International Airport. First things first, right?
The next gen version of Grand Theft Auto 5 is nearly here, but I know what you're thinking: "I already own GTA 5. Everyone in the world already owns GTA 5. I think it's the law? Why would I buy it again." Good question! Here are five new things the makers of GTA 5 think will convince you to give them the other half of all the world's money.
While we're usually shining paragons of law-abiding virtue here on Outside Xbox, very occasionally we do enjoy the thrill of a police chase. Naturally we opt for the most disproportionately punished crime in GTA - backing up to the gates of Fort Zancudo for three wanted stars - to initiate the Grand Theft Sporto Wanted Level Challenge. Longest survivor wins and direct interference with other competitors is strictly forbidden. Not that it's ever stopped us before.
You know a place we haven't visited in a while? Los Santos. It's high time we returned to the state of San Andreas to have a poke around in GTA Online. After all, if rumours are to be believed, there could be a delicious next-gen version of Grand Theft Auto 5 waiting patiently in the wings, which would render our Xbox 360 copies completely obsolete. GTA 5 on Xbox One? Watch on while we weigh up the odds.
GTA Online's Beach Bum Pack is available to download now. This free DLC bundle brings four new vehicles, two new weapons, new jobs, clothes, hairdos and tattoos, all themed on being a laid-back, sun-kissed beach lover. Who will sometimes shank you with a broken bottle.
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.
Join us for another Grand Theft Auto Online challenge! This time, Mike and I set $10,000 bounties on each other's heads, then see who can survive the longest. It's a set-up much like that of Batman: Arkham Origins, only instead of being highly equipped geniuses trained to the peak of human perfection, we're us, and instead of being hunted by elite assassins, we're running from a server full of psychopathic GTA Online players. Will we survive the night? Where did that guy get an attack helicopter? Is the grotto of the Playboy mansion a defensible position? Hit the jump to find out.
Grand Theft Auto 5 has been out for WEEKS, which means it's high time to start talking about downloadable content. Nothing has been announced so far, but DLC is as certain as catching Trevor doing something weird when you switch characters. The world of Los Santos is rich with possibilities for switching things up with new, downloadable experiences; here are six DLC ideas to change the way you see GTA 5.
It's Grand Theft Auto Online launch week and after some teething problems (many teething problems) it seems to be settling down and players are getting stuck in. Much like the main game, Grand Theft Auto Online is a gloriously madcap sandbox where all structure and planning goes out of the window the second you drive past a ramp, or a robbable shop, or something shiny. Now we're all finally playing it, Mike, Jane and I gather around nothing (Outside Xbox continues to have no watercooler) to discuss our favourite GTA Online moments so far.
Character switching is my favourite of Grand Theft Auto 5's new features. Being able to jump between protagonists at a moment's notice lets you fast travel around the map and keeps the game interesting. By interrupting a protagonist in the middle of his everyday activity you also get an insight into what his life is like when you're not hurling him out of helicopters. Michael tends to sit around looking depressed. Franklin spends a lot of time driving. And Trevor? Well. See for yourself in this compilation of the best Trevor vignettes from Grand Theft Auto 5's character switching. Warning: contains more than one instance of Trevor in his pants.
Outside Xbox goes on a GTA 5 shark hunt with the help of Jared Gerritzen of Zombie Studios and Deus Ex: Human Revolution's Jim Swallow in this live show from Eurogamer Expo 2013. Hit the jump to see Jared meet his GTA 5 doppelganger and Andy go three rounds with Jaws.
Titanfall is attracting the biggest queues at Eurogamer Expo 2013, and with good reason. Abbie Heppe, senior community manager for Titanfall studio Respawn, joined us to talk Titans and play GTA 5 live from the show floor. Stay tuned to also catch the internet's Julia Hardy on a beachfront rampage.
Watch Outside Xbox unwind with GTA 5, live from Eurogamer Expo 2013. We team up with VG24/7's Sam Clay and Eurogamer's Ian Higton to bust into a heavily defended military base and steal a fighter jet. Skydiving, helicopter assault or quad bike - which base infiltration technique will win the day?
Grand Theft Auto Online is the multiplayer segment of GTA 5. It launches on October 1st, which is coincidentally when you expect this site to fall into complete inactivity as we spend every waking hour robbing convenience stores to pay for a new haircut. We had a good run. In the meantime, please enjoy this Show of the Week that takes in GTA Online and the five crucial things we still don't know about it, plus Mike's triumphant return from that American football team and Jane's addiction to spider venom.
My Grand Theft Auto 5 is afflicted with frequent, unpredictable crashes for reasons yet to become clear. Before I work through the elaborate healing ritual prescribed by Xbox Support (clear system cache three times?), let me tell you about my weekend in Los Santos.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is watercooler gaming at its best: a huge, anecdote-generating sandbox brimming with diversions, side missions and random encounters in which no two playthroughs are going to be the same. To share our experiences, Jane and I gather around the proverbial watercooler (Outside Xbox has no watercooler) to discuss our favourite GTA 5 moments so far.
GTA 5's cheat for explosive melee attacks turn your usual melee manoeuvres into devastating superpowered kicks and punches. These are ideal for rampaging Hulk-style through downtown or punting a bodybuilder into the ocean off Vespucci Beach. See the explosive melee attacks cheat code at work below the cut.
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