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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.
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.
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'.
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.
Strider is a side-scroller in which ninja hero Strider Hiryu runs at full ninja tilt, katana-first, into hordes of robotic enemies. Mike and I take this crisp reboot of the 1989 arcade classic for a spin on Xbox One.
Now the Titanfall beta has thrown the doors open to all, hopefully you've experienced Titanfall for yourself. If not, you're missing out on something very special indeed. Ignore the people who say it plays just like Call of Duty because, basically, they're playing it wrong. Titanfall fixes everything people complain about in Call of Duty, including the online insta-deaths and the difficulty less skilled players have with precise twitch shooting. Topping the Titanfall leaderboards involves mastering both the free-running pilot and the heavily armed titan plus finding a loadout for each that works for you. Watch the video and you'll see us get that plate spinning both very wrong and very right.
This whole free-to-play thing gets a bad rap. Within the first 10 minutes of launching World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, we were trundling as a platoon towards the front line and our first victory in customised tanks. At no point did the game grind to a halt and refuse to move until we'd handed over our hard earned. What's more, it's surprisingly fun to play as well, as you attempt to wrestle five tons of diesel-powered pig iron into a tactically advantageous position. See how we managed after the jump.
Xbox indie game Downgate Exodrone Wars mashes up Minecraft with a sci-fi shooter populated by Space Marine-looking space marines. Andy and I storm fortresses and incinerate baddies in the Downgate Exodrone Wars gameplay below the cut.
Attack of the Zombie Horde 2 is a top-down shooter starring the indie store's favourite flesh-hungry foes: vultures. Watch Andy and I wreak bloody co-op havoc in the desert, beset by carrion birds, witch doctors and the zombified rest in this Xbox 360 gameplay.
The original Fable is ten years old this year. To celebrate, Lionhead is releasing Fable Anniversary, an HD remastering of the original game with new visuals, remastered audio and a bunch of tweaks to the gameplay. So how does it look? Hit the jump to find out.
Assassin's Creed's first female protagonist makes it to the big consoles with Assassin's Creed Liberation HD, a remake of 2012's PlayStation Vita original available now on Xbox 360. We take Aveline and her three 'personas' (slave, lady and assassin) for a spin the gameplay after the cut.
The approved spelling of Time Viking and Space Raptor contains several dozen more exclamation marks than typed here but I don't have all day, people. Come have a watch of this psychedelic twin-stick shooter in which I am a time-travelling Norse warrior and Andy is a gravely ill velociraptor.
Remember the bit in Far Cry 3 where you torch a field full of marijuana with a flamethrower while dubstep happens? ZDQ II Ghost Dogs is like that, only there are also zombies and you're being haunted by some ghost dogs, such as were tragically lacking in Call of Duty: Ghosts. See all the above in the ZDQ II Ghost Dogs gameplay after the cut.
Xbox 360 indie game Mummies Rising is a first-person shooter set in a very dark Ancient Egyptian tomb. The aim is to kill lots of reanimated mummies and the secret, in the words of S Club 7, is don't stop moving. We give it a whirl in the Mummies Rising gameplay after the jump.
Swiss police officer Anton Jakob Zellner, protagonist of The Raven, is singularly the worst detective we've ever encountered in a videogame. He has terrible skills of observation and deduction, to the point where the nine-year-old boy in the game is more astute. You feel less like a player and more like a decreasingly patient chaperone to this bumbling wannabe Poirot. He's even got the same moustache as Agatha Christie's character, for pity's sake. Watch the video after the jump as Andy and I investigate what the devil is going on in the first hour of The Raven.
Everyone with a brother or sister has at some point wished they would disappear. Most, however, wouldn't go to the lengths of looking up a spell on the internet and having their wayward sibling kidnapped by monsters from another dimension. That's what happens to Max from Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, but does it make for entertaining gaming? Find out after the jump.
Hey guys, look! It's Halo on the Xbox One, and a whole year before we were expecting it to arrive. Wait, why am I hovering several hundred feet above the action? For the answer to this and many, many more questions, why not watch us play through a couple of the co-op missions in Halo: Spartan Assault? It's a twin-stick shooter that is, somehow, Halo's Xbox One debut. Seeing is believing, so hit the jump for the video.
Don't be deceived by my sporty demeanour and general athleticism; I don't play a lot of sports games. So imagine my delight on drawing my final Oxbox Xmas Challenge: beat a Premiership team with a League Two team in FIFA 14. I'll need a Christmas miracle to keep me in contention.
How hard can it be to safely land a helicopter on Battlefield 4's Siege of Shanghai skyscraper? How about for the world's least competent helicopter stunt pilot, who is me? Find out as the Oxbox Xmas Challenge enters its tense final stages.
Excitement for the Oxbox Xmas challenges is at a fever pitch after Jane's controversial challenge yesterday (to be known hereafter as Backwardsgate). Into this maelstrom of tension and expectation steps one man: me. Join me as I attempt my penultimate challenge: perform a perfect handbrake parallel park in Zoo Tycoon without killing any of the chimps or anything.
Research tells me the Audi R18 e-tron quattro is a very fast and important car. My Oxbox Xmas Challenge of the day is to drive it the wrong way around the Indianapolis Speedway's Brickyard track in Forza 5 without taking any damage. Can it be done? Can it be done by me? There's one way to find out.
Day five of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge sees me face my toughest challenge yet: score a basket in the Hainan Resort Map on Battlefield 4. Since DICE neglected to include standalone basketball controls in their game, that involves shooting the ball into the basket with high-tech weaponry. Will I manage it? Hit the jump to find out.
It's day four of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge Spectacular, and there's still everything to play for. With me in the lead thanks to my precision jet-crashing-into-Mike's-face skills, Jane has a chance to draw even with her second challenge: kill 500 zombies in five minutes in Dead Rising 3.
The thing you have to know about Peggle is that none of it is accidental. It's laser-targeted to tickle your pleasure centre and that's the reason it's more addictive than Pringles. Everything from the rising tone as you rack up more and more pegs, to the eventual fireworks when you clear the final orange peg is perfect. So that makes it all the more strange that Peggle 2 is missing something vital.
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