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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.
Decades from now in Videogame University, Professors of Videogames will point to Battlefield 4 as an example of how not to launch your game. It was a buggy, laggy mess, made all the more painful by the fact that there was a great game hidden under the strata of performance problems. Now that the netcode has been given a once over in a recent patch, EA and DICE were able to release this latest DLC, Dragon's Teeth, without the usual sheepish grin. We thought we'd dust off our (non existent) Battlefield skills and dive in.
Abyss Odyssey is the new game from ACE Team, the developer behind the wonderfully weird and unique Zeno Clash and Rock of Ages. In it, you traverse a constantly changing, procedurally generated labyrinth inside the dream of a sleeping warlock, a warlock you must kill by journeying to the very bottom of the labyrinth. That old chestnut. Hit the jump to watch Mike and me get stuck into some co-op gameplay, as we try to figure out what the hell is going on.
Team OxBox's GTA Online challenges, collectively known as Grand Theft Sporto, return this week with the monster truck challenge. The rules are simple: Stood at the top of Mount Gordo are Mike and me. Parked at the bottom of Mount Gordo is a Liberator monster truck. First one to drive that monster truck off the Vespucci Beach pier is the winner. Who will triumph and who will be admitted to hospital with suspicious monster truck-shaped injuries? Hit the jump to find out.
The Destiny beta might not be coming to Xbox One for another six days, but that wasn't going to stop us sitting down with the PlayStation 4 version to see what we'll be getting. Hit the jump for a look at Destiny's character creator, a good chunk of single player and a couple of rounds of the game's domination-style multiplayer mode, control.
Xbox 360 indie game Avatar Fear pops your Xbox Live avatar into a cluster of pyramids to collect precious relics and be chased by a winged snakey lizard monster. Mike and I endure the terror so you don't have to.
We create a mightily hairy MMA fighter and take him to the Octagon in EA Sports UFC, the recent MMA effort from Electronic Arts. Watch the video for that desperately mismatched scrap, plus a more balanced bout between female fighters Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano.
We can't get enough of Sniper Elite 3's ridiculously gory killcams. Every time we think we've seen it all, the game finds another obscure part of the human anatomy to blast out the back of a Nazi. We're not convinced it's ever going to get old, as our hooting and chortling in this video makes clear. So if, like us, you're grimly fascinated by the game's lack of squeamishness, then you can't miss this Let's Play.
Let's try to explain Super Time Force in a way that won't turn your brain into a grey matter smoothie. At its core, Super Time Force is a side-scrolling shooter, a la Metal Slug or Gunstar Heroes. The wrinkle is you have a certain number of opportunities to rewind and the game and play alongside replays of yourself. Add to that different characters, each with their own special abilities, and you have a game as intriguing as it is confusing. Watch us attempt to wrap our heads around it in Super Time Force gameplay after the jump.
At the height of their empire, the Romans conquered the world with aqueducts and lace-up sandals. The record of their military success against alien invaders is patchy, but indie arena shooter Aliens vs Romans at last has the full story.
Since the introduction of the GTA Online Creator, over 1 million player-created jobs have been uploaded for others to play. Presumably most of them are terrible, however, so we've just picked the three top rated user-created races from GTA Online for an Outside Xbox mini tournament. Who will win? Who will explode? Will Mike win? It's probably going to be Mike, isn't it? Hit the jump to find out.
Vital Force is an indie survival horror on Xbox 360 in which you kill ghosts with a cameraphone. Each of these ropey 'dark beings' manifests to pounding drum and bass music, as if in a terrifying flashback to an early 90s rave. Watch us face our fear in the video below the cut.
With Outside Xbox only a year and a half old, and younger than Trials Evolution, you've probably not been exposed to our intense love of all things Trials. Rest assured, we're all very excited Trials Fusion has arrived on Xbox One and with it the return of just-one-more-go, no-I-can-definitely-do-it-this-time gaming. Seems the perfect opportunity to play a 'friendly' game of multiplayer, right?
Vixenized is an Xbox 360 indie game in which you shoot all the women on an all-women island ('vixens') after they kidnap your fellow plane crash survivors. Also, they fly on giant bats?
Strike Suit Zero is a downloadable space combat game for Xbox One in which you fly a spaceship that transforms (eventually) into a flying giant space robot powered by flux. Watch us pilot one such mighty morphing strike suit through the game's opening missions.
As the member of the Outside Xbox team who is legendarily awful at stealth games, who better to play a full mission of a game that involves carefully scanning the environment, sneaking to a secure location and completing objectives with a minimum of fuss? Andy, obviously. But he was busy, so instead you've got me declaring war on all the Nazi testicles in Africa and Jane struggling to conceal her dismay. We think that works too.
Crytek's free-to-play online shooter Warface is now available to all in the form of an open beta on Xbox 360. It includes the expected competitive multiplayer gunplay, but also globetrotting co-op missions. We wade face-first into Afghanistan and Kosovo in this Warface gameplay.
With its name, its open-world online zombie survival and literally everything else about it, ApocZ invites unflattering comparisons with the all-conquering DayZ. How long can we survive in this Xbox 360 indie game? Find out in ApocZ gameplay.
Spin-offs don't get much more bizarre than Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, in which ultra hardcore hack and slasher Ninja Gaiden now has a neon-lit, cel-shaded, zombie-infested cousin. We've already established Yaiba is a gross jerk, but it's time to fire up the game and see if it has any redeeming features. Join us on a voyage of discovery after the jump.
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.
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