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There are no lengths to which Outside Xbox won't go to keep you up to date with everything Xbox One has to offer. That regrettable policy means Mike and I had to play Xbox One's Kinect-powered Angry Birds Star Wars, the world's most expensive way to play the world's favourite bird-hurling simulator. Hit the jump to see it in action.
You know the rules: everything is better in co-op. With that in mind, Andy and I teamed up and cut a bloody swathe through Los Perdidos, Dead Rising 3's zombie-infested LA-alike. Little did we know the horrors we'd face within. It wasn't so much the tragedy of civilisation's death throes or the true, monstrous nature of the human psyche. It was the icky seediness of the 'Super Massager' which is a leaf blower-powered dildo launcher that wouldn't look out of place in a Saints Row game.
Downloadable Xbox One fighting game Killer Instinct is free to play with one character, Jago. You can then shell out for extra characters, or hold tight and wait for another freebie - Killer Instinct plans to rotate the free fighter, as well as adding the brawling skeleton Spinal in January 2014 and cyborg Fulgore in March. Watch Mike, Andy and friend of Outside Xbox Julia Hardy take the launch roster for a spin in this Killer Instinct gameplay.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag looks terrific on Xbox One, with next-gen visual flair at every turn. Meanwhile, the sea shanties are as catchy as ever. Prepare your ears, if you can, to hear Andy sing along in this Xbox One gameplay video of Assassin's Creed 4.
Xbox One adds some next-gen oomph to the visuals in Call of Duty: Ghosts, if not the full 1080p. At the same time, the Xbox One controller is my brilliant new excuse for mucking up in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Watch Andy and I have a bash on Ghosts' multiplayer in the gameplay video after the jump.
Common wisdom has it zombie apocalypses bring out our darker selves, revealing that humans are the Real Monsters. Dead Rising games are super fond of the idea, expressed as gruelling boss fights with deranged survivors. Behold one such epic battle as Andy faces one Dead Rising 3's early bosses in this video.
Bright, breezy Zoo Tycoon on Xbox One lets you run around on ground level as a keeper, in addition to managing everything from up in the sky. Not only that, but you can hoon between exhibits in an animal-shaped zoo buggy. Watch on for sweet handbrake skids and sweeter buggy jumps in this Zoo Tycoon gameplay.
Ryse: Son of Rome has over 100 unique and gruesome execution moves all devised, I imagine, in one gruelling brainstorm session at developer Crytek. Mastering these executions in means spotting your intended victim flash blue or yellow, then tapping the corresponding face button. That's what I learned hacking and slashing through the first hour of this Xbox One launch game. See the highlights in the Ryse gameplay after the jump.
The Skyrim Minecraft Mash-Up Pack for Xbox 360's version of Minecraft is here. It adds Skyrim skins, textures and music, and abridges the land of the Nords into a dinky Skyrim-inspired world save, like a charming Lego playset based on the original game world. Join us on a tour of Riverwood, Bleak Falls Barrow, Whiterun and Dragonsreach, where I murder the Jarl and take his throne.
SoulCalibur 2 HD Online gives SoulCalibur 2, prince among fighting games, a HD makeover. It also unites Tekken's Heihachi (the PlayStation-exclusive character) and Spawn (the Xbox-exclusive character) in a single game, though there's no sign of GameCube's exclusive fighter, Link. Andy is our SoulCal man; see him whack Talim et al with Raphael's big sword.
Deadfall Adventures is an Indiana Jonesy shooter in which the great grandson of famous fictional adventure man Allan Quatermain kills Nazis and fiddles with puzzles in mystical ruins. Watch Mike trip Ancient Egyptian booby traps as Nathan Drake-alike James Lee Quatermain in this Deadfall Adventures gameplay.
Resolution has been an Xbox One hot topic of late. It's all 1080p this and oh-my-god-only-720p-preorder-cancelled that. Well, Need For Speed: Rivals runs at a native 1080p whichever next gen console you plump for and, having played the game on Xbox One, we can confirm it looks all kinds of sexy. Even the cars have a sort of wet, glistening sheen to them that's very Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
Dead Rising 3's new combo vehicles splice any two of the game's driveable machines into a deadly frankencar. Watch me cannibalise two muscle cars to create the dilapidated, acid-spitting Junk Car in new Dead Rising 3 gameplay.
BioShock Infinite's Burial at Sea DLC takes Booker and Elizabeth to the underwater city of Rapture before it all went to pot, and the place looks fabulous. It may have been a doomed social experiment run by and for Objectivist jerks, but there's no arguing with that Art Deco opulence. See for yourself in the Burial at Sea gameplay after the jump.
It's been a while since we dived into the writhing morass of actual, genuine horror that is the Indie Game Marketplace, but given that it's Halloween and there are a ton of spookily themed games on the service, we thought we'd don the hazmat suit and take the plunge once again. As usual, our objective was to scrape the bottom of the barrel right down to the bare wood. We were not disappointed (in so far as we were extremely disappointed).
It's easy to forget Assassin's Creed 4 even has a multiplayer mode when you're busy boarding ships, singing shanties and hanging out with Blackbeard. However, the series' online modes are unique and fun enough to make them worth a detour away from the story campaign. Hit the jump to see me play a couple of rounds, including the series' signature Manhunt mode, as well as capture the flag-alike mode Artifact Assault.
Outside Xbox musters to attempt the GTA Online Military Base Attack Challenge: break into Zancudo army base and escape with as much military hardware as you can lay your hands on. Andy seizes a jet, Mike sizes up a tank, I get killed improbably early.
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.
In the opening act of Batman: Arkham Origins, the Dark Knight warms up with a trip to Blackgate prison, where pinstriped crime lord Black Mask is up to no good at all. Andy duffs up Black Mask's thugs and batarangs Killer Croc below the cut. Mike and I coach.
Forgive the stereotyping, but most DLC is decidedly half-arsed: a couple of tacked on missions that refuse to introduce new ideas to the party, bundled together for people who've already strip mined the full product. There is a similarly slim number of additions with Saints Row 4 downloadable content Enter The Dominatrix,, but because it's presented as a series of deleted scenes, featuring the 'cast' of Saints Row, it's laugh out loud funny. You know, the old kind of laugh out loud. The one that meant you were actually laughing out loud.
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.
If there's one thing that's become abundantly clear over the course of this long, long generation, it's that you can never have enough co-op zombie games on Xbox 360. With that in mind, here's How To Survive, a co-op zombie game coming to Xbox Live Arcade that's less about actively battering zeds and more about preserving your own fragile health. You do that primarily by crafting a wide variety of gear and weaponry to extend your projected lifespan for a few extra hours.
Watch Outside Xbox claim air supremacy in the Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta's Shanghai map. Helicopters are key to victory here, we find. Mike is our designated pilot.
GTA Online rampages go on forever, with the number of police in pursuit proportional to how many players are collaborating on a crime spree. Watch Andy and I go on an extended crime romp in which we chain together heists, hit-and-runs and thrilling jet ski chases across Los Santos.
Talk about terrible timing. Imagine being the game released three days after GTA 5, when everyone is completely buried in Los Santos. Allow us to introduce you to that game, Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death, starring the hero with the least memorable name in all of history. Briggs is bumped off during the intro to the game, and is resurrected by a talking Mayan mask that sounds like a cross between the Cookie Monster and Splinter from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
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