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The original Shadow Warrior was a 1997 first-person shooter from 3D Realms that did for racism what Duke Nukem 3D did for sexism - that is, contained lots of it. This Shadow Warrior reboots that game, promising to bring it up to date while maintaining the feel of an old-school shooter. The main character is still called Lo Wang, but what are you going to do? You don't mess with a classic joke like that. Discover what has changed as we play Shadow Warrior on Xbox One.
Massive Cleavage vs Zombies contains both of those things and, what's more, is an indie game in which you play the barechested owner of the titular (haha) body part, carving up zombies with a meat cleaver in 2D side-scrolling 'action'. See for yourself as Andy and I sample the game on Xbox 360.
One Night Two Crazies is an indie game in which your 'friend' Chris has you 'test' his 'security system' by looking at a laptop and being murdered when you don't shut the door on him or his partner who is a giant spider silhouette. Andy and I submit ourselves for testing in this Xbox 360 gameplay.
What's the one thing more annoying than Claptrap? Two Claptraps. That is the regrettable entourage with which I wound up in this co-op session in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. The mobile toaster's special ability in particular is enough to have you twisting your controller in half. Called vaulthunter.exe, this special ability is a randomised buff that affects the entire group and although each buff has its advantages, there are also disadvantages designed to be super irritating. Hit the jump to watch us struggle through the chaos in Xbox 360 gameplay.
As if Alien Isolation's brand new storyline wasn't exciting enough, for the day one DLC Creative Assembly somehow found time to meticulously render the Nostromo from the original Alien film and hire members of the original cast to reprise their characters. CA had access to production notes from the movie, so this is as accurate a recreation of the spaceship as you'll ever see and it looks stunning. Not much time for leisurely sightseeing with an Alien stalking the corridors though. Perhaps Sgt. Apone from not-that-Alien-film can help?
If you missed out on excellent Hong Kong action thriller Sleeping Dogs on Xbox 360, you'll soon be able to get caught up with Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition on Xbox One. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition gives the game a visual polish, with 1080p resolution, better draw distance and improved lighting effects, and also includes all 24 pieces of DLC released for the game. That includes the Nightmare in North Point story DLC, just in time for Halloween. Hit the jump to see it in action as Mike and I do some undercover police work, drive like lunatics and punch hopping vampires in the face.
Slender: The Arrival, is a sequel to Slender, the game that dumps you in the middle of a dark forest and tasks you with collecting pages while being stalked by the gangly horror known as Slenderman. The sequel shares a similar premise, but adds a creepy story, new gameplay mechanics and an even greater sense of creeping dread. Watch us get scared witless in this Xbox 360 gameplay.
We're back in the nonsensical world of D4 for part two of our journey into the feverish imagination of auteur game designer Swery. Expect owl attacks, copious vomiting and electric cyborg monsters in this Xbox One gameplay.
Gang Beasts is a chaotic ragdoll brawler for two to eight players. Watch Mike and Andy play it at EGX 2014, scrapping across levels set around a ferris wheel, speeding lorry, subway train platform and fiery pit. As Andy notes, the action resembles a boozy scrap in a pub car park at closing time, but with more and greater environmental hazards.
D4 is an Xbox One-exclusive fever dream from auteur game designer Swery, creator of Deadly Premonition. There is toilet-based time travel, a mute cat-woman carrying a rat in her mouth and, look, you had better see for yourself.
Defense Grid 2 is a sci-fi tower defense game for Xbox One in which a conga line of aliens tries to steal your precious cores while you try to kill them with strategically placed weapon towers. Observe as we defend a space station and a spiral-shaped city from alien core raids, with varying success.
Outside Xbox faces off against bulky beastie Goliath in monster-hunting action on Distillery, Evolve's most recently revealed map. Harpoon traps are laid, mobile arenas are deployed, and everyone gets set on fire in this new Evolve gameplay. Let's watch.
Far Cry 4's Shangri-La missions take you into Kyrati legend as a warrior who slows time with his bow and arrow, sics white tigers on demon enemies, and spins prayer wheels to restore peace and good times. See Mike play in mystical Shangri-La and snowy Kyrat in this new Far Cry 4 gameplay.
Lemmings was a 1991 Amiga game in which you had to keep marching horde of lemmings from killing themselves, rerouting your suicidal gang to a safe exit. Flockers is essentially that but with sheep, a dash of physics puzzling and more gore than Halloween at Eli Roth's house. Watch us shepherd these woolly idiots to safety in this Xbox One gameplay.
Recall is a reprehensible Xbox 360 indie game in which you start on a space station shooting alien women on their way to a nightclub, then are teleported to a dungeon where you shoot similarly attired zombie women. This is all with the aim of unlocking your lost memories, but these memories are poor CG renders of women in lingerie, so it is really not worth the effort. Watch us play Recall so you don't have to?
Dead Kings is a first-person dungeon crawler that evokes both Dark Souls and a Chuck E. Cheese in the late 1980s, combining a gloomy 3D castle and arcade classics such as Breakout. The latter are accessed via painted portraits of deceased royalty because ghosts. Observe our surprise and amazement on finding an Asteroids clone hidden in this bizarre Xbox 360 indie game.
We're hungry for new games on the Xbox One at the moment, and Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate just about counts. Alright, it is technically an 'Ultimate' edition of a game that was released on Xbox 360 back in 2011, but regardless, it's been stuffed with extra characters and missions and gussied up for an Xbox One release. With little to no understanding of Warriors Orochi beyond the fact it involves huge battles and kill counts in the thousands, we lobbed ourselves into the fray.
Sporting event Far Cryathlon returns for Far Cry 4 with a fortress liberation challenge: each contestant is assigned a liberation method and the quickest to liberate the Ratu Gadhi fortress is the winner. Expect mortars, elephant rampages and many, many explosions in this Far Cry 4 gameplay.
Evolve, the new game from Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock Studios, shares a lot of DNA with its zombie-obsessed cousin. Where it differs most though, is in the fact that each of the playable characters has a different class, each with their own abilities and unique equipment. We took each one for a spin in an early PC build of the game to see how they work against Lovecraftian squid-faced horror monster The Kraken.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel might be a 2K Australia joint, rather than a Gearbox Software one, but based on the segment we played, it's just as anarchic and entertaining as a full fat Borderlands. In this portion, which we played on an early PC version of the game, we're stuck on a moon with a limited oxygen supply and a selection of extremely narked baddies. Hit the jump to see how we get on.
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.
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