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Show of the Week: Overcooked and the 5 Least Appetising Things We've Cooked in Games

Show of the Week: Overcooked and the 5 Least Appetising Things We've Cooked in Games

Overcooked is a new co-operative cooking party game in which you cook food and serve it to guests in a variety of bizarre kitchens that include a frozen river with moving ice floes and a pair of trucks that move together and apart as they race down a mercifully straight highway. They still produce more appetising food than most of the stuff I've tried to cook in games, as we discover later in the show.

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2 days ago

Show of the Week: We Happy Few and 5 Nightmare Fuel Masks in Games

Show of the Week: We Happy Few and 5 Nightmare Fuel Masks in Games

Indie survival game We Happy Few was a surprise offbeat hit at the E3 2016 Microsoft conference. This was thanks to its kooky Clockwork Orange-inspired premise, creepy masked characters, and how it included people smashing a rat to bits and eating the bits, in what is surely a press conference first.

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8 days ago

Show of the Week: 5 Star Wars Games To Be Excited For

Show of the Week: 5 Star Wars Games To Be Excited For

This weekend is Star Wars Celebration: an annual celebration of all things Star Wars. It was during last year's celebration when publisher EA unveiled the first proper trailer for Star Wars Battlefront, and we can expect more news this year - about the upcoming Death Star DLC, for instance, which looks likely to feature Chewbacca as a playable hero. That's not the only Star Wars gaming treat heading our way soon, though, as we discover later in the show.

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15 days ago

Show of the Week: Batman Return to Arkham and 5 Gotham Doctors Who Need To Be Struck Off Immediately

Show of the Week: Batman Return to Arkham and 5 Gotham Doctors Who Need To Be Struck Off Immediately

Batman: Return to Arkham is a collection of the first two Arkham games, Asylum and City, as well as all their DLC, available for the first time on Xbox One and PS4. It's also delayed indefinitely, because it looks awful. Show of the Week ponders Return to Arkham, as well as asking, Seinfeld-style, what is up with the terrible state of the medical professionals in Gotham. You'll have to imagine the slap bass sounds we're making right now.

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23 days ago

Show of the Week: Inside and 5 Harrowing Things We've Done to Progress in a Game

Show of the Week: Inside and 5 Harrowing Things We've Done to Progress in a Game

Inside is a bleak, desaturated platformer specialising in physics puzzles and casually harrowing deaths. Show of the Week ponders this follow-up to Limbo from Danish developer Playdead, then other similarly harrowing experiences through which we gritted our teeth in other videogames.

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30 days ago

Show of the Week: Ghost Recon Wildlands and 5 Things Ghosts Can Do That We Can't

Show of the Week: Ghost Recon Wildlands and 5 Things Ghosts Can Do That We Can't

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is the previously stuffy militaristic series Ghost Recon letting its hair down, chucking you and three of your best spec ops buds into open-world Bolivia, a country torn apart by a corrupt government and the illegal drug trade. It's your job to take the whole thing apart via the medium of synchronised sniper shots.

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A month ago

Show of the Week: 5 Xbox One Remastered Games We Bet Are Coming Your Way

Show of the Week: 5 Xbox One Remastered Games We Bet Are Coming Your Way

Graphical remasters of last-gen games appear to be money for old rope, so it's hard to believe some of the best, top-selling Xbox 360 games haven't yet had a 1080p spit and polish. Based entirely on rumour and speculation, Show in the Week bets these five in particular will land on your current-gen hard drive one day.

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A month ago

Show of the Week: Dead Island Definitive Edition and 5 Islands Deadlier Than Dead Island

Show of the Week: Dead Island Definitive Edition and 5 Islands Deadlier Than Dead Island

The resort island of Banoi on which Dead Island takes place has sandy beaches, waterslides with no queues, and more mai tais than you can shake a cocktail umbrella at. It's just a shame about the zombie hordes trying to make a meal of your sun lotion-slathered carcass. They make Banoi a lot like these other videogame islands, which would all be great if not for some tiny, inconvenient detail.

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A month ago

Show of the Week: Mirror's Edge Catalyst and the 5 Least Reliable Delivery Services in Games

Show of the Week: Mirror's Edge Catalyst and the 5 Least Reliable Delivery Services in Games

Mirror's Edge fans who have been waiting over seven years for a follow-up to the original game can have a go on prequel-slash-reboot Mirror's Edge Catalyst a week early if they subscribe to EA Access. Maybe the head start will give Faith's crew of runners time to improve their delivery service, so they're no longer in the company of the rest of these catastrophic couriers.

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2 months ago

Show of the Week: Overwatch and 5 Alternate Londons Not to Visit, Ideally

Show of the Week: Overwatch and 5 Alternate Londons Not to Visit, Ideally

Overwatch is a multiplayer shooter from Blizzard, the developer behind Diablo, Hearthstone, Starcraft and Warcraft. It features a London map that is just the latest in a long line of bleak representations of the city that Outside Xbox calls home. Join us for a blast of Overwatch and a trip to other terrible Londons in games.

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2 months ago

Show of the Week: Homefront The Revolution and 5 Time America Was Invaded, Surprised

Show of the Week: Homefront The Revolution and 5 Time America Was Invaded, Surprised

Homefront: The Revolution posits a bleak, dystopian future in which North Korea has invaded and occupied mainland USA, crushing civilian uprisings with military might. But they're far from the only military power to try to conquer the US in videogames, as we discover in Show of the Week.

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2 months ago

Show of the Week: Doom and 5 Retro Shooters They Should Remake Right Now

Show of the Week: Doom and 5 Retro Shooters They Should Remake Right Now

Grandaddy of first person shooters Doom returns with a reboot full of nasty monsters, massive guns and ultraviolence. Show of the Week has Doom in its sights, and demands modern-day remakes for five further retro shooters.

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2 months ago

Show of the Week: Battleborn and 5 Battleborn Heroes Rated for Huggability

Show of the Week: Battleborn and 5 Battleborn Heroes Rated for Huggability

Show of the Week eyes up Battleborn, the multiplayer shooter from the makers of Borderlands that's out next week. Its roster of 25 heroes is more colourful than an explosion in a Skittles factory, but the question is how huggable are they? No, it is.

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3 months ago

Show of the Week: Gears of War 4 Beta Has Sera's Deadliest Dodgeball

Show of the Week: Gears of War 4 Beta Has Sera's Deadliest Dodgeball

Swarm Mike and Swarm Andy wade into Gears of War 4's multiplayer beta for Show of the Week. There they sample Gears of War 4's new so-called Dodgeball mode, which is intense, violent and increasingly scary. Much like the sport itself, but with dismemberment.

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3 months ago

Show of the Week: Mirror's Edge Catalyst and 5 New Things We Know About Faith

Show of the Week: Mirror's Edge Catalyst and 5 New Things We Know About Faith

Mirror's Edge Catalyst turns back time to tell us the origin story of parkouring protagonist Faith, fleshing out the lightly written fiction of the original game with a more substantial story. Fresh from a session with this prequel-reboot, Show of the Week gets to grips with Catalyst and what new things we have learned about Faith Connors.

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3 months ago

Show of the Week: Final Fantasy 15 and 5 Least Plausible Haircuts in Games

Show of the Week: Final Fantasy 15 and 5 Least Plausible Haircuts in Games

Final Fantasy 15 arrives on 30 September to fulfil at last all our boyband road trip fantasies. That's plenty of time to purchase a matching leather jacket and some extreme hold styling clay, and to consider five hairdos even less plausible than those of protagonist Noctis and his bros.

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3 months ago

Show of the Week: Quantum Break and 5 Bleak Alternate Futures to Consider Before Using Time Powers

Show of the Week: Quantum Break and 5 Bleak Alternate Futures to Consider Before Using Time Powers

In Quantum Break, an experimental time machine rips the space-time continuum a cataclysmic new one. If only protagonist Jack Joyce had learned the lessons of videogame history: mucking about with time travel never pays off, except in really terrible alternate futures.

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3 months ago

Show of the Week: Batman v Superman (Games)

Show of the Week: Batman v Superman (Games)

It's been an important week for Batman fans. There's a new Batman movie out this week (some other guy is in it as well but I think we all know who the real star is there) and the developer behind The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us has announced the first details of its Batman game. Show of the Week investigates.

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4 months ago

Show of the Week: Hitman and 5 Things We're Now Afraid of Thanks to Agent 47

Show of the Week: Hitman and 5 Things We're Now Afraid of Thanks to Agent 47

Show of the Week salutes Hitman: No Subtitle, in which you're given a sandbox full of people, disguises and inadequately secured light fittings so you can go around assassinating targets in whatever way you choose. There's no wrong way to do it, unless you are Mike.

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4 months ago

Show of the Week: The Division and 5 Dark Zone Tips from Arekkz

Show of the Week: The Division and 5 Dark Zone Tips from Arekkz

Civilisation here in the real world rumbles on, more or less, but in the world of The Division it's gone wronger than Andy doing hard maths. A smallpox epidemic has killed many people and turned many still other people in mid-apocalypse New York into desperate looters, violent thugs and maniacal cleaners. If you want to thrive in such a city, particularly in the treacherous player-versus-player Dark Zone, you need Show of the Week.

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4 months ago

Show of the Week: Dark Souls 3 and 5 Games That Wanted Us to Suffer

Show of the Week: Dark Souls 3 and 5 Games That Wanted Us to Suffer

Mike recently ventured into Dark Souls 3 and came back a harrowed man, and yet he can't wait to dive back into the punishing Kingdom of Lothric. Show of the Week investigates the stern charm of Dark Souls 3 and, by way of comparison, five games that simply wanted us to suffer.

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4 months ago

Show of the Week: Far Cry Primal and 5 Surprising Things in Far Cry Primal

Show of the Week: Far Cry Primal and 5 Surprising Things in Far Cry Primal

Latest in the barely interconnected series of Far Cry games, Far Cry Primal gives the series its most unforgiving setting yet: 10,000 BC, where only getting half your face mauled off by a sabre-toothed tiger counts as a good day. And yet it may not be quite what you're expecting from a prehistoric setting, as we find in Show of the Week.

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5 months ago

Show of the Week: Rocket League is on Xbox One, Finally

Show of the Week: Rocket League is on Xbox One, Finally

Rocket League is football with cars, flips, and explosions, and is as many times better than actual football as that sounds. It's been out on PS4 and PC for a while, but finally became available for Xbox One players this week, so we got behind the wheels of our own rocket-powered battle cars to see what the fuss was about.

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5 months ago

Show of the Week: We've Created a Monster and Also Played Unravel

Show of the Week: We've Created a Monster and Also Played Unravel

The time is now, oh video watchers, for Show of the Week, in which we make a woolly abomination out of red yarn and very pointy wire and size up physicsy puzzle platformer Unravel. Please enjoy and mind the sharp ends.

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5 months ago

Show of the Week: Dying Light The Following and 5 Vehicles Less Road Safe Than a Swegway

Show of the Week: Dying Light The Following and 5 Vehicles Less Road Safe Than a Swegway

Upcoming Dying Light expansion The Following shifts the action from the narrow streets of Harran to the open countryside, then gives you a new buggy vehicle to razz around in. Show of the Week gets behind the wheel of Dying Light's new buggy, then road tests some other videogame vehicles you'd be lucky to get past an MOT.

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5 months ago

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