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Show of the week takes a trip to Far Cry 4's Kyrat: a beautiful, mountainous country ruled by a brutal dictator with a nice line in natty suits. Join us as we examine this latest in Ubisoft's exotic shooter series and assess whether it has the five essential elements required by every Far Cry game.
Show of the Week says bienvenue to Arno, a new assassin for a new era in a new open-world city. That city is Paris of the late 1700s: an historic metropolis packed with graceful monuments, seething with popular unrest, and surveyed in this week's show for sneaky anachronisms by historical accuracy stickler Andy.
After the spiritless showing from Call of Duty: Ghosts last year, Advanced Warfare is a step in the right direction away from Call of Duty fatigue. In it, new blood Sledgehammer Games adds futuristic tech, Kevin Spacey and on-trend exo suits, with which we get to grips in Show of the Week.
It's Halloween: the most wonderful time of year, when jolly Saint Dracula swoops down the chimney and feasts on the blood of misbehaving children. At least that is what I'm telling my kids if I ever have any. We're all very excited here at Outside Xbox, which is why this week's Show of the Week is a spooky special. We've got tips for the perfect Halloween costume and the next-gen revival of a horror classic on Xbox One in the shape of Resident Evil HD Remastered.
Sunset Overdrive is a punky platform-shooter for Xbox One that mixes Jet Set Radio-style traversal with ludicrous outfits, outlandish weapons and hordes of orange mutants. Show of the Week gets to grips with Insomniac Games' latest offering and tackles one early mission in which nerdy faction The Oxfords want you to rescue a robot dog from a dog park full of baddies.
It is a good time to be a horror game aficionado on Xbox, with Alien: Isolation, Slender: The Arrival and Outlast supplying excellent first-person scares, and with P.T. bringing additional chills for those players on PS4. If you have a taste for old-fashioned third-person survival horror in the mould of Resident Evil 4, though, The Evil Within might be right up your spooky street. Show of the Week examines this newest game from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, then offers up Mike and Jane to one of its most terrifying bosses.
Like Batman, Sherlock Holmes is called the world's greatest detective. In Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, though, he is less Batman than he is Judge Dredd, since Sherlock is the law. It's up to Sherlock to deduce who is guilty and also to decide how they should be punished. The twist is that it is possible to fluff your detective work and convict the wrong suspect without losing the game. Show of the Week puts Crimes and Punishments and Mike's deductive reasoning under the magnifying glass.
Alien: Isolation is very much an Alien game, not an Aliens game. Aliens is all about a bunch of gung ho marines bellowing quotable dialogue at each other and shooting things. Alien is about being trapped with a single, terrifying xenomorph and being armed with little more than harsh language. Told you that dialogue was quotable. This week, Alien: Isolation gets the Show of the Week treatment, and Team OX go up against the game's survival mode to see who is the best at not getting eaten by aliens.
The Horizon festival around which open-world racer Forza Horizon 2 takes place is a Mediterranean paradise for music-loving petrolheads. If it turns out to be a literal paradise because you died in a car ferry accident on your way to Italy, I will be only half-surprised. How else to explain the festival PR, who has the voice and likeness of 90s pop heartthrob Sean Maguire and dishes out free supercars like promotional tote bags? Answer me that, Show of the Week.
Destiny arrived this week aboard a glorious hype train bedecked with newspaper stories about how it cost $500 million to make. Show of the Week puts Destiny in the dock to see if it lives up to its early promise, then takes on all-comers in the game's Crucible player-versus-player multiplayer mode.
Don't look now, Xbox One owners who set their Kinects on fire, here is the first thoroughly good dedicated Kinect game on Xbox One: Dance Central Spotlight. Show of the Week ponders this pared-down Dance Central, Xbox One's beleaguered Kinect and the mysteries of the afterlife, in that order.
Quantum Break is a game about time and the dangerous and awesome-looking things that happen when it starts to break down. Now we've had our first look at Remedy's next adventure, Quantum Break gets the Show of the Week treatment. There is also a convenient guide on how to acquire time travel superpowers if you aspire to become a time lord yourself.
This week we're preparing for German videogames uberconvention Gamescom by getting in a tizz over Bioware's mysterious new game, possibly called Shadow Realms. What is it? What do those mysterious teasers mean? Is it anything to do with the Canadian LARPing society? Jane, Mike and I examine the evidence and come to wildly different conclusions.
The Destiny beta has finally arrived on Xbox One and Xbox 360, and will be with us until July 27, which is plenty of time to see and do everything that the beta has to offer. In fact, you might find yourself running out of things to do once you've finished all the missions and hit the level cap. Luckily, we at Outside Xbox are nothing if not resourceful, so we've come up with a few other ways of extending your time in Bungie's MMOFPS. Only one of them involves dancing, we promise.
You can't talk great games of the last generation without including Skyrim. The previous Elder Scrolls game, Oblivion, might have proved you can squeeze a huge, involving world onto an Xbox 360, but Skyrim demonstrated that it could be beautiful and atmospheric too. What better way to pay tribute to the depth and sophistication of Bethesda's masterpiece than by sprinting nude down a mountain? We couldn't think of anything, so we did that.
As the last generation of consoles recedes into the distance, Show of the Week takes its eyes off the road to the future of videogames, peers over one shoulder because it has a shoulder in this metaphor, and looks back to the Mass Effect trilogy: as glorious an RPG space opera as we could have have hoped for. Join us to salute BioWare's sci-fi saga and commemorate Shepard's most violently erratic Renegade interrupts.
July might be a barren wasteland of NO NEW GAMES, with nothing to look forward to except Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year Edition, but it's also a chance to revisit my favourite game of the last generation for a farewell tour. In Show of the Week, I jump back into Red Dead Redemption to find out once and for all if the game's spooky ghost town of Tumbleweed is actually haunted.
Sniper Elite 3 has given us a crash course in anatomy. When we take out a dastardly Nazi, we're often treated to a painstaking slow-motion demonstration of what happens inside the human body when hit with a high velocity .30 cal Springfield round. Spoiler alert: it's like a firecracker going off in a carrier bag full of offal. But Sniper Elite is far from the inventor of the gross-out X-ray mode; Show of the Week has the proof, with the five most stomach-churning X-ray modes in gaming.
E3 was all fun and (literal) games until we came to the alarming realisation much of the stuff we're most excited for is scheduled for 2015, which is ages away. Up to a year and a half away, in fact. So which games are actually coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 in 2014? What shall we sneak off to play while everyone else is digesting Christmas dinner? Watch on and find out in Show of the Week.
As we speak, the entire games industry is decamping to Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which kicks off from Monday 9 June next week. Outside Xbox will be there to bring you all the news but, in the meantime, Show of the Week looks forward to E3 2014 and speculates on the games set to be revealed at the show.
This week at Outside Xbox we asked if death is the end, really. Who can say? Murdered: Soul Suspect holds that death is only the beginning of your career as an avenging ghost detective. Show of the Week evaluates this metaphysical thesis with reference to the rich history of protagonists bumped off in the opening minutes of their games.
Watch Dogs imagines a world in which powerful hackers can use smartphones to control entire cities. I can't even beat level 80 of Candy Crush. Still, their skills are less impressive in a videogame world, judging by some of the shoddy security systems we've come across in games.
War never changes, as Fallout has it - except in videogames, where it changes all the time. You probably think you know who won the Second World War, for example. Not so, according to Wolfenstein: The New Order. Show of the Week ponders the game's vision of an alternate history in which the Nazis were victorious, and side-eyes the worst history lessons games taught us about the Second World War.
The next Call of Duty includes the kind of sci-fi military tech DARPA would give its best scientists' right arms for. This is Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare after all, set in the year 2054, by which time spider tanks and energy weapons will be in the Argos catalogue. But some of Call of Duty's battle gadgets aren't so far-fetched, as Show of the Week discovers.
Child of Light tops up Xbox Live Arcade's reserves of charming 2D artiness, where this 'playable poem' finds itself in good company. Get the lowdown on Child of Light and its XBLA fellows in Show of the Week.
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