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Batman: Arkham Knight is nearly upon us, giving the Dark Knight the freedom of the city of Gotham and a giant militarised supercar to get around in. It also adds Bats' various sidekicks such as Dick Grayson's Nightwing into the mix. Find out how they'll be joining in in Show of the Week.
Farming Simulator 15 is a serious farming simulator for serious farming fans, but just because this is a strategic sim of the modern agricultural business doesn't mean it isn't exciting. Discover how in this week's challenge: a thrilling tractor race TO THE DEATH. Or to a payphone on the other side of a field, if death fails to occur.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt comes to Xbox One next week to continue the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, who spends his days tracking monsters, hacking them into tiny pieces, then having sex on a unicorn, if the trailer is to be believed. Even so, that's still not the most irresponsible use of magic we've ever seen in a videogame.
Show of the Week returns to MachineGames' rejuvenated Wolfenstein for budget prequel The Old Blood, in which we find loveable meathead BJ Blazkowicz thinning the Nazi ranks back in 1946.
Show of the Week eyes up Black Ops 3, the futuristic new face of Call of Duty, and interrogates Mike and Andy on the Black Ops canon thus far. What is Nova 6? Which labour camp did you escape from? Who played protagonist Alex Mason if not Troy Baker? Discover whose Black Ops knowledge is mightier after the jump.
We're still buzzing from the spectacular Star Wars: Battlefront trailer. That's partly because this 'in-engine footage' looks absolutely stunning but it's also because of the nostalgic, good-time vibes conjured by memories of the original two games, released in the mid-2000s. Here are five reasons they were light years ahead of their time.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided made a splash with its recent first trailer, which revealed the turbulent setting for this Deus Ex: Human Revolution sequel, as well as cyborg protagonist Adam Jensen's cool new augmentations, such as a wrist-mounted knife launcher and nicer beard. In Show of the Week we stop rewatching the trailer for long enough to extract some clues to the game's story.
If you quit mid-match in Mortal Kombat X you will suffer a "quitality", in which you are punished by having your head explode like a bony grenade. Mortal Kombat X thusly continues a proud videogame tradition of shaming quitters for their lack of moral fibre.
Assassin's Creed: Chronicles flattens the stabby open-world action you love onto sidescrolling 2.5D. The first of its three chapters stars Shao Jun, a young Chinese assassin you should remember from Assassin's Creed: Embers, a short animated film that came with collector's editions of Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Haha, only kidding, we know you didn't watch it.
Show of the Week salutes that most fun and potentially friendship-destroying mode: splitscreen multiplayer. Join us as we play couch co-op gems on Xbox One, as well as Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, which lets you hunt vaults with up to three friends on the same TV.
The police of Battlefield Hardline are unorthodox in their methods (hello, laser trip mines) but the other videogame cops are hardly going to notice on account of being generally corrupt, insane, or just completely inept. Show of the Week evaluates the least effective cops in games, a ragtag collection of officers who would struggle to solve their way out of a paper bag, then gets to grips with Battlefield's new police-'em-up.
Ori and the Blind Forest, out this week on Xbox One, is a puzzle platformer in which you play Ori, a forest spirit who ventures through dense and dangerous woods, unlocking new abilities as he goes, Metroidvania-style. Get the lowdown on that, plus what some of the XBLA greats of the past are up to now in Show of the Week.
Show of the Week welcomes Screamride to Xbox One with a salute to the five most dangerous theme park rides in videogames. It's hard to believe anyone takes their kids to an amusement park when they can expect carousels of horse corpses, rollercoasters packed with zombies and ferris wheels full of fighty drunks.
The recent Resident Evil HD Remaster was the best selling digital title ever for Resident Evil publisher Capcom. So if you were Capcom, what would you be doing right now? That's right: frantically remastering every old Resident Evil game in existence. As there have been 11,000 Resident Evil games, though, that will take ages. If I were you, Capcom, I would stick to these four.
We admit it, we have a weakness. That weakness is the combination of co-op and zombies. Perhaps you've been following our Dying Light odyssey or recall our adventures in Dead Island. Rebellion's Sniper Elite spin-off Zombie Army Trilogy, with its undead Nazis, zombie demon Hitler and unexpected skeletons should therefore be right up our strasse. And it would be, if we could only remember its name.
Show of the Week gives the shakedown to The Escapists on Xbox One: a sandbox jail simulator in which your objective is to break out of a series of increasingly high-security slammers.
From the creators of Left 4 Dead comes Evolve: a monster-hunting multiplayer shooter that matches a team of four against a fifth player, who controls one of a selection of giant alien beasts. Show of the Week inspects the latest on Evolve, plus some other games that haven't got their head around the concept of evolution.
Life is Strange is a stylish, talky episodic adventure in the Telltale mould. Show of the Week inspects the first episode and profiles indie protagonist Max Caulfield, whose taste for vintage camera gear makes her one of the five secret hipster game protagonists cooler than we will ever be.
At sundown, open-world zombie basher Dying Light swaps your regular zombies for ickier, meaner variants called volatiles. Show of the Week sees how these nocturnal jerks stack up against the special shamblers of other disgusting zombie games.
Saints Row might have started in 2006 as a tacky Grand Theft Auto rip-off, but in the nine years since it's found a voice of its own, with ever sillier stories and a nice line in cheeky videogame parody. We're not saying it's better than GTA, but it beats its big-budget progenitor on number of counts; discover which in Show of the Week, featuring Saints Row IV 'expandalone' Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell.
Resident Evil HD Remaster reminds us of a time when zombies were slow, camera angles were fixed and everyone in the process of turning into a zombie left behind a tragic diary to be discovered at a later date. Show of the Week sizes up this spitshined remake and fondly recalls some of its more idiosyncratic touches that you definitely wouldn't find in later Resident Evil games.
As we kick old man 2014 into an unmarked grave and raise newborn 2015 aloft like that bit in The Lion King, there is time for reflection. But we aren't here to tell you which games of 2014 were the best, or even the worst. Show of the Week hails the best worst games of the year just gone.
In the spirit of the season, Mike means to prove any old idiot can do what Santa does: infiltrate homes by night and stealthily deposit festive gifts. In Minecraft, mind. Andy and I meanwhile set about hindering Mike's deliveries with extreme prejudice.
Show of the Week ponders open-world racer The Crew, in which the entire continental United States has been squeezed and compressed into a driveable sandbox, filled with other players driving their own disgustingly decorated rides.
In this week's show, we size up Telltale's talky, episodic Game of Thrones adventure, while Outside Xbox royal correspondent Mike Channell appraises six demonstrably dreadful kings who still can't hold a candle to Westeros' own slimy King Joffrey.
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