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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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