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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.
You know a place we haven't visited in a while? Los Santos. It's high time we returned to the state of San Andreas to have a poke around in GTA Online. After all, if rumours are to be believed, there could be a delicious next-gen version of Grand Theft Auto 5 waiting patiently in the wings, which would render our Xbox 360 copies completely obsolete. GTA 5 on Xbox One? Watch on while we weigh up the odds.
Trials returns this week, which is great news because I'm sick of being so relaxed and not hating everyone on my Xbox Live friends list. Trials Fusion transports the series into the future, and adds a coat of shiny, occasionally glowing, futuristic paint to the classic side-on motocross game. Join us to see how the game measures up to its predecessors, and watch us take on one of the new challenges. Which of us worthy of the title of Trials Master that I just made up?
As summer approaches, our thoughts turn to getting in shape, and then how hard sports are, and then if there are any sports games we can play instead of doing real sports. This week, Kinect Sports Rivals is our sport substitute. Come on through for the word on that game, plus the thrilling made-up videogame sports for which we would buy season tickets.
The Elder Scrolls Online launches on PC and Mac today, inviting you to pick a faction and a race then head out into Tamriel in search of adventures. The game won't come to Xbox One until June but that's not going to stop Show of the Week from sizing up this massively multiplayer online Skyrim and figuring out why great console MMORPGs are such a rarity.
In the final episode of BioShock Infinite's Burial at Sea, it's your turn to play as Elizabeth who, stripped of her quantum superpowers, is just a booksmart dame marooned in Rapture with mad lockpicking skills and chipped nail polish. Show of the Week takes the measure of this downloadable epilogue and the the curious history of BioShock studio Irrational.
Show of the Week turns its penetrating gaze upon Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the 'absolutely, positively, definitely not a demo' of Metal Gear Solid V that hit this week for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. And since we're in a stealthy mood, we also consider the lessons stealth games have taught us about avoiding detection using fridges, rats and chicken costumes.
Show of the Week finds us torn between Dark Souls 2 and Titanfall, both out today in the UK and compelling in contrasting, sometimes totally opposite, ways. Where Titanfall has you play a bouncing superpowered pilot, Dark Souls 2 makes you a cursed, dogged explorer in an unfriendly world that wants you dead.
They say you shouldn't drink and operate heavy machinery, but they also said disposable giant mech suits would be a cost-effective way to wage war. So who are you going to trust? Show of the Week prepares for Titanfall landing next week with a drinking game and a few more tantalising details on its man-versus-mech warfare.
Out this week, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 casts you as Dracula, formerly Gabriel Belmont, in action that skips between a modern metropolis and an old-timey castle the size of Sheffield. Join us for Show of the Week as we inspect Dracula's latest adventure and discover just what is so great about being a vampire, anyway.
Out next week, Thief is a reboot of the classic sneak-and-steal Thief series, in which you creep around a pseudo-Victorian city and nick stuff, touching everything with your nimble thief hands. Join us for Show of the Week as we examine Garrett's new adventure and make sure you keep a close eye on your valuables.
South Park: The Stick of Truth comes out next month, after three years of development, several months of delays and a brisk change of publisher. With South Park creators Parker and Stone at the helm, it's just as lavishly offensive as the cartoon, with the same biting satire and shoddy animation. Show of the Week gets revved up for The Stick of Truth and asks: where did all other South Park games go wrong?
Call of Duty: Ghosts' first DLC arrived this week, adding some kookier maps to the sensible factories and freight yards of the maps on the disc. Show of the Week examines Onslaught's new digs and uses its standout feature, the chance to become Halloween slasher Michael Myers, to find out which of us is best at being an axe murderer.
Lara Croft returns with a new face, new hair and newly realistic blood spatter in Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. Show of the Week examines Lara's extreme makeover and takes a nostalgic tour of Croft Manor, for old time's sake.
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