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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.
Another day, another beta for a Tom Clancy game. This time it's for The Division, a post-apocalyptic online shooter set in a New York City in the midst of a crisis caused by a weaponised smallpox virus. What is it with videogames and wrecking up the Big Apple? Show of the Week investigates.
Resident Evil 0 is a prequel to Resident Evil, set hours before the original game. In it, rookie S.T.A.R.S. member Rebecca Chambers and sexy bad boy convict Billy Coen shoot up a train full of zombies, then a mansion full of zombies, then a zombie lab full of zombies. Show of the Week joins them, and considers five other prequels that changed the way we saw their original games.
Gone Home: Console Edition, out now in the US and at some unspecified point in the future in Europe, is a first-person games that emphasises storytelling and atmosphere over conventional action. Show of the Week has Gone Home in its sights this week, along with some other "walking simulators" we want to play on Xbox One.
Lego games might be ostensibly for kids, but just like the world's favourite plastic building bricks, they work on so many levels that anyone can have some knockabout fun with them. Show of the Week gets to know the newest Lego game, Lego Marvel's Avengers, and ponders why it is that really great games starring the Avengers are rarer than a copy of Tales of Suspense issue 39 in mint condition.
Welcome to the future. There are hoverboards, but not the ones you were hoping for. Still though, Happy New Year! Show of the Week recalls our favourite fails of the year just gone, then inspects games out in 2016 for which we haven't long to wait, such as Hitman, Far Cry Primal and The Division.
In the spirit of the season, we attempt to brighten up the holidays for the residents of Fallout 4's Sanctuary by bringing some much-needed festive cheer to the tumbledown shanty town. Some would say that a light-up Christmas tree that requires three large generators to power is excessive in a town that doesn't even have a clean water supply, but those people are grinches, whom you must ignore.
Star Wars Battlefront's free DLC Battle of Jakku is, among other things, the origin story of the wrecked Star Destroyer from that Force Awakens trailer. You can spot it crashing in the desert in the Graveyard of Giants map. Credit for the crash goes to aristocrat Thane Kyrell and a band of former Imperials, according to Star Wars lore, which is crowded with minor characters who find fame outside of the main movies. With that in mind, Show of the Week salutes five bit players who made it big in Star Wars games.
Rainbow 6 Siege puts you in the boots of an elite unit of the best counter-terrorism operatives armed with high-tech gadgets and a giant sledgehammer. But how does Rainbow 6 Siege's sledge stack up against gaming's mightiest hammers? Show of the Week knows.
Just Cause 3 is out next week, bringing the trademark Just Cause blend of parachutes, grappling hooks and many, many explosions to Xbox One, PS4 and PC. It also includes a wingsuit, which we are now using to solve all inter-office disputes, as you'll see in this episode of Show of the Week featuring the first ever Just Cause 3 gameplay on Xbox One.
Show of the Week journeys to a galaxy far, far away to appraise the unerringly authentic Star Wars Battlefront and shoot people in some of science fiction's most iconic locations. Later, we rate the Death Star against the other most lethal space megaweapons ever created, in case you're in the market for an orbiting weapon of mass destruction.
Fallout 4 introduces base building and some serious crafting, and soon you will wonder how Fallout ever went without it, because the new systems are a perfect fit for the scavenging, hoarding existence you're eking out in the Commonwealth. It also gives more opportunities for expressing yourself, so Show of the Week pays a visit to each of our Fallout 4 digs to see how we're living in the post-apocalypse.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 lands this week with free-running multiplayer, film noir zombies and the first four-player co-operative campaign since World at War in 2008. Show of the Week inspects the goods, along with Call of Duty's habit of killing off the character you're playing for sudden, dramatic effect.
Halo 5 plonks you back into the power armour of Master Chief, from inside which you're leading a team of three other rogue Spartans on an unapproved mission. Your holographic AI pal Cortana isn't around, so Show of the Week auditions some potential replacements with mixed results.
The secret war between Assassins and Templars has left its mark on history, but let's not forget the myriad minor innovations for which the modern world has Desmond's sexy ancestors to thank, such as the caffe latte and the word 'telephone'. We salute these and the new Assassin's Creed Syndicate in Show of the Week.
Lara Croft gets stranded in a richer, chillier open world for Rise of the Tomb Raider, out on Xbox One next month. We warm up for murdering mercenaries in the frozen wastes of Siberia with a brisk Tomb Raider quiz.
A month after the release of Metal Gear Solid 5, it's finally time to chopper into Metal Gear Online: a multiplayer suite with the same surreal humour and unique gadgetry as the main game with which it was originally meant to launch. Show of the Week dispatches Mike and Andy to reconnoitre Metal Gear Online and report back with Xbox One gameplay.
Spaceflight adventure Elite Dangerous is the first full game to emerge from the Xbox Game Preview Program, which lets fans support (read: pay for) games before they're quite finished. To celebrate and in anticipation of our many deaths to come by interstellar privateering, we recall the five most humiliating ways we've expired in the indifferent vacuum of space.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate is less than a month away and this week we're all about its gang system, with which twins Jacob and Evie Frye take control of London's various gang territories. They also run everything from a train, the perfect excuse to revisit the most lavish locomotives in videogame history.
Destiny expansion The Taken King is the nearest thing to Destiny 2 we've had so far, coming after more limited DLC packs The Dark Below and House of Wolves. It brings a new location, more missions, more subclasses and, controversially, less Peter Dinklage. Show of the Week examines The Taken King and reasons to consider not swapping out your voice actor, game developers.
As a launch title, Forza Motorsport 5 did its job. It was visually stunning and rattled along at 1080p and 60 frames per second. But as a Forza game it was a bit of a disappointment; a directionless career mode and some bizarre handling quirks made it difficult to love. Forza Motorsport 6 fixes all that and, even better, adds Showcase events that highlight the very best the game has to offer.
After Mad Max: Fury Road blew our faces clean through the other side of our heads in the cinema, we're good and ready for a videogame version of the film's post-apocalyptic, literal sandbox of a world. Witness us as we get to grips with the apocalypse in Show of the Week. Mouth-chroming optional.
This week it's the Xbox One's turn to get the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta, so people who pre-ordered the game can test the multiplayer before it comes out. It's the first time Call of Duty has let players preview its multiplayer like this since Call of Duty World at War in 2008, so let's give it a go, shall we?
Next week, supernatural stealth assassination comes to the Xbox One as Dishonored Definitive Edition: a prettified version of the 2012 game bulked up with all the subsequent downloadable content, including further story chapters set in the gloomy plague-ridden city of Dunwall. Show of the Week inspects the bundle and five videogame diseases with symptoms as vile as Dishonored's zombifying rat plague.
Gears of War was already in HD when it came out on Xbox 360 back in 2006. So what do you call its new Xbox One remake? ULTIMATE EDITION, is what. Gears of War Ultimate Edition brings a faster, prettier version of the game to Xbox One along with modernised multiplayer and a suitcase full of DLC. If your memory doesn't stretch back as far as 2006, let us take you on a chainsaw rampage down memory lane with the original Xbox 360 game from way back when.
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