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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.
Rare Replay is a collection of 30 retro games to celebrate the 30th year of beloved British game developer Rare, the studio that made Perfect Dark, Viva Pinata and Banjo Kazooie. It's also the outfit behind Snake Rattle and Roll, Digger T Rock: Legend of the Lost City and Solar Jetman: Hunt For The Golden Warpship, as you will learn if you dig into Rare Replay bundle.
Rise of the Tomb Raider takes Lara Croft to Siberia on the hunt for the ancient city of Kitezh. Conditions are harsh, with deadly storms, angry bears and baddies with guns to make things even harsher. But Lara knows a thing or two about survival.
Set before the events of the original Mirror's Edge, Mirror's Edge Catalyst clues us in on Faith's traumatic past, bringing her motivations into focus as we parkour around a newly seamless open world. Will it explain why Faith gets a spiky tattoo right under her eye? Here's hoping.
Fallout 4 could be the game to command more of your time than any other this year, with its huge open world and various crafting systems. Even with everything we have seen so far, however, there is plenty that's still a mystery - not least how you took a nuke to the face and emerged unscathed 200 years later. Commence speculation.
The Long Dark is a hardcore survival game that strands you in the Canadian wilderness and asks you to survive for as long as possible. It's also not out yet, so how have we been playing it on Xbox One?
Lego Jurassic World is the latest hot property to get the Lego treatment, and though it coincides with the launch of the Jurassic World film, it actually adapts all four Jurassic Something movies for your co-op action-adventuring pleasure. Show of the Week inspects the goods and ponders cheaper alternatives to bespoke designer dinos.
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.
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