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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided made a splash with its recent first trailer, which revealled 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.
Dragon Age: Inquisition invites you to decide who your heroic Inquisition leader is: a saviour sent by the Maker, a pragmatic disbeliever, or a sleazy flirt who spends more time macking on her advisors than closing demonic sky holes. I aim for a flavourful blend of all the above in Show of the Week, featuring five Inquisitor chat-up lines that shouldn't work but, encouragingly, do.
Show of the week takes a trip to Far Cry 4's Kyrat: a beautiful, mountainous country ruled by a brutal dictator with a nice line in natty suits. Join us as we examine this latest in Ubisoft's exotic shooter series and assess whether it has the five essential elements required by every Far Cry game.
Show of the Week says bienvenue to Arno, a new assassin for a new era in a new open-world city. That city is Paris of the late 1700s: an historic metropolis packed with graceful monuments, seething with popular unrest, and surveyed in this week's show for sneaky anachronisms by historical accuracy stickler Andy.
After the spiritless showing from Call of Duty: Ghosts last year, Advanced Warfare is a step in the right direction away from Call of Duty fatigue. In it, new blood Sledgehammer Games adds futuristic tech, Kevin Spacey and on-trend exo suits, with which we get to grips in Show of the Week.
It's Halloween: the most wonderful time of year, when jolly Saint Dracula swoops down the chimney and feasts on the blood of misbehaving children. At least that is what I'm telling my kids if I ever have any. We're all very excited here at Outside Xbox, which is why this week's Show of the Week is a spooky special. We've got tips for the perfect Halloween costume and the next-gen revival of a horror classic on Xbox One in the shape of Resident Evil HD Remastered.
Sunset Overdrive is a punky platform-shooter for Xbox One that mixes Jet Set Radio-style traversal with ludicrous outfits, outlandish weapons and hordes of orange mutants. Show of the Week gets to grips with Insomniac Games' latest offering and tackles one early mission in which nerdy faction The Oxfords want you to rescue a robot dog from a dog park full of baddies.
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