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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.
Show of the Week returns for 2014 with Assassin's Creed Liberation HD, a prettied-up re-release of the adventures of the series' first female protagonist, Aveline de Grandpré. We'll also take a look at some less enjoyable remakes, in which the HD stands for "Hugely Disappointing".
So that was 2013, a year of triumphs, challenges, great games, terrible games and a whole new Xbox. Join Team Oxbox as we look back on the year that was, the mistakes we made, and our resolutions for 2014.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the Outside Xbox studio. So much like Christmas, in fact, we're convinced it is Christmas soon. In the meantime, join us as we decorate the Minecraft Christmas tree, examine the most festive seasonal DLC and get filled with holiday spirit (gin).
The end of another year is time to reflect on the achievements of our fair industry. Who has plumbed the deepest depths? Who has scraped the bottom of the barrel most shamelessly? These are all things to be celebrated alongside Game of the Year. This week we're rounding up the most disappointing games of 2013. Only the amusingly rubbish ones though, not just the ones that cruised in at a 7/10 review score. Watch the show after the jump to find out which games earned the dubious honour.
Tom Clancy's The Division posits a future in which civilisation goes belly up thanks to a deadly flu virus spread on banknotes during the annual Black Friday shopping apocalypse. Let that be a lesson to you, civilisation: wash your hands (and do your shopping online). Show of the Week investigates this next-gen Tom Clancy joint, extrapolating from the mile-high heap of previous Tom Clancy games and the five things they love best.
The Xbox One has been out for an entire week. That's seven whole days we've been living in the Next Generation, so join us for a Show of the Week that examines the highs and lows of the Xbox One's first week on sale, and takes a look at some of the cool features of the console that you might have missed.
Call of Duty: Ghosts, the latest game in the juggernaut CoD franchise hits shop shelves next week. In it, America has been brought to its knees by, it says here, an orbital bombardment of kinetic tungsten rods. Sounds painful. It also marks the first time in the series that players can play as a female character in the game's celebrated multiplayer modes. Join us for Show of the Week as we gather together our Ghosts intel, and take a look back at the other female characters to have appeared throughout the series.
They say a good teacher can make history come alive. Assassin's Creed goes one better and makes history come alive, then lets you stab it to death. Edward Kenway is doing the stabbing this time. The swashbuckling pirate assassin is grandfather to Connor and possibly the first Welsh man to front a videogame. Join us for Show of the Week as we examine Edward's adventures in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and, by way of contrast, some of gaming's more dubious historical re-enactments.
The Battlefield 4 multiplayer open beta is available to download now from your 360 dashboard or Xbox.com. It's a portion of Battlefield 4's multiplayer made available to everyone for free to help work out bugs ahead of launch. Being the helpful lot we are, we jumped into the beta to give DICE valuable data about what happens when people who aren't very good at Battlefield try to play it. Hit the jump to see how we got on.
Grand Theft Auto Online is the multiplayer segment of GTA 5. It launches on October 1st, which is coincidentally when you expect this site to fall into complete inactivity as we spend every waking hour robbing convenience stores to pay for a new haircut. We had a good run. In the meantime, please enjoy this Show of the Week that takes in GTA Online and the five crucial things we still don't know about it, plus Mike's triumphant return from that American football team and Jane's addiction to spider venom.
It's time to remedy a week of non-stop GTA 5 and related self-neglect with healthful, wholesome sport. FIFA 14 lands next week with a fresh batch of upgrades to ball physics, shooting and Ultimate Team. Just as importantly, you can bring your post-goal celebrations up to date with new celebration moves such as Gareth Bale's signature heart sign and the similiar-to-but-legally-distinct-from-Gangnam-Style "gallop dance". Join us now for Show of the Week, in which we discover the showboating dances, serious mechanical improvements and Ultimate Team tweaks of FIFA 14.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is only four days away, you guys, and we are so excited we might be sick. Why not pass the time pre-launch by joining us for a GTA 5 Show of the Week? In it, we inspect the latest in the blockbuster crime series and see how the Los Santos city of GTA 5 has changed from its 2004 incarnation in GTA: San Andreas.
Despite being set in an age named after dragons, the Dragon Age games contain just a few of the scaly bastards. Dragon Age: Inquisition, next in the fantasy RPG series, will maintain their rarity. BioWare prefers its dragons scarce and special, it seems - instead of turning up for a fight every time you nip to the blacksmith, ŕ la Skyrim. What else do we know about the next Dragon Age game? Find out in Show of the Week.
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