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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.
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.
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