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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.
It is a good time to be a horror game aficionado on Xbox, with Alien: Isolation, Slender: The Arrival and Outlast supplying excellent first-person scares, and with P.T. bringing additional chills for those players on PS4. If you have a taste for old-fashioned third-person survival horror in the mould of Resident Evil 4, though, The Evil Within might be right up your spooky street. Show of the Week examines this newest game from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, then offers up Mike and Jane to one of its most terrifying bosses.
Like Batman, Sherlock Holmes is called the world's greatest detective. In Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, though, he is less Batman than he is Judge Dredd, since Sherlock is the law. It's up to Sherlock to deduce who is guilty and also to decide how they should be punished. The twist is that it is possible to fluff your detective work and convict the wrong suspect without losing the game. Show of the Week puts Crimes and Punishments and Mike's deductive reasoning under the magnifying glass.
Alien: Isolation is very much an Alien game, not an Aliens game. Aliens is all about a bunch of gung ho marines bellowing quotable dialogue at each other and shooting things. Alien is about being trapped with a single, terrifying xenomorph and being armed with little more than harsh language. Told you that dialogue was quotable. This week, Alien: Isolation gets the Show of the Week treatment, and Team OX go up against the game's survival mode to see who is the best at not getting eaten by aliens.
The Horizon festival around which open-world racer Forza Horizon 2 takes place is a Mediterranean paradise for music-loving petrolheads. If it turns out to be a literal paradise because you died in a car ferry accident on your way to Italy, I will be only half-surprised. How else to explain the festival PR, who has the voice and likeness of 90s pop heartthrob Sean Maguire and dishes out free supercars like promotional tote bags? Answer me that, Show of the Week.
Destiny arrived this week aboard a glorious hype train bedecked with newspaper stories about how it cost $500 million to make. Show of the Week puts Destiny in the dock to see if it lives up to its early promise, then takes on all-comers in the game's Crucible player-versus-player multiplayer mode.
Don't look now, Xbox One owners who set their Kinects on fire, here is the first thoroughly good dedicated Kinect game on Xbox One: Dance Central Spotlight. Show of the Week ponders this pared-down Dance Central, Xbox One's beleaguered Kinect and the mysteries of the afterlife, in that order.
Quantum Break is a game about time and the dangerous and awesome-looking things that happen when it starts to break down. Now we've had our first look at Remedy's next adventure, Quantum Break gets the Show of the Week treatment. There is also a convenient guide on how to acquire time travel superpowers if you aspire to become a time lord yourself.
This week we're preparing for German videogames uberconvention Gamescom by getting in a tizz over Bioware's mysterious new game, possibly called Shadow Realms. What is it? What do those mysterious teasers mean? Is it anything to do with the Canadian LARPing society? Jane, Mike and I examine the evidence and come to wildly different conclusions.
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