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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, à la Skyrim. What else do we know about the next Dragon Age game? Find out in Show of the Week.
In this modern gaming world of zombies, kerploding skyscrapers and dogs, sometimes you need something more sedate. You need the relaxing and peaceful pleasures of Farming Simulator, the perfect antidote to blockbuster carnage. In Show of the Week, we salute Farming Simulator's bucolic charms, and investigate the detailed and sometimes baffling world of PC simulation games.
Saints Row 4 is so far over the top it is in orbit, having escaped the gravitational pull of the top along with all concerns of taste and restraint. It adds alien invasion and superpowers to Saints Row's lurid open world - in which you play the president of the United States of America, naturally. In Show of the Week, we salute this sandbox fever dream. Join us, won't you?
Splinter Cell: Blacklist rejoins night vision enthusiast Sam Fisher in the field, facing down a terrorist superteam called The Engineers. Lucky for the wildly diverse Team Oxbox, Blacklist rewards you for playing in the style you choose: silent ghost, sneaky panther or raucous assault. We divvy up the three play styles to give one Splinter Cell: Blacklist mission a bash for Show of the Week.
Like a die-hard Twilight fan outside the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 premiere, Show of the Week is arriving a full day early. Why? Because it's part of of Gaming Thursday on Geek Week, YouTube's celebration of all things 'geeky'. In honour of the event, we're talking Star Wars - specifically, the new Star Wars trilogy due in 2015. Will J.J. Abrams and co screw it up? Not if they're taking inspiration from Star Wars videogames.
With Grand Theft Auto V on the way, you will no doubt have noticed heists are the new hotness. If you simply can't wait until September to start donning masks and knocking over banks, tide yourself over with Payday 2. Similar to Left 4 Dead, it's intended to be played in co-op and shuffles elements of the missions to ensure you're kept guessing. For some heisting advice, catch this week's Show of the Week's pro tips for wannabe robbers.
Ah, the early 1960s. When men were real men, women were real women, and bug-eyed invaders from outer space were real bug-eyed invaders from outer space. As we find in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, the 60s-set XCOM prequel investigated by this week's show. How did the horror-flavoured FPS revealed in 2010 become today's tactical squad-based number? Is it any good? The truth is in here.
The Elder Scrolls Online takes the fantasy RPG series that gave us Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim and, by the power of the next generation, whacks it into a shared online world. Can it bottle Skyrim's lightning (and firebolt, and summon undead) in a new, massively multiplayer format? We investigate in Show of the Week.
Thief is a reboot of the series of stealthy rob 'em ups that began with 1998's Thief: The Dark Project. If you were unaware of its heritage, you might think it had stolen all of the best bits from Dishonored in a kind of videogame nominative determinism. Join us for Show of the Week as we debunk this theory and investigate Garrett's latest kleptomaniacal outing.
Destiny is an intriguing next-gen prospect. It's an always-online shooter in a shared, persistent world - but don't call it an MMO, says developer Bungie. Its world is one of "mythic sci-fi", space wizards and big guns - but it's also our world, centuries into the future, after aliens put the devastating kibosh on humanity's expansion plans. Show of the Week goes in for a closer look.
Dead Rising 3 is on the way as an exclusive for Xbox One. Will the next Dead Rising preserve the series' daft sense of humour? How will the power of next gen enhance the zombie horde? Can you make a cocktail out of beer and jellybeans? Discover the answers in Show of the Week.
One of many problems with the design of the human body is that it's a frail fleshy lump that can be easily smashed or exploded. Xbox One exclusive Titanfall's solution for increased battlefield lifespan is to provide you with a giant mechanical suit that will keep you safe from flying projectiles. These Titans gallop around the warzone pumping out giant metal slugs and stomping on unwary soldiers. In this week's Show of the Week we take a closer look at the game from Infinity Ward refugees Respawn Entertainment.
The whole games industry is gearing up to show off new and shiny things at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which kicks off in LA from Monday next week. Outside Xbox will be there to bring you all the news but, in the meantime, Show of the Week looks forward to this E3 2013 and takes a look back at the show's most regrettable moments.
We're in the eye of the storm between the news whirlwind that was the Xbox One reveal and the news whirlwind that is going to be E3. You know who shows up at times like these? Batman. This week we investigate the Dark Knight's next outing, Batman: Arkham Origins, as well as some of his most bizarre adversaries who we won't be seeing in a videogame any time soon.
This week, we saw the face of a new generation: the device that Microsoft hopes will define our entertainment habits for the next 10 years. It looked like a VCR from the future for watching American sports. Although the TV-heavy Xbox One reveal was disappointingly light on games, we did get an eyeful of Call of Duty: Ghosts, the first next-gen Call of Duty. It's to that game and its canine commando Show of the Week turns its attention.
Imagine if they announced a new Xbox. You'd freak, right? Well, that's what's happening on Tuesday, so join us as we predict everything about the next Xbox in a Show of the Week that will in no way come back to haunt us on Wednesday morning.
Grand Theft Auto V might not arrive until September, but watching those new character trailers on loop has given Mike a nasty case of GTA V fever. The only cure? GTA V. Failing that, symptoms can be treated with therapeutic sessions of telling you all about it in Show of the Week and playing GTA IV. Watch both in this week's episode.
Join us for a slice of '80s nostalgia as remember what Show of the Week was like back in 1984, ponder the retro sci-fi spinoff Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, and undertake the inaugural Outside Xbox Kill Quip Challenge.
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