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Show of the Week: The Evil Within 2 and the 5 Worst Artists in Videogames

Show of the Week: The Evil Within 2 and the 5 Worst Artists in Videogames

Horror sequel The Evil Within 2 is out today, and sees series protagonist Sebastian Castellanos thrust back into the STEM brain matrix, which is now under the control of a twisted photographer by the name of Stefano Valentini. Typical videogame artist - they're always up to something weird, as we find later in the show.

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5 days ago

Show of the Week: Red Dead Redemption 2 and 5 Videogame Cowboys We Want in Our Posse

Show of the Week: Red Dead Redemption 2 and 5 Videogame Cowboys We Want in Our Posse

The recent Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer introduced Arthur Morgan, the somewhat sinister presumable protagonist of the Red Dead Redemption prequel who menaces people for money. If Dutch's gang is exclusively populated with jerks such as Arthur though, at least they have options for recruiting new blood; there are several games with excellent gunslinger characters they could bring on board, as we find in Show of the Week.

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12 days ago

Show of the Week: Street Fighter's 30th Birthday and 5 Most Unappreciated Characters

Show of the Week: Street Fighter's 30th Birthday and 5 Most Unappreciated Characters

It is somehow 30 years since the birth of Street Fighter. Show of the Week celebrates generally with Mike and Andy's fondest street fighting memories and specifically with my five fave but oft overlooked characters. Where's the love for Allen Snider, I ask you.

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19 days ago

Show of the Week: Dishonored Death of the Outsider and 5 Reckless Misuses of Supernatural Power

Show of the Week: Dishonored Death of the Outsider and 5 Reckless Misuses of Supernatural Power

Show of the Week ponders Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, a Dishonored spin-off in which Dishonored 2's Billie Lurk gets her own game. In it, Billie's former mentor Daud dispatches her to kill the mysterious and unknowably powerful Outsider. Oh is that all, Daud.

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26 days ago

Show of the Week: Destiny 2 and Football on The Farm with Outside Xbox

Show of the Week: Destiny 2 and Football on The Farm with Outside Xbox

Destiny 2 is out now, and fans have had more than enough time to hit the level cap and start on their endgame journey. Not us though, we're too busy playing football on the farm, as you'll discover in this week's Show.

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A month ago

Show of the Week: Life is Strange Before the Storm and 5 Teen Girl Heroes Who Are #lifegoals

Show of the Week: Life is Strange Before the Storm and 5 Teen Girl Heroes Who Are #lifegoals

Life is Strange prequel mini-series Life is Strange: Before the Storm is underway, starring a younger Chloe Price and heretofore mysterious cool girl Rachel Amber. What do we get instead of Max Caulfield and time travel powers in Life is Strange: Before the Storm? Watch and learn.

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A month ago

Show of the Week: BioShock and 5 Times Genetic Engineering Went Badly Wrong

Show of the Week: BioShock and 5 Times Genetic Engineering Went Badly Wrong

The original BioShock is 10 years old this weekend. Show of the Week celebrates a decade of this influential shooter and also, in the spirit of Rapture's reckless genetic meddling, the most monstrous missteps by videogame geneticists.

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2 months ago

Show of the Week: Far Cry 5 and 5 Good Dogs Who Deserve All the Credit

Show of the Week: Far Cry 5 and 5 Good Dogs Who Deserve All the Credit

Far Cry 5 is back on the discussion table this week, as we talk about the elements it has taken from previous Far Cry games, such as outposts, vehicles and a charismatic villain. It also continues the series' focus on animal companions with Boomer, a trusty hound who is the latest in a long line of videogame Good Dogs, as we discover later in the Show.

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2 months ago

Show of the Week: Agents of Mayhem and the 5 Least Secret Secret Agents

Show of the Week: Agents of Mayhem and the 5 Least Secret Secret Agents

Agents of Mayhem is the new game from Saints Row developer Volition, and stars a cast of agents causing a great deal of mayhem, hence the name. You might think that causing loads of noisy chaos would be detrimental to a career as a secret agent but then they're all doing it in videogames, as you will find later in the show.

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2 months ago

Show of the Week: Fortnite and 5 Big Games That Started Life in a Game Jam

Show of the Week: Fortnite and 5 Big Games That Started Life in a Game Jam

Fortnite is a co-op survival shooter game split into two phases: the construction phase, in which you build and fortify a base, and the defence phase in which you run around shooting monsters that are attacking said base. The idea originally sprung up from an Epic Games game jam, as is often the case with ingenious game ideas, as we discover later in the show.

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2 months ago

Show of the Week: Destiny 2 Beta and the 5 Most Mysterious Space Spheres (That Are So Mysterious)

Show of the Week: Destiny 2 Beta and the 5 Most Mysterious Space Spheres (That Are So Mysterious)

The Destiny 2 beta is live RIGHT NOW, giving future guardians a look at Bungie's much anticipated sequel ahead of its September release date. In it, you can jump into a game of multiplayer, take on a strike mission, and play the first few story missions, in which we discover what is happening to The Traveler, the massive orb that is the latest in a proud videogame tradition of mysterious space spheres, as we discover later in the show.

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2 months ago

Show of the Week: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and 5 Most Delicious Other Chicken Dinners

Show of the Week: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and 5 Most Delicious Other Chicken Dinners

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is like Battle Royale: The Game, dropping 100 players from a plane into an open world then seeing who survives the longest. Among its many attractive features are a shrinking map that forces players closer together, driveable vehicles, and the phrase 'winner winner chicken dinner', which is sadly just a figure of speech and not a genuine hot meal. There are plenty of other actual delicious chicken dinners in games, at least, as we discover later in the show.

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3 months ago

Show of the Week: Dead by Daylight and 5 Eldritch Abominations You Don't Want to Work For

Show of the Week: Dead by Daylight and 5 Eldritch Abominations You Don't Want to Work For

In Dead by Daylight one player is a supernatural serial killer while four others are regular chumps trying to not get murdered in a series of arcane trials. In these, the killer must sacrifice victims to the mysterious trans-dimensional Entity for which they work. That's just one of the eldritch abominations you don't want to wind up as your manager, as Show of the Week discovers.

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3 months ago

Show of the Week: Far Cry 5 and 5 Fishing Mini Games Better Than Actual Fishing

Show of the Week: Far Cry 5 and 5 Fishing Mini Games Better Than Actual Fishing

Hope County in Montana is the setting for Far Cry 5, and it might once have been a relaxing vacation spot, but thanks to doomsday cult Eden's Gate and their psychotic leader Father Joseph Seed, things have taken a turn for the murdery. At least you can still go fishing and, as we find out later in the show, fishing in videogames is infinitely better than fishing in real life.

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3 months ago

Show of the Week: The Evil Within 2 and 5 Questions It Needs to Answer

Show of the Week: The Evil Within 2 and 5 Questions It Needs to Answer

The recently announced Evil Within 2 continues the story of the first game, which revolved around STEM: a system that allowed people to enter a network of linked minds. Our first question is why people would want to, as it appears to be all rivers of blood and barbed wire zombies. We have other questions as well though, as you'll discover later in the show. Beware spoilers for the original Evil Within.

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3 months ago

Show of the Week: Shadow of War and the 5 Worst LOTR Games We Can't Forget

Show of the Week: Shadow of War and the 5 Worst LOTR Games We Can't Forget

Middle Earth: Shadow of War is the sequel to sleeper hit Shadow of Mordor, that once again sees you play as a ranger called Talion who has the soul of legendary elf lord Celebrimbor living inside him. If early impressions are correct, it's shaping up to be very good. This breaks with the tradition of faintly rubbish Tolkien games, as we find out later in the show.

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4 months ago

Show of the Week: Friday the 13th and 5 Horror Villains Way More Killable in Games

Show of the Week: Friday the 13th and 5 Horror Villains Way More Killable in Games

Friday the 13th: The Game is based on the classic slasher movie franchise in which unhappy campers try not to be killed by supernatural ice hockey enthusiast Jason Voorhees. Jason is as unstoppable a murder juggernaut as ever here, but other horror villains have suffered serious nerfing in being adapted for videogames. Pity them in Show of the Week.

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4 months ago

Show of the Week: Get Even and 5 Times Reality Went on Vacation

Show of the Week: Get Even and 5 Times Reality Went on Vacation

In reality-bending thriller Get Even you play an amnesiac inmate in a dilapidated asylum with no knowledge of who he is or what he has done. So you try to piece together your past in a place where you can't trust what you see. That's not the only time reality has taken a vacation in videogames, though, as we discover later in the show.

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4 months ago

Show of the Week: Injustice 2 and 5 Weaksauce Heroes Who Think They Can Step to Superman

Show of the Week: Injustice 2 and 5 Weaksauce Heroes Who Think They Can Step to Superman

Superhero fighting game Injustice 2 is out this week, continuing the story of Injustice: Gods Among Us, in which Superman killed his wife Lois, their unborn son, and everyone in Metropolis, after being drugged by the Joker. Naturally, he's a bit peeved, which makes it all the more baffling that a bunch of no-power scrubs are trying to take him on, as we discover later in the Show.

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4 months ago

Show of the Week: The Surge and 5 Robots That Will Beat Your Ass in a Fist Fight

Show of the Week: The Surge and 5 Robots That Will Beat Your Ass in a Fist Fight

The Surge is a sci-fi action role-playing game in which robots have gone rogue and started attacking humans. I don't know why anyone is surprised, in my videogame experience, robots do very little but attack humans, as Mike discovers later in the show.

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5 months ago

Show of the Week: Prey and 5 Times You Got Tricked by Shapeshifters

Show of the Week: Prey and 5 Times You Got Tricked by Shapeshifters

Prey tells the story of Morgan Yu, a scientist on a space station overrun by mimics: horrible scuttling shadow monsters that disguise themselves as ordinary household objects to trick you into getting your face near them. That's far from the only time we've been tricked by shapeshifters in videogames, as we recollect later in the show.

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5 months ago

Show of the Week: Outlast 2 and 5 Signs You Should GTFO Immediately

Show of the Week: Outlast 2 and 5 Signs You Should GTFO Immediately

Outlast 2 follows investigative journalist Blake Langermann who is investigating the murder of a woman in the Arizona desert when he runs into a cult, and things go all Outlast 1. Blake does ignore all the warning signs to get out of there immediately, though, such as spooky crows, weird religious art, and corpses, so this is partially his own doing. This is the case with many other videogame heroes, we discover later in the show.

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5 months ago

Show of the Week: Cities Skylines and 5 City Planning Nightmares You Must Avoid

Show of the Week: Cities Skylines and 5 City Planning Nightmares You Must Avoid

Cities Skylines, the city sim that's not Sim City, has finally arrived on Xbox One, and we are raring to explore strange new roads, to seek out new nightlife and new specialisations, and to boldly create light residential zones where no mayor has created light residential zones before. But we're not going in totally blind - we've learned a lot about how not to build a city from videogames, as Mike learns later in the show.

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5 months ago

Show of the Week: Bulletstorm Full Clip Edition and the 5 Dickest Moves by Game Heroes

Show of the Week: Bulletstorm Full Clip Edition and the 5 Dickest Moves by Game Heroes

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition brings the acclaimed 2011 shooter to Xbox One with prettier graphics, all its previous DLC, and a new game mode called Overkill. It's a great chance to get reacquainted with Bulletstorm hero Grayson Hunt, although, considering what a total jerk he is, you might be reconsidering spending any more time with him. At least he's in good company, as we find out later in the Show.

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6 months ago

Show of the Week: 6 Snakes Less Adorable Than Snake Pass Snake Noodle

Show of the Week: 6 Snakes Less Adorable Than Snake Pass Snake Noodle

Snake Pass is an endearing puzzle platformer, soon to become your favourite game about a Snake that isn't a Metal Gear Solid or running on a Nokia 3310. However, not all snakes are as friendly and amenable to collaboration with hummingbirds as Noodle, the lovable hero of Snake Pass. Show of the Week ponders the serpentine jerks that won't make you say “aww”, they'll make you say “oww”, or possibly “oww, does anyone know how to suck the venom out of a snakebite because I'm starting to get dizzy here.”

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6 months ago

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