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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is due out in game preview next week, bringing its incredibly popular battle royale gameplay to Xbox One for the first time. Join us for the reasons Mike's slightly cautious about it, as well as a celebration of other games that, like PUBG, have no plot whatsoever, and are still great.
Fortnite: Battle Royale drops you and 99 other players onto an island with a periodically shrinking playspace, and carries on until only one of you is left alive. So yes it is like PUBG - but with key differences. For one, you arrive in a bus suspended from a hot air balloon 10,000 feet in the air, which you're then kicked out of. And yet that's not the worst bus journey we've endured in a videogame, as proven by Show of the Week.
Hitman's Game of the Year edition brings with it new weapons, new missions and, to Mike's delight, new outfits that include a ridiculously sinister clown suit. Join as as we chat Hitman,then examine videogames' most sinister clowns who are still somehow not as scary as Agent 47 in a bright red wig.
The Sims 4 has finally arrived on consoles, giving us the means, motive and opportunity to murder Sims in fancier, better-looking homes than ever before. But the mortality rate isn't even the weirdest thing in our simulated neighbourhood, as Show of the Week attests.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2's single-player story campaign stars Imperial special forces operative Iden Versio, who works for the baddies and dresses like a right villain. So good job we're not averse to a bit of videogame villainy, as found in Show of the Week.
Wolfenstein sequel The New Colossus presents us with an alternate history in which Nazis won the Second World War, and now occupy the United States with their advanced technology of laser guns, robot dogs, and decades-too-early videogames. Why are alternate timelines always so full of weird, bad technology? Show of the Week investigates.
Show of the Week: Assassin's Creed Origins and 5 Cats You Should Worship If You're an Ancient Egyptian
In this modern age of swegways and freakshakes, cats will have to work harder to get the same attention they got back in the good old days of Ancient Egypt. Lucky for them, though, there are plenty of of excellent cats in videogames that deserve fanatical devotion way more than the regular old felines that Bayek can't stop smoothing in Assassin's Creed Origins.
WWE 2K18 is out this week, bringing an updated roster, expanded career mode and eight-man battle royales that are as chaotic as they are confusing. But if you're struggling for inspiration for Halloween, it's also packed with spooky wrestlers whose ring gear would make for great costumes, as Mike teaches us later in the show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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