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Time and again, games have taught us that going over to the dark side comes with plenty of advantages. Chief among these is that villains are much cooler and better dressed than boring, do-gooder heroes. Consider the evidence: these good guys who turned bad and became much, much cooler in the process.
A cliffhanger ending is an unresolved ending that hopes to lure people back by promising they'll find out what happens next. Sometimes, however, that promise is a big fat lie, and you never find out what happens next because there was no sequel, the sequel got cancelled, or the sequel just went ahead and ignored the ending of the last game. Just remember all these times videogames did precisely that.
Helicopters in games crash as often as Windows Vista trying to sync iTunes because if you could just chopper your way out of trouble without crashing, most videogames would be eight minutes long. Just think of all the times you tried to helicopter your problems away, only you crashed because of course you did.
Prepare to cry! The Dark Souls series is dead, at least for the foreseeable future. Where are we going to get our masochistic action RPG kicks from now? Well here are 6 upcoming games that promise to scratch that Dark Souls itch. You probably want to get that looked at, by the way.
We all love a gritty, realistic adventure where everyone's head is the normal size. But these ridiculous alternative modes are just the ticket to mix things up, transforming our fave games with the power of whimsy, physics and gigantic heads. Consider these times we enjoyed our favourite games with a side order of silly, and it was delicious.
Injustice 2 is a fighting game in which the fighting is all done by superheroes. It looks like fun, sure, but before you consider fighting a superhero yourself, bear in mind you will almost certainly be horribly killed. Or at least you will while they are all using moves like these.
Wannabe astronaut me recently did some training with the European Space Agency and Mass Effect Andromeda. The time has come to put that space training to work in zero gravity, aboard a parabolic flight. Now boarding flight zero-g to weightlessness, please stow your tray table and discover seven things to do if you find yourself without gravity.
As a first stab by DICE at a Star Wars Battlefront game, 2015's Star Wars Battlefront was impressive but flawed. Over two years of unending galactic conflict, fans have identified several infuriating elements of the experience and, fortunately, DICE has fixed six of the biggest offenders for sequel Star Wars Battlefront 2, which arrives in November of this year. Consider these Star Wars Battlefront bugbears that are fixed for the follow-up.
Imagine you're a game developer with a license to make a game based on a hit movie, but the movie's star hasn't given you permission to use their likeness. Do you cancel production and go work on a farm, dreaming about what could have been? No! You sub in some generic character model and hope nobody notices. Consider these times videogames did just that, with mixed results.
After Wolfenstein 3D in 1992, the 90s became a golden age for first-person shooters. That's not to say that every 1990s FPS was a classic. Countless shooters made it to market that were weird, baffling, or starred William Shatner. Watch on for our favourite weird genre relics from that baffling era of games.
With Cities Skylines coming to console, it's time for us aspiring civil engineers on Xbox One to have a crack at the city-building simulation beloved by PC players. So consider the following Cities Skylines gameplay on Xbox One and reasons to move immediately to the utopian beachside city of Oxboxford, brought to you by Outside Xbox and sponsor Cities Skylines: Xbox One Edition.
People who make games usually want as many people as possible to play them, but that only applies to people who are supposed to be playing their games. For those other people, developers occasionally come up with some sneaky, weird and hilarious ways to keep them out. Witness the times games have tried to stop people from playing them with unconventional means.
Super soldiers are soldiers enhanced by artificial means to be stronger, faster and more super. Just as there's more than one way to skin a cat, though, there's more than one way to create a super soldier - and like the various ways of skinning a cat, methods for making super soldiers tend to be a bit icky. Ethically icky, that is.
Some achievements you can get in your sleep, just by resting your cheek on the controller. Others take the sort of meticulous organisation that's usually reserved for complex military operations, slingshotting a spacecraft around the moon or planning a wedding. Here are the achievements that took some serious forward planning.
After astronaut training from the European Space Agency and Mass Effect Andromeda, I am super ready to be the Pathfinder and/or an actual astronaut. Call me, ESA and/or the Andromeda Initiative!
Your typical videogame action hero is fitter, stronger and more voiced by Troy Baker than we will ever be. This, we have come to accept. We've also come to accept that a game hero or heroine can typically do a whole bunch of things that are physically implausible, if not straight-up biomechanically impossible. Ponder with us now, these incredible physical feats that videogame heroes are pulling off every day like it's nothing.
A quick time event is usually a simple button-pressing mini game that lets you pull off something cool with relative ease. In order for these interactive cutscenes to actually be interactive, though, there has to be a consequence for when you fail to hit that button - such as a humiliating pratfall. Consider these times you failed a QTE and wound up looking like an hilarious dummy instead of a cool action hero.
It's easy to tell who the hero of a game is: they're the character on the box, or the game is named after them, or they're played by Troy Baker. While those guys get all the fame, spare a thought for the unsung heroes: the nobodies without whom nothing would get done and those heroes wouldn't be very heroic at all.
Some games let you choose either to dispense lethal justice to every enemy you come across or, alternatively, to talk, disarm and flirt your way out of trouble. Consider these 9 murdery games that you could feasibly finish without bumping anyone off.
GTA Online: the fake LA where we've been gunned down and blown up more times than we care to remember. Except hard luck, Mike and Andy, it's time to remember some of those classic GTA Online moments in which we got wasted. Andy and Mike examine these clips from Outside Xbox's giant GTA Online playlist and try to recall: what happens next?
This Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 gameplay shows Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 does sniping rather well. That's kind of its whole deal. For this third instalment in the series, though, it's branching out to all sorts of other stuff. Who knew that in Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 there are six things you can do that aren't sniping?
Dead Rising 4's combo weapons include brutally festive new combos like the Gandelf (a spear and a gnome), the acid trap Santa (Santa and acid), the ice-spitting Froztee penguin mask and a Christmassy electric wreath. Get an eyeful in the following Dead Rising 4 gameplay.
The first-person perspective enhances your immersion in games, letting you experience your character's adventures from right behind their simulated eyeballs. Unfortunately, it also means seeing through the eyes of your character when they get set on fire, whacked in the groin, or surgery. This would be a lot less traumatic seen from across the room, videogame, seriously. Consider the most harrowing moments we've had to endure in first person, if you dare.
Looking after kids isn't easy, but it is possible. Millions of people manage it every day. So why do these videogame caregivers struggle so much? They've got the running, jumping and shooting down pat, but they can't stop a kid from running off and doing itself a mischief? Consider these designated guardians who think babysitting means sitting on a baby.
Every so often a game manages to predict future events with the sort of spooky, unnerving foresight that would have gotten you burned as a witch in the 16th century. Global politics, scientific breakthroughs, the results of major sporting events - discover seven times videogames predicted the future with spooky accuracy in the following video.
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