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Mass Effect Andromeda steps away from the original trilogy to tell a new story with a new cast of characters, and, more importantly, a new planetary rover in which to tootle around: the Nomad. That's important because, unlike the M35 Mako vehicle of Mass Effect 1, the Nomad is a boss. Watch on for five reasons why.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is the sequel to Tolkien-based hit Shadow of Mordor and whisks us back to the world of epic fantasy battles, bitter personal vendettas and unpronounceable names. The only downside is that anything Lord of the Rings-related instantly reminds us of Boromir actor Sean Bean and the many, many times he's died in various works of fiction. Keep watching for Mr Bean's dyingest videogame moments in this week's Show.
When you discover Lego is releasing a building sandbox game in the style of Minecraft, your first question is probably less "oh cool, when's it coming out" and more "what the ruddy hell took them so long". Lego has been the perfect foundation for a building sandbox game since forever, and it seems crazy that it's taken until future year 2017 for it to arrive on Xbox. As to your second question of "is it any good", Show of the Week has just the gameplay you need to see.
Halo Wars 2 is a Halo game in which instead of controlling one big space soldier, you control lots of little space soldiers from high above the battlefield. It's a real-time strategy game, yes. But aren't strategy games on consoles always terrible? Not always, as we discover in Show of the Week.
Sniper Elite 4 is out this week, bringing with it the sandbox stealth and anatomically rigorous killcams that the series is known for. If you want to succeed at it though, you'd do well to listen to the top sniping tips that we've picked up from other videogames later in the show.
For Honor is a Deadliest Warrior-style historical mash-up that imagines a past in which vikings, knights and samurai got into scraps on the regs. As much as that makes my inner historical accuracy stickler wince, I have to admit that this is far from the least likely face-off we've ever seen in videogames - as we discover later in this week's Show.
The recipe for a perfect Hitman kill calls for a firm base of preparation and a dash of wicked irony. Just consider these, the most needlessly elaborate, cruel and unusual kills from Season 1 of Hitman No Subtitle in Show of the Week.
Ghost Recon Wildlands puts you in a four-person fireteam charged with taking down a brutal drug cartel threatening to take over Bolivia. It's serious business, which is why we nearly got kicked out of the squad so many times, as you'll discover in this week's Show.
In Resident Evil 7, you find yourself trapped in the home of the Baker family: a dwelling almost as gruesome and freaky as the Baker family itself, with who you are unhappily trapped. If only you had seen Show of the Week, which advises on the telltale signs you've wound up in a house of horrors, you might have gotten out of there in time.
In Mass Effect Andromeda, you play as one of the Ryder twins, who travels to the distant Andromeda galaxy to find a new home for humanity. But being the Pathfinder is a demanding job, and you'll need more qualifications than just having been born at the same time as your sibling. Show of the Week has bad news for these other pairs of videogame twins who fail to meet the job requirements of humankind's best hope of intergalactic colonisation.
While the shiny new year gathers speed like a high performance automobile, Show of the Week looks ahead to some of the exciting new games for the first half of 2017, and also back in the rear view mirror at our most memorable gaming fails of the year just gone.
Join Outside Xbox to say goodbye to the year that was, as well as to see our stunning professionalism in front of the camera with our 2016 bloopers. Thanks to all of you for sticking with us this year, and we hope you will be back for more in 2017. Happy New Year!
It's the Show of the Week Xmas Special, in which we look at this year's best free festive DLC and bring cheer to Hitman's Holiday Hoarders mission by murdering the burglars from Home Alone while dressed as Santa. Happy holidays from all of us at Outside Xbox!
Final Fantasy 15 tells the story of Noctis, a prince who sets out into the world to reclaim his kingdom, accompanied by his three bros, Ignis, Gladiolus and Prompto. Each has their own unique skills, but it's Prompto's photography obsession that got us thinking about other snap-happy game characters in this week's show.
It's no mean feat, finding the perfect presents for your friends and family, and though in the Willamette Memorial Mall of Dead Rising 4 you won't have to elbow a dozen angry parents in the face for the last Hatchimal, you will have to turn several thousand zombies into zombie chum if you want to complete your Christmas shopping. Yet that only ranks it among the worst of the videogame malls in which to get your gift list checked off.
Steep is the new open-world extreme winter sports game in which you go skiing, snowboarding, wingsuiting, paragliding and tumbling helplessly down a mountain in a ball of flailing limbs and ragdoll physics. It brings to mind some of our other favourite ragdoll moments from other games, as we discover later in this week's show.
Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection is a remastered bundle bringing to Xbox One and PS4 all the Assassin's Creed games starring Ezio Auditore da Firenze. We're on board because we love Ezio, almost as much as these other Ezio enthusiasts in Show of the Week.
Open-world hacking adventure Watch Dogs 2 builds on the potential of the original game with verve and co-op, and teaches us yet more valuable lessons in the art of breaching secure computer systems. Join us as we get to grips with Watch Dogs 2 and ruminate on the things other videogames have taught us about hacking.
Deliciously dark supernatural sneak em' up Dishonored 2 proves the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, offering the choice to play as either Dishonored's original protagonist Corvo or his similarly lethal daughter Emily. But Corvo Attano and Emily Kaldwin aren't the only murderous daddy-daughter tag team on the block; any of the duos in the following Show of the Week would give them a run for their money, until Emily morphs into a smoke monster and pulls their arms off.
The infinite of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is surely a reference to the vast infinity of space, rather than how Call of Duty has seemingly filled every era in history with bullets and explosions. But this isn't the first time this increasingly loopy military shooter series has been blasted into space, as we find in Show of the Week.
Skyrim: Special Edition brings dragon-shouting adventure Skyrim to the Xbox One, PS4 and PC with remastered art, some newfangled effects and a mound of memorable DLC. It's a moderately perfect excuse for transplanting a favourite Outside Xbox challenge to a new setting, which is to say, for the Skyrim Nude Jarl Punching Challenge (patent pending).
Battlefield 1 is out this week, and it takes the military shooter series to World War 1. This conflict was one of the most bloody and horrifying in modern history, but that doesn't preclude it from including an unexpectedly moving section where you play as a pigeon. It's not the first time a game has let us briefly, bizarrely be an animal, as Show of the Week discovers.
Titanfall's rideable robot warriors and puny wall-running pilots return shortly in Titanfall 2. This sequel adds a new single-player campaign mode that promises to flesh out the tantalising sci-fi backdrop of the first game with a proper story. In it, you play as Jack Cooper, a pilot who is forced to link with a Titan named BT-7274, after BT's original pilot tragically buys the farm.
WWE 2K17 comes out on consoles next week, promising to bring us closer than ever to the slapstick, gymnastic pantomime that is professional wrestling. We assess the game in Show of the Week, then turn to WWE Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day for tips on the most important aspect of playing with your friends: psyching them out so you score an easy victory.
Set 25 years after the events of Gears of War 3, Gears of War 4 centres on Marcus Fenix's son JD, who faces a new threat to humanity known as The Swarm. His old man Marcus is still around, though, and doing pretty well for 61 years old. As we discover later in the show, he's not the only grumpy would-be retiree in videogames.
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