We've all had to overcome challenges in games, be they tough bosses or tricky puzzles, but the hardest hurdles to overcome are the moments where you have to do something you hate in order to proceed. Consider these times we were left with only two options, do the horrible thing or eject the game disc and throw it in the bin, and we seriously contemplated doing the latter.
Cyberpunk 2077 stole the show at E3 2018, mostly thanks to an incredible behind-closed-doors, hour-long gameplay demo that has yet to be released to the public. Luckily, your intrepid Cyberpunk correspondents Jane and I saw that demo and are here to relay our reactions to this amazing-looking game.
In Resident Evil 2 Remake gameplay, Andy and I revisit the Raccoon City Police Department HQ and find it full of tweaked layouts, new puzzle elements and blood. Get a first look at the darker, gorier Resident Evil 2 remake and Leon Kennedy's high-fidelity new face in this gameplay video.
Dying Light 2 gameplay brings back the parkour, melee combat, day-night cycle and open world of the original zombie action game, but with a much larger map, physics-based parkour objects and a new emphasis on story driven by player decisions. It all goes down in a new European city, enjoying the "modern Dark Ages" of a world trashed by the Infected horde, as well as conflict between human factions. Fresh from an E3 2018 gameplay presentation, we ponder the changes since the last Dying Light.
Overkill's The Walking Dead is a co-op action game set in the same world as The Walking Dead graphic novels and TV show. That is to say it's set in a world where flesh-eating zombies, also known as 'walkers', are shuffling around like they own the place and humanity is firmly on the back foot.
It's been over 20 years since Resident Evil 2 and to mark the occasion, Capcom is working on a Resident Evil 2 remake. But just because it's a remake doesn't mean it's just a straight-up repeat the 1998 original. We played a timed demo here at E3 2018 which was only 20 minutes long, but even that was long enough for us to spot 20 differences between this remake and our beloved original.
Destiny 2's Forsaken DLC arrives in September, adding new competitive co-op mode Gambit, described by developer Bungie as combining "the best" of PvP and PvE. Behold Destiny 2 Gambit gameplay fresh from E3, where our resident Destiny non-experts Jane and I tried their hand at a round of Gambit.
We appreciated previous Metro games on an artistic level, we just weren't that bothered about playing them. All that has changed with Metro Exodus, which based on this gameplay is looking like exactly our sort of shooter.
Control is the new game from Remedy, the studio behind Quantum Break and Alan Wake, and it's shaping up to be just as twisted and unsettling as those earlier games. Fresh from the new Control trailer and a demo of Control gameplay here at E3 2018, we're here to share the seven freakiest things we saw in Control, because if we can't sleep at night anymore, we don't see why you should either.
In this Skull and Bones gameplay from the show floor at E3 2018, pirate Jane and pirate I take the helm of a fearsome pirate ship, and set out to make life difficult for the East India Company, the Portuguese, and their hated rival Olivier "La Buse" Levasseur.
Witness this Forza horizon 4 gameplay, fresh from E3 2018, in which Jane and Andy take a selection of supercars for a spin through the English countryside, experiencing all four seasons as they go and occasionally ploughing through roadside sheep flocks.
Hitman 2 is coming on release date 13 November 2018 on Xbox One, PC, and PS4, adding co-op assassination to the contract killing we enjoy. You can preview the co-op Hitman 2 action in Hitman 2's pre-order bonus Sniper Assassin mode, seen here in our gameplay.
The Division 2 is coming on release date 15 March 2019, transplanting the squad shooter action to summertime Washington DC and adding end-game specializations, riot foam guns, and persistent grass physics. We've tried it all in this The Division 2 gameplay, so get an eyeful right here.
Battlefield 5 might be the the umpteenth game in the long-running series, but that doesn't mean it doesn't shake things up. Based on this gameplay and having played it, we reckon some changes, big and small, means BF5 multiplayer feels different from the other Battlefield games.
We love our classic Bioware role-playing games, but when it was announced that Bioware's new game Anthem was to be an online shared world action RPG, we were worried. What we'd seen of Anthem until recently had little to reassure us, but the game's showing at this year's E3 games convention has taken the edge off our concerns. Here are six things that made us stop worrying quite so hard about Anthem.
Action RPG Vampyr, out this week, casts you as Dr. Jonathan Reid, a newly turned vampire with a suspiciously modern haircut situation, who must track down his creator to better understand his curse. Join us as we talk vampires and finally find out just how well I fare as a modern-day Van Helsing in my Challenge of the Week.
When you play the latest game in a popular series, it's hard to imagine previous instalments were ever less than this immersive, technically impressive, and beautiful to look at. Unless it's Duke Nukem Forever. But then you go back and look at the very first entry in that famous videogame series, and you wonder how the heck these flawed first games managed to get even one sequel, let alone an entire franchise. Consider these long-running and much-loved series that we can't believe made it past their shaky first starts.
Raging Justice is a side-scrolling beat 'em up in the Final Fight mould in which you play as one of three cops, out to clean up the streets and rescue the mayor, who has been kidnapped by a hard-fighting street gang of Vaas Montenegros and Inspector Gadgets. See how Mike and I get on as cops in this Xbox One gameplay.
In the (abridged) first hour of Vampyr gameplay, Dr Jonathan Reid returns from the dead, discovers his new vampire powers, and tries to trade his bloody rags for doper vampire clothes in gloomy 1918 London. Witness his (and our) vampiric first steps in this action RPG.
The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection gathers the 12 Street Fighter games prior to Street Fighter IV in one punchy package, along with online play and a fascinating museum mode. Join us as we take a stroll down Street Fighter memory lane, then discover how well Jane knows some of the more obscure characters on the series' roster.
Fallout 76 is the new Fallout game, in which you'll emerge from the previously unseen Vault 76 in the year 2102. But what kind of game is Fallout 76? Where does it take place? And what's this about online multiplayer? Discover the Fallout 76 theories doing the rounds, and our hopes for the new Fallout, within.
With Red Dead Redemption 2's release date still harrowingly far off, it's time to bone up on classic Red Dead Redemption trivia. Test your Red Dead Redemption knowledge along with Andy, Mike and Luke of Outside Xtra as you bide your time between now and the arrival of Red Dead Redemption 2.
Death Road to Canada is an adorable pixel art take on the Oregon Trail, that sees you trying to get a group of survivors from the zombie infested streets of Florida, to the blissfully uninfected promised land known as Canada. Watch as Mike and I take some survivors out for a spin, and see how we do in this Xbox One gameplay.
GTA Online's Doomsday Heist Act 2 The Bogdan Problem begins here: a setup mission to steal an Avenger aircraft from Merryweather as Los Santos International Airport. Can the Outside Xbox heist crew find their way around an airport? Will there be an ambush? How hard could it be to fly a vertical takeoff quadrotor helicopter? Watch and see for yourself.
Show of the Week eyes up Black Ops 4's new battle royale mode Black Out, its kooky Zombies experiences, and its no single-player campaign. Is the new Black Ops 4 stuff an acceptable trade-off for a story mode, Show of the Week asks, and then makes Mike reproduce a world famous art in a Black Ops emblem creator challenge.
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