Action RPG Greedfall takes centre stage in this week's episode, alongside our stylishly behatted player characters. Who has the better tricorne? What are the romance options like? Will I ever pay off my escalating debts to Andy? Find out, mostly, in Show of the Week.
As immersive as games get, there's usually something to remind you you're playing a game. Except some try to stretch the illusion even further, adding in-universe explanations for common game mechanics. Respawning in Bioshock? The HUD in Nier Automata? Carrying a zillion weapons in Star Trek Voyager Elite Force? They all make perfect in-game sense, thanks to these creative justifications.
On our continuing first day as the Federal Bureau of Control's new director, Andy and I acquire physics powers and use them on Tommasi, the zombified hovering Head of Communications, on our quest to answer a ringing phone. Will we reach the Bureau's spooky Hotline at last?
Andy and Jane's hike in the Blair Witch nightmare woods continues, only this time there are tree monsters and a cursed video camera. Brace yourselves for a episode two of Blair Witch gameplay on Xbox One.
Gears 5, the latest chapter in the lancer-revving Gears of War saga, begins with an outing for JD Fenix and Del, accompanied by Kait, Old Marcus Fenix and everyone's new favourite robot, Dave. See Mike andI play Gears of War 5 split screen co-op in this gameplay video.
This week Andy is firmly in favour of Remedy's spooky new action adventure Control, firmly against cannibal horror clowns, and drawing a complete blank on Outside Xbox's mysterious New Director who is either new or has been here, in the office at the end of the hall, since before the dawn of human memory. Management, am I right?
Most Achievements and Trophies exist as a record of your most impressive gaming feats. Some achievements, however, can be attained by doing literally nothing at all, which is an achievement in itself if you think about it. Here are seven games that agree.
Andy and I go down to the woods today in this Blair Witch Xbox One gameplay, searching for a missing child on the home turf of the legendarily scary Blair Witch. Seems unwise. Will good boy Bullet lead us to safety? Or straight into the witch's den? See for yourself, if you dare.
The Church in the Darkness is a "action-infiltration" game set in a cult compound in the 1970s, and gives us top-down Hitman vibes. Will Andy's elite skills at Hitman stealth and Mike's elite skills at Hitman running around and shooting everything help us rescue a brainwashed nephew? Watch and find out.
Andy and I start a new job, having been recruited as the new director of a shadowy government agency by wandering off the street and into the weird head office of the Federal Bureau of Control, which has been infiltrated by an insidious arcane evil known as the Hiss. Mondays, am I right?
Outside Xbox hit one billion views on YouTube this week, so let's celebrate by talking Man of Medan, the first in episodic anthology horror series The Dark Pictures. See it for yourself in Man of Medan gameplay in Show of the Week, followed by the choicest YouTube comments of the last seven days and a quiz about Outside Xbox's road to becoming view billionaires.
Some bonus levels are straightforward rewards, unlocked by your accomplishments. Others are brutal challenges. You may have beaten the rest of the game, but only the best of the best can tackle these savagely difficult extra stages, which are presumably cruel jokes by game designers who want you to suffer. Decide for yourself after beholding these seven bonus stages?
We've talked before about fighting game finishers so humiliating that you'll die of embarrassment before you die of blunt force trauma. It turns out that we were just scratching the surface, so point your eyeballs at seven more embarrassing finishing moves that you don't want to be on the receiving end of.
We return to Paris with some unfinished business. We never killed The Identity Thief elusive target the first time around and now that he's popped up again in Hitman 2 it's time to make up for lost time. Also, he deserves to die for that outfit alone.
Jane's in time out after destroying the studio last week, so let's distract ourselves from the weird, non butt-friendly new sofa by talking Blair Witch, the new first person horror game based on the hit movies about people being confused in the woods.
A short while back we pondered the videogame easter eggs that, much like easter, only happen once a year. Everyone in the comments of that video went on to add their own suggestions for date-related easter eggs, so day planners at the ready for our commenters' favourites.
On the orders of his cow god, Egbert the Careless pursues his atonement in the citadel of Mistmire, aided and abetted by Corazon, Prudence, Merilwen and Dob. In episode two, Egbert's angry ex-boss rocks up with a squad of paladin pals. Can they be persuaded of the danger to their mystic order? Or are they going to be jerks about it? Find out within.
Based on one of the creepiest movies of all time, the new Blair Witch game from the team behind Layers of Fear is coming to Xbox One extremely soon. See Andy and Mike investigate the mysteries of Burkittsville's creepy forest, dodge multiple probable witches and become distracted by 1990s mobile game Snake.
The Hitman 2 homing briefcase makes its glorious Outside Xbox debut in Whittleton Creek escalation mission The Batty Tranquility, where the actual objective has nothing to do with a briefcase: Agent 47 must dress as a mailman and pacify various residents with a parcel, a newspaper and a comedy rake accident.
Mike and I as talk looty-shooty Borderlands 3, then Jane gets her hands on the cursed blade Frostmourne and swears to wreak vengeance on I guess whoever shows up. Set your eyes on that new Borderlands 3 gameplay in Show of the Week, followed by the choicest YouTube comments of the last seven days.
As gamers we've spent spent a significant amount of time crawling through dungeons. After a while, you start to notice a few running themes - aside from the terrible rat and spider infestations. Just consider these seven things that are guaranteed to happen in one of the tunnel systems that Swiss cheese the undergrounds of videogame fantasy worlds.
Borderlands 3's new Vault Hunter FL4K is a robot with mastery over beasts - three beasts in particular, who join this new hunter class character on the battlefield as ferocious pets. Meet one such pet in this Borderlands 3 gameplay: Dave, the Spiderant Centurion, who accompanies Andy and Ellen through the first hour of the game.
In Hitman 2 Escalation The Simmons Concussion, Agent 47 takes a break from all the killing to enjoy a nice relaxing time in Miami, knocking out joggers with cans of fizzy pop. Join Jane and I as we demonstrate the terrible effects energy drinks will have on your health in this Hitman 2 gameplay on Xbox One.
Mike has jailbroken himself so let's celebrate by playing Metal Wolf Chaos XD, a game in which the President of the United States somersaults out of the White House in a mech suit. It was made by Dark Souls developer From Software, somehow. See for yourself in Metal Wolf Chaos XD gameplay in Show of the Week, followed by PAX West news and the choicest YouTube comments of the last seven days.
Imagine how much more gloriously extra we could be if we had powerful magics at our disposal like Triss Merigold, Bayonetta, or Sanguine the Daedric Prince of Debauchery. Because the finest use for magical abilities isn't saving the world, but stunting on those who annoy us, or simply for the drama. Consider these inspiringly extra uses of magic by these inspirational magic users.
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