Agent 47 heads to Haven Island in the Maldives for Hitman 2 escalation mission the Bartholomew Hornswoggle, in which he must find the pieces of a treasure map, dig up and wear a pirate outfit and then eliminate his targets with a cannon and his trusty pirate sabre. Watch on for swashbuckling, derring-do and at least one mizzenmast in this Hitman 2 gameplay.
Mike and I do spacey first-person exploring in Journey to the Savage Planet, in which a resourceful astronaut must assess a gooey new world for human habitation. Will we survive this final frontier? Or be exploded by local flora and fauna? How many pufferbirds must die in the name of human exploration? See for yourselves in this Journey to the Savage Planet gameplay.
Turns out we played a lot of Hitman 2 in the last 12 months, to the surprise of absolutely no-one. So when we asked for your favourite moments from our various bungled assassinations, there were plenty of highlights. Here are the five most ludicrous moments and be sure to subscribe to Outside Xbox on YouTube for plenty more Hitman in 2020.
An old wizard frenemy dispatches Team Oxventure to a remote, icy mountain in search of a Great Evil. Can Corazon, Dob, Egbert, Merilwen and Prudence scale the mountain and restore the precious balance of nature without freezing their bits off? Let's hope so.
2019 is nearly over but how well do you remember what happened in the past 12 months? Find out along with Jane and Mike as they compete in the annual Outside Xbox quiz of the year just gone. Play along, let us know how you do in the comments and subscribe to Outside Xbox on YouTube to join us for yet more fun in 2020!
The final day of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2019 brings a WWE 2K20 Santa Royale challenge: a eight-man Battle Royal in which Jane plays a hulking pro wrestler Santa against a grab bag of top stars, midcard staples, Hall of Fame legends, and one sentient barbecued rib. Will Santa be the last man standing? Or will someone flip Saint Nick over the top rope? Watch this WWE 2K20 gameplay and see.
It's time for the penultimate Oxbox Xmas Challenge and Andy's up for a Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD winter sports challenge. Will he achieve a point and therefore a perfect score in this year's challenges? Just how sporty can Monkey Ball actually be? Find the answers to these questions and more within!
Day 10 of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2019 and it's time for traditional festive treats, with Mike attempting to successfully serve up mince pies and Christmas puddings in Overcooked 2. Can Mike get a star and avoid igniting the entire kitchen? Watch this Overcooked Christmas DLC gameplay and see.
The Oxbox Xmas Challenge continues! For day 9, Jane must turn Hitman 2's Agent 47 into Santa Claus, choosing presents, and then delivering them to the good people of Whittleton Creek, Vermont. How will the stoic 47 fare as the Holidays' jolliest elf? And will Jane's expert guidance lead to a merry Xmas for the sleepy suburbs? See for yourselves and come back tomorrow for another daily Xmas challenge!
Bus Simulator returns for a special festive bus route on day eight of the Xmas Challenge: Andy must appropriately decorate his bus and drive a busload of passengers to the cathedral in Old Town for a carol service in under 10 minutes. Will he make it in time? Will the passengers be in the mood for singing afterwards? Let's watch.
Beating a tough boss is something we take great pride in, which is why we get mad when we discover in the following cutscene that actually, we lost, better luck next time. Here are seven times that exact thing happened in videogames. Thanks to commenter Time Dragon for the suggestion!
On day seven of the Xmas Challenge, witness the chaos of the traditional nude mayor punching event, transported this year to The Outer Worlds - here, Mike must board the Groundbreaker orbital station and bop bureaucrat Udom Bedford while wearing as little protective gear as possible. Can he escape without getting his buttocks lasered off by nearby guards? Let's watch.
As Xmas Challenge 2019 approaches the halfway mark, I draw a Sea of Thieves task: set an enemy ship on fire within 15 minutes in the Sea of Thieves Arena, using the firebombs added in the recent update. How will I fare entering the Sea of Thieves Arena for the first time? See for yourselves and come back tomorrow for another ostensibly festive challenge.
It's a Red Dead Redemption 2 Online event for Andy on day five of the supposedly random Oxbox Xmas Challenge. Can Andy pick up a point in his favourite game of 2019? How rigged is this competition? What's a stew bowl challenge anyway? Find all your answers within.
As the Xmas Challenge gathers speed, Mike draws a tough task: score at least one touchdown and go on to win the match in Madden 20, which we understand to be a football game where 'football' means 'American football' and 'touchdown' means 'the moment at which an aircraft's wheels make contact with the ground during landing'. Can Mike triumph in Madden 20, a game he has never played before? Watch and discover.
Day 3 and time for a classic event in the Oxbox Xmas Challenge: the traditional FIFA Giant Killing Challenge, this year in FIFA 20, in which I am supposed to lead a League Two team to victory against a Premier League team. Will I bring home a football win this year or another shameful football defeat? Let's football!
Andy steps up for his first challenge of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2019, which takes him to Hitman 2's Haven Island for the Hitman 2 Crocodile Hunter Challenge. Can he assassinate all the inflatable crocodiles in this island paradise? Watch and find out, dear viewer.
2006 adventure horror game Pathologic was a cult hit, despite being one of the weirdest videogames ever made. So it's with cautious optimism that we approach Pathologic 2, a reimagined version of the same story with a bunch of graphical, gameplay and story improvements.
So begins this year's Xmas Challenge! This year's competition launches with a Blair Witch challenge for Mike: can he score 100 points in Blair Witch's off-brand Nokia Snake game Cobra Masters without crashing into his own tail or being murdered by the Blair Witch? Watch and find out today, day one of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2019.
If the recent revival of the Shenmue series has taught us anything, it's that people love nostalgia and forklift trucks. But not every series is as lucky as Shenmue - plenty more beloved franchises are being kept alive only in cameos, DLC and free-to-play mobile games, for instance, instead of the fully fledged sequels that fans have been clamouring for. Here are seven bittersweet examples of just that.
Like Overcooked but with home renovation, Tools Up! lets you take control of bumbling decorators in couch co-op, with your job to complete DIY tasks specified by the blueprint, such as painting and laying carpet, to a gruellingly tight deadline. Why can't we just leave two bags of gravel in the driveway and head off on holiday to Ibiza like real builders?
Behold Sea of Thieves Seabound Soul gameplay in which Andy and Mike are attacked by a giant kraken. Who will be eaten alive? Who will be turned into a ghostly green skeleton? The one way to find out is to watch, and also why not subscribe for more Sea of Thieves on Outside Xbox?
Hey! Listen! Sometimes games reuse voice lines so frequently that they become seared onto our frontal lobe with a red hot cattle brand. Usually it's the case that there simply wasn't enough voice acting recorded to fill a 30 hour game full of repetitive combat, but sometimes it's a scenario where the line itself is so weird that it stays with you forever. Either way, here are eight of them we thought you might like to hear again.
If you ask us, the scary-looking fighters in fighting games are the ones you have to worry about the least. Much more dangerous are the ones that look cute and friendly but then deliver a savage beatdown, leaving you not only KO-ed but also with a story no-one is going to believe. Here are seven of our favourite harmless-looking fighting game characters who were actually absolute beasts.
Sea of Thieves Tall Tale Seabound Soul is out now on Xbox One as a free update to Sea of Thieves. Here's gameplay in which Andy and I dust off our peg legs and set sail for a life of adventure or, more likely, death by misadventure.