You know where you are with a sequel: it's like the first game but there are new weapons, new baddies and there's a number at the end of it. Except sometimes a sequel isn't like that at all. Sometimes the next game lurches into a whole other genre to produce a sequel so radically different from the original you have to squint to see the family resemblance.
Behold Metal Gear Survive gameplay in which Luke and I play the online co-op survival game's single-player mode from the very beginning. Here we find ourselves on a hostile, dusty world where eating sheep, poking zombies and building fences are what it takes to get by.
In Hitman's Escalation mission The Dexter Discordance, Agent 47 must yoink a ludicrously overpowered antique pistol and use it on a cowboy-hatted patient at a luxurious private hospital in Japan. Agent 47 must also be dressed as a cowboy while executing the hit, for reasons known only to him and possibly the International Contract Agency.
Today in Red Dead Redemption, we take on the game's final missions: John's last stand against the Bureau of Investigation and the US Army, as well as his son Jack's roaring rampage of revenge. Join us for sadness, redemption and riverside duels in this moving final episode.
Show of the Week celebrates the birthday of landmark survival horror game Resident Evil 2, which turns 20 this month. Who could forget the foreboding Raccoon City Police Department? The debut of floppy-haired series mainstay Leon Kennedy? The eccentric voice acting? Not us, is who.
The conflict at the heart of most videogames is between the game trying to kill the player, and the player trying to stop that happening. But sometimes we make things a lot easier for the game by being stupid, careless, or both stupid and careless. Double whammy. Just consider these various ways we've died in videogames where we had no one to blame but ourselves.
Occasionally we remember that we love movies as well as videogames and 2018's cinematic slate is shaping up nicely, with five films in particular that are laser-targeted at videogame fans. Find out what they are here.
There we were, thinking we'd wrapped up the events of Resident Evil 7 in the Not a Hero DLC, but it turns out End of Zoe offers up even more Resident Evil 7 story. In the most ludicrous DLC yet, all the fearsome terrors from the main game are reduced into comedy punching bags.
With the stock of missions left until we reach John Marston's fateful finale dwindling, this week in Red Dead Redemption we take on some tasks for Uncle, the old-timey prospector character who for some reason lives in John Marston's house. Come for the farming action, stay for the obvious contempt in which John and Uncle hold each other in this Red Dead Redemption gameplay.
In many ways 2017 was a banner year for unmitigated videogame-playing disaster from us all. Maybe you've repressed the memories of those times we failed harder than a submarine with a sunroof, but the internet never forgets. So let Show of the Week jog your memories with the solid gold fails from the trophy cabinet of failure from the year just gone.
After the maelstrom of world news that was 2017, who could know what 2018 will bring? Videogames, that's who. For a glimpse of the year ahead, consider how games such as Terminator Salvation, Deus Ex and Iron Sky Invasion predicted what's to come in 2018.
Wondering about new games coming your way in 2018? Consider these intriguing new games for 2018 that might have flown under your radar so far, such as Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, OnRush and Overkill's The Walking Dead.
Take a gander at gameplay from cartoony survival horror game Hello Neighbor, in which Mike and Andy sneak into a creepy neighbour's creepy basement to discover the surely terrible secret hidden within. What could be in the murder basement? Clue: it's not luggage and Christmas decorations.
Resident Evil 7 DLC Not a Hero puts you in the tactical sneakers of Chris Redfield to finish off the final member of the Baker family, Lucas. Beware Resident Evil 7 spoilers ahead, because this takes place after the end of the game.
After a hike back from their spicy first caper, our ostensible heroes regroup at a friendly tavern. Join them at The Bawdy Flamingo for the next chapter of the Oxventure then subscribe to Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra for further episodes, why not?
Luke and I duel all the Battlefront 2 heroes versus all the Battlefront 2 villains in a grand tournament to find the mightiest and most survivable of all the Battlefront 2 characters. Witness Kylo vs Yoda, Boba vs Lando, Vader vs Leia, and all the rest within.
Far Cry 5 gameplay in which Outside Xtra's Ellen and I discover a spooky UFO crop circle covered in glowing cow corpses, flammable pigs, and a weaponisable combine harvester. Take a good look for yourself at Far Cry 5's Holland Valley area in this Far Cry 5 gameplay.
After 12 days of heated competition here is the gripping tie breaker that sees Andy and Mike face off against each other in survival sandbox du jour, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. As independent adjudicator and recent Xmas Challenge 2017 retiree, Jane has decided that the player who manages to finish highest will officially win Christmas.
In a make-or-break final challenge in the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2017, I draw Assassin's Creed Origins, in which I must seek out and pet five cats in 10 minutes in that game's Ancient Egyptian open world. Can I find them? Will they allow themselves to be petted? Who is to become Oxbox Xmas Champion 2017? Watch on to find out these things, won't you?
It's Day 11 of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge! This time it's Andy's turn to draw from the sack of festive challenges. His objective? Create a structurally integral pile of corpses in Dishonored Death of the Outsider. But will his cadaver stacking skills be up to the task?
It's the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2017! Day 10 sees the return of the traditional FIFA Giant Killing challeng, in which we take a bunch of league two minnows up against the might of a Premiership squad. This year it's a clash between Mansfield Town in their tasteful ombre kit and Brighton and Hove Albion, who for the purposes of this challenge are 'the baddies'. Can Mike remember how to play FIFA? Find out as the Xmas Challenge 2017 approaches its feverish climax.
It's the final Show of the Week in 2017 and we're feeling all festive. We're also looking forward to the videogames coming in 2018 and we've identified 5 themes we reckon are going to be the new hotness over the next 12 months. Gaze with us into our crystal ball, why not?
On day 9 of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge, I draw a challenge in Forza Motorsport 7: race a big rig truck at Germany's Nurburgring in heavy rain without coming off the track. Can I stay on the road? Will I be shunted into the grandstands? What was the name of the NASCAR monkey co-driver? Find out in the following Forza 7 gameplay, why don't you.
Every so often game developers get bored of making their game and decide to develop a different, smaller game to put in the big game. These 'minigames' as us experts call them are occasionally brilliant, here are seven that are good enough to deserve their own game.
It's Day 8 of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge and Andy is stepping up to the figurative plate. And if you thought Andy had enjoyed lucky picks already with Red Dead Redemption and Friday 13th, prepare to watch the streak continue as he draws a flamethrower guy melee kill challenge in The Evil Within 2.