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Skydiving in Far Cry 3, a resort stay in Dead Island, and the tropical getaway in Let's Go Jungle Lost on the Island of Spice: consider, for starters, these videogame vacations from hell that are enough to make you want to stay at home.
What with the covering herself in mud, stringing up enemies and shivving of jaguars, Lara Croft in Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a pitiless predator of both humans and non-humans. See for yourself with these seven ways Lara is the most terrifying jungle predator since the one Arnold Schwarzenegger blew up in this video brought to you by Outside Xbox and sponsor Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Movies get their ideas from all kinds of places, including games, so it's probably only fair that games are ripping off movies with the kind of shameless abandon of a kid borrowing some else's homework four minutes before it's due to be handed in. Consider seven of our favourite examples.
The Walking Dead's Negan in Tekken 7? Ariana Grande in a Final Fantasy? These celebrity cameos in videogames were so unexpected, so incongruous, they left us baffled by what we'd just seen, heard and played.
We recently recalled cheaty videogame bosses, who used tactics such as deleting your save file, learning from their mistakes, or being from Bloodborne. The comments on that video revealed you had suffered similarly unjust encounters, so here are yet more times you folks were bested by a bent boss.
From Dracula's Castle to a tomato-throwing festival to actual literal hell, these non-regulation battle arenas are fraught with risks, inconveniences and garment-ruining tomato juice. Think before you take your fight outside of a standard competition ring, by which we mean watch this video why not.
They say you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. The second option is popular with game protagonists, judging by how we're always battling our former heroes in subsequent games we played as in previous games. Enjoy these ultimate betrayals!
Sometimes the most fun you can have is throwing away the rulebook and mucking around doing whatever you feel like, such as naming Link inappropriate things in Legend of Zelda games, writing your name in lightsaber in Jedi Knight 2, and locking Lara Croft's butler in the freezer in Tomb Raider 2.
The inaugural Overwatch League finals took place at the weekend, with the London Spitfire beating the Philadelphia Fusion across seven tense games of some of the best Overwatch you'll see anywhere. "But I'm a busy person, I don't time to watch all that", you seem to say. Not to worry! Jane and I were there and bring to you now, our 12 highlights from the finals.
A marriage often originates in one person asking another if they would like to get married, in what is known as a "proposal". In certain special cases these are proposed not down on one knee, but inside a game whose less than obvious romantic potential was previously unexploited such as Portal 2, LittleBigPlanet, or Dying Light. Consider these times someone popped the question through the medium of games.
There's no shame in getting a game over from losing a tough battle, or failing to complete a puzzle in time. There is however a lot of shame in getting one of these embarrassing game overs, in which we managed to lose the game through stupidity, ineptitude or on one memorable occasion, pissing off a powerful vampire. Oops.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the new game from Dark Souls developer From Software, but unlike Dark Souls has only light RPG elements, no character creation, and even checkpoints when you die. Will it still demand you "git gud in the grand tradition of Soulsborne games? Find out within.
We recently recalled the times we made a game much harder for ourselves by accident. The YouTube comments on that video revealed plenty more times you suffered a similar fate, such as by wearing Assassin Creed 2's Auditore Cape, achieving a high chaos level in Dishonored, or accepting a creepy doll in Silent Hill 4. Consider these yet more times you stumbled on a somewhat unofficial hard mode.
The whole point of arcade machines is to get you to insert more coins, which is why they often employ every trick in the book to get you to keep playing. The cruellest money grabbing technique of all was the continue screen, in which a timer ticked down, imploring you to insert more money, before a terrible fate befell your beloved hero. The more horrible these continue screens were, the more likely you were to pay up, which is why some of these just have to be seen to be believed.
Normally your job in a video game is 'world saver' and probably you make all your money from lucrative endorsement deals. Not so in these games, where it's only hard graft in a conventional, normal person job that will get you through.
The original Crew 2 game had some pretty exotic cars, but The Crew 2 adds boats, stunt planes and all manner of weird and wonderful machinery to drive. Just consider these seven exotic vehicles you won't believe you can drive in The Crew 2.
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.
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.
Bosses are supposed to be difficult, that's the point, but occasionally they break the rules to steal an unfair advantage. Rules like not messing with your save files, not introducing firebombs to a skating competition, and not turning into a 20-foot werewolf mid-duel.
We recently raved about the best unlockable videogame bonuses in that were worth the hassle it took to acquire them. If you're unsure what an "unlockable bonus" is, it's what we now call DLC and are charged $15 for. Here are seven more of our favourites, inspired by your comments on the original video.
We've saved the world so many times in games, it feels like babysitting a reckless toddler. But every so often along comes a game that wants to actually save the world for real. Discover six games that were the real hero.
After a final battle with the forces of evil, there's usually an enormous sense of relief. But that moment when you let your guard down is also the moment when you're most vulnerable being suddenly sucker-punched - by the likes of Shadows of the Damned, Soulcalibur 3 and Donkey Kong Country. Witness these sobering lessons and more in the following video.
They say hard work is its own reward but a much better reward is an actual reward. Videogames agree, which is why they offer bonuses that are definitely worth the effort it takes to unlock them. Here are seven of our favourites.
Games can take us to so many places, yet amidst these diverse locations there are a handful of 'classics' in which we wind up over and over. The end result is they're more familiar than your childhood home, but without all the dead pets in the garden. Point your face at sewer levels, factory levels, nightclub levels and lava levels galore, then subscribe for a week like this every Thursday.
Like a double rainbow, a new Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer is the rare, beautiful, short-lived and mysterious, so you have to be quick to catch everything it has to offer. Or alternatively you could just watch this video, in which we've passed the new trailer through the powerful prism of our Red Dead Redemption analysis.
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