Archive - Show of the Week
Surprise! The Red Dead Online Beta went live this week and no-one was more surprised than us, or more specifically than Andy who has mysteriously gone missing all of a sudden. We investigate that and share our opinions of Red Dead Redemption 2's long-awaited online multiplayer mode, before Mike takes on a challenge in the game's Most Wanted competitive multiplayer game mode.
Fallout 76 is now out for real, so what's the verdict? Join Mike and I as we chat it out, then stick around for a Fallout challenge with a difference as Jane tries to fall out of a helicopter without lethal results. Will she succeed? Find out within.
Show of the Week celebrates it's 300th episode with Red Dead Redemption 2 reactions (a treat for Andy) and a legendary hunting challenge (a treat for Mike). Later, Jane marks the occasion with 300 donuts.
This week we hail the impending Hitman 2, a sequel to one of our favourite games of 2016 that gives Agent 47 a travel brochure's worth of exotic locations to travel to and commit horrible murders in. Watch on as Show of the Week gets to grips with Hitman 2, and challenges Jane to eliminate a target while dressed as nature's deadliest apex predator: a flamingo.
Call of Cthulhu, out this week, casts you as an old timey PI investigating a mysterious fatal fire in a spooky fishing town. Join Mike and I as we inspect this new H.P. Lovecraft horrorshow and then stick around for another one-off challenge, in which we try to take down the final boss of the original Quake, Lovecraftian deity Shub-Niggurath, or as he likes to be known, "The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young". Nice guy.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is here, and so all else is on the backburner as we finally dive into our most anticipated game of the last couple of years. Join Mike and I as we talk through this new Red Dead and then stick around for a one-off challenge, in which we have to survive for as long as possible while wanted, dead or alive.
Having sampled Fallout 76, Andy tells us how the upcoming multiplayer Fallout is shaping up on Show of the Week. Later, Mike constructs a ramshackle studio in Fallout 4, in which we can shoot YouTube videos in after the post-apocalyptic wasteland. You didn't think a nuclear apocalypse could stop us, did you?
Show of the Week salutes Assassin's Creed Odyssey: an open-world Assassin's Creed on a massive scale, set in Ancient Greece and bristling with RPG elements. Then Andy, enraged by Mike's disregard for historical accuracy, sets a fiendish challenge for me in the Victorian London of Assassin's Creed Syndicate. Because that's fair.
Andy and what we are assured is Mike hail the release of Forza Horizon 4 in Show of the Week, with a trip to a real-life Forza Horizon festival at the Goodwood Estate, England. Later, Andy attempts a kind of proto-Rocket League in his challenge of the week, set in Forza Motorsport 4's car football.
WWE 2K19 is on the horizon, promising an expanded roster, a new indie-based career mode, a Daniel Bryan Showcase mode, and more of a sense of fun, according to developers 2K. Join Mike and Andy as they nerd out about wrestling and then later in the show, beat the heck out of each other in a WWE 2K18 backstage brawl as Jane watches on in horror/amusement.
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 adds a battle royale mode by the name of Blackout, and Show of the Week takes the public beta for a spin ahead of the game's launch in October. Take a watch of Blackout gameplay and discover Andy's aptitude for 1-vs-80-player Call of Duty.
Day Z has finally come to the Xbox preview program and Mike is here to let us know if it was worth the wait. Later in the Show, Challenge of the Week sets Jane a task in the greatest zombie game ever made. That's right, The Typing of the Dead.
With nearly an hour of Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay in the wild but no release date in sight, how closely might the eventual game resemble the staggeringly impressive demo? Show of the Week assesses that, while Challenge of the Week calculates the likelihood of Mike being a replicant hiding among humans.
Out of the cauldron of bubbling hot games news at Gamescom 2018 rose Life is Strange 2, with a first chunk of gameplay introducing new characters Sean Diaz and his little brother Daniel. After Life is Strange: Before the Storm, are we ready to love again? What's in store for these young runaways? Can Andy achieve a new high score in Captain Spirit's Flappy Bird clone minigame? There is literally one way to find out.
Lara Croft returns for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, muddier and murderier than ever, on the trail of Trinity in the Peruvian jungle. Show of the Week talks Tomb Raider, animal murder and Predator-style stealth, then Mike identifies Lara's classic animal enemies from over the years.
No Man's Sky Next is a spruced up version of Hello Games' original space exploration game, with updates that include multiplayer and improved base building. If you're anything like us, that means "time to build a five-star space resort", so see how we get on in this week's Show.
Mike, Andy and I go hamster ball racing as Overwatch's new hero Wrecking Ball (Hammond to his friends) in Challenge of the Week, but also Andy and I nip to New York for the first ever Overwatch League grand final.
Show of the Week celebrates Fortnite Season 5 with a relaxing trip to Lazy Links, the new golf course added to the Fortnite map in this latest big update. Can Mike complete a round of golf without being shot to bits or engulfed by the storm? There is literally one way to find out.
Show of the Week examines new Anthem gameplay footage, sizing up the next sci-fi shooter from the makers of Mass Effect and asking, how much Destiny is in its DNA? Later, my challenge of the week is to compose an actual literal anthem for Outside Xbox's great and fictional nation of Oxvania. (National motto: It's a Place You Can Live.)
The Resident Evil 2 remake takes players back to the Raccoon City Police Department from the 1998 original but, with the power of Resident Evil 7's RE Engine, makes everything look nastier and, ew, wetter. Join us in Show of the Week as we talk about our time playing the game, and stick around for a throwback challenge as Mike attempts to revisit a classic easter egg in the original Resident Evil 2.
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.
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.
Show of the Week is all up in zombie survival sim sequel State of Decay 2. Take a watch for State of Decay 2 gameplay and Andy's challenge of the week, in which he must scavenge food and medical supplies for Jane's community of State of Decay 2 survivors.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider wraps up Lara Croft's rebooted origin story with a lush jungle location and impending Mayan apocalypse. Jane talks up the new Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay and setting in Show of the Week, then returns to classic Croft Manor for a go on the old assault course in Tomb Raider 2.
Grand Theft Auto IV is 10 years old this week, so Show of the Week takes the opportunity to revisit this groundbreaking classic that brought us a huge beautiful city, a compelling main character, and day drinking with cousin Roman. This is harder than we remember, as I discover in my challenge of the week.