In the real world, the only time travel we're allowed is forward, at a rate of one hour per hour. But seeing how these game characters make time pass more quickly, maybe it's just as well.
Metal Gear Solid 5's Venom Snake, for example, is exactly the kind of guy who would spend a whole day hiding in a bush, weeing in a bottle and waiting for the perfect moment to infiltrate an enemy stronghold. Recognising how tedious this would be, Metal Gear Solid 5 kits Snake out with the Phantom Cigar: a device that accelerates time and makes an unseen lady say woah-oh a lot.
There is at least a bit of rationalisation behind the Phantom Cigar. It contains wormwood, which the game reckons has hallucinatory and anaesthetic effects at high doses. Modern medicine unfortunately reckons it actually causes convulsions and kidney failure at high doses. You'd probably be better off passing the time having thumb wars against your own robot arm.
Out this week, Battlefield 1 takes the Battlefield military shooter series to World War 1, a conflict that was one of the most bloody and horrifying in modern history. Still, that doesn't preclude it from including an unexpectedly moving section where you turn into a pigeon to deliver a vital message to HQ. It's not the first time a game has let us briefly, bizarrely, play as an animal, as Show of the Week discovers.
Finally this week, we're pleased to present Outside Xtra, a new channel dedicated to the wider world of gaming and related culture, including PlayStation, Nintendo, VR and games that don't have Master Chief in. In the following video, we drop in completely voluntarily to help newbies Luke and Ellen explain the deal.