Archive - Jane Douglas
Jane is co-editor at Outside Xbox, where she writes words and makes videos. She enjoys dialogue trees.
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The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited has come at last to Xbox One, albeit as a five-day beta test. Take a watch of this Xbox One gameplay and see for yourself how it stacks up against the original game on PC.
We at Outside Xbox live by a strict code of honour and observe the Geneva Convention at all times, but not all videogame combatants are so humane. Witness their low blows and cheaty guns brought to fist fights in this damning exposť.
The first downloadable chapter of Assassin's Creed Chronicles takes us to China as new Assassin Shao Jun in this Xbox One gameplay, adapting the trademark Assassin's Creed climbing and murdering for a 2.5D sidescrolling world. As always, the secret is to ignore Mike's stealth 'advice'.
Who says Grand Theft Auto is a bad influence? Sure, we haven't seen sunlight for weeks and these rickets are a nightmare, but GTA Online has taught us several valuable tips and tricks for getting along in the real world.
Four-armed Shokan warrior and pre-order bonus Goro murders his way to the top in Mortal Kombat X's new Living Towers challenge mode, mostly by dismembering the other, less numerously limbed fighters. Wince along with us in this Xbox One gameplay video.
Tower of Guns is a first-person shooter in which you have one life to ascend seven randomised storeys of turrets, enemies and giant spiky bosses. We give it a whirl on Xbox One in this gameplay video.
If you quit mid-match in Mortal Kombat X you will suffer a "quitality", in which you are punished by having your head explode like a bony grenade. Mortal Kombat X thusly continues a proud videogame tradition of shaming quitters for their lack of moral fibre.
Gravelly cyborg Adam Jensen returns soon for Deus Ex: Human Revolution sequel Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. It's 2029 and augmented humans are being hounded by the terrified unaugmented public, so Jensen has had a bunch of killer upgrades bolted on to make himself even more terrifying? Look closely at these six sweet new cyborg powers promised by the slick announcement trailer.
Andy becomes a half-elf control wizard with a magic ball and ice powers in free Xbox One MMORPG Neverwinter, gets shipwrecked, then kills some zombies and dances in the city square. Later, we sing Frozen songs.
Assassin's Creed: Chronicles flattens the stabby open-world action you love onto sidescrolling 2.5D. The first of its three chapters stars Shao Jun, a young Chinese assassin you should remember from Assassin's Creed: Embers, a short animated film that came with collector's editions of Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Haha, only kidding, we know you didn't watch it.
Dying Light's April Fools' Day surprise changes up the physics to give you melee superpowers for one day only, with the amplified kicks, punches and dropkicks sending zombie ragdolls flying all over. Join us on 1 April 2015 as we use these newfound powers to punt zombies into space in this Xbox One gameplay.
Borderlands 2 on Xbox One adds a split screen co-op mode for two to four players. Get an eyeful of three-player split screen co-op in this HD Xbox One gameplay, with Mike as Krieg the Psycho, Andy as Maya the Siren, and me as Axton the Commando. Mike says he gets the biggest chunk of screen because it's his TV.
The Evil Within DLC The Assignment fills in the gaps in the story of Juli Kidman, your agenda-having fellow detective from the main game. It also introduces the terrifying Lightwoman: a tall lady in stockings and a diving helmet with a headlamp, who brings to mind a leggy Big Daddy, a bit. Witness the horror in this Xbox One gameplay.
The Final Fantasy 15 demo gives protagonist prince Noctis and his entourage free roam of Duscae: an idyllic, woodland region dotted with campsites and chocobos, as well as other, less adorable, critters. We murder some cave goblins and cook some stew in this Xbox One gameplay.
The next big score for Outside Xbox's heist crew in GTA Online is a raid on an animal testing lab. The first step is to discreetly buy the access codes for Humane Labs in a secret car park exchange that was frankly bound to end in a Bonnie and Clyde-scale shootout with the feds. Let's watch!
Goat Simulator comes to Xbox One in April 2015 and just appeared at indie-centric games expo EGX Rezzed, where attendees took it for a ragdolling, bleating spin in splitscreen co-op multiplayer. See Andy and Mike cause caprine carnage in this video from the show.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' underground sewer lair looked pretty cosy to me as a kid, with its sofas and trendy exposed brickwork. As an adult, I understand it must have reeked, because it in was in a sewer. And they ate pizza in there? Turtles, that is unsanitary.
On 12 March 2015, BAFTA celebrated the leading lights of the global games industry at the 11th British Academy Games Awards, with comedian Rufus Hound presiding. The Last of Us and indie puzzler Monument Valley won multiple shiny masks, before Destiny clinched the prize for Best Game. They also let me put questions to the winners backstage with fellow presenter Chris Cohen. Watch some of the best bits here.
White Night is a horror game in which you, a noirish trenchcoat wearer, explore a black and white mansion filled with jazz-age ghosts and foreboding. Watch us dim the lights and hunker down for spooky facecam times in this Xbox One gameplay.
Popular fiction has a tough time with accurate depictions of space, but some videogames get it really, really right. Let's give them credit.
Dying Light's EXPcalibur is a unique legendary sword that you will find sticking out of some dead guy on a rock off the south-east coast of Harran's slums. To pick up EXPcalibur, you must press and hold X for three minutes, much like fabled British hero warrior King Arthur.
We love games with multiple endings, they make all our careful choices seem meaningful. They also open the way for the dreaded downer ending, however. That's the one where everything explodes and everyone is miserable or dead. Here are the seven bleakest for which we were responsible with our terrible decisions.
To build Dying Light's powerful Korek Machete, you need 20 metal parts and 10 alcohols. In this Xbox One gameplay, we race to collect all the booze and metal in Harran. Who will be first to craft the mighty machete? Who will detonate the most hazmat zombies? Only this video knows for sure.
Dying Light's Korek Machete is a ludicrously powerful weapon. You have to kick a box hidden on a roof 70 times to get the blueprint, then gather a whole bunch of alcohol and a junkyard's worth of metal parts to actually build it.
When the zombie plague lays waste to civilisation, I will bring to bear my real-life survival skills of making tea, singing karaoke and doing my eyeliner on the train. Who wants me for their band of post-apocalyptic survivors? Anyone?
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