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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Like the game before it, Dark Souls 2 is tough, even with its minor concessions to malcoordinated dummies such as we. Rise to the exceptionally stern challenge, though, and you will find an intricate adventure of occasional, intense victories and regular, brutal knockbacks.
They say you shouldn't drink and operate heavy machinery, but they also said disposable giant mech suits would be a cost-effective way to wage war. So who are you going to trust? Show of the Week prepares for Titanfall landing next week with a drinking game and a few more tantalising details on its man-versus-mech warfare.
Claw Machine Arcade simulates those toy-grabbing cranes at the arcade powered by 20p coins and youthful optimism. We play it and discover this is what it would be like if those claws were capable of grabbing and lifting things, instead of stroking them tenderly and leaving them behind. So this is what it feels like to win?
The European version of South Park: The Stick of Truth for Xbox 360 and PS3 has had seven scenes, each about 20 seconds long, replaced with descriptive text. But though the game calls them "censored" scenes, this isn't strictly censorship.
Lego: The Hobbit retells the story of the first two hobbit films across 16 levels based on locations from the Peter Jackson movies. Here's new gameplay from the subterranean goblin town, in which Bilbo, Gandalf and his beardy dwarf gang get in a ruck with the Goblin King. He's the one with the jiggly Lego goitre.
Here is new Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 gameplay, hot off the Xbox 360. This uneven hack and slasher sequel stars the world's most famous vampire, Dracula, AKA Dracul AKA Prince of Darkness AKA The Dragon. He's kind of a big deal, you guys.
Bureau: Kendall Rising is an indie crime investigation game and, with its fully voiced dialogue and 3D cutscenes, it can't be faulted for ambition. Watch Mike and I sleuth our way around San Francisco as FBI Agent Kendall, who enjoys yoga, margaritas and smooching suspected arsonists.
Flappy Bird is no longer available for your phone, but there is a similarly aggravating Flappy Bird clone in the Xbox 360's indie games store by the name of Little Flappers. Watch Mike's hard-earned Flappy Bird skills translate to Little Flappers in this gameplay video.
Drowning a hedgehog, performing your own eye surgery and the entirety of Mass Effect 2 figure among the bits of games that have given us the biggest, baddest stress-induced headaches. Discover the others in this video.
Strider is a side-scroller in which ninja hero Strider Hiryu runs at full ninja tilt, katana-first, into hordes of robotic enemies. Mike and I take this crisp reboot of the 1989 arcade classic for a spin on Xbox One.
South Park: The Stick of Truth comes out next month, after three years of development, several months of delays and a brisk change of publisher. With South Park creators Parker and Stone at the helm, it's just as lavishly offensive as the cartoon, with the same biting satire and shoddy animation. Show of the Week gets revved up for The Stick of Truth and asks: where did all other South Park games go wrong?
Here is your primer for everything included in the Titanfall multiplayer beta, which gives you two maps, three modes and one Titan model to stomp around in. Come on through for the skinny on the contents of the beta, plus new Titanfall gameplay on Xbox One.
Crikey, it's our 1000th video! Thank you for watching some or all of the 1000 videos on Outside Xbox. To celebrate, we remember our favourites from the archives and drink tea.
Back before they started dishing out gamerscore for watching Netflix, achievements were the measure of the Xbox elite. Among those precious Xbox 360 achievements, these seven were as unicorns: special, beautiful and so rare as to be downright mythical. Come on through to discover the seven rarest achievements from your favourite Xbox 360 games.
The new BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea episode 2 trailer lit up the forums with outlandish Burial at Sea theories about Elizabeth, Booker, Atlas and the rest of Rapture. We pick apart the plausible predictions and nonsense speculation below the cut.
Xbox indie game Downgate Exodrone Wars mashes up Minecraft with a sci-fi shooter populated by Space Marine-looking space marines. Andy and I storm fortresses and incinerate baddies in the Downgate Exodrone Wars gameplay below the cut.
Attack of the Zombie Horde 2 is a top-down shooter starring the indie store's favourite flesh-hungry foes: vultures. Watch Andy and I wreak bloody co-op havoc in the desert, beset by carrion birds, witch doctors and the zombified rest in this Xbox 360 gameplay.
As part of Tomb Raider's next-gen makeover for Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Lara Croft's head has been "rebuilt" in finer detail. The new textures and tweaked features make a striking difference. Take a look at Xbox 360 and Xbox One footage compared in the video below the cut.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on Xbox One adds new Kinect controls to last year's Tomb Raider reboot. Some are useful, such as voice commands for quick weapon switching. Others are pointless Kinect busywork, such as 'personal view', which occasionally lets you tilt the camera by leaning your body. Watch all Tomb Raider's new Kinect features in action in this gameplay video.
This week's challenge takes the Outside Xbox scavenger hunt to Red Dead Redemption's open-world Old West. Who will round up the most items from Andy's shopping list? It might be whoever can sober up the fastest. Come on in for more competitive scavenging.
Lara Croft returns with a new face, new hair and newly realistic blood spatter in Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. Show of the Week examines Lara's extreme makeover and takes a nostalgic tour of Croft Manor, for old time's sake.
Shadow of Mordor follows Talion, a human ranger on a revenge mission after Sauron's forces leave him in a state of living death. The game's open-world Mordor is populated with a procedurally generated orc society by means of the Nemesis System, Shadow of Mordor's most intriguing feature. Discover the details below the cut.
Assassin's Creed's first female protagonist makes it to the big consoles with Assassin's Creed Liberation HD, a remake of 2012's PlayStation Vita original available now on Xbox 360. We take Aveline and her three 'personas' (slave, lady and assassin) for a spin the gameplay after the cut.
The approved spelling of Time Viking and Space Raptor contains several dozen more exclamation marks than typed here but I don't have all day, people. Come have a watch of this psychedelic twin-stick shooter in which I am a time-travelling Norse warrior and Andy is a gravely ill velociraptor.
Xbox 360 indie game Mummies Rising is a first-person shooter set in a very dark Ancient Egyptian tomb. The aim is to kill lots of reanimated mummies and the secret, in the words of S Club 7, is don't stop moving. We give it a whirl in the Mummies Rising gameplay after the jump.
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