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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Destiny 2 adds a bundle of new things to your to-do list as Guardian, including new Lost Sector dungeons, new multiplayer mode Countdown, a new clan system and a Guided Game matchmaking system. Check them all out in Destiny 2 gameplay in the video above.
Witness a hot first episode of new co-op gameplay from Destiny 2 Strike Mission The Inverted Spire, in which Luke of Outside Xtra and I platform precariously to a giant drill platform, on a mission to investigate the Cabal and shoot up Vex Goblins.
Hitman Elusive Target 24 is The Badboy: a tripcore artist hiding out on a movie set in the Italian seaside town of Sapienza while on the run from the authorities. Who will be lethally tackled by the target's security? Who will try to cram an entourage member in the portable toilet? Who will split the badboy's skull with a cleaver? Watch and learn.
Helicopters in games crash as often as Windows Vista trying to sync iTunes because if you could just chopper your way out of trouble without crashing, most videogames would be eight minutes long. Just think of all the times you tried to helicopter your problems away, only you crashed because of course you did.
As of just now, Outside Xbox has 2 million subscribers on YouTube. Thank you to everyone who ever watched, liked, subscribed, shared us with a friend or accidentally left a playlist running for a really long time. To celebrate, we put our friendships on the line in the ULTIMATE TEST of FRIENDSHIP and ANSWER GUESSING. Enjoy?
We move all the stuff from Morgan Yu's apartment (flat) into the elevator (lift) because space station Talos 1 is a death trap and the TranStar researchers are jackasses (rotten science blighters). Can we escape with all the stuff? How much of the stuff is Mimics? Find your answers in this Xbox One gameplay.
We all love a gritty, realistic adventure where everyone's head is the normal size. But these ridiculous alternative modes are just the ticket to mix things up, transforming our fave games with the power of whimsy, physics and gigantic heads. Consider these times we enjoyed our favourite games with a side order of silly, and it was delicious.
Here's Outlast 2 gameplay in which we steer unlucky cameraman Blake Langermann through the backwater digs of a murder cult in search of Blake's even less lucky wife Lynn. Beware horror, gore, jumpscares and scary folk art corpse sculpture in the following gameplay from Outlast 2 on Xbox One.
Wannabe astronaut me recently did some training with the European Space Agency and Mass Effect Andromeda. The time has come to put that space training to work in zero gravity, aboard a parabolic flight. Now boarding flight zero-g to weightlessness, please stow your tray table and discover seven things to do if you find yourself without gravity.
Imagine you're a game developer with a license to make a game based on a hit movie, but the movie's star hasn't given you permission to use their likeness. Do you cancel production and go work on a farm, dreaming about what could have been? No! You sub in some generic character model and hope nobody notices. Consider these times videogames did just that, with mixed results.
Cities Skylines is launching soon on Xbox One, and we've always fancied ourselves as the benevolent if easily distracted mayor of a great city. Watch us fire up the city sim that's not sim city in this Cities Skylines: Xbox One Edition gameplay, in which we establish the overfunded, underwatered beachside utopia of Oxboxford.
After Wolfenstein 3D in 1992, the 90s became a golden age for first-person shooters. That's not to say that every 1990s FPS was a classic. Countless shooters made it to market that were weird, baffling, or starred William Shatner. Watch on for our favourite weird genre relics from that baffling era of games.
With Cities Skylines coming to console, it's time for us aspiring civil engineers on Xbox One to have a crack at the city-building simulation beloved by PC players. So consider the following Cities Skylines gameplay on Xbox One and reasons to move immediately to the utopian beachside city of Oxboxford, brought to you by Outside Xbox and sponsor Cities Skylines: Xbox One Edition.
Snake Pass is an endearing puzzle platformer, soon to become your favourite game about a Snake that isn't a Metal Gear Solid or running on a Nokia 3310. However, not all snakes are as friendly and amenable to collaboration with hummingbirds as Noodle, the lovable hero of Snake Pass. Show of the Week ponders the serpentine jerks that won't make you say aww, they'll make you say oww, or possibly oww, does anyone know how to suck the venom out of a snakebite because I'm starting to get dizzy here.
Sexy Brutale is an intricate puzzler in which you must prevent the many simultaneous murders taking place in a single day at luxe casino mansion the Sexy Brutale, where the masked staff are offing the masked guests. In the following gameplay footage our only hope at figuring out this swanky murderhouse and saving would-be victims is a magic pocket watch that resets time, so wish us luck.
Jerk Ryder returns for episode 3 of Mike and Andy's Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay, in which the noob Pathfinder lands on Eos, acquires the Nomad planetary rover, meets Asari livewire Peebee, Krogan grouch Drack, and then plunges blindly into a Remnant Vault. There had better be a path down there, is all I'm saying.
Snake Pass is a physics-driven platformer in which you play a snake called Noodle, snaking around poles and onto platforms with the help of a hummingbird buddy called Doodle. Noodle is so adorable and, in our hands, hilariously inept at being a snake that we can barely deal.
Point-and-click adventure Thimbleweed Park takes place in the town of the title: a kooky slice of northwest Americana where a mysterious murder has taken place. Besides harking back to classic adventures such as Maniac Mansion, the game doubles down on nostalgic 1990s appeal by evoking inscrutable TV drama Twin Peaks. Show of the Week inspects the show's lasting influence on pop culture, and the other games Twin Peaks fans might like to try.
Super soldiers are soldiers enhanced by artificial means to be stronger, faster and more super. Just as there's more than one way to skin a cat, though, there's more than one way to create a super soldier - and like the various ways of skinning a cat, methods for making super soldiers tend to be a bit icky. Ethically icky, that is.
Scott Ryder of Mass Effect Andromeda isn't just humanity's best hope in a new galaxy. As you'll find in this gameplay from the first hour of Mass Effect Andromeda, he's also a part-time space jerk. Beware a few story spoilers, albeit from very early in the game.
After Andy lost his Red Dead Redemption save, we resolved to reclaim his 100 percent complete status by replaying one of our favourite games of the last generation. In this second episode of Red Dead Redemption gameplay, we go treasure hunting, cannibal tracking and lawbringing to rescue John Marston's wife and son, somehow.
When you discover Lego is releasing a building sandbox game in the style of Minecraft, your first question is probably less "oh cool, when's it coming out" and more "what the ruddy hell took them so long". Lego has been the perfect foundation for a building sandbox game since forever, and it seems crazy that it's taken until future year 2017 for it to arrive on Xbox. As to your second question of "is it any good", Show of the Week has just the gameplay you need to see.
Hitman's latest Elusive Target mission takes place in the fancy hospital at Hokkaido, Japan and designates two targets: the surgeons Pavel Frydel and Akane Akenawa, who the client has requested be killed by viral infection. Who will whack them successfully? Who will panic and be gunned down in the corridor? Watch and find out, why not.
After astronaut training from the European Space Agency and Mass Effect Andromeda, I am super ready to be the Pathfinder and/or an actual astronaut. Call me, ESA and/or the Andromeda Initiative!
Your typical videogame action hero is fitter, stronger and more voiced by Troy Baker than we will ever be. This, we have come to accept. We've also come to accept that a game hero or heroine can typically do a whole bunch of things that are physically implausible, if not straight-up biomechanically impossible. Ponder with us now, these incredible physical feats that videogame heroes are pulling off every day like it's nothing.
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