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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Why do game manuals sometimes give a character's blood group along with the expected name, height and age? Take a watch for the significance of blood types in Japanese games and find out if you're a compatible donor for the cast of Resident Evil, Final Fantasy and Street Fighter, at last.
As the last generation of consoles recedes into the distance, Show of the Week takes its eyes off the road to the future of videogames, peers over one shoulder because it has a shoulder in this metaphor, and looks back to the Mass Effect trilogy: as glorious an RPG space opera as we could have have hoped for. Join us to salute BioWare's sci-fi saga and commemorate Shepard's most violently erratic Renegade interrupts.
Rainbow Six Siege smashed its way into E3 with destruction-based asymmetric multiplayer and lady hostages for maximum empathy. The first demo of its siege action took place in a highly destructible suburban house in Boston, but away from American homes with comparatively thin walls, will other Rainbow Six Siege levels be less lavishly breakable? The opposite is true, says technical artist Olivier Couture.
This year's Call of Duty, the near-futuristic Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, comes from Sledgehammer Games, the studio founded by Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield - also known as the creators of Dead Space. What could their experience with sci-fi survival horror bring to a game in which you'll be kicking enemies through walls with cybernetic legs? Pacing, tension and the "terrors of war", say the studio heads.
Xbox 360 indie game Avatar Fear pops your Xbox Live avatar into a cluster of pyramids to collect precious relics and be chased by a winged snakey lizard monster. Mike and I endure the terror so you don't have to.
Far Cry 4 is teeming with female characters, says creative director Alex Hutchinson, who tallies half of the game's main antagonists and half of the rebel fighters as ladies. For more Far Cry 4 story details, such as how Pagan Min is definitely for sure absolutely "not your father", take a watch.
We create a mightily hairy MMA fighter and take him to the Octagon in EA Sports UFC, the recent MMA effort from Electronic Arts. Watch the video for that desperately mismatched scrap, plus a more balanced bout between female fighters Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano.
In Far Cry 4 you can cut the brakes on a vehicle, load it with explosives and roll it down a hill into a mob of henchmen, says Far Cry 4 creative director Alex Hutchinson. Or you just could slap sticky C4 on an elephant, you monster. Take a watch for more juicy Far Cry 4 gameplay details.
In this Sniper Elite 3 gameplay, North Africa's most chaotic sniper team (us) deploy into the game's co-op Overwatch mode. Be amazed by how fast it all goes to pot in this Xbox One gameplay of Sniper Elite 3's co-op mission Radio Silence.
Survival horror Outlast brings its precision scares and nerve-shredding intensity at last to Xbox One, and we dare to play it. In this first gameplay video, journalist Miles Upshur (really) arrives at Mount Massive Asylum for a good snoop around with a night vision camcorder. Why didn't he visit during daylight hours?
Spoilers are dangerous, plentiful and ready to take you by surprise like a Lego brick on the floor of the internet waiting for your bare and unsuspecting foot. This video contains spoilers for Silent Hill 2, Final Fantasy 7, Bioshock, Knights of the Old Republic, Spec Ops, Heavy Rain and Bioshock Infinite.
Tetris returns at the dawn of a new era of console gaming as Tetris Ultimate: a gleaming next-gen iteration of the 30-year-old block dropper. You may watch us play the frankly bewildering two-player Power-Up Battle mode at E3 2014 in this Tetris Ultimate gameplay.
Far Cry 4 dictator villain Pagan Min is both "not a white guy" and "an outsider" says Far Cry 4 technical director Cedric Decelle. Min is from Hong Kong rather than Kyrat, the fictional Himalayan country in which the game is set, says Decelle in this E3 2014 interview.
Here is new gameplay from The Crew at E3 2014 in which Outside Xbox hoons from Miami to Daytona to Big Sur in some chaotic multiplayer races. Who is king of driving fast and mostly in the right direction? Find out inside.
How has the studio behind 'mature' fantasy RPG Witcher 3: Wild Hunt been influenced by the monumental success of Game of Thrones? And which has the most raunch? Executive producer John Mamais compares and contrasts, and talks about adding Charles Dance AKA Tywin Lannister to the Witcher 's voice cast.
Now we've had eyes on our first Far Cry 4 gameplay at E3 2014, it's time to talk about the exciting new things you can do in mountainous Kyrat. Among the upgrades on Far Cry 3 are driving and shooting, grappling, weaponising elephants, throwing bait, kicking things and being attacked from above by birds. Look forward to that last one.
Roll up, roll up! Ubisoft's E3 press conference takes place on Monday 9 June at 3PM Pacific Time (11PM in the UK). Come and watch the live stream to get your eyes all over Assassin's Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, Tom Clancy's The Division and the rest.
EA's E3 2014 press conference takes place on Monday 9 June, starting from 12:00 Pacific time or 20:00 for those in the UK. Join us on Outside Xbox to watch the live stream of the show from wherever you are, beamed from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium with internet magic.
E3 2014 kicks off properly on Monday June 9 with the Microsoft press conference, so join us then (17:30 UK time, 09:30 Pacific) to watch the live stream on Outside Xbox. You bring the popcorn, we'll bring the live blog and edutaining tweets.
Lego Batman 3 leaves Gotham City far behind and blasts into space, adding new space vehicles, space combat and spiffy spacesuits. Watch all about it in the Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video after the jump.
This week at Outside Xbox we asked if death is the end, really. Who can say? Murdered: Soul Suspect holds that death is only the beginning of your career as an avenging ghost detective. Show of the Week evaluates this metaphysical thesis with reference to the rich history of protagonists bumped off in the opening minutes of their games.
Masterminded by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, The Evil Within is glorious fan service for survival horror aficionados frustrated by the modernised, action-heavy state of the Resident Evil series. The creepy old mansion in the new gameplay after the cut could have sprung straight from an early Resi game.
Take a peek at new Shadow of Mordor gameplay that puts this open-world action game's orc strongholds and rideable beasts on display. The combo-focused fighting, meanwhile, might put you in mind of Rocksteady's Arkham games; Monolith design director Michael de Plater cites them as inspiration for Shadow of Mordor's rhythmic combat.
Zombie Football Carnage is an Xbox 360 indie gem in which you smash waves of monsters with an American football. Who is the zombie? Are you the zombie? Is this authentic American football? Answers on a postcard.
Titanfall's first instalment of DLC is Expedition, which adds three maps to the original rotation of 15: Swampland, Runoff and War Games. Buckle up for a tour of the new maps in this Xbox One gameplay.
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