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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Downloadable Xbox One fighting game Killer Instinct is free to play with one character, Jago. You can then shell out for extra characters, or hold tight and wait for another freebie - Killer Instinct plans to rotate the free fighter, as well as adding the brawling skeleton Spinal in January 2014 and cyborg Fulgore in March. Watch Mike, Andy and friend of Outside Xbox Julia Hardy take the launch roster for a spin in this Killer Instinct gameplay.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag looks terrific on Xbox One, with next-gen visual flair at every turn. Meanwhile, the sea shanties are as catchy as ever. Prepare your ears, if you can, to hear Andy sing along in this Xbox One gameplay video of Assassin's Creed 4.
Xbox One adds some next-gen oomph to the visuals in Call of Duty: Ghosts, if not the full 1080p. At the same time, the Xbox One controller is my brilliant new excuse for mucking up in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Watch Andy and I have a bash on Ghosts' multiplayer in the gameplay video after the jump.
Common wisdom has it zombie apocalypses bring out our darker selves, revealing that humans are the Real Monsters. Dead Rising games are super fond of the idea, expressed as gruelling boss fights with deranged survivors. Behold one such epic battle as Andy faces one Dead Rising 3's early bosses in this video.
Bright, breezy Zoo Tycoon on Xbox One lets you run around on ground level as a keeper, in addition to managing everything from up in the sky. Not only that, but you can hoon between exhibits in an animal-shaped zoo buggy. Watch on for sweet handbrake skids and sweeter buggy jumps in this Zoo Tycoon gameplay.
Xbox One is here! Join us on for our Xbox One Launchapalooza Live Show: six hours of Xbox One gameplay broadcast live from YouTube HQ in London, with special guests and Xbox One games to beat the band.
Xbox One arrives soon, launch slate topped by Dead Rising 3, Forza 5 and Ryse. But how do Xbox One's launch games compare to the games Xbox 360 landed with back in 2005? Who can even remember? Jog your memory with the video below the cut.
Ryse: Son of Rome has over 100 unique and gruesome execution moves all devised, I imagine, in one gruelling brainstorm session at developer Crytek. Mastering these executions in means spotting your intended victim flash blue or yellow, then tapping the corresponding face button. That's what I learned hacking and slashing through the first hour of this Xbox One launch game. See the highlights in the Ryse gameplay after the jump.
The Skyrim Minecraft Mash-Up Pack for Xbox 360's version of Minecraft is here. It adds Skyrim skins, textures and music, and abridges the land of the Nords into a dinky Skyrim-inspired world save, like a charming Lego playset based on the original game world. Join us on a tour of Riverwood, Bleak Falls Barrow, Whiterun and Dragonsreach, where I murder the Jarl and take his throne.
GTA Online's Beach Bum Pack is available to download now. This free DLC bundle brings four new vehicles, two new weapons, new jobs, clothes, hairdos and tattoos, all themed on being a laid-back, sun-kissed beach lover. Who will sometimes shank you with a broken bottle.
SoulCalibur 2 HD Online gives SoulCalibur 2, prince among fighting games, a HD makeover. It also unites Tekken's Heihachi (the PlayStation-exclusive character) and Spawn (the Xbox-exclusive character) in a single game, though there's no sign of GameCube's exclusive fighter, Link. Andy is our SoulCal man; see him whack Talim et al with Raphael's big sword.
The Xbox One cometh! And with it, Xbox One launch game Ryse. Ryse brings sexy graphics, courtesy of next-gen processing power, and sexy Roman legs, courtesy of how everyone is wearing skirts. It also takes a liberty or three with Ancient Roman history, but that's okay. Under the license of "alternate history", Ryse continues a proud tradition mucking with history in the name of videogame funtimes, as you will discover in Show of the Week.
Deadfall Adventures is an Indiana Jonesy shooter in which the great grandson of famous fictional adventure man Allan Quatermain kills Nazis and fiddles with puzzles in mystical ruins. Watch Mike trip Ancient Egyptian booby traps as Nathan Drake-alike James Lee Quatermain in this Deadfall Adventures gameplay.
Dead Rising 3's new combo vehicles splice any two of the game's driveable machines into a deadly frankencar. Watch me cannibalise two muscle cars to create the dilapidated, acid-spitting Junk Car in new Dead Rising 3 gameplay.
BioShock Infinite's Burial at Sea DLC takes Booker and Elizabeth to the underwater city of Rapture before it all went to pot, and the place looks fabulous. It may have been a doomed social experiment run by and for Objectivist jerks, but there's no arguing with that Art Deco opulence. See for yourself in the Burial at Sea gameplay after the jump.
The combo weapons of Xbox One launch game Dead Rising 3 are silly as they are deadly. Among them is the Sentry Cat: a robotic feline made of sawblades and oil drums that could have cleaned up on Robot Wars. It would be the perfect pet if it didn't sometimes explode. Come see it betray Mike in this new Dead Rising 3 gameplay.
Grand Theft Sporto returns! This week's event is the GTA Online big bounty contest, in which Mike, Andy and I set $10,000 bounties on each other's head and then scatter through downtown Los Santos. As in the similarly brutal Hunger Games, the GTA Online big bounty challenge is won by the last man or woman standing.
Minecraft is coming to Xbox One. Hurrah! And though it's not the most technically demanding or graphically advanced of games, there are still benefits to be reaped in the jump to next gen. Bigger maps and bigger multiplayer are already confirmed for the next Xbox's version of Minecraft, but the upgrades mustn't stop there. Watch on for the five things Minecraft desperately needs on Xbox One.
Call of Duty: Ghosts, the latest game in the juggernaut CoD franchise hits shop shelves next week. In it, America has been brought to its knees by, it says here, an orbital bombardment of kinetic tungsten rods. Sounds painful. It also marks the first time in the series that players can play as a female character in the game's celebrated multiplayer modes. Join us for Show of the Week as we gather together our Ghosts intel, and take a look back at the other female characters to have appeared throughout the series.
Happy Halloween, video watchers! Dare you live the terror of Outside Xbox's Minecraft haunted house? Mike and Andy dared, with results as follows. Come on through for a high-speed thrill ride through a spooky mansion built with Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition's free Halloween skin pack.
Outside Xbox musters to attempt the GTA Online Military Base Attack Challenge: break into Zancudo army base and escape with as much military hardware as you can lay your hands on. Andy seizes a jet, Mike sizes up a tank, I get killed improbably early.
The Walking Dead Season 2 is on the way, with a first episode "coming soon". Here's a trailer for the second season of Telltale's lauded zombie adventure, in which you'll play as Clementine - the little girl you protected as Lee in season one.
Here's Call of Duty: Ghosts' new co-op mode Extinction revealed in a trailer. Extinction is a co-op multiplayer mode for 1 to 4 players that combines base defense, scavenging and levelling with Call of Duty gunplay against a gooey and befanged alien horde. Which makes it Call of Duty: Ghosts' equivalent of Black Ops' zombies mode.
In the opening act of Batman: Arkham Origins, the Dark Knight warms up with a trip to Blackgate prison, where pinstriped crime lord Black Mask is up to no good at all. Andy duffs up Black Mask's thugs and batarangs Killer Croc below the cut. Mike and I coach.
How is the Xbox One launch line-up looking, with Watch Dogs delayed until next year? Are there enough reasons to pick up an Xbox One or is it time to cancel the pre-order? Let's run down the remaining Xbox One launch games and take stock.
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