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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Farming Simulator 15 also simulates tree farming, or 'chopping down trees with chainsaws', as you non-forestry professionals might know it. This makes possible the Chainsaw Jenga Challenge: take turns to cut through trees in online co-op and whoever makes the tree falls is the loser. Discover who is King Lumberjack in the following Xbox One gameplay.
Tutorials are often a tedious but necessary way to teach you a game's fiddly bits. That's why when a game does something creative with a tutorial section, we want to cheer. Let's do that for these inspired training levels.
Does puzzle platformer The Swapper on Xbox One address the thorny ethical implications of human cloning? Does making and murdering hundreds of innocent astronaut clones count? We can't wait to find out in this Xbox One gameplay.
Schrodinger's cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark is a colourful puzzle platformer that imagines the modern physicist's particle zoo (the set of known subatomic particles) as an actual particle zoo, into which you venture as a (subatomic?) Schrodinger's cat. See how our physics expertise holds up in this Xbox One gameplay.
We're serious players of the videogames, but there are some dumb compulsive habits we just can't kick, such as bunny hopping everywhere, inspecting the toilets, and shooting the friendly merchant just to see what happens. We apologise, videogames, for these little things we can't resist doing.
Show of the Week returns to MachineGames' rejuvenated Wolfenstein for budget prequel The Old Blood, in which we find loveable meathead BJ Blazkowicz thinning the Nazi ranks back in 1946.
In online games, a troll is the player who amuses themselves by being a right pain in your neck or other sensitive and important body part, just for the lulz. But then sometimes it's not just for the lulz. These Xbox achievements reward trolls with real, actual gamerscore for classic troll behaviour - and you too, if you sink to their level.
Ziggurat on Xbox One is a roguelike first-person dungon crawler in which you hurl magic spells at a motley array of monstrous minions through randomised chambers of spike traps, lava pits and the like. See for yourself in this Xbox One gameplay.
Indie platform adventure Shovel Knight burrowed into the hearts of PC and Wii U owners last year with its breezy action and pleasing variety. Now the retro charmer has come at last to PS4 and Xbox One, on which we give it a go in the following video.
Show of the Week eyes up Black Ops 3, the futuristic new face of Call of Duty, and interrogates Mike and Andy on the Black Ops canon thus far. What is Nova 6? Which labour camp did you escape from? Who played protagonist Alex Mason if not Troy Baker? Discover whose Black Ops knowledge is mightier after the jump.
The crown store in The Elder Scrolls Online's console beta lets you buy cosmetic items such as costumes, pets and mounts with in-game currency crowns. My khajiit sorcerer puts on a wedding dress and mounts a flaming horse to better shoot lightning at skeletons, ghosts and bears in the following Xbox One gameplay.
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.
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