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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Ideally, the end of a game delivers a satisfying last bout of gameplay and wraps up the narrative. On occasion, though, a finale is so left field that they could be having Coachella in the right field and you wouldn't notice. Take these bizarre endings, for instance.
Mike discovers his calling as Mei, Overwatch's Chinese climatologist-adventurer with a freeze ray. Behold Mike building ice walls, laying down blizzards and occasionally encasing himself in an ice block by accident in this Overwatch footage.
We play amusement park-set horror game The Park, pretending to look for our missing son Callum while riding all the spooky rides without having to queue. Behold the best bits and jumpiest scares from the first hour of The Park in this Xbox One gameplay.
Theme parks are meant to be happy places, but game parks often don't make the grade on account of poor ride safety or how they're more haunted than a ouija board factory built on the burned-down remains of another ouija board factory. Take Atlantic Island Park from survival horror The Park, or Left 4 Dead 2's Whispering Oaks Amusement Park for instance.
Rainbow 6 Siege's new map is Border, part of the free Operation Dustline update. Witness 2 of us versus 22 terrorists on the Border map in mode Terrorist Hunt in this Xbox One gameplay.
Who's for DOOM? Behold Xbox One gameplay from the beginning of the Doom reboot, in which Mr Doomguy wakes up naked and handcuffed to a slab. Later there is Doomguy armour and a chainsaw.
Though many of the big videogame mysteries we've pondered (who is the Arkham Knight?) have been solved, countless smaller questions will forever go unanswered (why does Dr Robotnik put bunnies in robots?). Consider these mysteries that keep us awake at night.
We play Overwatch on Xbox One as a dubious dream team composed variously of Tracer, Reinhardt, Mercy, Soldier 76, Mei and Pharah. Witness our highs and lows, mostly lows, in this Xbox One gameplay.
Peppy online shooter Overwatch comes from multi-genre developer Blizzard, who you might remember from such games as Starcraft, World of Warcraft, Diablo, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone. If you do remember those, then keep an eye out for these sneaky Blizzard Easter eggs when you jump into Overwatch. Or don't keep an eye out because you'll get shot while you're looking at the walls, and watch this video instead.
Show of the Week eyes up Battleborn, the multiplayer shooter from the makers of Borderlands that's out next week. Its roster of 25 heroes is more colourful than an explosion in a Skittles factory, but the question is how huggable are they? No, it is.
When it comes to in-game product placement, these sponsors would have been better off buying billboards, hiring skywriters, or maybe just throwing their money in the sea. Consider the branded cars, phones, adult periodicals, batteries and corn snacks by which we've been baffled in our games.
Fresh out of juvie, Faith rediscovers the City of Glass and how to do forward rolls in this Mirror's Edge Catalyst gameplay on Xbox One. Later, she kicks people off rooftops.
Swarm Mike and Swarm Andy wade into Gears of War 4's multiplayer beta for Show of the Week. There they sample Gears of War 4's new so-called Dodgeball mode, which is intense, violent and increasingly scary. Much like the sport itself, but with dismemberment.
Behold Overwatch Xbox One gameplay in which cowboy and/or John Marston cosplayer McCree brings the pain with his sci-fi six shooter and robot fist.
The open-world City of Glass, rejigged combat and young Faith's new 'mag rope' grappling hook appear in these 10 minutes of gameplay footage from Mirror's Edge Catalyst. Fresh from a session with Mirror's Edge Catalyst, Johnny Chiodini from Eurogamer joins me to talk it out.
We do battle with Eurogamer's Aoife, Johnny and Ian in turn-based strategy Worms WMD. Witness worm-blasting PC gameplay with tanks, helicopters and a castle used as sneaky cover, then subscribe to Eurogamer for more videos from those guys.
Final Fantasy 15 arrives on 30 September to fulfil at last all our boyband road trip fantasies. That's plenty of time to purchase a matching leather jacket and some extreme hold styling clay, and to consider five hairdos even less plausible than those of protagonist Noctis and his bros.
A good ending doesn't have to be a happy ending but it does have to tie up the loose ends and show all the preceding stuff added up to something. One surefire way to nark your players therefore is to put the closure they crave behind a paywall, by deferring the real ending of the game into some premium downloadable content that doesn't come with the game as standard.
Here's some fresh new Overwatch gameplay from Overwatch on Xbox One, with characters Soldier 76, Mercy and Genji in action on the Russia map in Blizzard's upcoming team-based multiplayer shooter.
In Quantum Break, an experimental time machine rips the space-time continuum a cataclysmic new one. If only protagonist Jack Joyce had learned the lessons of videogame history: mucking about with time travel never pays off, except in really terrible alternate futures.
It seems the noble sport of basketball simply isn't weird enough for videogames, which is why we ended up with these bizarre, mutated takes on the sport featuring some of its biggest stars.
As you steel yourself for the mind-bending implications of tooling around with time travel in Quantum Break, prepare also to have your brain melted by the metaphysical minefield in which the fictional worlds of Remedy's games Quantum Break, Alan Wake and Max Payne are intertwined, sort of.
Show of the Week salutes Hitman: No Subtitle, in which you're given a sandbox full of people, disguises and inadequately secured light fittings so you can go around assassinating targets in whatever way you choose. There's no wrong way to do it, unless you are Mike.
Far from being just a retrofuturistic survivalist fantasy, Fallout 4 is full of essential tips for success in the actual real world. Consider the life lessons we've learned from Fallout 4, and watch out for spoilers.
Think you know Mass Effect? The stern but ultimately fair challenge of this Mass Effect quiz will see about that. Who is Archangel? What is James Vega's pull-up record? What's the Krogan homeworld? What would Renegade Shepard do next? Is it punching? It's probably punching.
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