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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We love games with multiple endings, they make all our careful choices seem meaningful. They also open the way for the dreaded downer ending, however. That's the one where everything explodes and everyone is miserable or dead. Here are the seven bleakest for which we were responsible with our terrible decisions.
To build Dying Light's powerful Korek Machete, you need 20 metal parts and 10 alcohols. In this Xbox One gameplay, we race to collect all the booze and metal in Harran. Who will be first to craft the mighty machete? Who will detonate the most hazmat zombies? Only this video knows for sure.
Dying Light's Korek Machete is a ludicrously powerful weapon. You have to kick a box hidden on a roof 70 times to get the blueprint, then gather a whole bunch of alcohol and a junkyard's worth of metal parts to actually build it.
When the zombie plague lays waste to civilisation, I will bring to bear my real-life survival skills of making tea, singing karaoke and doing my eyeliner on the train. Who wants me for their band of post-apocalyptic survivors? Anyone?
Show of the Week gives the shakedown to The Escapists on Xbox One: a sandbox jail simulator in which your objective is to break out of a series of increasingly high-security slammers.
Endings are hard. But lucky for you, videogames, some clever people already figured the optimum way to end a game that delights and rewards the player for hours of sticking with all the punching, shooting and snowboarding: it's the unexpected, out of genre, choreographed dance finale. Witness these seven magnificent dance endings we never saw coming.
Open-world zombie run-away-frommer Dying Light has Assassin's Creed-style leaps of faith in which you can jump from a huge height and survive the fall by landing on a pile of soft stuff. Only in Dying Light, the stuff is trash bags not hay, and it is 100 percent easier to miss it by a lethal few inches. These are our findings in the following Xbox One co-op gameplay.
Open-world zombie whacker Dying Light shifts gear after dark, dispatching the much more aggressive, powerful and gross zombies called volatiles to hunt you down and mess you up. We creep out of the safe house to brave our first full night in the city in the following Xbox One co-op gameplay.
Dying Light's co-op mode lets you complete any of the single-player campaign's missions with the help of up to three parkouring clones. In this Xbox One gameplay, Mike, Andy and I free run to the video rental store because we need anti-zombification medicine and a man named Gazi needs a VHS tape for his scarecrow mother. Best not to ask.
Mike discovers a talent for blowing up the gas cannisters on the backs of hazmat-suited zombies in our first co-op outing in open-world zombie basher Dying Light. No-one discovers a talent for battling the enormous heavyweight zombie twirling a chunk of concrete rebar.
We thought you got to hell by doing bad things such as murder or walking slowly with people behind you, but there are loads of alternative routes to the hot place, say videogames. If you need to get down there in a hurry, consider your many transport options.
At sundown, open-world zombie basher Dying Light swaps your regular zombies for ickier, meaner variants called volatiles. Show of the Week sees how these nocturnal jerks stack up against the special shamblers of other disgusting zombie games.
The hell imagined by Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is a city full of neon signs and lava pits, where William Shakespeare is a disc-jockeying nightclub magnate. Andy meets the damned DJ and runs amok with an explosive frog launcher in this Xbox One gameplay.
If you're a scientist or an inventor in a videogame, watch your back. The chances are good you will die at the hands of your creation, or at the giant rusty drill arm of your creation. Why did you even give it one of those? Consider these seven geniuses killed by their best work. (Be careful of spoilers in the video below, although none are for games newer than 2013.)
We ship off to the Halo 5 multiplayer beta's new map Regret in base-capturing Strongholds mode, there to lock down bases and bogart the rocket launcher. In this new mode, teams must capture and hold a map's three bases, and control at least two bases to earn points.
Assassin's Creed: Unity DLC Dead Kings is available to download imminently (from January 13). This free DLC adds five hours to the game by giving Arno a trip away from the city of Paris to the town of Franciade, known as Saint-Denis prior to the church-hatin' Revolution.
In Dragon Age: Inquisition's system for crafting armour, plaideweave is a cheery yellow fabric that confers protection against electrical damage, among other things. It's like a magic tartan Faraday cage and every cloth wearer on Team Inquisition looks goddamn fabulous in it.
Halo 5 adds multiplayer mode Breakout, in which there are no respawns and a team wins a round by killing all four Spartans on the opposite team. We report for duty on the shiny Crossfire map in this Xbox One gameplay from the multiplayer beta. Who will be last Spartan standing?
Spartans are even now testing their new scoping, sprinting and thrusting abilities in the crucible of 4 vs 4 arena combat in Halo 5's multiplayer beta. We collect headshots, grenade kills and Covenant energy swords right in our spines in Slayer mode on maps Truth and Empire in the following Xbox One gameplay.
It's time for the GTA Online tiebreaker finale of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge, in which we drink all the beers and sled face first down Mount Chiliad. Who will be crowned Oxbox Xmas Champion? Who will shear their face off on the mountainside? Who will be exploded with fireworks? Answers within.
It's Christmas Eve and the final day of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge. The final task is mine: survive for 90 seconds in Geometry Wars 3 Dimensions' gun-free Pacifism mode. Can I survive or will I be murdered by a flock of angry shapes? Find out in this Xbox One gameplay.
Can I jump a motorbike onto a moving train? Only this Xbox One gameplay knows for sure on the ninth day of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge which, like a runaway freight train itself, cannot be slowed, steered or stopped, only ridden inexorably towards Christmas Day. Its final destination? The Oxbox Xmas Champion. All aboard!
In the spirit of the season, Mike means to prove any old idiot can do what Santa does: infiltrate homes by night and stealthily deposit festive gifts. In Minecraft, mind. Andy and I meanwhile set about hindering Mike's deliveries with extreme prejudice.
The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare achievement "Never Saw It Coming" is awarded for boost jumping, dashing forward in the air, then ground slamming an enemy unto death. On a normal day, it's worth 15G. On the sixth day of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge, it's worth one golden Christmas point.
They say it's the thought that counts, but they are wrong idiots. There are good gifts and there are rubbish gifts which make your life as the recipient measurably worse, especially in videogames. Consider these seven horrible presents you can't stick on eBay or regift, except to your enemies, and even then you'll look like a cheapskate.
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