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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Imagine you're a game developer with a license to make a game based on a hit movie, but the movie's star hasn't given you permission to use their likeness. Do you cancel production and go work on a farm, dreaming about what could have been? No! You sub in some generic character model and hope nobody notices. Consider these times videogames did just that, with mixed results.
Cities Skylines is launching soon on Xbox One, and we've always fancied ourselves as the benevolent if easily distracted mayor of a great city. Watch us fire up the city sim that's not sim city in this Cities Skylines: Xbox One Edition gameplay, in which we establish the overfunded, underwatered beachside utopia of Oxboxford.
After Wolfenstein 3D in 1992, the 90s became a golden age for first-person shooters. That's not to say that every 1990s FPS was a classic. Countless shooters made it to market that were weird, baffling, or starred William Shatner. Watch on for our favourite weird genre relics from that baffling era of games.
With Cities Skylines coming to console, it's time for us aspiring civil engineers on Xbox One to have a crack at the city-building simulation beloved by PC players. So consider the following Cities Skylines gameplay on Xbox One and reasons to move immediately to the utopian beachside city of Oxboxford, brought to you by Outside Xbox and sponsor Cities Skylines: Xbox One Edition.
Snake Pass is an endearing puzzle platformer, soon to become your favourite game about a Snake that isn't a Metal Gear Solid or running on a Nokia 3310. However, not all snakes are as friendly and amenable to collaboration with hummingbirds as Noodle, the lovable hero of Snake Pass. Show of the Week ponders the serpentine jerks that won't make you say aww, they'll make you say oww, or possibly oww, does anyone know how to suck the venom out of a snakebite because I'm starting to get dizzy here.
Sexy Brutale is an intricate puzzler in which you must prevent the many simultaneous murders taking place in a single day at luxe casino mansion the Sexy Brutale, where the masked staff are offing the masked guests. In the following gameplay footage our only hope at figuring out this swanky murderhouse and saving would-be victims is a magic pocket watch that resets time, so wish us luck.
Jerk Ryder returns for episode 3 of Mike and Andy's Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay, in which the noob Pathfinder lands on Eos, acquires the Nomad planetary rover, meets Asari livewire Peebee, Krogan grouch Drack, and then plunges blindly into a Remnant Vault. There had better be a path down there, is all I'm saying.
Snake Pass is a physics-driven platformer in which you play a snake called Noodle, snaking around poles and onto platforms with the help of a hummingbird buddy called Doodle. Noodle is so adorable and, in our hands, hilariously inept at being a snake that we can barely deal.
Point-and-click adventure Thimbleweed Park takes place in the town of the title: a kooky slice of northwest Americana where a mysterious murder has taken place. Besides harking back to classic adventures such as Maniac Mansion, the game doubles down on nostalgic 1990s appeal by evoking inscrutable TV drama Twin Peaks. Show of the Week inspects the show's lasting influence on pop culture, and the other games Twin Peaks fans might like to try.
Super soldiers are soldiers enhanced by artificial means to be stronger, faster and more super. Just as there's more than one way to skin a cat, though, there's more than one way to create a super soldier - and like the various ways of skinning a cat, methods for making super soldiers tend to be a bit icky. Ethically icky, that is.
Scott Ryder of Mass Effect Andromeda isn't just humanity's best hope in a new galaxy. As you'll find in this gameplay from the first hour of Mass Effect Andromeda, he's also a part-time space jerk. Beware a few story spoilers, albeit from very early in the game.
After Andy lost his Red Dead Redemption save, we resolved to reclaim his 100 percent complete status by replaying one of our favourite games of the last generation. In this second episode of Red Dead Redemption gameplay, we go treasure hunting, cannibal tracking and lawbringing to rescue John Marston's wife and son, somehow.
When you discover Lego is releasing a building sandbox game in the style of Minecraft, your first question is probably less "oh cool, when's it coming out" and more "what the ruddy hell took them so long". Lego has been the perfect foundation for a building sandbox game since forever, and it seems crazy that it's taken until future year 2017 for it to arrive on Xbox. As to your second question of "is it any good", Show of the Week has just the gameplay you need to see.
Hitman's latest Elusive Target mission takes place in the fancy hospital at Hokkaido, Japan and designates two targets: the surgeons Pavel Frydel and Akane Akenawa, who the client has requested be killed by viral infection. Who will whack them successfully? Who will panic and be gunned down in the corridor? Watch and find out, why not.
After astronaut training from the European Space Agency and Mass Effect Andromeda, I am super ready to be the Pathfinder and/or an actual astronaut. Call me, ESA and/or the Andromeda Initiative!
Your typical videogame action hero is fitter, stronger and more voiced by Troy Baker than we will ever be. This, we have come to accept. We've also come to accept that a game hero or heroine can typically do a whole bunch of things that are physically implausible, if not straight-up biomechanically impossible. Ponder with us now, these incredible physical feats that videogame heroes are pulling off every day like it's nothing.
A quick time event is usually a simple button-pressing mini game that lets you pull off something cool with relative ease. In order for these interactive cutscenes to actually be interactive, though, there has to be a consequence for when you fail to hit that button - such as a humiliating pratfall. Consider these times you failed a QTE and wound up looking like an hilarious dummy instead of a cool action hero.
We return to Ghost Recon Wildlands' Bolivia for this Ghost Recon Wildlands co-op gameplay, rolling an APC through llama country on the way to a drug cartel outpost. Who can resist their fuzzy faces and doe eyes? Not us, apparently.
The recipe for a perfect Hitman kill calls for a firm base of preparation and a dash of wicked irony. Just consider these, the most needlessly elaborate, cruel and unusual kills from Season 1 of Hitman No Subtitle in Show of the Week.
With an assassin career stretching back 17 years, Agent 47 has racked up more hits than Abba. Time to test amateur Hitmans Mike and Andy on their Hitman history, as we show them a selection of clips starring Agent 47 as he prepares to pull off a classic kill. Can they tell us what happens next?
Andy and I are co-op Ghosts in this Ghost Recon Wildlands gameplay, fresh from the Santa Blanca-controlled Bolivian region of Montuyoc. Witness the gathering of intel, the kidnapping of informants and the blowing up of helicopters in the following video.
Behold Ghost Recon Wildlands single-player gameplay in which we bring my eyepatch-loving female Ghost to the game's open-world Bolivia - specifically the Itacua region from the start of the game.
Hitman Elusive Target 18 is The Chameleon: an actor dressed as a decorated military officer, holed up in the house in the Colorado militia base. You have to kill him in an 'accident'. Witness our respective attempts on his life in this Hitman gameplay.
In Resident Evil 7, you find yourself trapped in the home of the Baker family: a dwelling almost as gruesome and freaky as the Baker family itself, with who you are unhappily trapped. If only you had seen Show of the Week, which advises on the telltale signs you've wound up in a house of horrors, you might have gotten out of there in time.
Watch us crush the formerly peaceful lizard men with our superior human siegecraft commanding in the above gameplay from the Xbox One version of action strategy number Siegecraft Commander.
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