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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Mike is back, along with his prized possessions: a pair of exquisite model cars, dredged from sewers beneath Outside Xbox, where no-one knows how they got there, not even Andy or I. Anyway, Show of the Week weighs up schlocky shooter Zombie Army 4: Dead War, in which Mike searches a zombie-infested zoo for undead penguins. Subscribe for this show every week, why not?
Virtual reality encourages us to live out our wildest dreams, like being Batman or having more than 40 square feet of living room space. It's not all standard superheroism though - VR also lets game makers create first-person experiences that don't just border on weird, they move into weird and build a weird house there. Do you want to be an angry elephant? A colossal cop? Jesus? Take your pick from these seven VR games that let you experience the weirdness firsthand.
Mike is away this week so there's no-one to stop Andy and I from flushing toy cars, getting pumped for Doom Eternal (also Animal Crossing) and ragging on Doom Annihilation, the latest film adaptation from the Doomiverse.
Five Nights at Freddy's has come at last to Xbox One and it is Andy's solemn duty to suffer this classic jumpscare generator. Watch on for Xbox One gameplay from Five Nights at Freddy's 1, with rare facecam footage.
Netflix's adaptation of The Witcher has been a hit, so naturally there's another season on the way. And although season one captures the spirit of the original novels on which the Witcher games are based, we'd love to see season two include some of the weirder, wilder elements of the world of the Witcher that currently exist only in the Witcher videogames, such as feather fetishists, ghostly wedding guests and stuffed unicorns.
It's a rough gig being a hard-working Doom demon, just trying to get through the day, and then along comes the Doom Slayer. In Doom Eternal gameplay, the Slayer has more ways than ever to make sure hell's minions don't get home tonight to see their hell families. Consider these seven demon schmucks having the worst day imaginable in new Doom Eternal gameplay.
Noodle helmets! Frog suits! Cross-franchise cosplay! We haven't reviewed gaming's most bizarre alternate costumes for a minute, so here's whole wardrobe's worth of inexplicable fashion statements to ponder. Consider these seven weird costumes that lie beyond the reach of rational explanation.
We have vast RPGs and new consoles to look forward to this year, but what are the new games coming out in 2020 that might have flown under your radar until now? We've picked out seven interesting lesser-known releases we reckon are worth your attention.
With 2019 a distant memory and 2020 already making itself at home, our thoughts turn to the months ahead. What will space year 2020 be like? Will there be hoverboards? Thankfully videogames have done the hard work predicting the future for us, with games set in 2020 which surely offer a true and accurate forecast of what's coming our way: microwave power plants, nanosuits, and dragons occupying Tokyo.
Mike and I do spacey first-person exploring in Journey to the Savage Planet, in which a resourceful astronaut must assess a gooey new world for human habitation. Will we survive this final frontier? Or be exploded by local flora and fauna? How many pufferbirds must die in the name of human exploration? See for yourselves in this Journey to the Savage Planet gameplay.
An old wizard frenemy dispatches Team Oxventure to a remote, icy mountain in search of a Great Evil. Can Corazon, Dob, Egbert, Merilwen and Prudence scale the mountain and restore the precious balance of nature without freezing their bits off? Let's hope so.
Bus Simulator returns for a special festive bus route on day eight of the Xmas Challenge: Andy must appropriately decorate his bus and drive a busload of passengers to the cathedral in Old Town for a carol service in under 10 minutes. Will he make it in time? Will the passengers be in the mood for singing afterwards? Let's watch.
On day seven of the Xmas Challenge, witness the chaos of the traditional nude mayor punching event, transported this year to The Outer Worlds - here, Mike must board the Groundbreaker orbital station and bop bureaucrat Udom Bedford while wearing as little protective gear as possible. Can he escape without getting his buttocks lasered off by nearby guards? Let's watch.
As Xmas Challenge 2019 approaches the halfway mark, I draw a Sea of Thieves task: set an enemy ship on fire within 15 minutes in the Sea of Thieves Arena, using the firebombs added in the recent update. How will I fare entering the Sea of Thieves Arena for the first time? See for yourselves and come back tomorrow for another ostensibly festive challenge.
It's a Red Dead Redemption 2 Online event for Andy on day five of the supposedly random Oxbox Xmas Challenge. Can Andy pick up a point in his favourite game of 2019? How rigged is this competition? What's a stew bowl challenge anyway? Find all your answers within.
As the Xmas Challenge gathers speed, Mike draws a tough task: score at least one touchdown and go on to win the match in Madden 20, which we understand to be a football game where 'football' means 'American football' and 'touchdown' means 'the moment at which an aircraft's wheels make contact with the ground during landing'. Can Mike triumph in Madden 20, a game he has never played before? Watch and discover.
Day 3 and time for a classic event in the Oxbox Xmas Challenge: the traditional FIFA Giant Killing Challenge, this year in FIFA 20, in which I am supposed to lead a League Two team to victory against a Premier League team. Will I bring home a football win this year or another shameful football defeat? Let's football!
Andy steps up for his first challenge of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2019, which takes him to Hitman 2's Haven Island for the Hitman 2 Crocodile Hunter Challenge. Can he assassinate all the inflatable crocodiles in this island paradise? Watch and find out, dear viewer.
So begins this year's Xmas Challenge! This year's competition launches with a Blair Witch challenge for Mike: can he score 100 points in Blair Witch's off-brand Nokia Snake game Cobra Masters without crashing into his own tail or being murdered by the Blair Witch? Watch and find out today, day one of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2019.
Like Overcooked but with home renovation, Tools Up! lets you take control of bumbling decorators in couch co-op, with your job to complete DIY tasks specified by the blueprint, such as painting and laying carpet, to a gruellingly tight deadline. Why can't we just leave two bags of gravel in the driveway and head off on holiday to Ibiza like real builders?
Behold Sea of Thieves Seabound Soul gameplay in which Andy and Mike are attacked by a giant kraken. Who will be eaten alive? Who will be turned into a ghostly green skeleton? The one way to find out is to watch, and also why not subscribe for more Sea of Thieves on Outside Xbox?
Witness the chaos in this Bleeding Edge Xbox One gameplay, in which Mike and I played Ninja Theory's upcoming team brawler, sampling distinctive fighters such as zombie rockstar Nidhoggr, witchy granny Maeve and Cass, the Black Swan-looking ballerina with robotic bird legs.
Show of the Week takes Terminator-based first-person shooter Terminator Resistance for a spin, with Andy as Sgt. Jacob Rivers of the titular Resistance, on a mission to save humanity from spidery terminators, exploding terminators and occasional terminator terminators. Then it's over to the best YouTube comments of the week. Don't go away.
Minecraft Dungeons is the new dungeon-crawling, loot-hoovering top-down co-op adventure set in the world of Minecraft. It's coming to Xbox One, but also PS4, PC and Switch. Get your eyes on this new Minecraft Dungeons co-op gameplay as Andy and I bumble our way around a dungeon in search of a necromancer's tomb, but instead find a terrifying Enderman boss, a treasure pig and a friendly gold key.
Jedi Fallen Order is the new Star Wars game from Titanfall developer Respawn. In it, you play as Cal Kestis, a Padawan who survived the Jedi-destroying Order 66 and is justifiably ready to go ham on the Empire with a lightsaber. Join us for Jedi Fallen Order gameplay on Xbox One as Mike and Andy tackle the game's opening, then stick around for Jane with the finest YouTube comments of the week.
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