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Jane is co-editor at Outside Xbox, where she writes words and makes videos. She enjoys dialogue trees.
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The next Xbox is the Xbox One. Microsoft has named and unveiled its new console and here's your first look at the thing. Watch videos of the Xbox One hardware, fresh from this evening's Xbox reveal event.
Today's the day, folks. Microsoft's big Xbox reveal event begins at 6PM UK time (10AM Pacific) and we'll have the live stream video on Outside Xbox, along with the big news, essential analysis, fripperies such as Xbox reveal bingo, and all the live blogging you can shake a next-generation console at. Won't you join us?
Resident Evil Revelations HD's The Pool Is Open achievement gets you 5G for taking Jill Valentine for a swim. Easy. Except the swimming pool is full of soupy green water and barnacled monster flesh, and Jill is having none of it. Get that pool sparkling clean with our achievement guide for The Pool is Open.
The end of a generation is nearly here. This evening's Xbox reveal event heralds the beginning of the end like so many angelic trumpeters, or Don't Stop Believing coming on the karaoke playlist. But what a generation it has been. Of that generation's worth of Xbox 360 games, here are 60 in 60 seconds. Can you name them all?
To those fans dismayed by last year's Resident Evil 6, Resident Evil Revelations HD is a must. It's a much more focused outing than its messy predecessor, with just the right mix of icky enemies, creepy atmosphere and melodramatic schlock.
Here's a Batman: Arkham Origins teaser trailer to tell you there's a trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins coming on May 20, which will in turn tell you Batman: Arkham Origins is coming on October 25. Still, you get a sneaky peek at Batman battling Deathstroke in the snow, and who can say fairer than that?
The latest Assassin's Creed IV trailer explores what it means to be a swashbuckling assassin in the Golden Age of Piracy. It's mostly about defying imperial tyrants and air assassinations from the ship's rigging, we gather. Watch the new trailer after the cut.
Metro is the post-apocalyptic survival series for wasteland wanderers who find Fallout not quite bleak enough and insufficiently full of Russian political satire. Prepare to be harrowed in the launch trailer for Metro: Last Light, sequel to Metro 2033, in which Artyom continues to eke out an existence in the nuked remains of Moscow.
No longer a Wii U exclusive, Rayman Legends comes to Xbox 360 as well as the Wii U and PlayStation 3 on August 30. Watch limbless go-getter Rayman and friends dive beneath the waves in underwater level Ocean World in this new gameplay trailer.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified turns back the clock to find alien defence agency XCOM in its 1960s infancy. Watch The Bureau's third-person action in this gameplay video, with a good look at Battle Focus: the time-slowing command mode that puts the squad-based tactics in squad-based tactical shooter.
Grand Theft Auto V might not arrive until September, but watching those new character trailers on loop has given Mike a nasty case of GTA V fever. The only cure? GTA V. Failing that, symptoms can be treated with therapeutic sessions of telling you all about it in Show of the Week and playing GTA IV. Watch both in this week's episode.
Lately, our favourite Minecraft pastime is a mash-up of Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition's creative mode and Pictionary. Can you guess our inscrutable 3D doodles? Can we? Watch and find out.
When the wraps came off Splinter Cell: Blacklist last June, an interactive torture scene was decried for trivialising a hot-button topic. Though the interactivity has since been removed, torture shouldn't be off-limits for video games, says creative director Max Béland. He talks torture, politics and story in Splinter Cell: Blacklist after the jump.
Splinter Cell's distinctive stealthy-against-shooty multiplayer game Spies vs. Mercs returns in Splinter Cell: Blacklist in two flavours: Classic mode and Blacklist mode. Classic is tense and dark, Blacklist is brighter, bigger and faster. Both have important lessons for the wannabe spy. Watch this first multiplayer Spies vs. Mercs gameplay to learn them all.
Watch_Dogs' masked protagonist Aiden Pearce is about two things: hacking and revenge. And sliding across car bonnets. Okay, three things. Watch them all in this new gameplay trailer, set in the computer-controlled surveillance society of future Chicago.
Xbox Live Gold turns free this weekend, with non-members invited to sample Xbox's premium online service for nothing from Friday afternoon to Sunday night.
IllumiRoom is a Kinect sensor bar and a projector arranged to magically fill your living room with the videogame images previously confined to just your television screen. We first saw it revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year. Now see IllumiRoom do its thing with Portal and how it might be part of the next Xbox console after the jump.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified sets the mood for its Cold War-era XCOM shooter with this foreboding live action trailer, while developer 2K Marin sets a date: it's coming on August 20. Watch the trailer after the jump.
After the lukewarm reception for Lost Planet 2, Lost Planet needed a shot in the arm. Creative director Kenji Oguro wanted a "new direction" for the third game, says producer Andrew Szymanski, so Lost Planet 3 was steered towards storytelling and relatable characters. Find out about these in the video.
Lost Planet 3 dispenses with the frivolity of Frank West character skins and dancing emotes in favour of a straighter-laced multiplayer offering than Lost Planet 2. "We just got rid of some of the more wacky things," says producer Andrew Szymanski. "Lost Planet 2 in a lot of ways was very much party game, where people got together and just kind of had a great time... For Lost Planet 3 we wanted to make it a little bit more of a fast-paced, competitive atmosphere." Get your eyes on Lost Planet 3 multiplayer gameplay after the jump.
Blood Dragons are top of the food chain in the Far Cry 3 sci-fi spinoff of the same name: giant neon lizards that wreak havok when introduced to, say, an enemy garrison. In the words of Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon creative director Dean Evans: "If you've ever played Far Cry 3, this is the equivalent of letting a tiger loose. But instead of jumping on people he shoots them with lasers." Watch Evans play and commentate his game in the eight-minute Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon gameplay video below the cut.
Ah, Minecraft Pictionary. It's the 3D blockery of Minecraft meets the inscrutable drawings of Pictionary in which you've got two minutes to do the bidding of a Pictionary card in Minecraft's creative mode. We play this crossover of our own devising in the video after the jump.
After a shaky go at a modern-day shooter in Call of Juarez: The Cartel, Call of Juarez rediscovers its Wild West home turf in Gunslinger: a bloody Spaghetti Western of a downloadable FPS, on its way to Xbox Live Arcade. Catch the gameplay trailer after the jump.
Like a corpse reanimated with its insides on the outside, Dead Island Riptide shouldn't work. It's against nature. For all its problems, though, it does - the key is never playing alone. Watch us go on a co-op adventure on the new island of Palanoi in this multiplayer gameplay.
The eternal question of whether Superman or Batman would win in a fight is yours for the settling now Injustice: Gods Among Us has dropped DC's heroes and villains into the melee of a spectacular fighting game. With that question resolved, we turn in Show of the Week to the next most intractable dilemma: which is the greater comic megapublisher, Marvel or DC?