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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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Show of the Week looks ahead to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, which promises Metal Gear Solid melodrama in gorgeous, intricate stealth sandboxes. We're most excited for the Fulton recovery system, however, which promises goats dangling from balloons.
Dragon Age: Origins' witchy fan favourite Morrigan returns in the upcoming Dragon: Age Inquisition. The former winner of the Dragon Age awards for Best Dressed, Least Dressed and Most Sarcastic, if they existed, is no longer a party member you can play with but she is important and, according to producer Cameron Lee, less of an 'ice queen'.
The forgettable name might not do it any favours, but first-person hack and slasher Hellraid deserves your attention. Discover why (viciously smashy melee combat, the Sean Bean-alike voice of protagonist Ayden) in this new gameplay.
Co-op play is new to Assassin's Creed in Assassin's Creed: Unity, but how does it work and what makes it special? Discover the co-op campaign's brotherhood missions, customised characters and shared co-op abilities in the video below the cut.
Forza Horizon 2 transplants Forza Horizon's open-world driving to sunny southern Europe and addresses the imperfect multiplayer of the first game with a slicker, simpler system. See for yourself in this new Forza Horizon 2 gameplay with car correspondent Mike Channell behind the wheel.
Alan Wake developer Remedy has revealed the first gameplay for time-warping action shooter Quantum Break at Microsoft's Gamescom 2014 conference. Get your eyes on it after the jump.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has just premiered its multiplayer, revealing bouncy, boost-jumping exosuits and a shiny new loot system. If you didn't catch the live gameplay premiere, or did but couldn't focus out of sheer excitement, we've played it and here are the first nine things you need to know.
After you murder the manager of Skyrim's Honorhall Orphanage at the request of one miserable orphan, another thinks out loud, "Kill one person and you can solve so many problems. I wonder at the possibilities." These are the lessons you learn growing up in videogames' least nurturing orphanages.
Battlefield: Hardline, Dragon: Age Inquisition and FIFA 15 will take the stage at EA's Gamescom press conference on Wednesday 13 August, and you can watch the live stream video here. Join us at 9AM UK time (1AM Pacific) for new gameplay from EA's big hitters and discover what BioWare's mysterious new game Shadow Realms is all about anyway.
Sledgehammer Games will reveal Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer on Monday 11 August. To catch the new trailer and multiplayer gameplay, take your seats here for the livestream video from 6PM UK time (10AM Pacific, 1PM Eastern).
Why do game manuals sometimes give a character's blood group along with the expected name, height and age? Take a watch for the significance of blood types in Japanese games and find out if you're a compatible donor for the cast of Resident Evil, Final Fantasy and Street Fighter, at last.
As the last generation of consoles recedes into the distance, Show of the Week takes its eyes off the road to the future of videogames, peers over one shoulder because it has a shoulder in this metaphor, and looks back to the Mass Effect trilogy: as glorious an RPG space opera as we could have have hoped for. Join us to salute BioWare's sci-fi saga and commemorate Shepard's most violently erratic Renegade interrupts.
Rainbow Six Siege smashed its way into E3 with destruction-based asymmetric multiplayer and lady hostages for maximum empathy. The first demo of its siege action took place in a highly destructible suburban house in Boston, but away from American homes with comparatively thin walls, will other Rainbow Six Siege levels be less lavishly breakable? The opposite is true, says technical artist Olivier Couture.
This year's Call of Duty, the near-futuristic Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, comes from Sledgehammer Games, the studio founded by Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield - also known as the creators of Dead Space. What could their experience with sci-fi survival horror bring to a game in which you'll be kicking enemies through walls with cybernetic legs? Pacing, tension and the "terrors of war", say the studio heads.
Xbox 360 indie game Avatar Fear pops your Xbox Live avatar into a cluster of pyramids to collect precious relics and be chased by a winged snakey lizard monster. Mike and I endure the terror so you don't have to.
Far Cry 4 is teeming with female characters, says creative director Alex Hutchinson, who tallies half of the game's main antagonists and half of the rebel fighters as ladies. For more Far Cry 4 story details, such as how Pagan Min is definitely for sure absolutely "not your father", take a watch.
We create a mightily hairy MMA fighter and take him to the Octagon in EA Sports UFC, the recent MMA effort from Electronic Arts. Watch the video for that desperately mismatched scrap, plus a more balanced bout between female fighters Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano.
In Far Cry 4 you can cut the brakes on a vehicle, load it with explosives and roll it down a hill into a mob of henchmen, says Far Cry 4 creative director Alex Hutchinson. Or you just could slap sticky C4 on an elephant, you monster. Take a watch for more juicy Far Cry 4 gameplay details.
In this Sniper Elite 3 gameplay, North Africa's most chaotic sniper team (us) deploy into the game's co-op Overwatch mode. Be amazed by how fast it all goes to pot in this Xbox One gameplay of Sniper Elite 3's co-op mission Radio Silence.
Survival horror Outlast brings its precision scares and nerve-shredding intensity at last to Xbox One, and we dare to play it. In this first gameplay video, journalist Miles Upshur (really) arrives at Mount Massive Asylum for a good snoop around with a night vision camcorder. Why didn't he visit during daylight hours?
Spoilers are dangerous, plentiful and ready to take you by surprise like a Lego brick on the floor of the internet waiting for your bare and unsuspecting foot. This video contains spoilers for Silent Hill 2, Final Fantasy 7, Bioshock, Knights of the Old Republic, Spec Ops, Heavy Rain and Bioshock Infinite.
Tetris returns at the dawn of a new era of console gaming as Tetris Ultimate: a gleaming next-gen iteration of the 30-year-old block dropper. You may watch us play the frankly bewildering two-player Power-Up Battle mode at E3 2014 in this Tetris Ultimate gameplay.
Far Cry 4 dictator villain Pagan Min is both "not a white guy" and "an outsider" says Far Cry 4 technical director Cedric Decelle. Min is from Hong Kong rather than Kyrat, the fictional Himalayan country in which the game is set, says Decelle in this E3 2014 interview.
Here is new gameplay from The Crew at E3 2014 in which Outside Xbox hoons from Miami to Daytona to Big Sur in some chaotic multiplayer races. Who is king of driving fast and mostly in the right direction? Find out inside.
How has the studio behind 'mature' fantasy RPG Witcher 3: Wild Hunt been influenced by the monumental success of Game of Thrones? And which has the most raunch? Executive producer John Mamais compares and contrasts, and talks about adding Charles Dance AKA Tywin Lannister to the Witcher 's voice cast.
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