Archive - Jane Douglas

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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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7 Times Movie Games Couldn't Use the Star's Likeness, So Here's Some Random

7 Times Movie Games Couldn't Use the Star's Likeness, So Here's Some Random

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.

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4 days ago

See Us Build Our Dream Beachside City in Cities Skylines

See Us Build Our Dream Beachside City in Cities Skylines

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.

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6 days ago

7 Weirdest Shooters from the 1990s That Make Even Less Sense Now

7 Weirdest Shooters from the 1990s That Make Even Less Sense Now

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.

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10 days ago

Cities Skylines Xbox One Edition: 7 Reasons to Move to Oxboxford (Sponsored Content)

Cities Skylines Xbox One Edition: 7 Reasons to Move to Oxboxford (Sponsored Content)

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.

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12 days ago

Show of the Week: 6 Snakes Less Adorable Than Snake Pass Snake Noodle

Show of the Week: 6 Snakes Less Adorable Than Snake Pass Snake Noodle

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.”

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24 days ago

We Prevent Masked Murders in Time-Looping Puzzler Sexy Brutale

We Prevent Masked Murders in Time-Looping Puzzler Sexy Brutale

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.

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26 days ago

Ryder Gets New Ride in Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay

Ryder Gets New Ride in Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay

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.

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27 days ago

Snake Pass Is the Slithery Platformer We Didn't Know We Needed

Snake Pass Is the Slithery Platformer We Didn't Know We Needed

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.

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A month ago

Show of the Week: Thimbleweed Park and 5 Best Games for Twin Peaks Fans

Show of the Week: Thimbleweed Park and 5 Best Games for Twin Peaks Fans

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.

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A month ago

8 Least Ethical Ways to Make a Super Soldier

8 Least Ethical Ways to Make a Super Soldier

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.

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A month ago

Scott Ryder is a Space Jerk in Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay

Scott Ryder is a Space Jerk in Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay

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.

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A month ago

Let's Replay Red Dead Redemption: John Marston Is the Law

Let's Replay Red Dead Redemption: John Marston Is the Law

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.

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A month ago

Show of the Week: Lego Worlds is Lego Minecraft, At Last

Show of the Week: Lego Worlds is Lego Minecraft, At Last

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.

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A month ago

Hitman Elusive Target 21 Demands Death by Viral Infection

Hitman Elusive Target 21 Demands Death by Viral Infection

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.

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A month ago

5 Ways Astronaut Training Taught Us to Be Pathfinder in Mass Effect Andromeda

5 Ways Astronaut Training Taught Us to Be Pathfinder in Mass Effect Andromeda

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!

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A month ago

7 Physically Implausible Things Game Heroes Do All the Time

7 Physically Implausible Things Game Heroes Do All the Time

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.

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2 months ago

7 Times You Failed a QTE and Looked Like an Hilarious Dummy

7 Times You Failed a QTE and Looked Like an Hilarious Dummy

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.

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2 months ago

We Herd Llamas in Ghost Recon Wildlands Co-op Gameplay

We Herd Llamas in Ghost Recon Wildlands Co-op Gameplay

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.

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2 months ago

Show of the Week: Hitman and 5 Most Cruel and Unusual Hits From Season 1

Show of the Week: Hitman and 5 Most Cruel and Unusual Hits From Season 1

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.

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2 months ago

Hitman Kill Quiz Decides Who is Head Hitman at Outside Xbox

Hitman Kill Quiz Decides Who is Head Hitman at Outside Xbox

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?

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2 months ago

We Are Ghosts on a Mission in Ghost Recon Wildlands

We Are Ghosts on a Mission in Ghost Recon Wildlands

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.

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2 months ago

We Take Jane's Ghost Alter Ego to Ghost Recon Wildlands' Bolivia

We Take Jane's Ghost Alter Ego to Ghost Recon Wildlands' Bolivia

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.

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2 months ago

Hitman Elusive Target The Chameleon Must Be Killed in 'Accident'

Hitman Elusive Target The Chameleon Must Be Killed in 'Accident'

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.

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3 months ago

Show of the Week: Resident Evil 7 and 5 Signs You Should Move Out of Your Terrifying Home

Show of the Week: Resident Evil 7 and 5 Signs You Should Move Out of Your Terrifying Home

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.

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3 months ago

We Conquer Lizard People with Strategy in Siegecraft Commander

We Conquer Lizard People with Strategy in Siegecraft Commander

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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3 months ago

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