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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The Far Cryathlon returns and puts Far Cry 4's map editor to work for our first event: the Tuk Tuk Ski Jump Challenge, in which you must ramp a tuk tuk over a pit of leopards, bears, elephants and explosive barrels. Who will get the most air? Who will get the most eaten? Only this Xbox One gameplay knows.
GTA 5 next gen's new first-person mode makes the melee and bus murder of Prison Thugz Fight's prison riot deathmatch more harrowing than ever before. Mike can't take it and escapes the brutal exercise yard of Bolingbroke Penitentiary in this Xbox One gameplay.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham takes Batman and Robin to space in a Batrocket, but not before trashing the Batmobile, the Batwing, the Batcycle and the Batboat. We wreck up the Batcave and Batvehicles then do battle with a giant Batmonster as Robin and Alfred in this Xbox One gameplay.
Show of the Week says bienvenue to Arno, a new assassin for a new era in a new open-world city. That city is Paris of the late 1700s: an historic metropolis packed with graceful monuments, seething with popular unrest, and surveyed in this week's show for sneaky anachronisms by historical accuracy stickler Andy.
What does spending real money get you in Dragon Age: Inquisition's multiplayer store? We open loot chests so you don't have to in this Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay on Xbox One. Microtransactions ahoy!
Dragons are the apex predators in the world of Dragon Age: Inquisition, which makes you the bottom of the food chain as you begin the game and start exploring the scenic Hinterlands. Fight a dragon as a level four mage in Dragon Age: Inquisition and it will mess you up, as you will see in this Xbox One gameplay.
You spend most of your time in videogames trying not to die, then occasionally you hack your way through a thousand faceless goons to reach the bit where, it turns out, your death is unavoidable. But there is plenty of difference between losing your last health point to the 831st henchman and going down in a scripted blaze of glory, and it's not just whether or not you get to respawn. Consider these seven times your canonical death was necessary for important reasons, sorry. Beware of spoilers ahead for several games, though nothing newer than 2013.
The beginning of Dragon Age: Inquisition takes the newly appointed head inquisitor to rustic Redcliffe Farms in Ferelden's Hinterlands to fetch horses, close rifts and find a better hat for my female human mage. So begins the quest for new headgear in this new Xbox One gameplay.
In Sunset Overdrive you shoot and grind your way around in a city that pops with colour the same way its swollen mutant baddies pop with toxic energy beverage. Prepare to be overstimulated by the first two hours of Sunset Overdrive condensed into 12 minutes of rainbow-coloured chaos.
Massive Cleavage vs Zombies contains both of those things and, what's more, is an indie game in which you play the barechested owner of the titular (haha) body part, carving up zombies with a meat cleaver in 2D side-scrolling 'action'. See for yourself as Andy and I sample the game on Xbox 360.
One Night Two Crazies is an indie game in which your 'friend' Chris has you 'test' his 'security system' by looking at a laptop and being murdered when you don't shut the door on him or his partner who is a giant spider silhouette. Andy and I submit ourselves for testing in this Xbox 360 gameplay.
Falling Skies: The Game adapts sci-fi television show Falling Skies into a turn-based strategy game which closely resembles a downmarket XCOM: Enemy Unknown. See Falling Skies' Tom 'Noah Wyle' Mason and his last-hope-for-humanity crew murderise Espheni alien invaders in a wood in this gameplay from an early mission in Falling Skies: The Game on Xbox 360.
We've already banged on about Far Cry 4's rideable elephants and the awesome power of kicking things; it's time for nine other novelties in Far Cry 4 gameplay. Watch on for autodrive, beehives, guns for hire, demon fish, flying bird attacks and the new karma system.
How do you say Ajay Ghale? This Far Cry 4 gameplay has your answer. Take a watch for how to pronounce Ajay Ghale, the Kyrati name of Far Cry 4's protagonist, whether your accent is American, Kyrati or Pagan Min's.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's exo survival mode is the co-op portion of Advanced Warfare: a wave-based survival mode for one to four players. Sledgehammer Games head Glen Schofield likens his game's futuristic survival action to Mad Max's Thunderdome, but with exosuits instead of spikes, leather and Tina Turner.
Survival horror archetypes abound in The Evil Within, in which zombie-like enemies shuffle along the corridors of a creepy mansion among deadly spike traps and arcane lock puzzles. But do tropes this familiar still have the power to scare us silly? Yes, is the answer we find at London games expo EGX 2014.
Gang Beasts is a chaotic ragdoll brawler for two to eight players. Watch Mike and Andy play it at EGX 2014, scrapping across levels set around a ferris wheel, speeding lorry, subway train platform and fiery pit. As Andy notes, the action resembles a boozy scrap in a pub car park at closing time, but with more and greater environmental hazards.
D4 is an Xbox One-exclusive fever dream from auteur game designer Swery, creator of Deadly Premonition. There is toilet-based time travel, a mute cat-woman carrying a rat in her mouth and, look, you had better see for yourself.
Defense Grid 2 is a sci-fi tower defense game for Xbox One in which a conga line of aliens tries to steal your precious cores while you try to kill them with strategically placed weapon towers. Observe as we defend a space station and a spiral-shaped city from alien core raids, with varying success.
If there is one thing Metal Gear Solid fans love more than tactical espionage action, it's speculating about where the series is going next. We already know plenty about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain thanks to trailers, its prequel Ground Zeroes, and from it being set in the middle of the Metal Gear timeline. That's all fuel to the fire of fans predicting what mind-bending high drama Kojima is going to spring on us in the finished game. Here are six fan theories so bonkers they might just be true.
There is a lot to admire about Sunset Overdrive, the punky platform-shooter for Xbox One, not least its gender-bending character customisation. But, asks Andy, can Insomniac's "Tony Hawk with guns" pull off a trick combo of high-speed grinding plus satisfying gunplay? Ponder along with some Sunset Overdrive gameplay footage after the jump.
The Horizon festival around which open-world racer Forza Horizon 2 takes place is a Mediterranean paradise for music-loving petrolheads. If it turns out to be a literal paradise because you died in a car ferry accident on your way to Italy, I will be only half-surprised. How else to explain the festival PR, who has the voice and likeness of 90s pop heartthrob Sean Maguire and dishes out free supercars like promotional tote bags? Answer me that, Show of the Week.
Destiny is a game developer Bungie plans on supporting for years to come with new content, patches and updates. So listen up, Bungie, here's what we need first of all (a cantina in the Tower in which to dance is but one of our initial demands).
Outside Xbox faces off against bulky beastie Goliath in monster-hunting action on Distillery, Evolve's most recently revealed map. Harpoon traps are laid, mobile arenas are deployed, and everyone gets set on fire in this new Evolve gameplay. Let's watch.
Far Cry 4's Shangri-La missions take you into Kyrati legend as a warrior who slows time with his bow and arrow, sics white tigers on demon enemies, and spins prayer wheels to restore peace and good times. See Mike play in mystical Shangri-La and snowy Kyrat in this new Far Cry 4 gameplay.
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