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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In the real world, the only time travel we're allowed is forward, at a rate of one hour per hour. But seeing what game characters do to make time pass more quickly, maybe it's just as well. Consider these ways to make time go faster in The Witcher 3, Metal Gear Solid 5, Deadly Premonition and the rest.
Behold Overwatch Halloween Terror's co-op mode Junkenstein's Revenge, in which we defend the castle gates from Dr Junkenstein and his Monster, Mercy the Witch, Reaper with a jack-o'-lantern head and stupidly many zombie robots.
Titanfall's rideable robot warriors and puny wall-running pilots return shortly in Titanfall 2. This sequel adds a new single-player campaign mode that promises to flesh out the tantalising sci-fi backdrop of the first game with a proper story. In it, you play as Jack Cooper, a pilot who is forced to link with a Titan named BT-7274, after BT's original pilot tragically buys the farm.
The emotions usually associated with unlocking an achievement are positive ones, such as pride or satisfaction, but a few games have prepared sarcastic low-value achievements that pop when you screw something up, just to really rub it in.
Battlefront's Death Star DLC lets you attack a Star Destroyer, rescue R2-D2 from Death Star imprisonment and go on a trench run right into the Death Star's vulnerable exhaust port. Observe us do those all those things in this Battlefront Death Star DLC gameplay on Xbox One.
WWE 2K17 comes out on consoles next week, promising to bring us closer than ever to the slapstick, gymnastic pantomime that is professional wrestling. We assess the game in Show of the Week, then turn to WWE Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day for tips on the most important aspect of playing with your friends: psyching them out so you score an easy victory.
We recently got all salty about the terrible levels that nearly ruined some of our favourite games, then asked which rubbish levels in otherwise brilliant games really ground your gears, and you told us. Fiddly GTA San Andreas missions, misjudged Deus Ex: Human Revolution boss battles, and an entire ethereal dimension from Dragon Age: Origins figure in this hall of shame.
Behold Rise of the Tomb Raider co-op gameplay from the newly co-operative survival-based Endurance Mode, in which Andy and special guest Let's Player Ellen Rose combine forces as Lara and Nadia, on a mission to kill and eat everything fuzzy or feathery in the Siberian wilderness. Will they light the signal fire? Can they survive attack by angry wolves? How long before they resort to cannibalism? Watch and find out, survival fans.
Forza Horizon 3 refreshes its open-world racing with the diverse environments of a new Australian setting, the outback oomph of Australian utes ("utility vehicles", Mike tells me) and, by making you the new boss of the Horizon festival, the power to hire and fire your friends as on-staff racers. Show of the Week compares this solemn responsibility with other ways in which we have, given the opportunity, screwed over our friends in video games.
To celebrate Tomb Raider's 20th anniversary, Rise of the Tomb Raider will shortly add some nostalgic DLC that takes Lara back to Croft Manor, her once-swanky family mansion. In Lara's Nightmare, she fends off a zombie invasion while scrounging for ammo and destroying hovering skulls of rage. See how we cope, why not, in this Lara's Nightmare gameplay.
Recently we pondered some of gaming's least explicable alternate costumes. The comments revealed plenty more outlandish outfits that have baffled you, the Oxbox audience, over the years, such as Heather's Princess Heart outfit in Silent Hill 3, gangster Leon from Resident Evil 4 and Mortal Kombat X's Johnny Cage the ninja mime. Sure, that's a thing.
We hunt Mafia 3 alligators in an airboat in this Mafia 3 gameplay from New Bordeaux's swampy Bayou Fantom. Witness deadly alligator gameplay and nearly as deadly boat gameplay in the following video.
Horde mode returns in Gears of War 4 as Horde 3.0. Let us show you what's what in this new Gears of War 4 Horde 3.0 gameplay, which includes the Fabricator, the weapons locker, classes, Zombie Dom and grizzled beefcake Old Man Marcus.
We steal a purple hearse in our continued rampage against the jerks of the Southern Union, who just won't quit having barbecues and trafficking humans, in the following Mafia 3 gameplay.
Mafia 3's Lincoln Clay is a vengeful troublemaker gunning for powerful crime lords, a skilled Vietnam vet, and a black man in Louisiana in 1968 - so there are several places he is not warmly welcomed in New Bordeaux, the fictional version of New Orleans where Mafia 3 is set. Discover some of the places Lincoln Clay isn't welcome, but he's going anyway, they had best not try and stop him, in new Mafia 3 gameplay.
The main thing we look for in a robot companion is their willingness to not kill us, in spite of them being mighty constructs of metal and us being meatbags only skilled at making toasted sandwiches. This includes the faithful crew of Corebots in Recore, for instance: benevolent robot buddies who definitely won't ever decide we're the weak link, murder us, then form a robotic superteam on their own. Show of the Week inspects Recore in the following video and auditions further friendly bots.
We take Mafia 3 protagonist Lincoln Clay to pool parties and backyard barbecues to murder a series of racist enforcers in Mafia 3's city of New Bordeaux. Witness hot, fresh, cajun-style Mafia 3 gameplay from Outside Xbox in the video after the jump.
Game heroes spend a lot of time wearing the one same outfit. Occasionally they want to express themselves by wearing something a bit different. That goes some, but not nearly all, of the way to explaining these baffling alternate costumes.
The demo for Outlast 2 begins with darkness, screaming and an on-fire inverted cross, yet Andy sets out with the working theory that the sequel to 2013 survival horror Outlast will be a nice first-person desert tour where nothing bad happens. See how that works out for him in the following Outlast 2 gameplay video.
Colour-based puzzle platformer Hue mangles my mind in this Xbox One gameplay. Behold gradually more colourful gameplay as I unlock more rainbow shades and escape the sadistic colour dungeon of Dr Gray, I think is what is happening here?
In Layers of Fear DLC Inheritance you play the daughter of Layers of Fear's painting protagonist, returning to the gloomtastic family mansion to have creepy flashbacks about mum and dad and repair adorable childhood cat toy Mr Scooter. Behold our handiwork in the following gameplay.
Bioshock: The Collection does exactly what it says on the plastic Blu-ray case, collecting Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite and all their DLC into one, space-saving package. Show of the Week inspects the bundle then revisits Bioshock's soggy city of Rapture and other deeply impractical videogame settlements.
Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom arrives in Europe today, and in North America shortly. For the uninitiated, it's the game adaptation of a popular anime in which gigantic zombies smash the fortifications behind which all the humans live, then eat them. These 'titans' would be fully terrifying enough if they weren't also totally naked. What is it with games and conspicuously nude monsters?
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided continues the adventures of cyborg beard-haver Adam Jensen. It takes place in a world very different to that of Human Revolution, where the golden age of human augmentation has been replaced with fear and mistrust of 'augs'. Show of the Week ponders this un-brave new world and body mods not so practical as Jensen's taser fist.
Point your face at new Titanfall 2 multiplayer gameplay and discover what's new in Titanfall 2 multiplayer, such as new Titans Scorch, Ion and Ronin, the pilots' powerful new grapple ability, a miniature black hole grenade (the gravity star) and such. Then subscribe to Outside Xbox for yet more Titanfall 2: http://www.tinyurl.com/SubToOxbox
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