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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It's another month and another update for Xbox One, which gets an assortment of tweaks and new features in the big April system update. But what exactly can your console do now it couldn't do before? Here are the six most useful tricks recently added to Xbox One's repertoire that might have snuck out without you noticing.
Vixenized is an Xbox 360 indie game in which you shoot all the women on an all-women island ('vixens') after they kidnap your fellow plane crash survivors. Also, they fly on giant bats?
Strike Suit Zero is a downloadable space combat game for Xbox One in which you fly a spaceship that transforms (eventually) into a flying giant space robot powered by flux. Watch us pilot one such mighty morphing strike suit through the game's opening missions.
As summer approaches, our thoughts turn to getting in shape, and then how hard sports are, and then if there are any sports games we can play instead of doing real sports. This week, Kinect Sports Rivals is our sport substitute. Come on through for the word on that game, plus the thrilling made-up videogame sports for which we would buy season tickets.
Can you cheat Kinect Sports Rivals' face-scanning character creator with rubber masks? We pile on the fake noses, novelty facial hair and party wigs so you don't have to in the video above.
Crytek's free-to-play online shooter Warface is now available to all in the form of an open beta on Xbox 360. It includes the expected competitive multiplayer gunplay, but also globetrotting co-op missions. We wade face-first into Afghanistan and Kosovo in this Warface gameplay.
With its name, its open-world online zombie survival and literally everything else about it, ApocZ invites unflattering comparisons with the all-conquering DayZ. How long can we survive in this Xbox 360 indie game? Find out in ApocZ gameplay.
In the final episode of BioShock Infinite's Burial at Sea, it's your turn to play as Elizabeth who, stripped of her quantum superpowers, is just a booksmart dame marooned in Rapture with mad lockpicking skills and chipped nail polish. Show of the Week takes the measure of this downloadable epilogue and the the curious history of BioShock studio Irrational.
Assassin's Creed Unity will be the first solely next-gen Assassin's Creed. Set in Paris (and possibly elsewhere) during the French Revolution, this Assassin's Creed sets out its stall with a new historical backdrop and a new protagonist. That's a good start, but here's the rest of our next-gen Assassin's Creed wishlist. Don't let us down, Ubisoft.
Battlefield 4's Naval Strike downloadable content goes big on aquatic warfare, adding four watery maps ideal for the new hovercraft vehicle, which zooms over land or sea without prejudice. Other treats include working pirate cannons, destructible submarines, a crashed passenger jet on a Lost-like island and the new Carrier Assault mode. Get an overview in this Battlefield 4 Naval Strike gameplay.
Top-tier tennis and power squats make this a Kinect Sports Rivals match for the ages. Watch Mike 'Topspin' Channell and Eurogamer's Ian 'Overhead Smash' Higton face off in Kinect Sports Rivals tennis gameplay below the cut.
When Kinect Sports Rivals arrives next month, it will transmute your real human face and fleshy mortal body into a perfect, deathless Kinect Sports Rivals champion. Watch Xbox One's Kinect pour Mike into a sporty unitard in this avatar creation gameplay.
Show of the Week finds us torn between Dark Souls 2 and Titanfall, both out today in the UK and compelling in contrasting, sometimes totally opposite, ways. Where Titanfall has you play a bouncing superpowered pilot, Dark Souls 2 makes you a cursed, dogged explorer in an unfriendly world that wants you dead.
Like the game before it, Dark Souls 2 is tough, even with its minor concessions to malcoordinated dummies such as we. Rise to the exceptionally stern challenge, though, and you will find an intricate adventure of occasional, intense victories and regular, brutal knockbacks.
They say you shouldn't drink and operate heavy machinery, but they also said disposable giant mech suits would be a cost-effective way to wage war. So who are you going to trust? Show of the Week prepares for Titanfall landing next week with a drinking game and a few more tantalising details on its man-versus-mech warfare.
Claw Machine Arcade simulates those toy-grabbing cranes at the arcade powered by 20p coins and youthful optimism. We play it and discover this is what it would be like if those claws were capable of grabbing and lifting things, instead of stroking them tenderly and leaving them behind. So this is what it feels like to win?
The European version of South Park: The Stick of Truth for Xbox 360 and PS3 has had seven scenes, each about 20 seconds long, replaced with descriptive text. But though the game calls them "censored" scenes, this isn't strictly censorship.
Lego: The Hobbit retells the story of the first two hobbit films across 16 levels based on locations from the Peter Jackson movies. Here's new gameplay from the subterranean goblin town, in which Bilbo, Gandalf and his beardy dwarf gang get in a ruck with the Goblin King. He's the one with the jiggly Lego goitre.
Here is new Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 gameplay, hot off the Xbox 360. This uneven hack and slasher sequel stars the world's most famous vampire, Dracula, AKA Dracul AKA Prince of Darkness AKA The Dragon. He's kind of a big deal, you guys.
Bureau: Kendall Rising is an indie crime investigation game and, with its fully voiced dialogue and 3D cutscenes, it can't be faulted for ambition. Watch Mike and I sleuth our way around San Francisco as FBI Agent Kendall, who enjoys yoga, margaritas and smooching suspected arsonists.
Flappy Bird is no longer available for your phone, but there is a similarly aggravating Flappy Bird clone in the Xbox 360's indie games store by the name of Little Flappers. Watch Mike's hard-earned Flappy Bird skills translate to Little Flappers in this gameplay video.
Drowning a hedgehog, performing your own eye surgery and the entirety of Mass Effect 2 figure among the bits of games that have given us the biggest, baddest stress-induced headaches. Discover the others in this video.
Strider is a side-scroller in which ninja hero Strider Hiryu runs at full ninja tilt, katana-first, into hordes of robotic enemies. Mike and I take this crisp reboot of the 1989 arcade classic for a spin on Xbox One.
South Park: The Stick of Truth comes out next month, after three years of development, several months of delays and a brisk change of publisher. With South Park creators Parker and Stone at the helm, it's just as lavishly offensive as the cartoon, with the same biting satire and shoddy animation. Show of the Week gets revved up for The Stick of Truth and asks: where did all other South Park games go wrong?
Here is your primer for everything included in the Titanfall multiplayer beta, which gives you two maps, three modes and one Titan model to stomp around in. Come on through for the skinny on the contents of the beta, plus new Titanfall gameplay on Xbox One.
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