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 spirit of the season, Mike means to prove any old idiot can do what Santa does: infiltrate homes by night and stealthily deposit festive gifts. In Minecraft, mind. Andy and I meanwhile set about hindering Mike's deliveries with extreme prejudice.
The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare achievement "Never Saw It Coming" is awarded for boost jumping, dashing forward in the air, then ground slamming an enemy unto death. On a normal day, it's worth 15G. On the sixth day of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge, it's worth one golden Christmas point.
They say it's the thought that counts, but they are wrong idiots. There are good gifts and there are rubbish gifts which make your life as the recipient measurably worse, especially in videogames. Consider these seven horrible presents you can't stick on eBay or regift, except to your enemies, and even then you'll look like a cheapskate.
On day three of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge, I must defeat The Undertaker in WWE 2K15 with an original character created by Mike and Andy. Behold, Chauncey Milquetoast, the purplest wrestler in sports entertainment!
Geometry Wars 3 Dimensions lifts the kaleidoscopic action of twin-stick shooter Geometry Wars into a higher plane, wrapping its maps around three-dimensional shapes in the style of Super Stardust HD. The co-op mode is somewhat flatter, but it does let you shoot little shapes with up to three other players. Witness our co-op efforts in this Xbox One gameplay.
Grappling to the helicopter piloted by your partner in Far Cry 4 co-op creates a wealth of deadly new opportunities, such as being airlifted by a helicopter, danging from a helicopter, swinging wildly from a helicopter, and being scalped by helicopter rotor blades.
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a first-person fighting game in which knights smack each other with old timey melee weapons while no-good dirty-rotten archers take pot shots from afar. Sometimes a limb or a head will pop off. It is as hilarious as it is grisly and has come finally to the Xbox 360. Watch the gallant Sir Mike dismember me in this Xbox 360 gameplay.
In this week's show, we size up Telltale's talky, episodic Game of Thrones adventure, while Outside Xbox royal correspondent Mike Channell appraises six demonstrably dreadful kings who still can't hold a candle to Westeros' own slimy King Joffrey.
There's something about rising to the top of a military organisation in videogames that brings out the worst in people. These military commanders can't go five minutes without holding the world to ransom with a death ray or trying to blow up a major population centre for inadequately explored reasons.
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is a downloadable co-op game starring the Tomb Raider and up to three companions. Witness Lara and her new sidekick tackle giant scarabs, zombie mummies and physicsy bomb-rolling puzzles in this Xbox One gameplay.
Release the Hounds is event the second in Far Cryathlon 2014. In it, you must outrun a flock of angry guard dogs through a fiendish obstacle course. Who will get lost in the death maze? Who will trip on the death hurdles? Who will be shredded by attack dogs? Only this Xbox One gameplay has the answer.
Dragon Age: Inquisition invites you to decide who your heroic Inquisition leader is: a saviour sent by the Maker, a pragmatic disbeliever, or a sleazy flirt who spends more time macking on her advisors than closing demonic sky holes. I aim for a flavourful blend of all the above in Show of the Week, featuring five Inquisitor chat-up lines that shouldn't work but, encouragingly, do.
Games usually take hours to complete, but ain't nobody got time for that. In these secret endings, you find a surprise shortcut to the closing credits, finishing your game in just a fraction of the usual time by taking the sneaky path of least resistance. Watch on for the most entertaining secret shortcut endings in videogames. Minor, non-canonical spoilers ahead.
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.
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