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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You know where you are with a sequel: it's like the first game but there are new weapons, new baddies and there's a number at the end of it. Except sometimes a sequel isn't like that at all. Sometimes the next game lurches into a whole other genre to produce a sequel so radically different from the original you have to squint to see the family resemblance.
Behold Metal Gear Survive gameplay in which Luke and I play the online co-op survival game's single-player mode from the very beginning. Here we find ourselves on a hostile, dusty world where eating sheep, poking zombies and building fences are what it takes to get by.
In Hitman's Escalation mission The Dexter Discordance, Agent 47 must yoink a ludicrously overpowered antique pistol and use it on a cowboy-hatted patient at a luxurious private hospital in Japan. Agent 47 must also be dressed as a cowboy while executing the hit, for reasons known only to him and possibly the International Contract Agency.
Show of the Week celebrates the birthday of landmark survival horror game Resident Evil 2, which turns 20 this month. Who could forget the foreboding Raccoon City Police Department? The debut of floppy-haired series mainstay Leon Kennedy? The eccentric voice acting? Not us, is who.
After the maelstrom of world news that was 2017, who could know what 2018 will bring? Videogames, that's who. For a glimpse of the year ahead, consider how games such as Terminator Salvation, Deus Ex and Iron Sky Invasion predicted what's to come in 2018.
Take a gander at gameplay from cartoony survival horror game Hello Neighbor, in which Mike and Andy sneak into a creepy neighbour's creepy basement to discover the surely terrible secret hidden within. What could be in the murder basement? Clue: it's not luggage and Christmas decorations.
After a hike back from their spicy first caper, our ostensible heroes regroup at a friendly tavern. Join them at The Bawdy Flamingo for the next chapter of the Oxventure then subscribe to Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra for further episodes, why not?
Luke and I duel all the Battlefront 2 heroes versus all the Battlefront 2 villains in a grand tournament to find the mightiest and most survivable of all the Battlefront 2 characters. Witness Kylo vs Yoda, Boba vs Lando, Vader vs Leia, and all the rest within.
Far Cry 5 gameplay in which Outside Xtra's Ellen and I discover a spooky UFO crop circle covered in glowing cow corpses, flammable pigs, and a weaponisable combine harvester. Take a good look for yourself at Far Cry 5's Holland Valley area in this Far Cry 5 gameplay.
In a make-or-break final challenge in the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2017, I draw Assassin's Creed Origins, in which I must seek out and pet five cats in 10 minutes in that game's Ancient Egyptian open world. Can I find them? Will they allow themselves to be petted? Who is to become Oxbox Xmas Champion 2017? Watch on to find out these things, won't you?
On day 9 of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge, I draw a challenge in Forza Motorsport 7: race a big rig truck at Germany's Nurburgring in heavy rain without coming off the track. Can I stay on the road? Will I be shunted into the grandstands? What was the name of the NASCAR monkey co-driver? Find out in the following Forza 7 gameplay, why don't you.
As we reach the midpoint of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2017, I draw a Resident Evil 7 challenge in which I must solve the squicky escape room puzzle in the game's Happy Birthday VHS tape in under 7 minutes. Will I escape the room? Where does one buy a creepy tattooist clown automaton? Is this the best birthday Lucas Baker ever had?
It's day three of the annual festive face-off and I must murder an innocent Sim in a Christmassy Sims household in The Sims 4 on Xbox One. Hey, I don't make the rules, they just sometimes coincidentally describe how I prefer to play The Sims 4 anyway. Who will wind up in the pool? Who will be trapped in a doorless room? Who will take a nap on a bench?
Whether due to a lack of games, a botched launch, or an unshakeable belief in the monetary potential of edutainment, plenty of games consoles have fallen by the wayside. Here are seven instances that made it pretty clear why for every hugely successful Wii, or PS2, or Nintendo DS, there are a bunch of Bandai Wonderswans. What? Exactly.
For the second day of this year's Oxbox Xmas Challenge, Andy draws Red Dead Redemption, which is surely a fix of epic proportions. At any rate, his challenge is to get drunk in a saloon of his choosing and then make it back outside to his hitched horse. Can he wobble his way outside? Will he collapse on the porch? Why does Horson Wells associate with this lush?
It's the first day of the annual festive Outside Xbox contest, in which we draw daily random game challenges in the run-up to Christmas 2017. Join us as the competition heats up like a panful of mulled wine, with the help of Outside Xtra elves Luke and Ellen. Mike has first pick and draws Fallout 4, in which he must punch the Brotherhood of Steel's Elder Maxson in the face aboard floating fortress the Prydwyn, then escape with his life. Also, he must be nude.
Game heroes are typically the picture of health, all muscle tone and good teeth. So it's all the more tragic when they canonically endure debilitating disease, smashed bones and severed limbs in the name of doing their heroic business. Just ponder these times being the hero was seriously bad for your health.
If you play 100-person deathmatch Fortnite Battle Royale the way we do, your odds of success are determined by which randomly distributed weapons, if any, are strewn in your path in the opening minutes. Witness how the capricious Item Gods variously bestow heaps of twinkling guns or nothing at all on us over a number of matches in the following gameplay.
I wouldn't say we're completely hard-hearted cynics here, but the last time I had a real human feeling was when I stood on a Lego in bare feet, and I barely felt that. So imagine our surprise when we encountered these hidden secrets in videogames and found that the stories behind them were so sweet and so heartfelt, we may have even said "awww".
Mike and Andy may have collected so many feathers in Assassin's Creed 2 they could have built their own Victoria's Secret angel wings, but how well do they really know the Assassin's Creed series? Let's find out in the official Outside Xbox Assassin's Creed quiz.
A short while back we pondered the allegedly 'non-lethal' options in games that were in fact as non-lethal as a skinny dip in a shark tank. Everyone in the comments of that video went on to add their own fabulously lethal non-lethal takedowns, so let's see what they had to share in the category of dubiously conscience-sparing, supposedly lighter alternatives to murder, or as we like to call them, I Can't Believe It's Not Murder.
Behold Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 gameplay in which Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers (Thor, Captain America, She-Hulk) vie for screen time in this Marvel mash-up on Xbox One, featuring cameos from Spider-Man, Iron Man, Dr Strange, Wasp, Gwenpool and there are a lot of superheroes, is what we're saying.
The Sims 4 has finally arrived on consoles, giving us the means, motive and opportunity to murder Sims in fancier, better-looking homes than ever before. But the mortality rate isn't even the weirdest thing in our simulated neighbourhood, as Show of the Week attests.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2's single-player story campaign stars Imperial special forces operative Iden Versio, who works for the baddies and dresses like a right villain. So good job we're not averse to a bit of videogame villainy, as found in Show of the Week.
It's easy to take for granted simple skills such as holding items in a particular hand and drinking things. So spare a thought for these game characters who must unlock some ludicrously basic skills to get by in life. Consider these skills we can't believe we had to unlock.
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