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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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.
Don't look now, Xbox One owners who set their Kinects on fire, here is the first thoroughly good dedicated Kinect game on Xbox One: Dance Central Spotlight. Show of the Week ponders this pared-down Dance Central, Xbox One's beleaguered Kinect and the mysteries of the afterlife, in that order.
Show of the Week looks ahead to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, which promises Metal Gear Solid melodrama in gorgeous, intricate stealth sandboxes. We're most excited for the Fulton recovery system, however, which promises goats dangling from balloons.
Dragon Age: Origins' witchy fan favourite Morrigan returns in the upcoming Dragon: Age Inquisition. The former winner of the Dragon Age awards for Best Dressed, Least Dressed and Most Sarcastic, if they existed, is no longer a party member you can play with but she is important and, according to producer Cameron Lee, less of an 'ice queen'.
The forgettable name might not do it any favours, but first-person hack and slasher Hellraid deserves your attention. Discover why (viciously smashy melee combat, the Sean Bean-alike voice of protagonist Ayden) in this new gameplay.
Co-op play is new to Assassin's Creed in Assassin's Creed: Unity, but how does it work and what makes it special? Discover the co-op campaign's brotherhood missions, customised characters and shared co-op abilities in the video below the cut.
Forza Horizon 2 transplants Forza Horizon's open-world driving to sunny southern Europe and addresses the imperfect multiplayer of the first game with a slicker, simpler system. See for yourself in this new Forza Horizon 2 gameplay with car correspondent Mike Channell behind the wheel.
Alan Wake developer Remedy has revealed the first gameplay for time-warping action shooter Quantum Break at Microsoft's Gamescom 2014 conference. Get your eyes on it after the jump.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has just premiered its multiplayer, revealing bouncy, boost-jumping exosuits and a shiny new loot system. If you didn't catch the live gameplay premiere, or did but couldn't focus out of sheer excitement, we've played it and here are the first nine things you need to know.
After you murder the manager of Skyrim's Honorhall Orphanage at the request of one miserable orphan, another thinks out loud, "Kill one person and you can solve so many problems. I wonder at the possibilities." These are the lessons you learn growing up in videogames' least nurturing orphanages.
Battlefield: Hardline, Dragon: Age Inquisition and FIFA 15 will take the stage at EA's Gamescom press conference on Wednesday 13 August, and you can watch the live stream video here. Join us at 9AM UK time (1AM Pacific) for new gameplay from EA's big hitters and discover what BioWare's mysterious new game Shadow Realms is all about anyway.
Sledgehammer Games will reveal Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer on Monday 11 August. To catch the new trailer and multiplayer gameplay, take your seats here for the livestream video from 6PM UK time (10AM Pacific, 1PM Eastern).
Why do game manuals sometimes give a character's blood group along with the expected name, height and age? Take a watch for the significance of blood types in Japanese games and find out if you're a compatible donor for the cast of Resident Evil, Final Fantasy and Street Fighter, at last.
As the last generation of consoles recedes into the distance, Show of the Week takes its eyes off the road to the future of videogames, peers over one shoulder because it has a shoulder in this metaphor, and looks back to the Mass Effect trilogy: as glorious an RPG space opera as we could have have hoped for. Join us to salute BioWare's sci-fi saga and commemorate Shepard's most violently erratic Renegade interrupts.
Rainbow Six Siege smashed its way into E3 with destruction-based asymmetric multiplayer and lady hostages for maximum empathy. The first demo of its siege action took place in a highly destructible suburban house in Boston, but away from American homes with comparatively thin walls, will other Rainbow Six Siege levels be less lavishly breakable? The opposite is true, says technical artist Olivier Couture.
This year's Call of Duty, the near-futuristic Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, comes from Sledgehammer Games, the studio founded by Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield - also known as the creators of Dead Space. What could their experience with sci-fi survival horror bring to a game in which you'll be kicking enemies through walls with cybernetic legs? Pacing, tension and the "terrors of war", say the studio heads.
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