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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Super soldiers are soldiers enhanced by artificial means to be stronger, faster and more super. Just as there's more than one way to skin a cat, though, there's more than one way to create a super soldier - and like the various ways of skinning a cat, methods for making super soldiers tend to be a bit icky. Ethically icky, that is.
Scott Ryder of Mass Effect Andromeda isn't just humanity's best hope in a new galaxy. As you'll find in this gameplay from the first hour of Mass Effect Andromeda, he's also a part-time space jerk. Beware a few story spoilers, albeit from very early in the game.
After Andy lost his Red Dead Redemption save, we resolved to reclaim his 100 percent complete status by replaying one of our favourite games of the last generation. In this second episode of Red Dead Redemption gameplay, we go treasure hunting, cannibal tracking and lawbringing to rescue John Marston's wife and son, somehow.
When you discover Lego is releasing a building sandbox game in the style of Minecraft, your first question is probably less "oh cool, when's it coming out" and more "what the ruddy hell took them so long". Lego has been the perfect foundation for a building sandbox game since forever, and it seems crazy that it's taken until future year 2017 for it to arrive on Xbox. As to your second question of "is it any good", Show of the Week has just the gameplay you need to see.
Hitman's latest Elusive Target mission takes place in the fancy hospital at Hokkaido, Japan and designates two targets: the surgeons Pavel Frydel and Akane Akenawa, who the client has requested be killed by viral infection. Who will whack them successfully? Who will panic and be gunned down in the corridor? Watch and find out, why not.
After astronaut training from the European Space Agency and Mass Effect Andromeda, I am super ready to be the Pathfinder and/or an actual astronaut. Call me, ESA and/or the Andromeda Initiative!
Your typical videogame action hero is fitter, stronger and more voiced by Troy Baker than we will ever be. This, we have come to accept. We've also come to accept that a game hero or heroine can typically do a whole bunch of things that are physically implausible, if not straight-up biomechanically impossible. Ponder with us now, these incredible physical feats that videogame heroes are pulling off every day like it's nothing.
A quick time event is usually a simple button-pressing mini game that lets you pull off something cool with relative ease. In order for these interactive cutscenes to actually be interactive, though, there has to be a consequence for when you fail to hit that button - such as a humiliating pratfall. Consider these times you failed a QTE and wound up looking like an hilarious dummy instead of a cool action hero.
We return to Ghost Recon Wildlands' Bolivia for this Ghost Recon Wildlands co-op gameplay, rolling an APC through llama country on the way to a drug cartel outpost. Who can resist their fuzzy faces and doe eyes? Not us, apparently.
The recipe for a perfect Hitman kill calls for a firm base of preparation and a dash of wicked irony. Just consider these, the most needlessly elaborate, cruel and unusual kills from Season 1 of Hitman No Subtitle in Show of the Week.
With an assassin career stretching back 17 years, Agent 47 has racked up more hits than Abba. Time to test amateur Hitmans Mike and Andy on their Hitman history, as we show them a selection of clips starring Agent 47 as he prepares to pull off a classic kill. Can they tell us what happens next?
Andy and I are co-op Ghosts in this Ghost Recon Wildlands gameplay, fresh from the Santa Blanca-controlled Bolivian region of Montuyoc. Witness the gathering of intel, the kidnapping of informants and the blowing up of helicopters in the following video.
Behold Ghost Recon Wildlands single-player gameplay in which we bring my eyepatch-loving female Ghost to the game's open-world Bolivia - specifically the Itacua region from the start of the game.
Hitman Elusive Target 18 is The Chameleon: an actor dressed as a decorated military officer, holed up in the house in the Colorado militia base. You have to kill him in an 'accident'. Witness our respective attempts on his life in this Hitman gameplay.
In Resident Evil 7, you find yourself trapped in the home of the Baker family: a dwelling almost as gruesome and freaky as the Baker family itself, with who you are unhappily trapped. If only you had seen Show of the Week, which advises on the telltale signs you've wound up in a house of horrors, you might have gotten out of there in time.
Watch us crush the formerly peaceful lizard men with our superior human siegecraft commanding in the above gameplay from the Xbox One version of action strategy number Siegecraft Commander.
In Mass Effect Andromeda, you play as one of the Ryder twins, who travels to the distant Andromeda galaxy to find a new home for humanity. But being the Pathfinder is a demanding job, and you'll need more qualifications than just having been born at the same time as your sibling. Show of the Week has bad news for these other pairs of videogame twins who fail to meet the job requirements of humankind's best hope of intergalactic colonisation.
Overwatch's new map Oasis is a ritzy urban Control mode map with skyscrapers, palm trees and lethal hovercars. We take a tour of the new map, then have a match with a bunch of friendly and unfriendly bots.
Easter eggs are fun little references hidden in games, you know, for fun. Though occasionally they're less like little in-jokes, more like horrible nightmares that you wish you hadn't gone out of your way to discover. Behold some of the darkest easter eggs in videogames ever to make our skin crawl.
On this, the last day of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2016, I draw the Watch Dogs 2 Remote Parking Challenge: in Watch Dogs 2, it says, remote park a car in 10 minutes. Oh, sure, no problem.
On the ninth day of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge, the festive hat of challenge randomisation gave to me: Overwatch basketball! In the following video I draw the Overwatch Basketball Challenge: score a basket in 10 minutes. Simple! Simple? Watch and we'll see.
It's my turn again in the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2016, and day 6 is the Dishonored 2 Corpse Stacking Challenge: create a stack of five dead or unconscious guards (or similar) in 10 minutes. Can it be done? By me? Watch and discover, why not.
For the third day of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2016, I draw FIFA 17 and the notorious FIFA Giant Killing Challenge: beat a Premiership team with a League Two team in FIFA 17. Can I lead Leyton Orient to victory over Bournemouth? See for yourself in this FIFA 17 gameplay.
In day 2 of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2016, Mike must run over and kill an enemy (that is, Andy or I) with a Battlefield 1 biplane, without destroying the biplane, in under 15 minutes. Can Mike rise to this challenge, or will his hopes be as dashed as his WW1 biplane? Only time and you can tell, if you watch this video.
It's no mean feat, finding the perfect presents for your friends and family, and though in the Willamette Memorial Mall of Dead Rising 4 you won't have to elbow a dozen angry parents in the face for the last Hatchimal, you will have to turn several thousand zombies into zombie chum if you want to complete your Christmas shopping. Yet that only ranks it among the worst of the videogame malls in which to get your gift list checked off.
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