Archive - Jane Douglas

Co-Editor

Jane is co-editor at Outside Xbox, where she writes words and makes videos. She enjoys dialogue trees.

Twitter: @janedouglas

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Show of the Week: Battleborn and 5 Battleborn Heroes Rated for Huggability

Show of the Week: Battleborn and 5 Battleborn Heroes Rated for Huggability

Show of the Week eyes up Battleborn, the multiplayer shooter from the makers of Borderlands that's out next week. Its roster of 25 heroes is more colourful than an explosion in a Skittles factory, but the question is how huggable are they? No, it is.

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2 days ago

7 Awkward Product Placements That Put You Off Said Product, Probably

7 Awkward Product Placements That Put You Off Said Product, Probably

When it comes to in-game product placement, these sponsors would have been better off buying billboards, hiring skywriters, or maybe just throwing their money in the sea. Consider the branded cars, phones, adult periodicals, batteries and corn snacks by which we've been baffled in our games.

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3 days ago

Faith Rediscovers City of Glass, Forward Rolls in Mirror's Edge Catalyst Gameplay

Faith Rediscovers City of Glass, Forward Rolls in Mirror's Edge Catalyst Gameplay

Fresh out of juvie, Faith rediscovers the City of Glass and how to do forward rolls in this Mirror's Edge Catalyst gameplay on Xbox One. Later, she kicks people off rooftops.

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4 days ago

Show of the Week: Gears of War 4 Beta Has Sera's Deadliest Dodgeball

Show of the Week: Gears of War 4 Beta Has Sera's Deadliest Dodgeball

Swarm Mike and Swarm Andy wade into Gears of War 4's multiplayer beta for Show of the Week. There they sample Gears of War 4's new so-called Dodgeball mode, which is intense, violent and increasingly scary. Much like the sport itself, but with dismemberment.

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9 days ago

Cowboy vs Robot Knight in Overwatch Xbox One Gameplay

Cowboy vs Robot Knight in Overwatch Xbox One Gameplay

Behold Overwatch Xbox One gameplay in which cowboy and/or John Marston cosplayer McCree brings the pain with his sci-fi six shooter and robot fist.

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11 days ago

Mirror's Edge Catalyst Has an Open World and It Changes Everything

Mirror's Edge Catalyst Has an Open World and It Changes Everything

The open-world City of Glass, rejigged combat and young Faith's new 'mag rope' grappling hook appear in these 10 minutes of gameplay footage from Mirror's Edge Catalyst. Fresh from a session with Mirror's Edge Catalyst, Johnny Chiodini from Eurogamer joins me to talk it out.

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17 days ago

We Do Battle With Team Eurogamer in Worms WMD

We Do Battle With Team Eurogamer in Worms WMD

We do battle with Eurogamer's Aoife, Johnny and Ian in turn-based strategy Worms WMD. Witness worm-blasting PC gameplay with tanks, helicopters and a castle used as sneaky cover, then subscribe to Eurogamer for more videos from those guys.

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20 days ago

Show of the Week: Final Fantasy 15 and 5 Least Plausible Haircuts in Games

Show of the Week: Final Fantasy 15 and 5 Least Plausible Haircuts in Games

Final Fantasy 15 arrives on 30 September to fulfil at last all our boyband road trip fantasies. That's plenty of time to purchase a matching leather jacket and some extreme hold styling clay, and to consider five hairdos even less plausible than those of protagonist Noctis and his bros.

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23 days ago

8 Times the Real Ending Was in Premium DLC

8 Times the Real Ending Was in Premium DLC

A good ending doesn't have to be a happy ending but it does have to tie up the loose ends and show all the preceding stuff added up to something. One surefire way to nark your players therefore is to put the closure they crave behind a paywall, by deferring the real ending of the game into some premium downloadable content that doesn't come with the game as standard.

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24 days ago

Let's Play: Overwatch on Xbox One

Let's Play: Overwatch on Xbox One

Here's some fresh new Overwatch gameplay from Overwatch on Xbox One, with characters Soldier 76, Mercy and Genji in action on the Russia map in Blizzard's upcoming team-based multiplayer shooter.

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25 days ago

Show of the Week: Quantum Break and 5 Bleak Alternate Futures to Consider Before Using Time Powers

Show of the Week: Quantum Break and 5 Bleak Alternate Futures to Consider Before Using Time Powers

In Quantum Break, an experimental time machine rips the space-time continuum a cataclysmic new one. If only protagonist Jack Joyce had learned the lessons of videogame history: mucking about with time travel never pays off, except in really terrible alternate futures.

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30 days ago

7 Times Basketball Wasn't Weird Enough for Videogames

7 Times Basketball Wasn't Weird Enough for Videogames

It seems the noble sport of basketball simply isn't weird enough for videogames, which is why we ended up with these bizarre, mutated takes on the sport featuring some of its biggest stars.

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A month ago

Quantum Break, Alan Wake and Max Payne Are All Connected (Here's How)

Quantum Break, Alan Wake and Max Payne Are All Connected (Here's How)

As you steel yourself for the mind-bending implications of tooling around with time travel in Quantum Break, prepare also to have your brain melted by the metaphysical minefield in which the fictional worlds of Remedy's games Quantum Break, Alan Wake and Max Payne are intertwined, sort of.

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A month ago

Show of the Week: Hitman and 5 Things We're Now Afraid of Thanks to Agent 47

Show of the Week: Hitman and 5 Things We're Now Afraid of Thanks to Agent 47

Show of the Week salutes Hitman: No Subtitle, in which you're given a sandbox full of people, disguises and inadequately secured light fittings so you can go around assassinating targets in whatever way you choose. There's no wrong way to do it, unless you are Mike.

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A month ago

9 Life Lessons We Learned From Fallout 4

9 Life Lessons We Learned From Fallout 4

Far from being just a retrofuturistic survivalist fantasy, Fallout 4 is full of essential tips for success in the actual real world. Consider the life lessons we've learned from Fallout 4, and watch out for spoilers.

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A month ago

Mass Effect Quiz Decides Who Is Outside Xbox Mass Effect Super Genius

Mass Effect Quiz Decides Who Is Outside Xbox Mass Effect Super Genius

Think you know Mass Effect? The stern but ultimately fair challenge of this Mass Effect quiz will see about that. Who is Archangel? What is James Vega's pull-up record? What's the Krogan homeworld? What would Renegade Shepard do next? Is it punching? It's probably punching.

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A month ago

Show of the Week: The Division and 5 Dark Zone Tips from Arekkz

Show of the Week: The Division and 5 Dark Zone Tips from Arekkz

Civilisation here in the real world rumbles on, more or less, but in the world of The Division it's gone wronger than Andy doing hard maths. A smallpox epidemic has killed many people and turned many still other people in mid-apocalypse New York into desperate looters, violent thugs and maniacal cleaners. If you want to thrive in such a city, particularly in the treacherous player-versus-player Dark Zone, you need Show of the Week.

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A month ago

We Play Real Life Hitman With Real Agent 47, For Real

We Play Real Life Hitman With Real Agent 47, For Real

We become Agent 47's handlers in a real-life Hitman game, with real-life 47 dispatched to assassinate an arms dealer in a real-life swanky mansion. How do we do as Diana? There's literally only one way to find out.

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A month ago

Show of the Week: Dark Souls 3 and 5 Games That Wanted Us to Suffer

Show of the Week: Dark Souls 3 and 5 Games That Wanted Us to Suffer

Mike recently ventured into Dark Souls 3 and came back a harrowed man, and yet he can't wait to dive back into the punishing Kingdom of Lothric. Show of the Week investigates the stern charm of Dark Souls 3 and, by way of comparison, five games that simply wanted us to suffer.

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A month ago

7 Non-Swimmers Whose Worst Enemy Is Water

7 Non-Swimmers Whose Worst Enemy Is Water

Human beings are land mammals. If we were meant to swim, we would have flippers, gills for underwater breathing and, ideally, inflatable air bladders for maintaining neutral buoyancy. This goes some but not all of the way to explain how these game heroes react so poorly when they come into contact with water.

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A month ago

So You Think You Know Fallout 4?

So You Think You Know Fallout 4?

So you think you know Fallout 4, Mike and Andy? Pop quiz, hotshots! Which companion least approves of your nudity? Which is big into cannibalism? Who voices cabaret singer Magnolia? Find the answers and desperate guesswork in this Fallout 4 quiz.

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A month ago

Navigation Snafu Dooms USA in Homefront The Revolution Co-op Gameplay

Navigation Snafu Dooms USA in Homefront The Revolution Co-op Gameplay

The unified might of North and South Korea continues to oppress downtown Philadelphia in the following co-op gameplay, in which we seize a safehouse and defend it from that occupying force.

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2 months ago

Just Cause 3 DLC Sky Fortress Adds Jet Pack, Sky Fortress Full of Bad Robots

Just Cause 3 DLC Sky Fortress Adds Jet Pack, Sky Fortress Full of Bad Robots

Just Cause 3 DLC Sky Fortress straps a missile-launching jet pack to Rico, transforming him into a human F-14. He's going to need it to reach the new sky fortress itself: a high-tech, high-altitude helicarrier full of bad people and their drone army. Mike warms up the new jet-powered wingsuit in the gameplay that follows.

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2 months ago

We Shoot, Loot Our Way Through Subway Morgue in The Division

We Shoot, Loot Our Way Through Subway Morgue in The Division

In The Division's first Tech Wing mission, we shoot and loot their way through a subway morgue full of flamethrower-happy 'cleaners'. Assess our performance as agents countering the post-apocalyptic chaos in this new gameplay from The Division's open beta.

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2 months ago

9 Shady Characters We Can't Even Believe Betrayed You: Commenter Edition

9 Shady Characters We Can't Even Believe Betrayed You: Commenter Edition

We reminisced recently about shady videogame traitors, then asked you to tell us about the heel turns you should have seen coming a mile off. You obliged. Consider the characters shiftier than a six-speed gearbox we still can't even believe betrayed you, the trusting fools we are.

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2 months ago

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