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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Show of the Week journeys to a galaxy far, far away to appraise the unerringly authentic Star Wars Battlefront and shoot people in some of science fiction's most iconic locations. Later, we rate the Death Star against the other most lethal space megaweapons ever created, in case you're in the market for an orbiting weapon of mass destruction.
I didn't set out to be evil in Fallout 4 but the wasteland is a hard place for hard, ruthless people and also I was curious what would happen. At this early stage, I've not had the chance yet to nuke an entire town a la Fallout 3, but I've still clocked up some bad karma in my own minor evil ways. Consider these misdemeanours on my Fallout 4 rap sheet.
Fallout 4's cooking stations offer several recipes for stat-enhancing food and drinks. Of these, the post-apocalyptic cocktail called the Dirty Wastelander sounded the most appealing, believe it or not, and didn't require the irradiated meat of feral animals. We brew up a batch in the following video.
According to Star Wars canon, the climactic confrontation between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader took place on the Death Star. According to this exclusive, never-before-seen footage from Star Wars Battlefront, they clashed again on Hoth. Witness the epic rematch in this Xbox One gameplay video.
Some games don't just respawn us, they keep us canonically immortal with advanced gadgets and/or science magic. However many pieces our character gets exploded into, they get reassembled by the following tech.
Among the conversation options in Fallout 4 are replies with the general label "sarcastic" to indicate the snarkiest, least helpful, most smart-ass response.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 lands this week with free-running multiplayer, film noir zombies and the first four-player co-operative campaign since World at War in 2008. Show of the Week inspects the goods, along with Call of Duty's habit of killing off the character you're playing for sudden, dramatic effect.
In this video, Mike and Andy funbox the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy that comes in the swish Fallout 4 Pipboy Edition, testing the adjustable phone housing with an iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s (the iPhone 4/4S/5 and Samsung Galaxy S4/S5 also fit). But what's that? The telltale crackle of a radiation detector?
In GTA Online's new Slasher Mode, a lone shotgun-wielding maniac hunts a terrified group of shotgun-not-having victims in one of a selection of dark and appropriately creepy locations. In this Xbox One gameplay, we answer the eternal question: which of us makes the best horror movie-style slasher?
Horror game Layers of Fear takes place in a gorgeous spookhouse with a twisted history, shifting rooms and creepy as hell paintings. We investigate its gruesome secrets in this Xbox One gameplay. Please note Mike's sinister lack of terror.
Mike and Andy go beneath the waves to play Halo 5's Team Arena multiplayer on the underwater Fathom map, where they find themselves on opposite sides in a game of Capture the Flag. Andy is red, Mike is blue, sugar is sweet, and so are these sweet headshots* in this Halo 5 multiplayer gameplay.
Rainbow 6 Siege's single player missions assign you an operator class and tailored objective to complete on your lonesome. In this single-player gameplay I clear a building full of explosive mines and explosive-loving enemies with operator IQ and her wrist-mounted nitro cell scanner.
In this early mission in Halo 5's campaign, Mike and Andy co-operatively board and destroy a monster-sized, monster-shaped Covenant spaceship called the Kraken. Will our heroes evacuate the doomed Kraken in time? Only this Xbox One gameplay has the answer.
The secret war between Assassins and Templars has left its mark on history, but let's not forget the myriad minor innovations for which the modern world has Desmond's sexy ancestors to thank, such as the caffe latte and the word 'telephone'. We salute these and the new Assassin's Creed Syndicate in Show of the Week.
Occasionally you're paired up with a hyper-competent companion character so effective they can do loads of the hard work, leaving you more time to look good on the box art. We give thanks for the following AI sidekicks.
In a single-player mission from Rainbow 6 Siege's Situations mode, I fortify and booby trap a biker clubhouse to protect a hostage from waves of attackers. Andy is my spotter, cheerleader and hostage wellbeing looking-out-for-er in the following gameplay video.
Rainbow 6 Siege single-player mode is a thing that exists, though it's a solo training mode rather than a fully fledged single-player story campaign. See for yourself and discover the details in this new Rainbow 6 Siege single-player gameplay.
One of your most useful gizmos in Rainbow 6 Siege is a two-wheeled remote control robot for spying on besieged enemies. In a pinch, it's also handy for distracting the bad guys. Witness the counter-terrorist super trio of Mike, me and one brave robot drone in this Xbox One gameplay.
Lara Croft gets stranded in a richer, chillier open world for Rise of the Tomb Raider, out on Xbox One next month. We warm up for murdering mercenaries in the frozen wastes of Siberia with a brisk Tomb Raider quiz.
A month after the release of Metal Gear Solid 5, it's finally time to chopper into Metal Gear Online: a multiplayer suite with the same surreal humour and unique gadgetry as the main game with which it was originally meant to launch. Show of the Week dispatches Mike and Andy to reconnoitre Metal Gear Online and report back with Xbox One gameplay.
Sullust is the volcano planet inducted into Star Wars canon by Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE: a rocky, geothermal world covered in steam holes and crashed escape pods that need capturing in the following Xbox One gameplay.
The Star Wars Battlefront multiplayer beta is running now and among the selection of modes on offer is Survival: a horde-style multiplayer mode in which you defend against escalating waves of enemies. Andy and I play co-operatively on some backwater planet called Tatooine in this Xbox One gameplay.
The new plasma caster in Halo 5: Guardians is a Covenant gun that fires globs of explosive plasma. When they hit their mark these balls of ionised, weaponised goop stick to the enemy and detonate; when they hit a wall, they bounce, hopefully in the direction of a high-value target. Watch Mike and Andy scrap over the plasma caster respawn point in Halo 5's Team Slayer multiplayer mode in this Xbox One gameplay.
Spaceflight adventure Elite Dangerous is the first full game to emerge from the Xbox Game Preview Program, which lets fans support (read: pay for) games before they're quite finished. To celebrate and in anticipation of our many deaths to come by interstellar privateering, we recall the five most humiliating ways we've expired in the indifferent vacuum of space.
There were masses of intriguing indie games at EGX 2015 alongside the triple-A flash. Consider these five indie games coming to Xbox One in 2016 which we'll be keeping a closer eye on than a street magician doing that cup and balls trick.
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