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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Noodle helmets! Frog suits! Cross-franchise cosplay! We haven't reviewed gaming's most bizarre alternate costumes for a minute, so here's whole wardrobe's worth of inexplicable fashion statements to ponder. Consider these seven weird costumes that lie beyond the reach of rational explanation.
We have vast RPGs and new consoles to look forward to this year, but what are the new games coming out in 2020 that might have flown under your radar until now? We've picked out seven interesting lesser-known releases we reckon are worth your attention.
With 2019 a distant memory and 2020 already making itself at home, our thoughts turn to the months ahead. What will space year 2020 be like? Will there be hoverboards? Thankfully videogames have done the hard work predicting the future for us, with games set in 2020 which surely offer a true and accurate forecast of what's coming our way: microwave power plants, nanosuits, and dragons occupying Tokyo.
Mike and I do spacey first-person exploring in Journey to the Savage Planet, in which a resourceful astronaut must assess a gooey new world for human habitation. Will we survive this final frontier? Or be exploded by local flora and fauna? How many pufferbirds must die in the name of human exploration? See for yourselves in this Journey to the Savage Planet gameplay.
An old wizard frenemy dispatches Team Oxventure to a remote, icy mountain in search of a Great Evil. Can Corazon, Dob, Egbert, Merilwen and Prudence scale the mountain and restore the precious balance of nature without freezing their bits off? Let's hope so.
Bus Simulator returns for a special festive bus route on day eight of the Xmas Challenge: Andy must appropriately decorate his bus and drive a busload of passengers to the cathedral in Old Town for a carol service in under 10 minutes. Will he make it in time? Will the passengers be in the mood for singing afterwards? Let's watch.
On day seven of the Xmas Challenge, witness the chaos of the traditional nude mayor punching event, transported this year to The Outer Worlds - here, Mike must board the Groundbreaker orbital station and bop bureaucrat Udom Bedford while wearing as little protective gear as possible. Can he escape without getting his buttocks lasered off by nearby guards? Let's watch.
As Xmas Challenge 2019 approaches the halfway mark, I draw a Sea of Thieves task: set an enemy ship on fire within 15 minutes in the Sea of Thieves Arena, using the firebombs added in the recent update. How will I fare entering the Sea of Thieves Arena for the first time? See for yourselves and come back tomorrow for another ostensibly festive challenge.
It's a Red Dead Redemption 2 Online event for Andy on day five of the supposedly random Oxbox Xmas Challenge. Can Andy pick up a point in his favourite game of 2019? How rigged is this competition? What's a stew bowl challenge anyway? Find all your answers within.
As the Xmas Challenge gathers speed, Mike draws a tough task: score at least one touchdown and go on to win the match in Madden 20, which we understand to be a football game where 'football' means 'American football' and 'touchdown' means 'the moment at which an aircraft's wheels make contact with the ground during landing'. Can Mike triumph in Madden 20, a game he has never played before? Watch and discover.
Day 3 and time for a classic event in the Oxbox Xmas Challenge: the traditional FIFA Giant Killing Challenge, this year in FIFA 20, in which I am supposed to lead a League Two team to victory against a Premier League team. Will I bring home a football win this year or another shameful football defeat? Let's football!
Andy steps up for his first challenge of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2019, which takes him to Hitman 2's Haven Island for the Hitman 2 Crocodile Hunter Challenge. Can he assassinate all the inflatable crocodiles in this island paradise? Watch and find out, dear viewer.
So begins this year's Xmas Challenge! This year's competition launches with a Blair Witch challenge for Mike: can he score 100 points in Blair Witch's off-brand Nokia Snake game Cobra Masters without crashing into his own tail or being murdered by the Blair Witch? Watch and find out today, day one of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2019.
Like Overcooked but with home renovation, Tools Up! lets you take control of bumbling decorators in couch co-op, with your job to complete DIY tasks specified by the blueprint, such as painting and laying carpet, to a gruellingly tight deadline. Why can't we just leave two bags of gravel in the driveway and head off on holiday to Ibiza like real builders?
Behold Sea of Thieves Seabound Soul gameplay in which Andy and Mike are attacked by a giant kraken. Who will be eaten alive? Who will be turned into a ghostly green skeleton? The one way to find out is to watch, and also why not subscribe for more Sea of Thieves on Outside Xbox?
Witness the chaos in this Bleeding Edge Xbox One gameplay, in which Mike and I played Ninja Theory's upcoming team brawler, sampling distinctive fighters such as zombie rockstar Nidhoggr, witchy granny Maeve and Cass, the Black Swan-looking ballerina with robotic bird legs.
Show of the Week takes Terminator-based first-person shooter Terminator Resistance for a spin, with Andy as Sgt. Jacob Rivers of the titular Resistance, on a mission to save humanity from spidery terminators, exploding terminators and occasional terminator terminators. Then it's over to the best YouTube comments of the week. Don't go away.
Minecraft Dungeons is the new dungeon-crawling, loot-hoovering top-down co-op adventure set in the world of Minecraft. It's coming to Xbox One, but also PS4, PC and Switch. Get your eyes on this new Minecraft Dungeons co-op gameplay as Andy and I bumble our way around a dungeon in search of a necromancer's tomb, but instead find a terrifying Enderman boss, a treasure pig and a friendly gold key.
Jedi Fallen Order is the new Star Wars game from Titanfall developer Respawn. In it, you play as Cal Kestis, a Padawan who survived the Jedi-destroying Order 66 and is justifiably ready to go ham on the Empire with a lightsaber. Join us for Jedi Fallen Order gameplay on Xbox One as Mike and Andy tackle the game's opening, then stick around for Jane with the finest YouTube comments of the week.
Red Dead Online bounty hunting returns! Andy and Mike saddle up to hunt down legendary bounty Etta Doyle, leader of a notorious all-woman gang, and Rosa Jones, a cello teacher turned murderer who stabbed her victim with a cello bow. Can the Outside Xbox posse finally bring in a bounty alive and unexploded? Only time and this video will tell.
Andy and Mike solve pirate murders with a supernatural pocket watch in Return of the Obra Dinn on Xbox One. Get an eyeful of Xbox One gameplay then stick around for the week's choicest YouTube comments and Oxventure Dungeons and Dragons chat.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz is reborn on the Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch, with all the spherical simian shenanigans you remember from the original Nintendo Wii launch title. Ellen, Luke and I play the multiplayer party games including obvious best one Monkey Target, then classic single-player Main Game in this Xbox One gameplay.
Red Dead Redemption Online's legendary bounty Sergio Vincenza is the unlucky target of Mike and Andy's Red Dead posse in this Xbox One gameplay. Can the mismatched duo resist blowing things up long enough to bring in one of Red Dead Redemption Online's new Legendary Bounties, added in the recent Frontier Pursuits update?
The Oxventure crew embarks on a hard-partying cruise, aboard Corazon's ship the Joyful Damnation with a horde of suspicious revellers. What's their deal? Find out in Ship Happens, an Oxventure episode recorded live at EGX on Friday 18 October 2019.
If you're looking for a name that is eccentric, improbable or downright dumb, videogames are a rich vein. Throw away that baby name book and get watching for such gems as Hot Coldman, Jack Hard, Ceaseless Discharge and many (four) more.
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