Archive - Jane Douglas
Jane is co-editor at Outside Xbox, where she writes words and makes videos. She enjoys dialogue trees.
Here's Middle-earth: Shadow of War gameplay taken from the Shadow of War Xbox One X enhanced version. In it, Mike and Andy ride a tree, attack a citadel, rescue some dudes from Gondor and meet Idril, a Gondor shieldmaiden.
Here's Marvel vs Capcom Infinite Gameplay in which Andy and Luke take new fighters Gamora, Jedah, Captain Marvel and Ultron for a test drive on levels New Metro City Downtown and Xgard Bifrost Bridge. Behold!
I discover a horrifying new fave in this Call of Duty WW2 multiplayer gameplay, set on new multiplayer map Gibraltar: a Winchester 1897 trench gun loaded with incendiary shells, for a 'Dragon's Breath' flamethrower shotgun effect as harrowing as it is spectacular.
The original BioShock is 10 years old this weekend. Show of the Week celebrates a decade of this influential shooter and also, in the spirit of Rapture's reckless genetic meddling, the most monstrous missteps by videogame geneticists.
Bosses are typically bigger, scarier and better paid than you, and especially in videogames. But if our accumulated years of playing games have taught us one thing, it's that bosses have weaknesses: weak spots or foibles you can exploit for massive damage. What's more, that weakness isn't always their face, glowing weak spot, or the glowing weak spot on their face. Consider these less obvious weaknesses out of which we exploited the ever-loving heck.
In featured Hitman contract Plywood and Paste, Agent 47 must return to his old ICA training grounds and ensure four targets meet with 'accidental' deaths. Are there enough accidental kills to go around at the ICA Training Facility? Watch and find out.
In Slime Rancher on Xbox One (free this month in Xbox's Games with Gold scheme) you play a slime-wrangling slime rancher, capturing slimes for your up-and-coming slime farm. A slime is a kind of space hopper that eats and poops.
We recently did some griping about the times stealth made us tear our hair out and post it to the developers. Judging from the YouTube comments on that video, several of you share our depilatory frustration over a number of sections of dodgy stealth in yet more well-meaning videogames. Because we love your comments and sharing is caring, here are the times forced stealth drove you furthest up the wall.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, and I believed these urban legends like a child. Now we've put away childish things, join us to reflect on these videogame urban legends we wholeheartedly believed when we were kids, back when bigger kids could convince us they were true because they had uncles who worked at Nintendo.
Jason returns! We're back in Friday the 13th and Mike has a shot at his bloody revenge as supernatural serial murderer Jason in this Xbox One gameplay. Who will get put on a coathook? Who will get trapped in his own trap? And where the hell are the car keys? Watch and see.
In Dead by Daylight one player is a supernatural serial killer while four others are regular chumps trying to not get murdered in a series of arcane trials. In these, the killer must sacrifice victims to the mysterious trans-dimensional Entity for which they work. That's just one of the eldritch abominations you don't want to wind up as your manager, as Show of the Week discovers.
When stealth is done right, it's a gratifying test of your skill and focus. When stealth is done wrong, it's more irritating than a mosquito in your room at 3AM asking to borrow a tenner. Bear with us while we vent about the stealth sections that boiled our blood.
In this Friday the 13th gameplay on Xbox One, we are teen counselors stalked by supernatural serial killer Jason Voorhees, striving to repair a car and escape Jason's hunting ground. Who will find the car keys? Who will survive? Who will be sacrificed as Jason bait? Watch and see, why not.
Many a hero has a past so chequered only a convenient spot of memory loss can hide their darkest secret from you, the player, while keeping them, the protagonist, from spending a whole game wracked with guilt. Remember, if you can, these times amnesia made you forget your terrible deeds until, ooh, act three or thereabouts.
Mario and Luigi make our hit list in Hitman contract Super Sibling Rivalry, in which Agent 47 must whack the colour-coded plumber brothers in the Italian town of Sapienza. For maximum Hitman points, you must kill Mario dressed as Luigi and Luigi dressed as Mario, with an explosion. See if Hitman Mike can pull it off in this Hitman gameplay.
What kind of world do we live in, when it's rarer to find a clean, intact bathroom than it is to find one full of death traps, murderous thugs, vengeful ghosts, and the bloody mess that comes with those things I said? Consider the videogame restrooms in immediate need of a crime scene investigation team, and you tell us.
The first gameplay from Life is Strange Before the Storm reveals a prequel focused on Life is Strange's Chloe Price, three years before the events of Life is Strange. We're cautiously optimistic about the prospects of the prequel, and here's why. Beware spoilers for the original Life is Strange.
In this South Park: The Fractured But Whole gameplay, the superhero-themed sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth transports us to South Park's skeevy Peppermint Hippo "gentlemen's club". Join Andy and I, along with Outside Xtra's Ellen for this new gameplay and be as appalled as you might expect.
Co-op shooter Strange Brigade reveals itself in gameplay in which we blast waves of zombie mummies, solve a few light puzzles, and flee the occasional giant mummified bull monster. Take a watch of this new Strange Brigade gameplay from E3 2017 and see how I get on against wave after wave of the embalmed undead.
Call of Duty WW2 has revealed its multiplayer here at E3 2017, where we faced off against the Call of Duty YouTuber elite with results that are as occasionally hilarious as they are inevitable. Take a watch of this first Call of Duty WW2 multiplayer gameplay and judge our skills harshly, oh viewers.
The Anthem gameplay unveiled at E3 2017 reveals a "shared-world action RPG" from RPG specialist studio Bioware, with a touch of Destiny about it. You and up to three friends are "Freelancers", exosuited adventurers jetpacking around an open world of lush landscapes rendered by the Frostbite engine. Straight out of the Xbox E3 conference where the Anthem gameplay debuted, we talk about the elements that stuck with us most.
Incredibly, games industry expo E3 won't have begun in earnest by Monday 12 June 2017, the day of publisher Ubisoft's press conference. But on this last day before the show opens, Ubisoft will set out its stall with upcoming games Far Cry 5 and South Park: The Fractured But Whole, for example. Expect a first look at the new Assassin's Creed to boot.
Xbox arrives at games industry expo E3 with its Sunday 11 June 2017 press conference, starting at 2PM Pacific time or 10PM if you're in the UK. You can watch the livestream of the media briefing here on Outside Xbox for all the haps, with upcoming Xbox One games, news on Xbox's 4k Project Scorpio and the like.
Battlefront 2 multiplayer premiered at publisher EA's E3 2017 press conference, with the first ever multiplayer gameplay appearing at the show. Consider the moments that left us the most impatient to get our hands on the full game in the following video.
Games industry expo E3 2017 unofficially begins with the earliest of the press conferences. This year it's that of publisher EA, at its EA Play event in Hollywood. Watch the E3 2017 EA press conference live with us right here on Saturday 10 June 2017, from 8PM if you're in the UK or from midday Pacific time.