Archive - Jane Douglas
Jane is co-editor at Outside Xbox, where she writes words and makes videos. She enjoys dialogue trees.
In Outside Xbox tradition, Halloween means an outing for gaming's slenderest spook. We play Slender The Arrival live for the first and feasibly the last time ever if we die of horror. Plus we answer questions in the chat for those keeping us company on this spookiest of nights.
Show of the Week: Assassin's Creed Origins and 5 Cats You Should Worship If You're an Ancient Egyptian
In this modern age of swegways and freakshakes, cats will have to work harder to get the same attention they got back in the good old days of Ancient Egypt. Lucky for them, though, there are plenty of of excellent cats in videogames that deserve fanatical devotion way more than the regular old felines that Bayek can't stop smoothing in Assassin's Creed Origins.
In our continuing Middle-earth adventures, treacherous ring enthusiast Gollum leads us first to spiderlady Shelob and then in pursuit of a mysterious orc assassin. Can Minas Ithil be saved? Can the Palantir help us? Can we have our new ring back, please?
William 'BJ' Blazcowicz begins Wolfenstein 2 a bit worse for wear, having gotten a bit blown up at the end of the last game. But our man Blazcowicz isn't about to let a little thing like that keep him from liberating America and be home in time for milkshakes. To that end, it's lucky that technology is on BJ's side; he's kitted out with more kooky high-tech equipment than ever and we fancy some of it for ourselves.
In episode two from the opening chapters of Shadow of War, we become a non-spectral Celebrimbor for an important flashback, ride Caragors, bombard Siege Beasts and get back on the trail of Minas Ithil's elusive Palantir. For this plus more Tolkien lore than you or Mike can handle, point your face at this Shadow of War gameplay.
In Battlefront 2 gameplay from the Battlefront 2 beta, Mike, Andy and Jane resist the Force Order from Maz's Castle on Takodana, protecting what we assume is Luke's lightsaber from enemy forces in objective-based Strike mode.
We play Middle-earth: Shadow of War from the beginning, in which Talion and his elf ghost bro Celebrimbor forge a new ring of power then lose it almost immediately to giant spider Shelob who is now a lady. What next for the wraith-and-ranger combo?
What do Ancient Egyptians and the internet have in common? They love cats. As such, these fuzzballs are everywhere in Assassin's Creed Origins and yes, praise Osiris, you can pet the heck out of them. Ellen and I do so in this new Assassin's Creed Origins gameplay. Also we slay a monster crocodile, perforate a giant hippo with the multi-arrow Warrior Bow, skewer a bunch of bandits, and raid some Ancient Egyptian ruins. But, most importantly: cats.
State of Decay 2 is coming in spring 2018, with base building and character progression pumped up, a new blood plague to infect your survivor community, and a much-requested online co-op mode. Take a watch and discover the new things you can do in the zombie survival sim sequel.
It is somehow 30 years since the birth of Street Fighter. Show of the Week celebrates generally with Mike and Andy's fondest street fighting memories and specifically with my five fave but oft overlooked characters. Where's the love for Allen Snider, I ask you.
Show of the Week ponders Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, a Dishonored spin-off in which Dishonored 2's Billie Lurk gets her own game. In it, Billie's former mentor Daud dispatches her to kill the mysterious and unknowably powerful Outsider. Oh is that all, Daud.
We recently owned up to the various times we exploited the heck out of a boss' one obscure weakness, and it turned out we weren't alone. The comments were full of players with shameful stories of similarly taking advantage of these convenient soft spots. So have a look at these times our commenters saw an opportunity and, like Luke Skywalker stuffing a proton torpedo into a thermal exhaust port, used it to cheese a boss battle.
Killer Instinct is among the Xbox One titles being zhuzhed up to take advantage of the Xbox One X and all the additional teraflopping it will do come launch in November. Get an eyeful of Andy's mummified fighter Kan-Ra giving Mike's dino-human hybrid what for in this fresh new 4k gameplay.
Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure was originally a collection of Pixar-themed mini games for Kinect, launched in 2012 when that peripheral was a motion control system full of hopes and dreams and not the millstone briefly around the neck of the Xbox One. It's now time for that game's rebirth on the Xbox One X, where the extra graphical oomph makes a new Finding Dory world pop in 4k. Mike and Andy give it a whirl in the following Xbox One X gameplay.
In Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One X, Mike and Andy go for a spin at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in a customised shark car and then at the Nürburgring in the Jaguar XJ220 favoured by Rocket Man Elton John. Get your eyes all over lovely Forza 7 Xbox One X gameplay in the following video.
On the surface, a videogame is a bunch of pixels doing what they're told by a bunch of rules. Go beneath the surface though and among those rules you'll find some additional secret rules snuck in there to make your experience more fun. Game designer Jennifer Scheurle recently asked other games people on Twitter to share the crafty mechanics like these hidden inside games, and those devs went and spilled the tea. Just consider these sneaky ways games trick you into thinking you're more awesome.
We play lots of Hitman and answer lots of questions live from London's Loading Bar, like the multi-tasking heroes we are. Watch this space for more live streams to come!
They'll tell you a videogame is an indifferent computer program that doesn't care whether you win or lose because it's made of maths. In our experience, however, there are certain games that are very definitely out to get you, tipping the scales when the opportunity arises to really screw you over, in a way that can only be considered malice on their part. Consider the following evidence and you be the judge.
Hitman contract 1001 Moroccan Nights compels Andy to dress like a fortune teller and whack four targets in and around a Marrakech night market. Can he remain uncompromised while looking like a fancy dress genie and singing medleys from Disney's Aladdin? See for yourself.
Life is Strange prequel mini-series Life is Strange: Before the Storm is underway, starring a younger Chloe Price and heretofore mysterious cool girl Rachel Amber. What do we get instead of Max Caulfield and time travel powers in Life is Strange: Before the Storm? Watch and learn.
Here's Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One X gameplay taken from the enhanced Xbox One X version of Rise of the Tomb Raider with its "4k enriched visuals" setting. Look for updated graphical effects along with the boosted resolution in the raiding of this spectacular tomb, where by raiding we mean utter destruction.
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.