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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GTA Online's Doomsday Heist Act 1 culminates in this heist finale: an assault on a secret service base which is being hacked by foreign powers. Can the Outside Xbox heist crew breach the IAA base? Will we stop the bad hackers? Who will have a buttock shot clean off? Watch and discover the answers, and keep an eye out for more GTA Online heists still to come on Outside Xbox.
The State of Decay 2 diaries continue! In episode 2, witness State of Decay 2 gameplay in which Neal comes to Molly's rescue with a Blood Plague cure while her on-off boyfriend Travis takes a nap, or something. Later, we destroy a gross Plague Heart with fire.
Show of the Week is all up in zombie survival sim sequel State of Decay 2. Take a watch for State of Decay 2 gameplay and Andy's challenge of the week, in which he must scavenge food and medical supplies for Jane's community of State of Decay 2 survivors.
The most effective scares happen when you're least expecting them. This gives non-horror games an advantage at scaring the bejesus out of us, because we were having a nice relaxed time doing assassinations, not expecting sudden terror. A while back we shared the games so unexpectedly terrifying we can never trust again. Now it's time to see which ostensibly un-scary games gave you the willies.
The Crew 2 has a diverse array of vehicles, from motocross bikes, through powerboats, to an officially licensed Red Bull Formula One Car. We sample some of the new vehicles in The Crew 2's car list in this Crew 2 gameplay video.
Behold the (abridged) first hour of State of Decay 2 in this gameplay footage from the zombie survival sim, in which Travis scavenges supplies, his girlfriend Molly catches Blood Plague, and the whole survivalist crew makes a new home for themselves in the undead-infested foothills.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider wraps up Lara Croft's rebooted origin story with a lush jungle location and impending Mayan apocalypse. Jane talks up the new Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay and setting in Show of the Week, then returns to classic Croft Manor for a go on the old assault course in Tomb Raider 2.
After a final battle with the forces of evil, there's usually an enormous sense of relief. But that moment when you let your guard down is also the moment when you're most vulnerable being suddenly sucker-punched - by the likes of Shadows of the Damned, Soulcalibur 3 and Donkey Kong Country. Witness these sobering lessons and more in the following video.
Behold open-world post-apocalypse action in zombie survival sim State of Decay 2 on Xbox One, in which Andy and I set about base building and recruiting new survivors for our mostly zombie-proof fortress in a repurposed shopping mall.
Games can take us to so many places, yet amidst these diverse locations there are a handful of 'classics' in which we wind up over and over. The end result is they're more familiar than your childhood home, but without all the dead pets in the garden. Point your face at sewer levels, factory levels, nightclub levels and lava levels galore, then subscribe for a week like this every Thursday.
Here's State of Decay 2 gameplay in which the game's new Blood Plague zombies, online co-op mode, and more elaborate base building come into focus. Witness disgusting Plague Hearts, the grim mercy killing of an infected survivor, and the installing of a morale-boosting cocktail lounge in the centre of our settlement, all in the following video.
Point your eyeballs at State of Decay 2 gameplay in which Andy and I scavenge supplies in the new online co-op mode. Can we bring back the meds and ammo Andy's settlement so desperately needs? How many cars will be totalled along the way? There is pretty much one way to find out.
Difficulty levels in games are mostly clearly signposted. Occasionally though we stumble across a kind of unofficial hard mode that will, though never advertised as an 'alternative' hidden difficulty setting, unexpectedly make life several degrees harder. Consider these times we made a game significantly more difficult for ourselves by accident, why don't you.
The latest instalment of gameplay from fugitive adventure A Way Out finds us on the lam, visiting a hospital to meet Vincent's brand new baby. And also to play a swift round of Connect Four in the waiting room.
Witness more Dungeons and Dragons, in which our brave-ish heroes are recruited to raid a crypt full of maybe fabulous treasure and definitely terrible danger. Join them at The Bellowing Walrus tavern as the next Oxventure begins.
Behold Descenders gameplay on Xbox One in which we try downhill mountain biking game Descenders for the first time, doing bunny hops and flips down procedurally generated mountains in physics-y downhill freeriding.
Show of the Week talks Minit, the charming indie adventure where you die every 60 seconds. And a minute is not a long time, it turns out, as Andy discovers later in the Show in his Lego-based challenge of the week.
We assemble online in Sea of Thieves to hunt chickens for the animal-trafficking Merchant Alliance. What will we find on Chicken Isle? Will bad pirates steal our feathery booty? Who will be marooned alone on a mystery atoll? The only really good way to find out is to watch this Sea of Thieves gameplay.
The Elder Scrolls Online's new chapter Summerset expands the world of online Tamriel with Summerset Isle, home of the High Elves. Behold new gameplay from Summerset in the following video, in which Mike and Luke take a new character on a tour of the heretofore off-limits island.
This weekend is World Wrestling Entertainment's annual main event: Wrestlemania or, as Andy calls it, "Wrestling Christmas". Show of the Week forecasts the outcome of the superstar match-ups with the predictive power of WWE 2K18. Roman Reigns or Brock Lesnar? Asuka or Charlotte Flair? AJ Styles or Shinsuke Nakamura? Watch and discover the winners two days early, only on Outside Xbox.
Want to hide an in-joke in your game? An Easter egg is just the thing. Even better, if you want to throw shade on some other game in the name of friendly rivalry or outright snark, Easter eggs are the perfect delivery vector. Have a watch of these shady eggs that were sly in-jokes and see for yourself.
Show of the Week has a go on Attack on Titan 2, the action game based on the popular animated series about intense teens fighting giant naked zombies.
Sometimes in a game you find yourself in a no-win situation, where the only final outcomes are bad. All you can do is play the game, make your choices and live with the consequences, no matter how bleak. Like in these games, for instance, in which each ending is more of a downer than an all-Radiohead mixtape.
GTA Online's Doomsday Heist continues with latest mission Server Farm, in which the heist crew dons Sam Fisher-style black combat gear and night vision goggles, then pilot the Akula stealth chopper into a high-tech Los Santos government facility, there to swipe precious data from the server farm itself.
Show of the Week inspects A Way Out, a split-screen co-op adventure in which odd couple Leo and Vincent must work together to escape prison, settle old scores and master mini games that include horseshoes, darts and baseball.
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