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 sizes up Sea of Thieves, the open-world piracy game that launches next week, at long last. What's animal trafficking doing in a social buccanneering sim? We aim to find out.
Game characters tend to be good at what they do, but sometimes they want to stretch themselves and step out of their comfort zone. This is presumably how we wound up with these seven bizarre and unexpected guest appearances that really put the "oh?" in cameo.
In this QUBE 2 gameplay, we play an explorer puzzling our way out of a giant alien Rubik's Cube, equipped only with science gloves that change the colours and properties of the ubiquitous cubes. Behold QUBE 2 gameplay on Xbox One and see for yourself who comes out on top: us or the six-sided polyhedra.
Show of the Week investigates Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Chimera, a zombie-themed update that adds co-op campaign Outbreak, in which you and your operator buddies must gun down a spiky, explosive zombie horde.
Bridge Constructor Portal combines Portal and the constructing of bridges, adding teleportation and GLaDOS to the civil engineering mix, now on Xbox One. Witness our bridge construction efforts in this Bridge Constructor Portal gameplay.
Assassin's Creed Origins DLC Curse of the Pharaohs adds giant scorpions, zombie mummies and furious jackal-headed warriors to its heretofore historically faithful Ancient Egypt. What the heck is going on? Find out along with Ellen and I in this gameplay footage.
In Show of the Week Andy explains what's on the cards for Soulcalibur's imminent return, with new fighter Groh and a new clash system arriving with Soulcalibur 6 later this year. Later in the show, Mike challenges him to re-create an iconic game hero for an unlicensed cameo in Soulcalibur 4, via that game's custom character creator.
Behold Far Cry 5 co-op gameplay in which Andy and Luke befriend angry bear companion Cheeseburger, do quad bike stunts, blow things up and are in turn blown up in two-player co-op mode.
In this second episode of Kingdom Come Deliverance gameplay, Lady Stephanie needs a jewelled crown and fine wine for a fancy wedding in apparent 'courtship' quest At Your Service My Lady. It's our heroic duty as a medieval wedding planner to do anything, including murder and archery contests, to fetch both things.
In this Xbox One gameplay, we collect some shapes, avoid other shapes, and generally enter a psychedelic trance in geometric neon action platformer Octahedron. Shapes!
Anime adventure game Forgotton Anne is coming soon to Xbox One and PS4. Have a watch of this Ghibli-looking game in Xbox One gameplay on Xbox One, in which we murder a talking scarf and replumb some magical electricity, but fail to discover why Forgotton is spelt that way.
The point of rebooting a franchise with a dark and gritty new vibe is to make it cooler, but for every Chris Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy there's a game reboot that, in the very antithesis of being cool, tried much too hard.
This time in GTA Online's Doomsday Heist, we must use our stolen Deloreans to hack a fleet of enemy vehicles in a high-octane, high-altitude chase. Watch on for GTA Online gameplay from the Signal Intercepts heist set-up mission.
As people thrilled by both games and technology, we are susceptible to a buzzy new game gimmick that, in retrospect, was faddier than extreme planking. It's now obvious these trends couldn't last, but at the time they were hotter than the harlem shake circa 2013.
Show of the Week salutes Kingdom Come Deliverance, the ultra-realistic medieval action RPG arriving on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on release date 13 February 2018. Then, in tribute to Kingdom Come Deliverance's brutal realism, Andy gets nude and punches the Jarl of Markarth in a Skyrim Challenge of the Week.
Wolfenstein 2 DLC gameplay in which Andy slithers through tiny vents and loudly murders Supersoldaten as Agent Silent Death, whose codename is ironic for the purposes of this video.
Next up in GTA Online's Doomsday Heist, we must steal four Deloreans, respray them, and race them across town pursued by cops, players and apparently the Joker. See for yourself in this high-octane GTA Online gameplay.
Show of the Week asks how is GoldenEye 20 years old? What happened to the Xbox 360 version that quietly died? And who is deadliest in the classic GoldenEye multiplayer scenario (license to kill, pistols, facility)? Is it Mike or is it Jane? There is literally one way to find out, therefore watch on.
In Hitman Escalation mission The Cheveyo Calibration, from Hitman's Game of the Year Edition, Agent 47 must whack a series of goons (and one doctor) in Marrakesh's night market, mostly with a sniper rifle and entirely while wearing the new Raven Suit, which is both suave and tactical. See for yourself in this Hitman gameplay.
Villains come in all shapes and sizes (mostly big) but if they have one thing in common, it's their ambition to not accidentally help the good guy save the world. Yet this happens more often than these so-called bad guys would care to admit. Just think of the occasions on which these antagonists saved the day with embarrassing self-sabotage.
Andy and I thought our GTA Online heisting days were behind us until Mike gathered us in his new underground bunker for One More Job. Witness the Outside Xbox heist crew reformed for GTA Online's Doomsday heist.
Hitman Elusive Target The Sensation is one Jonathan Smythe: a popstar accused of murder and hiding out at a party in Paris. See us hunt down the Bieber-ish fugitive in this Hitman gameplay, then go absolutely spare trying to poison his glass of vodka, from which he drinks with infuriating infrequency.
In Show of the Week, Andy scrutinises upcoming fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ, schools Mike in Dragon Ball lore, and undertakes a brutal challenge in inscrutable SNES brawler Dragon Ball Hyper Dimension. Watch now and judge his overall performance, why don't you.
You know where you are with a sequel: it's like the first game but there are new weapons, new baddies and there's a number at the end of it. Except sometimes a sequel isn't like that at all. Sometimes the next game lurches into a whole other genre to produce a sequel so radically different from the original you have to squint to see the family resemblance.
Behold Metal Gear Survive gameplay in which Luke and I play the online co-op survival game's single-player mode from the very beginning. Here we find ourselves on a hostile, dusty world where eating sheep, poking zombies and building fences are what it takes to get by.
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