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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The Oxventurers are in trouble. Trapped and faced with a deadly countdown, will our thieving heroes pull together or panic? Will they seize the final cursed coin or be dissolved in acid? Meanwhile, Egbert has a lovely time drinking brandy with the host of the party. We're pleased to present this final episode of Exhibition Impossible, the latest Oxventure, as part of EGX Rezzed Digital.
Special editions let you show off your love for a game by buying a version that costs twice as much but comes bundled with an heirloom-worthy keepsake you'll treasure forever. Or, in some cases, come bundled with an item that is so awkward or odd that you're going to have a hard time explaining it to anyone who spots it on your shelf. Ponder our seven awkward faves.
Watch Mike, Andy and I in Show of the Week Live, with chitchat about the best games on Game Pass for Xbox One, along with Mike's adventures in Half-Life Alyx and reportage from Luke's island in Animal Crossing New Horizons.
Resident Evil 3 Remake gameplay in which Jill Valentine (Andy) forages for gunpowder and green herbs on the mean streets of Raccoon City, with moral support from Jane and explosive red barrels. But there are worse things than zombies out tonight - namely the terrifying new Nemesis. Stick around for a shocking cameo from the big guy with the small vocabulary.
The Oxventurers are welcomed to a curious party. They set to work casing the joint and eating the canapés, but what's the deal with their suave host and his mysterious museum? Can Corazon, Dob, Egbert, Merilwen and Prudence track down the cursed coin? There's literally one way to find out, which is to watch this second episode of Exhibition Impossible, the latest Dungeons and Dragons Oxventure.
When a game aims to discourage cheating, it might deploy a stern text warning or an online ban. Alternatively, it might opt for a smackdown that is as hilarious as it is harsh - putting you in a hundred-billion-trillion-year time out, for instance, or a sudden fiery explosion. The punishments may seem extreme but they're also very funny, which in our book makes them the perfect system of justice. Consider these seven of the most memorable.
Show of the Week is streaming now! Join Mike, Andy and I for live chitchat about Doom Eternal, Xbox One Series X and some grand plans for Animal Crossing New Horizons, plus our fave YouTube comments of the week. It's the same Show of the Week Classic you know and tolerate, only now you can talk to us live during the episode.
Join us for Show of the Week Live, in which Mike takes his Elder Scrolls Online character Myke the Foolish for a tour of the new Harrowstorm DLC, precursor to the upcoming Skyrim-set Elder Scrolls Online expansion Greymoor. There's also live chitchat and the best of the week's YouTube comments, streamed for your amusement.
Painterly Metroidvania platformer Ori and the Will of the Wisps is here and Ori veteran Ellen joins us for a look at an early part of this gorgeous sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, in which you head off to a quite clearly haunted island in search of your adorable missing Owlet friend.
Show of the Week is streaming for the first time! Join us for live chitchat, Resident Evil 3 Remake gameplay and our fave YouTube comments. It's the same SOTW you know and love, only now you can talk to us live during the episode. We'll be keeping an eye on the live chat while Andy tells us what's what in the upcoming Resident Evil 3 remake, having recently played both the single-player and Resident Evil 3 'Resistance' multiplayer mode.
Show of the Week celebrates 10 years of Bayonetta with the newly released remaster, buffed up for Xbox One and PS4 and bundled with a similarly remastered Vanquish, another decade-old PlatinumGames action joint. Take a watch of witch time, gun kata and spanking attacks in this week's episode, then stick around for an update on some exciting new things we're getting ready to try in next week's show.
Mike is back, along with his prized possessions: a pair of exquisite model cars, dredged from sewers beneath Outside Xbox, where no-one knows how they got there, not even Andy or I. Anyway, Show of the Week weighs up schlocky shooter Zombie Army 4: Dead War, in which Mike searches a zombie-infested zoo for undead penguins. Subscribe for this show every week, why not?
Virtual reality encourages us to live out our wildest dreams, like being Batman or having more than 40 square feet of living room space. It's not all standard superheroism though - VR also lets game makers create first-person experiences that don't just border on weird, they move into weird and build a weird house there. Do you want to be an angry elephant? A colossal cop? Jesus? Take your pick from these seven VR games that let you experience the weirdness firsthand.
Mike is away this week so there's no-one to stop Andy and I from flushing toy cars, getting pumped for Doom Eternal (also Animal Crossing) and ragging on Doom Annihilation, the latest film adaptation from the Doomiverse.
Five Nights at Freddy's has come at last to Xbox One and it is Andy's solemn duty to suffer this classic jumpscare generator. Watch on for Xbox One gameplay from Five Nights at Freddy's 1, with rare facecam footage.
Netflix's adaptation of The Witcher has been a hit, so naturally there's another season on the way. And although season one captures the spirit of the original novels on which the Witcher games are based, we'd love to see season two include some of the weirder, wilder elements of the world of the Witcher that currently exist only in the Witcher videogames, such as feather fetishists, ghostly wedding guests and stuffed unicorns.
It's a rough gig being a hard-working Doom demon, just trying to get through the day, and then along comes the Doom Slayer. In Doom Eternal gameplay, the Slayer has more ways than ever to make sure hell's minions don't get home tonight to see their hell families. Consider these seven demon schmucks having the worst day imaginable in new Doom Eternal gameplay.
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.
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