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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As gamers we've spent spent a significant amount of time crawling through dungeons. After a while, you start to notice a few running themes - aside from the terrible rat and spider infestations. Just consider these seven things that are guaranteed to happen in one of the tunnel systems that Swiss cheese the undergrounds of videogame fantasy worlds.
Borderlands 3's new Vault Hunter FL4K is a robot with mastery over beasts - three beasts in particular, who join this new hunter class character on the battlefield as ferocious pets. Meet one such pet in this Borderlands 3 gameplay: Dave, the Spiderant Centurion, who accompanies Andy and Ellen through the first hour of the game.
Imagine how much more gloriously extra we could be if we had powerful magics at our disposal like Triss Merigold, Bayonetta, or Sanguine the Daedric Prince of Debauchery. Because the finest use for magical abilities isn't saving the world, but stunting on those who annoy us, or simply for the drama. Consider these inspiringly extra uses of magic by these inspirational magic users.
The Oxventure crew levels up for an impending Dungeons and Dragons campaign, with weekly episodes beginning on Outside Xtra from 14 August 2019. Who will roll high? Who will learn terrifying new spells? Who will maintain their wisdom ability score of -1 for some reason? See for yourselves and subscribe to Outside Xtra for episodes in the weeks to come.
If there's one thing we hate, it's consequences. Yet we love games, even though they're full of them - like when we manage to do a thing that causes us to be unexpectedly and irreversibly screwed over, such as on these seven occasions.
It's back to the Isle of Sgail for more Hitman 2 gameplay as mission The Ark Society continues. In this second episode, Agent 47 must assassinate the remaining Washington twin at this wealthy cult's party on a private island. Follow Andy, Mike and I as we turn to a ceremonial phoenix effigy, an open casket funeral and a propane flask to get our respective jobs done.
In Hitman 2 Escalation The Aquatic Retribution, Agent 47 must steal a fish from the Miami aquarium, use it to whack various security guards, then dump them in an aquarium tank. Mike and I smash a lot of fish tanks and make a lot of terrible fish puns in this video. Also, did you know there was a starfish in Hitman 2? Us neither.
Codemasters' Grid racing series returns with Grid (just Grid) later this year, so Mike puts his life of car festivals and fast cars on hold to bring fresh Xbox One X Grid gameplay to you in Show of the Week.
There's a special level of creepy accessible only to children in videogames, and we're not even talking about your Alma Wades. No, we mean the accidentally terrifying kid characters whose eerie voice acting and dead eyes take us on a trip deep down the uncanny valley.
Andy and Mike take on Void Bastards, a "strategy-shooter" with a slick art style ripped straight from the pages of sci-fi comic book. Join them for this Void Bastards gameplay aboard a derelict spaceship and see for yourself.
From the interrogation room in Black Ops, to the squelchy brain in Psychonauts, to your android assistant Chloe attaining self awareness in Detroit: Become Human - contemplate these seven title screens that couldn't bear to just be a basic list of options, as suggested by commenters in the previous video on gaming's fanciest title screens.
Outer Worlds is a sci-fi RPG from the makers of Fallout New Vegas, also known as Mike and Andy's favourite ever Fallout. They react to Outer Worlds gameplay in Show of the Week, then along comes Star Wars, F1 2019 and professional wrestling for the comments section with yours truly.
Can we withstand the Lovecraft-inspired horror and presumable stench of The Sinking City? Witness gameplay from this open-world detective adventure set in the oppressively weird town of Oakmont, with its flooded streets, occult murders and rotting shark corpses.
Hitman 2 goes to a swanky New York bank for its first expansion pack, home to the Golden Handshake mission in which Agent 47 must off the bank manager and heist his way into the top-security bank vault. Can 47 don the ugly sweater, defeat the laser grid, and trouser three Faberge eggs in a single run? There's only one really good way to find out.
The Sinking City is an open-world detective game set in the oppressively odd burg of Oakmont, where it falls to you to investigate murders amidst the flooded streets and whale carcasses. Does it scratch our specific itch for Lovecraftian horror and solving crimes? Find out in Show of the Week.
Epic poetry, biblical apocrypha and fast food mascots are just some of the unexpected items that inspired these unlikely videogames - each based on source material so strange we're amazed they ever got greenlit in the first place. Consider the origins of Xbox 360 oddity Sneak King and more in this video.
Get a faceful of Borderlands 3 gameplay in which Ellen and I take new character Moze the Gunner for a spin in her mighty mech suit Iron Bear, hunting out Mouthpiece, a noisy and high-ranking lieutenant with the nefarious Children of the Vault cult. Keep watching for Iron Bear action from Ascension Bluff and the cult's Holy Broadcast Center, taken from early in the game.
Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines 2 transports the bloodsucking action RPG to moody Seattle, where your newly made vampire must live their best unlife against a backdrop of warring factions, powerful clans and the constant temptation to be a terrible vampire asshole. Here are seven ways to be the latter in Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines 2 gameplay revealed at E3 2019.
A pit stop at a quiet tavern turns sinister when the Oxventure heroes are tricked and taken captive in a magic-proof prison. Rude. What will they do without magic? Who is behind the nefarious spell-sucking scheme? How many organs is Egbert missing? Find out in Spell Check, an Oxventure episode recorded live at MCM London on 24 May 2019.
Behold Control gameplay in which Federal Bureau of Control chief Jesse Faden strives to lift a lockdown in the Bureau's spooky headquarters, under the direction of Jane and Andy at E3 2019. Keep your eyes peeled for Jesse's supernatural powers, creepy Hiss monsters and mysterious janitor Ahti.
Nazi zombies are back on their bullshit in third-person co-op shooter Zombie Army 4, follow-up to Rebellion's Zombie Army Trilogy. Here's Zombie Army 4 Dead War gameplay in which Mike survives a zombie ambush, sets off a bunch of zombie traps, and wallops zombies with his special electric punch. What other treats does Zombie Army Trilogy sequel Zombie Army 4 have in store? There's only one way to be sure.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint is essentially Ghost Recon Wildlands 2, but differentiates itself with a more involving storyline, a new setting and new survival mechanics. What Mike and Ellen are really assessing in this co-op gameplay, though, is the survivability of a parachute crash.
Witness this Lego Forza Horizon 4 gameplay, fresh from E3 2019, in which Mike and Ellen take a selection of blocky motors for a spin through an eclectic Lego racetrack that features UFOs, dinosaurs, pirate ships, and a spooky haunted forest.
As rumours foretold, Microsoft revealed Project Scarlett, the next Xbox, at its E3 2019 press conference. The Project Scarlett reveal was dense with close-up shots of circuit boards and light on details, but what we do know about Project Scarlett so far is enough to make us sit up straight, and also look up the term custom Zen 2 and Navi processor. So consider the new Xbox's potential resolution, framerate, power, launch titles and release date.
Andy returns from Star Wars Land with tales from Disneyland's new Star Wars-themed area, Millennium Falcon ride and coloured milks, then turns to Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order: Respawn's excitingly story-led, single-player Star Wars game due for an imminent gameplay reveal at E3 2019. What a time to be alive. Subscribe to Outside Xbox for Jedi Fallen Order news coming soon, along with the best of E3 2019 as it happens.
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