Archive - Jane Douglas
Jane is co-editor at Outside Xbox, where she writes words and makes videos. She enjoys dialogue trees.
Behold Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay in Show of the Week, in which Andy and I play Mortal Kombatants Sub Zero, Scorpion, Sonya Blade, Skarlet and Raiden, as well as new character Geras and toothy returning fighter Baraka. Keep an eye out in particular for Mortal Kombat 11 Baraka face-offing fatality, which is as grisly a study in facial anatomy as you could hope for.
Many a time we've spent a game acquiring precious items and equipment, then lost it all when the game ransacked our inventory - by means of a fussy elevator, quad bike crash, island shipwreck or, more often than not, throwing us in jail. Nightmare.
Andy and Mike try to master the Hitman 2 Escalation mission The Bigmooney Flamboyancy, set in Hitman 2's Miami level. Agent 47's now-iconic flamingo mascot disguise features heavily.
For between 5 and 30 percent of people, their left hand hand is their dominant hand. In videogames, left-handedness is even rarer still and caused not by genetics or brain hemispheres, but other, unexpected things. So welcome now, right- and left-handed friends, and please contemplate the reasons these game characters are southpaws.
All hail 2019! In Show of the Week Andy and I ponder the new games we're looking forward to in the first half of the new year, such as the Resident Evil 2 remake, Devil May Cry 5 and Rage 2, then Mike and Andy scrutinise a fresh crop of YouTube comments from the Outside Xbox community. Please enjoy.
Sometimes a flub turns out to be an inadvertently good thing. So it goes with videogames, when a glitch occasionally evolves into a popular or at least hilarious feature. Consider these cases in games such as Civilization, Space Invaders, Devil May Cry and Grand Theft Auto.
A mysterious visitation leads the Oxventure crew down an adventure hole to a town plagued by sinister disappearances. What the heck is going on in this spooky seaside burg? Find out in this first episode of A Fishmas Carol, an Oxventure in four parts.
It's the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2018, and day 5 of the competition warps Andy, Mike and I into Fallout 76, where Andy must kill one of us then survive for 10 minutes with a bounty on his head and nothing on his bod. Can this festive fugitive scavenge a point from the wasteland or will he be murdered in his pants? Find out within!
In Hitman 2 contract Silent Mike (a special tribute to our own Mike Channell) Agent 47 has been hired to whack four targets in 31 seconds, with an explosion. Can it be done? How? Why? Find your answers in this Hitman 2 gameplay on Xbox One.
Outside Xbox is proud to presents its first ever official store! If you like t-shirts, mugs, posters, tote bags or phone cases in addition to liking Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra, we have just the products for you in the Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra Merch Store, hosted by Teespring. Fill your boots.
Show of the Week mulls over the sudden new prospect of post-apocalyptic Far Cry spinoff Far Cry New Dawn, then welcomes Andy's Red Dead Online cowboy avatar to the mix with a Red Dead Online rampage challenge. Can he become what he hates most: a murderous online jerk? Find out within.
For certain videogames 'realism' means including 'realistic' elements some might call excessively gross or finicky or so mundane you'll want to eat your own hands. And not just because you'll starve to death otherwise. Please enjoy these seven times realism in videogames was way too realistic for us.
Andy and Mike return for another dose of gameplay from the Resident Evil 2 remake. Here, they steer remastered Claire Redfield through the Raccoon City PD into an army of lickers and the terrifying, fedora-wearing Mr. X.
Witness Resident Evil 2 remake gameplay in which Andy and Mike run remastered Leon Kennedy through an early part of this reimagining of the classic survival horror, meeting the mysterious Ada Wong along the way.
The Red Dead Online beta is here! Behold Red Dead Online gameplay on Xbox One, in which Mike takes the character creator for a whirl, then dives into the first missions in the Red Dead Online beta. Take a look at Red Dead Online's world map, co-op gameplay, multiplayer Showdown Series and the like in the following video.
Show of the Week celebrates it's 300th episode with Red Dead Redemption 2 reactions (a treat for Andy) and a legendary hunting challenge (a treat for Mike). Later, Jane marks the occasion with 300 donuts.
In the Skyrim city of Riften, the Bee and Barb tavern serves a "special drink" known as the Velvet LeChance. Witness Andy and Mike mix this spiced wine Skyrim cocktail, then Luke, Ellen and I suffering the consequences. There is also a non-alcoholic variant for non-drinking viewers.
From spamming fireballs in Street Fighter 2, to spamming kicks in Dead Island, to spamming explosive cyborg powers in Deus Ex Human Revolution - join us now in a shameful celebration of the spammy moves we just couldn't stop spamming.
Witness Hitman 2 multiplayer gameplay in which Mike and Andy clash in Ghost Mode, the new multiplayer mode in which two Agent 47s compete to kill targets in two separate but intersecting realities. How does it work? Will Andy-style stealth or Mike-style chaos win the day? Can their friendship last even a single match? Discover the answers within.
The Oxventure crew raid a stately manor, vying for loot in a scrum with elite guards, deadly brigands and a pot of tainted stew. Behold this new Dungeons and Dragons episode, recorded live at EGX 2018, then discover episode two, available now on Outside Xtra.
Having sampled Fallout 76, Andy tells us how the upcoming multiplayer Fallout is shaping up on Show of the Week. Later, Mike constructs a ramshackle studio in Fallout 4, in which we can shoot YouTube videos in after the post-apocalyptic wasteland. You didn't think a nuclear apocalypse could stop us, did you?
Guybrush smuggling bananas? Bawdy Ken Masters win quotes? Ian Paul Freeley? We didn't get all the jokes in the games we played as kids because some in-game, adult-targeting humour sails clear over the heads of younger players with its grown-up references and risque innuendo. So let's all of us sophisticated adults enjoy those jokes with now our clever adult brains. Beware of rude things and saucy wordplay ahead.
Show of the Week salutes Assassin's Creed Odyssey: an open-world Assassin's Creed on a massive scale, set in Ancient Greece and bristling with RPG elements. Then Andy, enraged by Mike's disregard for historical accuracy, sets a fiendish challenge for me in the Victorian London of Assassin's Creed Syndicate. Because that's fair.
Occasionally you run into an enemy who you can't beat by conventional violent means. Take the non-violent moral high ground though and you're rewarded with victory and more leftover bullets to use on the next baddie. Embrace tranquility and contemplate these times violence wasn't the answer.
Showdown of the Week returns! Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra clash for the second time, live on stage at EGX 2018, in the categories of violence, friendship, art and music. Who will triumph at Nidhogg 2? Who can draw a better Pikachu? Who can play an actual ocarina? Literally no-one in the whole world. But discover the other answers in Showdown of the Week 2018.