Archive - Jane Douglas
Jane is co-editor at Outside Xbox, where she writes words and makes videos. She enjoys dialogue trees.
As immersive as games get, there's usually something to remind you you're playing a game. Except some try to stretch the illusion even further, adding in-universe explanations for common game mechanics. Respawning in Bioshock? The HUD in Nier Automata? Carrying a zillion weapons in Star Trek Voyager Elite Force? They all make perfect in-game sense, thanks to these creative justifications.
On our continuing first day as the Federal Bureau of Control's new director, Andy and I acquire physics powers and use them on Tommasi, the zombified hovering Head of Communications, on our quest to answer a ringing phone. Will we reach the Bureau's spooky Hotline at last?
Andy and Jane's hike in the Blair Witch nightmare woods continues, only this time there are tree monsters and a cursed video camera. Brace yourselves for a episode two of Blair Witch gameplay on Xbox One.
Gears 5, the latest chapter in the lancer-revving Gears of War saga, begins with an outing for JD Fenix and Del, accompanied by Kait, Old Marcus Fenix and everyone's new favourite robot, Dave. See Mike andI play Gears of War 5 split screen co-op in this gameplay video.
This week Andy is firmly in favour of Remedy's spooky new action adventure Control, firmly against cannibal horror clowns, and drawing a complete blank on Outside Xbox's mysterious New Director who is either new or has been here, in the office at the end of the hall, since before the dawn of human memory. Management, am I right?
Andy and I go down to the woods today in this Blair Witch Xbox One gameplay, searching for a missing child on the home turf of the legendarily scary Blair Witch. Seems unwise. Will good boy Bullet lead us to safety? Or straight into the witch's den? See for yourself, if you dare.
The Church in the Darkness is a "action-infiltration" game set in a cult compound in the 1970s, and gives us top-down Hitman vibes. Will Andy's elite skills at Hitman stealth and Mike's elite skills at Hitman running around and shooting everything help us rescue a brainwashed nephew? Watch and find out.
Andy and I start a new job, having been recruited as the new director of a shadowy government agency by wandering off the street and into the weird head office of the Federal Bureau of Control, which has been infiltrated by an insidious arcane evil known as the Hiss. Mondays, am I right?
Some bonus levels are straightforward rewards, unlocked by your accomplishments. Others are brutal challenges. You may have beaten the rest of the game, but only the best of the best can tackle these savagely difficult extra stages, which are presumably cruel jokes by game designers who want you to suffer. Decide for yourself after beholding these seven bonus stages?
Based on one of the creepiest movies of all time, the new Blair Witch game from the team behind Layers of Fear is coming to Xbox One extremely soon. See Andy and Mike investigate the mysteries of Burkittsville's creepy forest, dodge multiple probable witches and become distracted by 1990s mobile game Snake.
The Hitman 2 homing briefcase makes its glorious Outside Xbox debut in Whittleton Creek escalation mission The Batty Tranquility, where the actual objective has nothing to do with a briefcase: Agent 47 must dress as a mailman and pacify various residents with a parcel, a newspaper and a comedy rake accident.
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.