Archive - Andy Farrant
Andy is co-editor at Outside Xbox, enjoys difficult moral decisions and fights like a cow. You might remember him from such defunct Xbox video channels as Inside Xbox.
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Pneuma: Breath of Life is a first-person puzzle game in which you are the self-obsessed Pneuma, who journeys through a world full of with puzzles solved by looking at switches in the shape of giant eyes and moonwalking. It's made with Unreal Engine 4, and looks mighty pretty. Watch us get to grips with it in this Xbox One gameplay.
Zombie Army Trilogy contains no less than three campaigns, but it also has a horde mode that pits you against a relentless and never-ending tide of Nazi undead. How will Mike and I cope with wave after wave of walkers, heavy gunners and levitating zombie snipers? Find out in this Xbox One gameplay.
Videogame protagonists are big-picture people. They focus on the stuff like saving the galaxy, daring heists, or bringing criminals to justice. But spare a thought for the ordinary, everyday people your protagonists encounter along the way, who have to deal with the unintended consequences of all that reckless heroing.
Tekken 7 hits arcades in Japan this week, so publisher Namco Bandai has released the game's opening cinematic, which shows series regulars Heihachi and Kazuya beating each other senseless inside an active volcano. It's a family tradition?
Just Cause 3 is a game that exists, or will do soon, and that's point number one on our Just Cause 3 wishlist checked off. Beyond actually existing, though, here's a bunch of other stuff we need from you, sequel to Just Cause 2.
#IDARB is this month's free Game with Gold for Xbox One owners. Don't know it? Imagine an 8-bit platformer/future arena ball game/beat 'em up and you're nearly there. The best way to understand it is to see it in action, so hit the jump to watch us get our heads around this chaotic and hilarious multiplayer game.
From the creators of Left 4 Dead comes Evolve: a monster-hunting multiplayer shooter that matches a team of four against a fifth player, who controls one of a selection of giant alien beasts. Show of the Week inspects the latest on Evolve, plus some other games that haven't got their head around the concept of evolution.
Plenty of achievements are hard work, that's the point. Some games take it too far, though, with gamerscore rewards that definitely aren't worth the enormous effort you have to put in to earn them. Hit the jump for the most egregious examples of games having absolutely zero respect for your time.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 isn't just baffling swearing and overzealous pointing, you know. There's also Raid Mode, a wave-based challenge mode in which you and a friend dispatch hordes of shuffling undead with unlockable weapons, synchronised melee attacks and dance emotes. See us playing it in local split-screen co-op after the jump.
Life is Strange is a stylish, talky episodic adventure in the Telltale mould. Show of the Week inspects the first episode and profiles indie protagonist Max Caulfield, whose taste for vintage camera gear makes her one of the five secret hipster game protagonists cooler than we will ever be.
In the episodic Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Barry Burton searches for his daughter Moira with the help of a psychic little girl called Natalia, who does a lot of pointing and being creepy. Meet them both in this new Xbox One gameplay.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 stars series veteran Barry Burton in addition to the less beardy Claire Redfield. Revelations 2 is set 13 years after the original Resident Evil game, which puts Barry in his early fifties; he's looking pretty good for his age. Take a peek in this new gameplay.
The regular multiplayer maps in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare are fine, but until now none of them included a mechanical clown that fires bombs out of its head. New map Sideshow does just that, at last, and comes in Havoc, the DLC collection of four new multiplayer maps and the new Exo Zombies mode. Witness Sideshow gameplay, along with action from the rest of the maps, after the jump.
Exo Zombies is the new co-op zombies mode for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that comes with the imminent Havoc DLC. Watch on for zombies wearing exo suits, a celebrity cast, and the new zombies-exclusive weapon known as the CEL 3 Cauterizer, a directed energy shotgun with three rotating barrels.
Hideo Kojima recently presented a new addition to Big Boss's arsenal for Metal Gear Solid 5: a chicken hat. The hat makes guards ignore you, which makes the game easier, but you will look ridiculous, and Kojima is literally calling you a chicken. This is only the latest in a long and humiliating history of games taking pity on us for sucking at them.
The original Resident Evil is famed for its eccentric voice acting and cheesy lines. When the game was remade for the Gamecube in 2002, the script was rewritten to make it sound marginally more natural. We get these new lines in the 2015 version of the game, Resident Evil HD Remaster, since it is an HD spitshine of that Gamecube remake. Compare and contrast the rewritten scenes in the following video.
Saints Row might have started in 2006 as a tacky Grand Theft Auto rip-off, but in the nine years since it's found a voice of its own, with ever sillier stories and a nice line in cheeky videogame parody. We're not saying it's better than GTA, but it beats its big-budget progenitor on number of counts; discover which in Show of the Week, featuring Saints Row IV 'expandalone' Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell.
Resident Evil HD Remaster reminds us of a time when zombies were slow, camera angles were fixed and everyone in the process of turning into a zombie left behind a tragic diary to be discovered at a later date. Show of the Week sizes up this spitshined remake and fondly recalls some of its more idiosyncratic touches that you definitely wouldn't find in later Resident Evil games.
Ubisoft recently sent a survey to selected Far Cry players, polling them about where Far Cry 5 should be set. The survey includes 11 possible future settings. Some of these sound great, while others we would move to Kyrat to avoid. Here are those 11 ideas for the next Far Cry game ranked from least to most brilliant.
As we kick old man 2014 into an unmarked grave and raise newborn 2015 aloft like that bit in The Lion King, there is time for reflection. But we aren't here to tell you which games of 2014 were the best, or even the worst. Show of the Week hails the best worst games of the year just gone.
Patience is a virtue and we Xbox One owners are as patient as hell. Sometimes it takes forever for Xbox One to get indie games PC players have been raving about for ages. Sometimes big triple-A games get delayed because reasons. But, good news, everyone! The wait is almost over for these incoming games finally coming to Xbox One in 2015. About time, guys.
Far Cry 4's outposts are challenge enough when you're allowed to use guns, rockets and helicopters to capture them, so today's festive task to take over over one using animals and nothing else could prove tricky. Luckily, the creatures of Kyrat are deadlier than a poison sandwich. Let's just hope I can keep them from turning on me for long enough to get the job done.
Swery65's bonkers detective game D4 can be played either with a traditional controller or with Kinect. Pick the Kinect control system and you are subjected to a succession of full-body QTEs in which you swing your arms around, jump, swipe and flail wildly at the screen. My latest challenge? Get 100 percent in one of these motion-controlled QTEs. Wish me luck.
It's day five of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge and this time I am tasked with building a recognisable Christmas tree in Minecraft in under three minutes. Recognisable may be a stretch.
After an apparently genuine and undoctored strong start from Mike yesterday, a new challenger steps up to the Oxbox Xmas Challenge plate: me, Andy. The challenge in question? Land a plane on the roof of the Maze Bank Tower in Grand Theft Auto Online. Place your bets now.
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