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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Farming Simulator 15 is a serious farming simulator for serious farming fans, but just because this is a strategic sim of the modern agricultural business doesn't mean it isn't exciting. Discover how in this week's challenge: a thrilling tractor race TO THE DEATH. Or to a payphone on the other side of a field, if death fails to occur.
The Consequence is the second The Evil Within DLC fo to star enigmatic detective Juli Kidman. Expect terrifying monsters, tricksy savecats and infinity glowsticks in this Xbox One gameplay.
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition hits shop shelves next month, bringing Overkill's team-based first-person heisting game to Xbox One, along with an entire year's worth of post-release content. Watch as Mike and I, objectively history's greatest heisters, tackle two missions in this next gen console gameplay.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt comes to Xbox One next week to continue the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, who spends his days tracking monsters, hacking them into tiny pieces, then having sex on a unicorn, if the trailer is to be believed. Even so, that's still not the most irresponsible use of magic we've ever seen in a videogame.
We'll be getting a new Tony Hawk game this year, called Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, which is a proper name for a Tony Hawk game and implies Activision wants to return to the glory days of the franchise (which ended 13 years ago with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4). It's an admirable goal, but are they likely to achieve it? Though we've got our fingers crossed, we're still worried for the following reasons.
Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X this week as a new DLC character. Witness the hockey mask enthusiast and Friday the Thirteenth star in action in this Xbox One gameplay, with footage from all three of his grisly variations.
After the weeks and weeks of setup, we are ready to go and heist the hell out of Humane Labs. The plan is to steal their important secret files and not get distracted by petting all the animals along the way. Join us for the finale in this Xbox One gameplay.
In the 1990s, Mortal Kombat became a global phenomenon, spawning movies, albums of confrontational techno and even a live action tour. As with anything successful, lots of games wanted to hop on the bandwagon and grab some of that blood-soaked cash for themselves. But most of them soon realised you can't just dress your mate in a karate gi, film him doing some kicks in front of a greenscreen and have a smash hit videogame on your hands. Here are the five most egregious Mortal Kombat klones. Sorry, clones.
When developers were first given CD-ROMs to play with back in the 90s, they decided to fill the increased capacity with hours of full motion video. Every so often an unwitting Hollywood star would agree to appear in one of these FMV games and for each of these occasions there was presumably a disgraced talent agent on the job market the following Monday. Behold these six Hollywood stars who thought live-action games were a good idea.
The final setup mission of our heist on Humane Labs involves us driving to Humane Labs to park the EMP device we stole from the navy in a garage. We then have to leave and come back for the actual heist later, because reasons, I don't know. So, who's up for a long drive into the countryside with an unshielded EMP bomb in the back of the van? Anyone?
Those keeping up with our adventures in GTA Online may remember we are embroiled in the setup for a thrilling heist on Humane Labs, an animal testing facility. According to our heist coordinator, this is going to require the use of an attack helicopter, so it's off to the Los Santos naval port to nick one from our old pals Merryweather.
Star Wars Battlefront made a splash on Friday with its new trailer, in which speeder bikes race through the forests of Endor, Boba Fett flies around on a jet pack, and Darth Vader menaces dudes with his lightsaber. The hype train is well and truly rolling out of the station, but the combination of DICE and Star Wars means it might well be justified this time. We're optimistic, as long as they avoid seven specific things.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided made a splash with its recent first trailer, which revealed the turbulent setting for this Deus Ex: Human Revolution sequel, as well as cyborg protagonist Adam Jensen's cool new augmentations, such as a wrist-mounted knife launcher and nicer beard. In Show of the Week we stop rewatching the trailer for long enough to extract some clues to the game's story.
We at Outside Xbox concern ourselves mostly with games you play on your Xbox, but we'll make a special exception for Star Wars Battle Pod, an arcade-only Star Wars game that lets you relive setpieces from the movies in a pod with a domed screen that completely fills your peripheral vision. Watch us tackle the Death Star, the battle of Hoth and a speeder bike chase through the forests of Endor in this video.
We all have a close-talking cousin or nebulously racist uncle to cope with, but it's not just people who have embarrassing relations. Videogames have to deal with them too. Consider these videogame spin-offs so embarrassing that their original games won't return their calls or speak to them at parties.
We all know how saving works in videogames. You bring up a menu, press save, and then next time you get flattened by a dragon you don't have to start the whole game over from scratch. Our favourite save points, though, are the ones based on familiar, everyday things. It's enough to make you wish they worked in real life. Spoiler alert: they don't.
In the indie games department, Xbox One has had a lot of catching up to do. Its indie games program ID@Xbox seems to be moving the needle though, with a diverse bunch of cool-looking indies making their way to the Xbox One soon. Here are seven to surprise you this year.
At this time of year, our thoughts turn to Easter eggs. Not the chocolate treats left behind by a mysterious egg-laying rabbit, but the equally delicious secret messages or items game designers hide in their games to amuse their fans. Some of these Easter eggs, it turns out, are very, very childish. Obviously we'd never laugh at anything as silly as the following seven.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles isn't just one Assassin's Creed game but three downloadable episodes telling the tales of three new playable Assassins, translating the series' trademark traversal, stealth and combat into a 2D world. Well, two and a half D, to be exact. See for yourself in this Xbox One gameplay from the first episode, China.
LA Cops is the Beastie Boys music video for Sabotage, if it were an isometric twin stick shooter. Catch the buddy cop shooter in action on Xbox One as we wreck up drug mansions, arrest perps and get stuck on doors, all in the pursuit of justice.
Show of the Week salutes that most fun and potentially friendship-destroying mode: splitscreen multiplayer. Join us as we play couch co-op gems on Xbox One, as well as Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, which lets you hunt vaults with up to three friends on the same TV.
If you're in good health, your chances of suddenly dropping dead are low. If you are a videogame character, you can further increase your odds of living a long, fulfilling life by always going on about your loving family back home or big plans for the future, or by being better qualified for action heroism than the protagonist. Take these guys, for instance. I'm sure none of them are going to die immediately in tragic, plot-advancing twists of fate.
Now our heist crew has secured the SUVs, we need to borrow an EMP bomb from the navy. The catch is that the EMP resides in the nose cone of a Hydra VTOL jet parked on a heavily fortified offshore aircraft carrier. At what point does it just become easier to give up high-concept crime and get a real job?
As we prepare for our daring raid on Humane Labs (in which we will steal every cute animal that's not nailed down), we must appropriate a couple of heavy duty Insurgent SUVs from notoriously crazy PMC Merryweather. I'm sure they'll be fine with it, they probably like having their stuff stolen.
The police of Battlefield Hardline are unorthodox in their methods (hello, laser trip mines) but the other videogame cops are hardly going to notice on account of being generally corrupt, insane, or just completely inept. Show of the Week evaluates the least effective cops in games, a ragtag collection of officers who would struggle to solve their way out of a paper bag, then gets to grips with Battlefield's new police-'em-up.
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