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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You might remember Raymond 'T-Bone' Kenney from Watch Dogs; he's the Rob Zombie lookalike who introduces himself by throwing Aiden through a plate glass window. So we already like him, which is convenient because he is who you will play as in Bad Blood, Watch Dogs' first piece of DLC, which adds new story missions, unlimited co-op challenges and a remote control car.
Destiny arrived this week aboard a glorious hype train bedecked with newspaper stories about how it cost $500 million to make. Show of the Week puts Destiny in the dock to see if it lives up to its early promise, then takes on all-comers in the game's Crucible player-versus-player multiplayer mode.
When we screw up at work, the consequences for most of us are minimal. Maybe accounting doesn't get those TPS reports on time, or people on YouTube don't find out which hats are the seven best hats in videogames. For these characters however, the knock-on effect of being terrible at their jobs were far-reaching; without them and their uselessness, some of our favourite videogames would never have happened.
Lemmings was a 1991 Amiga game in which you had to keep marching horde of lemmings from killing themselves, rerouting your suicidal gang to a safe exit. Flockers is essentially that but with sheep, a dash of physics puzzling and more gore than Halloween at Eli Roth's house. Watch us shepherd these woolly idiots to safety in this Xbox One gameplay.
Sometimes the only way to get the job done is to put on a disguise that lets you blend in with your enemies and go where you shouldn't. The trouble is most game characters are terrible at disguises. Inspect the eight most laughably poor alternate identities in games.
Recall is a reprehensible Xbox 360 indie game in which you start on a space station shooting alien women on their way to a nightclub, then are teleported to a dungeon where you shoot similarly attired zombie women. This is all with the aim of unlocking your lost memories, but these memories are poor CG renders of women in lingerie, so it is really not worth the effort. Watch us play Recall so you don't have to?
Dead Kings is a first-person dungeon crawler that evokes both Dark Souls and a Chuck E. Cheese in the late 1980s, combining a gloomy 3D castle and arcade classics such as Breakout. The latter are accessed via painted portraits of deceased royalty because ghosts. Observe our surprise and amazement on finding an Asteroids clone hidden in this bizarre Xbox 360 indie game.
Trials Fusion is packed with a host of bizarre secrets and Easter eggs for dedicated players to uncover. This is also the case in the game's DLC; both Riders of the Rustlands and Empire of the Sky, the first two of Fusion's DLC packs, are full of weird secrets, odd mini-games and thumb-endangering challenges with which even the most hardcore Trials rider will have trouble.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham has over 150 characters from the DC Comics universe in playable minifig form. These include big-name comic stars such as Joker and The Green Lantern, but also a bunch of lesser-known heroes such as Krypto the Superdog, Plastic Man and Bat-Cow. Discover the most obscure of Lego Batman 3's cast members in this video.
Quantum Break is a game about time and the dangerous and awesome-looking things that happen when it starts to break down. Now we've had our first look at Remedy's next adventure, Quantum Break gets the Show of the Week treatment. There is also a convenient guide on how to acquire time travel superpowers if you aspire to become a time lord yourself.
We like to think of ourselves as unflappable gamers, but there are certain terrifying and implacable enemies we would forego any quantity of gamerscore to never face again.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has four new vault hunters, but the most interesting new recruit is Claptrap, the lovably rubbish robot with no friends who spent the previous Borderlands games annoying everyone. But he's not as useless as you might think.
Giant monsters wrecking up the place is business as usual for videogames, but it's time someone told the monster's side of the story. That's what Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock does in Evolve, in which you play a monster against a team of human-controlled monster hunters out to kill you for no reason other than that you're different. Also, you are trying to kill them. Discover the five most important lessons we learned while playing as the monster in new Evolve gameplay.
This week we're preparing for German videogames uberconvention Gamescom by getting in a tizz over Bioware's mysterious new game, possibly called Shadow Realms. What is it? What do those mysterious teasers mean? Is it anything to do with the Canadian LARPing society? Jane, Mike and I examine the evidence and come to wildly different conclusions.
Sporting event Far Cryathlon returns for Far Cry 4 with a fortress liberation challenge: each contestant is assigned a liberation method and the quickest to liberate the Ratu Gadhi fortress is the winner. Expect mortars, elephant rampages and many, many explosions in this Far Cry 4 gameplay.
Game pre-order bonuses and special editions can be hit and miss. Some are cool, such as the extra mission for Alien: Isolation that lets you play as the movie's original cast. Others promise fabulous prizes, such as Assassin's Creed: Unity's Guillotine Prize Drop. Some, though, are straight-up bizarre. Hit the jump for the nine most bewildering pre-order and special edition bonuses.
Evolve, the new game from Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock Studios, shares a lot of DNA with its zombie-obsessed cousin. Where it differs most though, is in the fact that each of the playable characters has a different class, each with their own abilities and unique equipment. We took each one for a spin in an early PC build of the game to see how they work against Lovecraftian squid-faced horror monster The Kraken.
The French Revolution, the setting for Assassin's Creed Unity, was an incredibly bloody period of French history in which tens of thousands of people died and the political landscape of Europe was changed forever. The Assassin's Creed games are all about the historical accuracy, and if we break out the history books, we can get a pretty good idea of some of the things we'll be seeing in the game. Let's take a look, shall we?
The whole point of achievements is that they're supposed to be just that - achievements. They should be awarded for feats of gaming skill or for exploring off the beaten track. They should, in short, be hard to get. Someone clearly forgot to tell the designers of these, the easiest achievements we've seen in games.
The Destiny beta has finally arrived on Xbox One and Xbox 360, and will be with us until July 27, which is plenty of time to see and do everything that the beta has to offer. In fact, you might find yourself running out of things to do once you've finished all the missions and hit the level cap. Luckily, we at Outside Xbox are nothing if not resourceful, so we've come up with a few other ways of extending your time in Bungie's MMOFPS. Only one of them involves dancing, we promise.
It must be hard enough making just a handful of endings for your game, just look at how badly Mass Effect 3 stuffed it up. With fighting games boasting rosters of up to 40 characters, all of whom need their own little arc to string together the beatings, that's a lot of endings to write. Perhaps that's why fighting game ending sequences are so frequently completely, unashamedly mental. Hit the jump for the seven weirdest.
Abyss Odyssey is the new game from ACE Team, the developer behind the wonderfully weird and unique Zeno Clash and Rock of Ages. In it, you traverse a constantly changing, procedurally generated labyrinth inside the dream of a sleeping warlock, a warlock you must kill by journeying to the very bottom of the labyrinth. That old chestnut. Hit the jump to watch Mike and me get stuck into some co-op gameplay, as we try to figure out what the hell is going on.
In an ideal world, a mental hospital would be a safe, calm sanctuary where qualified professionals treat the afflicted with understanding and compassion. In the world of videogames, a mental hospital is a nightmarish prison that attracts sadistic quacks and where 20th century medicine never happened. Hit the jump for seven videogame asylums that seem custom-built for turning the sane insane, and turning the insane into murderers, cannibals, monsters and vengeful ghosts.
Team OxBox's GTA Online challenges, collectively known as Grand Theft Sporto, return this week with the monster truck challenge. The rules are simple: Stood at the top of Mount Gordo are Mike and me. Parked at the bottom of Mount Gordo is a Liberator monster truck. First one to drive that monster truck off the Vespucci Beach pier is the winner. Who will triumph and who will be admitted to hospital with suspicious monster truck-shaped injuries? Hit the jump to find out.
The Destiny beta might not be coming to Xbox One for another six days, but that wasn't going to stop us sitting down with the PlayStation 4 version to see what we'll be getting. Hit the jump for a look at Destiny's character creator, a good chunk of single player and a couple of rounds of the game's domination-style multiplayer mode, control.
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