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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Upcoming Dying Light expansion The Following shifts the action from the narrow streets of Harran to the open countryside, then gives you a new buggy vehicle to razz around in. Show of the Week gets behind the wheel of Dying Light's new buggy, then road tests some other videogame vehicles you'd be lucky to get past an MOT.
We recently took you on a tour of some of the strangest places we'd encountered in Fallout 4's Commonwealth. But all of that wasn't weird enough for some people, who have their own favourite mystery spots they urged us to inspect. Consider these six bizarre Fallout 4 locations as discovered by you, the intrepid Outside Xbox audience.
The story campaign of Far Cry Primal continues as we look to expand our primitive village with useful, hard-working people who will contribute to this burgeoning society. Our first stop naturally is a mostly naked man in a wolf hat who makes us take drugs and think we're an owl. Priorities, people.
Lego Marvel's Avengers seeks to recreate the exciting thrill and spectacle of the adventures of earth's mightiest heroes, which makes us wonder why you spend so much of its early hours playing as Agent Coulson and various anonymous S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Still, we get to the good stuff eventually and take on the fascist forces of the Red Skull as Captain America and Bucky Barnes. I've got a good feeling about this train section, Buck.
Another day, another beta for a Tom Clancy game. This time it's for The Division, a post-apocalyptic online shooter set in a New York City in the midst of a crisis caused by a weaponised smallpox virus. What is it with videogames and wrecking up the Big Apple? Show of the Week investigates.
Join us for the first moments of Far Cry Primal's story campaign as we hunt the wily mammoth through the plains of Oros, get jumped by a punk saber-toothed tiger, and then meet a fellow member of our cave-dwelling tribe who has developed a worrying obsession with collecting ears in this Far Cry Primal story gameplay.
Resident Evil 0 is a prequel to Resident Evil, set hours before the original game. In it, rookie S.T.A.R.S. member Rebecca Chambers and sexy bad boy convict Billy Coen shoot up a train full of zombies, then a mansion full of zombies, then a zombie lab full of zombies. Show of the Week joins them, and considers five other prequels that changed the way we saw their original games.
Fallout 4 appears to be less out-and-out weird than its predecessors, but though there's no Wild Wasteland perk a la New Vegas or kooky insect-themed supervillains a la Fallout 3, there is still unmarked weirdness for you to stumble upon in the Commonwealth. Join us now on a journey into the freakiest corners of the Commonwealth that you might have missed.
Gone Home: Console Edition, out now in the US and at some unspecified point in the future in Europe, is a first-person games that emphasises storytelling and atmosphere over conventional action. Show of the Week has Gone Home in its sights this week, along with some other "walking simulators" we want to play on Xbox One.
The second downloadable chapter of Assassin's Creed Chronicles takes us to India as new Assassin Arbaaz Mir in this Xbox One gameplay. New stuff include alarm tigers, ricocheting chakram blades and, in the first level at least, strict instructions not to kill anyone. They may have misunderstood what an assassin is.
Lego games might be ostensibly for kids, but just like the world's favourite plastic building bricks, they work on so many levels that anyone can have some knockabout fun with them. Show of the Week gets to know the newest Lego game, Lego Marvel's Avengers, and ponders why it is that really great games starring the Avengers are rarer than a copy of Tales of Suspense issue 39 in mint condition.
Waiting for games is hard at the best of times, harder still when the game you're looking forward to is already being enjoyed on PC or another console. At least the wait is nearly over for these incoming Xbox games that are already out elsewhere, such as Rocket League and DayZ.
Mike and I try to stop our speeding train full of zombies, picking up where we left off in our last video from the upcoming Resident Evil 0 remaster. What are the odds that an Umbrella Corporation train will have a nice straightforward system for operating its emergency brake?
It might not reach the wacky heights of Fallouts 3 and New Vegas, but Fallout 4 still has its share of weirdness for you to discover. Here are the six weirdest quests we encountered in our Commonwealth adventures. There are no main story missions in the following video, but consider this your warning if you're avoiding side quest spoilers.
It's Day 10 of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge and my final task is to successfully launch a piece of junk, from a selection chosen by Jane and Mike, through a basketball hoop in Fallout 4. To complete this task I'll be using the Junk Jet, a pneumatic trash cannon that I found in an abandoned factory, just like a real basketball player.
Today's Oxbox Xmas Challenge asks me to complete the "Dying Light nighttime run". This means making it across a good chunk of the Dying Light map in the middle of the night while being chased by angry superzombies. Luckily, I am very good at panicky fleeing.
In the spirit of the season, we attempt to brighten up the holidays for the residents of Fallout 4's Sanctuary by bringing some much-needed festive cheer to the tumbledown shanty town. Some would say that a light-up Christmas tree that requires three large generators to power is excessive in a town that doesn't even have a clean water supply, but those people are grinches, whom you must ignore.
It's day four of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge and I'm up for my second tricky task: land on a train in Just Cause 3. That's like, day one of stunt school, this should be a cinch.
The Oxbox Xmas Challenge Contest returns for 2015 with a new batch of randomly drawn challenges. I'm the first to pick a challenge from the festive sack o'mystery and my task is to clear an outpost in Metal Gear Solid 5 using only adorable dog companion D-Dog. Can I let DD murder a bunch of guards in cold blood? Let's find out!
Games are full of unsound healthcare practices, such as crouching behind a wall to treat a faceful of blood. But even a Call of Duty protagonist knows better than to use any of the following health items, which are much more likely to make you sick than cure your bullet wounds.
Vault-Tec's program of underground fallout shelters or "Vaults" was less for preserving human society and more to let Vault-Tec scientists mess with people. The Vaults of Fallout 4 are no exception. Contemplate the six dickest moves by Vault-Tec in Fallout 4.
Far Cry Primal has a big emphasis on hunting and taming beasts and one of the biggest and most formidable beasts in the game is the mighty saber-toothed tiger. Watch on as we tame one of these giant prehistoric cats, then have it do our bidding in this Far Cry Primal gameplay.
Rainbow 6 Siege puts you in the boots of an elite unit of the best counter-terrorism operatives armed with high-tech gadgets and a giant sledgehammer. But how does Rainbow 6 Siege's sledge stack up against gaming's mightiest hammers? Show of the Week knows.
Riding a cow is a thing you can do in Just Cause 3, if you track down a special blue-horned bovine in the game world and look for the button prompt. Said cow has a mind of its own, however and seems more interested in dumping us both into the ocean than going on exciting adventures together. See it in action in Xbox One gameplay, after the jump.
Just Cause 3 is out next week, bringing the trademark Just Cause blend of parachutes, grappling hooks and many, many explosions to Xbox One, PS4 and PC. It also includes a wingsuit, which we are now using to solve all inter-office disputes, as you'll see in this episode of Show of the Week featuring the first ever Just Cause 3 gameplay on Xbox One.
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