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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Making a videogame is really difficult, so it's no surprise some developers need more recognition for their hard work than a couple of BAFTAs. That's why some developers put themselves in their own games for players to find. Here are seven times game creators turned up in their own games, as themselves, fourth wall be damned.
Rise of the Tomb Raider takes Lara Croft to Siberia on the hunt for the ancient city of Kitezh. Conditions are harsh, with deadly storms, angry bears and baddies with guns to make things even harsher. But Lara knows a thing or two about survival.
The human arm is an obsolete appendage, poorly equipped for today's modern world. Proof? Look at these seven arm upgrades so superior to boring human arms it's embarrassing.
In our latest series of GTA Online heist adventures, we've stolen weed, coke, meth, viagra and MDMA. Now it's time to take it to market. The trouble is, all the people we stole the aforementioned narcotics off want them back, and have teamed up to make that happen. It would be a heartwarming display of unity and teamwork if they weren't all firing guns at us.
In Batman: Arkham Knight's new DLC, you step into the crime-fighting wedge heels of Barbara Gordon in her pre-Oracle days as Batgirl. In this Xbox One gameplay she takes on The Joker in an abandoned amusement park on an offshore oil rig. It is pretty easy to see why it was abandoned, to be honest.
The Swindle is an upcoming Xbox One stealth platformer best described as Deus Ex meets Spelunky. The levels are procedurally generated, right down to the addresses and business names, and your job as one of a gang of master thieves is to steal as much loot as possible from a level without getting caught or dying. We're not so good at the last part, as you will see in this gameplay.
Set before the events of the original Mirror's Edge, Mirror's Edge Catalyst clues us in on Faith's traumatic past, bringing her motivations into focus as we parkour around a newly seamless open world. Will it explain why Faith gets a spiky tattoo right under her eye? Here's hoping.
In our latest GTA Online heist mision, we kill many, many O'Neil brothers in order to steal their tanker full of ingredients for making crystal meth. Why we are stealing the ingredients instead of the finished product, we have no idea, but it makes for a fun day trip to the countryside.
The Predator comes to Mortal Kombat X this week as a new DLC character. Witness the intergalactic hunter in action in this Xbox One gameplay, with footage from all three of Predator's gruesome variations.
The main storyline missions in Batman Arkham Knight are all fine and good for clobbering the A-list supervillains. If you really want to save Gotham, though, you need to apprehend all the obscure evildoers as well. In this Xbox One gameplay, we tackle two of Arkham Knight's B-list baddies: the monstrous Man-Bat and a mysterious, opera-loving serial killer.
As anyone who is still buzzing off a recent viewing of Fury Road can tell you, a Mad Max game needs to be all about large vehicles smashing each other up. So how do you go about doing that in the Mad Max game coming our way this September?
Deus Ex Human: Revolution had four possible endings, so which of these does Deus Ex: Mankind Divided use as its starting point? None of them, it turns out.
The Long Dark is a hardcore survival game that strands you in the Canadian wilderness and asks you to survive for as long as possible. It's also not out yet, so how have we been playing it on Xbox One?
Trackmania Turbo marks the first time the Trackmania series has come to Xbox, giving Xbox One owners a chance to experience its signature racing and puzzle combination for themselves. Mike is good at racing and Jane is good at puzzles so those two should have this down.
When we recently played a chunk of Just Cause 3's open-world chaos, five gameplay novelties in particular caught our attention. Discover these five new gameplay treats in this shot of new Just Cause 3 gameplay.
While the first trailer for Fallout 4 was certainly eye-catching, it was somewhat lacking in juicy gameplay details. Thankfully, Bethesda's E3 conference provided nothing but juicy gameplay details. We were there, so let us take you through seven of the most important new things you'll be able to do in Fallout 4.
Bethesda's E3 conference has given us our first look at Dishonored 2, a sequel to the superlative 2012 assassin-em-up from Arkane Studios. So how is it looking? Here are eight things you need to know.
The Vaults in the Fallout series have a sinister secondary purpose: they're social experiments to see how people react to different situations in a controlled environment. If they were meant to prove that doing crazy experiments on people makes them crazy, then congratulations all round. Especially in the case of these six twisted Vaults.
In the days before you had Metacritic and YouTube on your phone, you had to judge games by their covers when you were out to buy a new one. Most of the time the box art gave you a decent idea what to expect, but consider these videogames whose epic box arts wrote cheques their actual gameplay couldn't cash.
The next stage of this GTA Online heist demands we dress up as binmen, steal a Trashmaster garbage truck, and pick up rubbish bags full of presumably stinky MDMA. This heisting lark seemed a lot more glamorous in Ocean's 11, to be honest.
You begin Dying Light DLC The Bozak Horde waking up all groggy in Harran's sports stadium with a bomb strapped to your leg. To survive you have to complete challenges set by the sadistic and mysterious Bozak - these involve defusing bombs, killing virals and first-person platforming. How will Mike and I fare in this Running Man-esque death game? Find out in this co-op Xbox One gameplay.
Batman: Arkham Knight is nearly upon us, giving the Dark Knight the freedom of the city of Gotham and a giant militarised supercar to get around in. It also adds Bats' various sidekicks such as Dick Grayson's Nightwing into the mix. Find out how they'll be joining in in Show of the Week.
Kickstarter has been a revolution for game developers, letting them go straight to the fans for funding rather than having to deal with publishers. It's particularly good for remakes of classics and 'spiritual sequels', where the original developers of a classic game team up to make a new one funded by their most die-hard fans. There are lots of successfully Kickstarted games on the way set to revive old classic games and genres on Xbox One; here are the five for which we're most excited.
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 to star enigmatic detective Juli Kidman. Expect terrifying monsters, tricksy savecats and infinity glowsticks in this Xbox One gameplay.
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