Archive - Andy Farrant

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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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Slender: The Arrival Terrifies on Xbox 360

Slender: The Arrival Terrifies on Xbox 360

Slender: The Arrival, is a sequel to Slender, the game that dumps you in the middle of a dark forest and tasks you with collecting pages while being stalked by the 'Slenderman'. The sequel shares a similar premise, but adds a creepy story, new gameplay mechanics and even more of a sense of creeping dread. Watch us get scared witless in this Xbox 360 gameplay.

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7 hours ago

D4 Episode 2 Is Slapstick Insanity

D4 Episode 2 Is Slapstick Insanity

We're back in the nonsensical world of D4 for part two of our journey into the feverish imagination of auteur game designer Swery. Expect owl attacks, copious vomiting and electric cyborg monsters in this Xbox One gameplay.

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12 hours ago

The 9 Catchiest Songs About Games in Games

The 9 Catchiest Songs About Games in Games

Epic orchestral scores and charming retro chiptunes are all well and good, but our most memorable game soundtrack moments were made by original songs with lyrics about the story, the main characters, or just random nonsense about people selling fish on the sly. Join us for the nine catchiest. All together now!

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1 days ago

5 Ways The Crew Is an MMORPG for Car Lovers

5 Ways The Crew Is an MMORPG for Car Lovers

At first glance Ubisoft's new driving game The Crew is your standard point-to-point racer, albeit one with Burnout-style takedowns (finally). According to the developers, though, The Crew is fundamentally an MMORPG with cars instead of mages, carburettors instead of gauntlets, and turbochargers instead of enchanted boots. We've played it, so hit the jump for Xbox One gameplay and five ways that we found make The Crew more MMORPG than straight-up racing game.

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6 days ago

Watch Dogs DLC Bad Blood Adds 10 Missions, New Protagonist, Remote Control Car

Watch Dogs DLC Bad Blood Adds 10 Missions, New Protagonist, Remote Control Car

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.

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16 days ago

Show of the Week: Destiny and Oxbox in the Crucible

Show of the Week: Destiny and Oxbox in the Crucible

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.

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20 days ago

6 Videogame Idiots Who Had One Job, Idiot

6 Videogame Idiots Who Had One Job, Idiot

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.

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22 days ago

Flockers is Lemmings but with Sheep, Watch Us Play It on Xbox One

Flockers is Lemmings but with Sheep, Watch Us Play It on Xbox One

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.

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24 days ago

8 Videogame Disguises That Aren't Fooling Anyone

8 Videogame Disguises That Aren't Fooling Anyone

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.

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28 days ago

Recall Lets You Shoot Alien Women and Zombie Women in Clubwear

Recall Lets You Shoot Alien Women and Zombie Women in Clubwear

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?

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28 days ago

Dead Kings Blends Dungeon Crawling with Breakout, Asteroids

Dead Kings Blends Dungeon Crawling with Breakout, Asteroids

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.

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29 days ago

The 5 Weirdest Secret Challenges in Trials Fusion DLC

The 5 Weirdest Secret Challenges in Trials Fusion DLC

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.

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A month ago

9 Obscure DC 'Superheroes' You Will Play in Lego Batman 3

9 Obscure DC 'Superheroes' You Will Play in Lego Batman 3

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.

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A month ago

Show of the Week: Quantum Break and How To Get Time Travel Superpowers

Show of the Week: Quantum Break and How To Get Time Travel Superpowers

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.

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A month ago

The 8 Most Relentlessly Scary Enemy Monsters That Just Won't Quit It

The 8 Most Relentlessly Scary Enemy Monsters That Just Won't Quit It

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.

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A month ago

Here is Why Claptrap is Your New Favourite Vault Hunter

Here is Why Claptrap is Your New Favourite Vault Hunter

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.

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A month ago

Evolve: 5 Things We Learned Playing As The Monster

Evolve: 5 Things We Learned Playing As The Monster

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.

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A month ago

Show of the Week: What is Shadow Realms?

Show of the Week: What is Shadow Realms?

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.

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A month ago

Far Cry 4: Elephant vs Stealth vs Helicopter in the Return of Far Cryathlon

Far Cry 4: Elephant vs Stealth vs Helicopter in the Return of Far Cryathlon

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.

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A month ago

9 Pre-Order and Special Edition Bonuses with Some Explaining to Do

9 Pre-Order and Special Edition Bonuses with Some Explaining to Do

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.

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A month ago

Let's Play Evolve: All Hunter Classes

Let's Play Evolve: All Hunter Classes

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.

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A month ago

4 Real-life Events You'll See in Assassin's Creed Unity

4 Real-life Events You'll See in Assassin's Creed Unity

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?

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2 months ago

The 7 Easiest Achievements in Games

The 7 Easiest Achievements in Games

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.

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2 months ago

Show of the Week: Destiny and 5 Things To Do When You Finish The Beta

Show of the Week: Destiny and 5 Things To Do When You Finish The Beta

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.

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2 months ago

The 7 Weirdest Fighting Game Endings

The 7 Weirdest Fighting Game Endings

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.

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2 months ago

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