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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It's the news Batman fans have been waiting for: Rocksteady, the studio behind Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, is making a next-gen Batman game called Batman: Arkham Knight. We're chuffed with the prospect of a bigger city, new combat trimmings and a driveable Batmobile, but here's hoping the creators of Arkham Asylum don't steer their game into any of these seven pitfalls.
Xbox One's major March system update is rolling out now. It addresses a bunch of common user complaints, but is that going to be enough to keep Xbox One in the race? And, crucially, what's missing from the March update? Let's have a look.
The jump scare is a horror game staple because it's the cheapest and occasionally the most effective of the scares. Discover the nine most pant-wetting jump scare moments in this video, which contains both spoilers and extremely loud noises. You have been warned.
Out this week, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 casts you as Dracula, formerly Gabriel Belmont, in action that skips between a modern metropolis and an old-timey castle the size of Sheffield. Join us for Show of the Week as we inspect Dracula's latest adventure and discover just what is so great about being a vampire, anyway.
If ever a series was accurately summed up by its title, it's Plants vs Zombies. Until now it has pitted heroic plants against villainous zombies in adorable tower defence action on mobiles and handhelds. But the series makes the leap to Xbox as a third-person shooter, in a bold move that could alienate some of the series' hardcore fans. Was it worth the risk?
Out next week, Thief is a reboot of the classic sneak-and-steal Thief series, in which you creep around a pseudo-Victorian city and nick stuff, touching everything with your nimble thief hands. Join us for Show of the Week as we examine Garrett's new adventure and make sure you keep a close eye on your valuables.
The Titanfall beta arrives at the end of this week, and all that new Titan technology brings with it a host of new words and phrases key to understanding what the heck is going on. Hit the jump for the seven terms you'll need to know to survive the Titanfall beta and to see us shredding Titans in new Titanfall beta gameplay.
Although Valve deserves credit for much of what made Left 4 Dead so special, it was developer Turtle Rock Studios that built it. That's why I'm excited for Turtle Rock's new game Evolve, in which a four-player team of hunters takes on a fifth player, who controls a giant monster. Come on through for a first hit of Evolve gameplay.
Sherlock Holmes has never been hotter, thanks to the TV show where he has great cheekbones and the other TV show where he is the guy from Hackers. If you think you could be a great detective, but don't have Tim from The Office or Lucy Liu to help you, then Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is place to get your deductive fix. A word of warning, however: it's possible to foul up your deductions and put the wrong suspect behind bars.
Call of Duty: Ghosts' first DLC arrived this week, adding some kookier maps to the sensible factories and freight yards of the maps on the disc. Show of the Week examines Onslaught's new digs and uses its standout feature, the chance to become Halloween slasher Michael Myers, to find out which of us is best at being an axe murderer.
After the rather serious multiplayer maps in Call of Duty: Ghosts, we were hoping for something a little less po-faced for the DLC. We get just that with Onslaught, a collection of four new MP maps and one new Extinction map that leads with Fog: a horror-themed level that lets you transform into Halloween's Shatner-faced murderer Michael Myers. Check it out Fog gameplay, along with action from the rest of the maps, after the jump.
The original Fable is ten years old this year. To celebrate, Lionhead is releasing Fable Anniversary, an HD remastering of the original game with new visuals, remastered audio and a bunch of tweaks to the gameplay. So how does it look? Hit the jump to find out.
Welcome to Challenge Oxbox, a new feature in which we test the limits of our gaming skill, ingenuity and patience with a weekly challenge. In episode one, Jane sets a GTA Online scavenger hunt challenge for Mike and I. Will we get everything on the list or shot down by jerks in attack helicopters while searching for golf buggies? Hit the jump to find out!
Show of the Week returns for 2014 with Assassin's Creed Liberation HD, a prettied-up re-release of the adventures of the series' first female protagonist, Aveline de Grandpré. We'll also take a look at some less enjoyable remakes, in which the HD stands for "Hugely Disappointing".
'Sexy' bosses in videogames are sometimes warranted, such as the psychosexual manifestations of Silent Hill or the ridiculously over the top dominatrix from Saints Row 4. Sometimes, however, they are completely baffling. Hit the jump for the ones with the most explaining to do.
Remember the bit in Far Cry 3 where you torch a field full of marijuana with a flamethrower while dubstep happens? ZDQ II Ghost Dogs is like that, only there are also zombies and you're being haunted by some ghost dogs, such as were tragically lacking in Call of Duty: Ghosts. See all the above in the ZDQ II Ghost Dogs gameplay after the cut.
Everyone with a brother or sister has at some point wished they would disappear. Most, however, wouldn't go to the lengths of looking up a spell on the internet and having their wayward sibling kidnapped by monsters from another dimension. That's what happens to Max from Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, but does it make for entertaining gaming? Find out after the jump.
Chances are, most parenting manuals would advise new parents to avoid throwing their offspring into an active volcano. They'd probably warn you off destroying the galaxy and making your kid clear it up, as well. And I doubt you'd find any parenting coach willing to endorse building a floating city full of sky racists and imprisoning your daughter in a tower guarded by a monstrous robot bird. Guess no one told these guys, the worst parents in gaming.
You can't blame game developers for wanting to add a bit of glamour to their games by dropping in guest appearances from famous people and characters. Most of the time, these cameos make sense and don't detract too much from the rest of the game. Most of the time.
So that was 2013, a year of triumphs, challenges, great games, terrible games and a whole new Xbox. Join Team Oxbox as we look back on the year that was, the mistakes we made, and our resolutions for 2014.
Don't be deceived by my sporty demeanour and general athleticism; I don't play a lot of sports games. So imagine my delight on drawing my final Oxbox Xmas Challenge: beat a Premiership team with a League Two team in FIFA 14. I'll need a Christmas miracle to keep me in contention.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the Outside Xbox studio. So much like Christmas, in fact, we're convinced it is Christmas soon. In the meantime, join us as we decorate the Minecraft Christmas tree, examine the most festive seasonal DLC and get filled with holiday spirit (gin).
Excitement for the Oxbox Xmas challenges is at a fever pitch after Jane's controversial challenge yesterday (to be known hereafter as Backwardsgate). Into this maelstrom of tension and expectation steps one man: me. Join me as I attempt my penultimate challenge: perform a perfect handbrake parallel park in Zoo Tycoon without killing any of the chimps or anything.
Day five of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge sees me face my toughest challenge yet: score a basket in the Hainan Resort Map on Battlefield 4. Since DICE neglected to include standalone basketball controls in their game, that involves shooting the ball into the basket with high-tech weaponry. Will I manage it? Hit the jump to find out.
The next generation may have begun in earnest, but that doesn't mean it's time to pack away your Xbox 360 just yet. Though a lot of next gen games will also be getting current gen versions, there are also games coming our way soon that will only be playable on the current generation. Hit the jump to see the seven most promising.
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