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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Now we have our family back in Red Dead Redemption, I suppose we should spend some time with it, and not just because we're already halfway through a Jack mission and the game won't let us carry on until that's completed. So join us as we ride out with Jack to procure some new cattle for the Marston ranch, then afterwards ride off to Mexico to do weird stranger missions as soon as the game will let us.
Destiny 2 is out now, and fans have had more than enough time to hit the level cap and start on their endgame journey. Not us though, we're too busy playing football on the farm, as you'll discover in this week's Show.
NBA 2K18 is out very soon, bringing fans the most up-to-date, realistic depiction of the sport known around the world as 'basket-ball'. But though the basketball is a given in a basketball game, this year's game has expanded the amount of stuff you can do off the court in its new Neighborhood mode, which is like Playstation Home but if everyone was super into basketball. With that in mind, here are seven things things you can do in NBA 2K18 that aren't play basketball.
This week in Red Dead Redemption we head to Cochinay to finally take out Dutch so we can get our family back. We've just remembered that family also includes old-timey prospector character Uncle but it's too late to back out now, the mission's already started.
Videogames are great, but did you know about this whole genre of games that don't require any electronics, instead determining outcomes with dice rolls? Us neither. So, with the help of Eurogamer's resident tabletop games expert Johnny Chiodini, we learned more about the rich, imagination-powered world of Dungeons and Dragons. Behold as we set out on an adventure that involves a clumsy pirate, a talking chicken and, somehow, The Vengabus. Please enjoy.
Back in 2014, The Evil Within did a good job of fuelling our nightmares for the next three years, but just recently we've been having some pretty restful dreams in which nothing chased us down a corridor with industrial implements. Luckily, The Evil Within 2 is on the way and, judging from what we've seen, it's going to sort that right out. We've played it, and here are the five scariest things we've seen so far.
Back in Red Dead Redemption's Blackwater, the net is closing on Dutch Van Der Linde, mostly thanks to his habit of standing in the middle of the street late at night shouting at people's windows. Before we take down Dutch, though, there's the little matter of our uncompleted drunksmanship challenge.
A good sidequest gives you a break from the main game, doing something fun or interesting. Other sidequests, however, decided what players really wanted was optional activities so tedious or time-consuming that we took the optional part seriously and opted to never finish them. Here are eight of our least favourite.
Rare's open world pirate adventure Sea of Thieves is best played with a full crew of friends, so that's why I recruited helmsman Westaway and bosun Ellen from Outside Xtra to help with this Sea of Thieves gameplay fresh from the show floor at Gamescom 2017. Join us for treasure, bad skeletons and us almost sinking when we crash the boat into the island we're aiming for. Yo ho!
History experts agree there was less cool stuff to do in the past on account of how skateboards hadn't been invented, and yet even though Assassin's Creed Origins is set farther into the past than any Assassin's Creed game so far, there's as much cool stuff to do as there is sand in everyone's shoes. We've been playing in a sizeable chunk of the game's open world and are here to report back on the six coolest things we've done so far.
After a hearty meal of glazed meats, Luke and I venture out to hunt monsters in Monster Hunter World, the first game in the popular series to arrive on Xbox. Stick around as we track and fight the iguana-like Great Jagras and formidable brute wyvern the Anjanath in this Monster Hunter World gameplay.
Hope County, Montana is the setting for Far Cry 5, and seems like a lovely place. There's beautiful scenery, plentiful fishing, and wide open skies, perfect for flying planes around in. The main drawback is the violent doomsday cult members who keep trying to kill you, as you shall see in this Far Cry 5 gameplay.
This week in our ongoing Red Dead Redemption replay, we take a break from the main storyline to do some "Stranger" side missions. If anyone asks, that's how we ended up blackmailing a politician with sexy photos, kicking an old guy off his land, and chatting to a possible ghost bride about her definitely still alive husband.
Far Cry 5 is back on the discussion table this week, as we talk about the elements it has taken from previous Far Cry games, such as outposts, vehicles and a charismatic villain. It also continues the series' focus on animal companions with Boomer, a trusty hound who is the latest in a long line of videogame Good Dogs, as we discover later in the Show.
Some games take the whole 'overcoming adversity' thing and crank it so hard the dial falls off, creating brutally difficult game modes that only the seriously skilful or wilfully masochistic would want to take on. Here are eight of the hardest modes that we will never, ever attempt, let alone finish.
In the age before day one DLC, season passes and microtransactions, things weren't always better. There are lots of other little ways in which games of yore were The Worst. Consider these seven of our least favourite of those still-not-forgiven game grievances in the following video.
Hitman's Contracts mode is a list of missions designed by other Hitman players. In this particular contract, we've been hired by an animal rights activist who wants us to take out a big game hunter from a distance, with a rifle, an ironic kill that echoes the way he kills his animal victims. Because our client loves all animals, large and small, they also want us to kill the two exterminators working to deal with the hotel's bug problem. See how we get on in this Hitman gameplay.
After all the trouble we had trying to find Bill Williamson and Javier Escuella down in Mexico, it comes as a pleasant surprise that our final target, Dutch Van der Linde, is apparently perfectly happy to come to us, choosing to attempt to rob a bank in Blackwater, directly opposite the building we go to to get yelled at by the FBI. Will we catch him in the act? Tune in to find out!
Agents of Mayhem is the new game from Saints Row developer Volition, and stars a cast of agents causing a great deal of mayhem, hence the name. You might think that causing loads of noisy chaos would be detrimental to a career as a secret agent but then they're all doing it in videogames, as you will find later in the show.
Hitman's Contracts mode is a list of missions designed by other Hitman players. In this particular contract, we have to off three targets in Sapienza, in accident kills with a falling object, while dressed as a Renaissance plague doctor. Not the most subtle of contracts, but a lot of fun, as you'll find out if you watch this video.
Now we're hot on the trail of Dutch in a race against the clock to save our family, we thought it would be the perfect time to wander off an do some of Red Dead Redemption's sharpshooting challenges. This week, we kill bears with a single shot, shoot hats off heads, and disarm our many enemies. Will we achieve the coveted rank of Legendary Sharpshooter? Watch on to find out.
Fortnite is a co-op survival shooter game split into two phases: the construction phase, in which you build and fortify a base, and the defence phase in which you run around shooting monsters that are attacking said base. The idea originally sprung up from an Epic Games game jam, as is often the case with ingenious game ideas, as we discover later in the show.
As with any creative project, the final versions of videogames often differ wildly from their first trailers. Whether the original concept was too technically demanding, not good looking enough, or met with critical disapproval, gaming history is full of games which were barely recognisable from their original forms when they finally landed on shop shelves. Join us now, as we take a look at some of our favourites.
Sequel to Wolfenstein The New Order, Wolfenstein The New Colossus picks up after the events of the previous game. Because hero BJ Bazkowicz ended up a bit blown up at the end of New Order, he's been in a coma and is now wheelchair-bound. Hasn't made him any less deadly, though.
Backstories are an important part of a character, giving you a deeper knowledge of their past that helps you understand their motivation and actions. Sometimes, however, all videogame character backstories tell us is that videogame backstories can be really weird. Here are 8 of our favourites.
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