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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Abyss Odyssey is the new game from ACE Team, the developer behind the wonderfully weird and unique Zeno Clash and Rock of Ages. In it, you traverse a constantly changing, procedurally generated labyrinth inside the dream of a sleeping warlock, a warlock you must kill by journeying to the very bottom of the labyrinth. That old chestnut. Hit the jump to watch Mike and me get stuck into some co-op gameplay, as we try to figure out what the hell is going on.
In an ideal world, a mental hospital would be a safe, calm sanctuary where qualified professionals treat the afflicted with understanding and compassion. In the world of videogames, a mental hospital is a nightmarish prison that attracts sadistic quacks and where 20th century medicine never happened. Hit the jump for seven videogame asylums that seem custom-built for turning the sane insane, and turning the insane into murderers, cannibals, monsters and vengeful ghosts.
Team OxBox's GTA Online challenges, collectively known as Grand Theft Sporto, return this week with the monster truck challenge. The rules are simple: Stood at the top of Mount Gordo are Mike and me. Parked at the bottom of Mount Gordo is a Liberator monster truck. First one to drive that monster truck off the Vespucci Beach pier is the winner. Who will triumph and who will be admitted to hospital with suspicious monster truck-shaped injuries? Hit the jump to find out.
The Destiny beta might not be coming to Xbox One for another six days, but that wasn't going to stop us sitting down with the PlayStation 4 version to see what we'll be getting. Hit the jump for a look at Destiny's character creator, a good chunk of single player and a couple of rounds of the game's domination-style multiplayer mode, control.
Easter eggs let developers hide jokes, scares, secrets and downright weirdness in their videogames. Also bitchy asides about their rivals, and movies they don't like. Catch the the nine cattiest examples in this video.
It shouldn't be hard to make a videogame commercial. Show some footage of the game. Tell people the price. Maybe stick some dubious accolades on there. Or you could slap together some inexplicable madness that has nothing to do with the game you're selling, that's good too.
Peter 'Tyrion Lannister' Dinklage is taking a lot of flak for his voice performance in the Destiny alpha. To be fair, he is playing an emotionless AI called Ghost and also his is far from the worst videogame performance we've had from a respected Hollywood actor.
July might be a barren wasteland of NO NEW GAMES, with nothing to look forward to except Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year Edition, but it's also a chance to revisit my favourite game of the last generation for a farewell tour. In Show of the Week, I jump back into Red Dead Redemption to find out once and for all if the game's spooky ghost town of Tumbleweed is actually haunted.
Fighting games are overrun with muscular men in karate gis, women who forgot to put on 80 percent of their clothes, and ninjas. So many ninjas. It's easy to forget the contingent of kookier fighters that include possessed weirdos, dead US presidents and rapping clock-enthusiast Flava Flav. Hit the jump for a salute to the genre's seven most bizarre characters.
The agents of The Division's eponymous Division are no strangers to fancy military technology, with their contact lens heads-up displays and 3D floor maps. The Division's coolest trick, though, is a technology known as Echo. Find out what it is and what it does from The Division director Ryan Bernard after the jump.
Massively multiplayer online role playing games, or 'MMORPGs' for people who don't want to spend all day saying videogame genre names, are much more popular on PC than consoles. In other news, the sky is blue and two plus two remains four. Hit the jump for four ways that Destiny plans to go where no MMO has gone before - that is, successfully onto a next-gen console.
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