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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Back in the day, the hardest decision you had to make in a game was whether to kill hell demons using a chainsaw or something less awesome. And yet, in today's sophisticated, choice-offering games, some meaningful-looking decisions turn out to be no more consequential than Commander Shepard's haircut. Just recall these tough videogame decisions that in the end made no actual difference.
Hitman's newest level is set in Bangkok, Thailand, in and around the luxurious Himmapan Hotel. Our targets are Jordan Cross, heir to a media empire and lead singer of the band The Class, and his lawyer Ken Morgan, who helped him escape a murder charge. See each of us help Cross join Club 27 in this Hitman gameplay.
Dishonored 2, the sequel to Bethesda's supernatural assassin smash from 2012 got a new showing at Gamescom 2016, which demonstrated some of the cool new things you'll see in the game. These include mechanised soldiers, the witches coven, Emily's new powers and the fascinating Clockwork Mansion. Mike and I chat out what we saw for your viewing pleasure and edification.
Prey, the upcoming first person shooter from Arkane Studios and Bethesda is set on an abandoned space station called Talos 1 that has been overrun by scuttling monsters, and features unusual powers that can be chained together to make sure that hero Morgan Yu doesn't end up as dinner for those same scuttling monsters. Those are just a few of the ways in which Prey feels like a mix of Dead Space and Dishonored.
After playing some of the campaign mode of Ubisoft's Deadliest Warrior-style fantasy battle game For Honor at E3, we were keen to try the game's multiplayer. If you're similarly intrigued, join Mike and I as we talk through a match of the game's 4 v 4 Dominion mode.
This first episode of Telltale's new Batman series starts as it means to go on, by emphasising your role as Batman's billionaire alter ego Bruce Wayne. When you're playing as Bruce you have to pick your way through typically nuanced Telltale conversations - or, if you are us, you choose the option that makes Bruce Wayne the biggest jerk. Show of the Week investigates just how far Telltale is willing to let us go.
We recently realised that sometimes, the bad guy has a good point. Judging by the YouTube comments we're not the only ones who recognise villains can do all the wrong things for some of the right reasons. It turns out you folks have plenty of candidates for the list of not-quite-so-bad guys; watch on to see who Outside Xbox viewers think may have had a good point after all.
Overcooked is a new co-operative cooking party game in which you cook food and serve it to guests in a variety of bizarre kitchens that include a frozen river with moving ice floes and a pair of trucks that move together and apart as they race down a mercifully straight highway. They still produce more appetising food than most of the stuff I've tried to cook in games, as we discover later in the show.
So you've downloaded Fallout 4 DLC Vault-Tec Workshop, and you want to embark on your career as a maniacal overseer, torturing Vault-dwellers under the flimsiest of scientific pretexts. Of course you do! Here's how.
This weekend is Star Wars Celebration: an annual celebration of all things Star Wars. It was during last year's celebration when publisher EA unveiled the first proper trailer for Star Wars Battlefront, and we can expect more news this year - about the upcoming Death Star DLC, for instance, which looks likely to feature Chewbacca as a playable hero. That's not the only Star Wars gaming treat heading our way soon, though, as we discover later in the show.
With certain achievements, game developers indulge in some crafty in-jokery that you'll only get with a bit of insider knowledge, leaving those not in the know utterly baffled as to what they've just unlocked and why. Join us for seven achievements and trophies that really need some explaining.
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter is the latest game in Frogware's series about the world's greatest detective and his newly hipster-fied sidekick Watson. Join us as we investigate a missing father with disguises, eavesdropping, and sending Victorian urchins up chimneys.
Playdead's Inside is so intriguing that we couldn't just leave it where we finished last time. Maybe we should have though, as things get much, much worse for our nameless child protagonist from here on out.
Overcooked is a co-op cooking game for 1-4 players that brings to mind Gang Beasts if the fighters had decided to open a restaurant together instead of trying to kick each other off Ferris Wheels. Watch Mike and I get to grips with it as we attempt to serve up soup on a pirate ship and hamburgers on a pair of moving trucks.
Virtual Reality headsets may be the next big thing in gaming, but you're going to need actual games to play on them to make them more than just extremely heavy, not very attractive hats. But, now that Phil Spencer has confirmed that Project Scorpio will support VR you officially have our permission to get excited. Here are seven upcoming VR experiences that look like they'll be well worth abandoning the stupid real world for.
Show of the Week: Batman Return to Arkham and 5 Gotham Doctors Who Need To Be Struck Off Immediately
Batman: Return to Arkham is a collection of the first two Arkham games, Asylum and City, as well as all their DLC, available for the first time on Xbox One and PS4. It's also delayed indefinitely, because it looks awful. Show of the Week ponders Return to Arkham, as well as asking, Seinfeld-style, what is up with the terrible state of the medical professionals in Gotham. You'll have to imagine the slap bass sounds we're making right now.
Some games take a little time to get warmed up. Other games boot you straight into the action, barely giving you enough time to work out the buttons before you're attacked by a monster the size of a building, or dropped into the middle of the Normandy landings. Without further ado, here are eight games that drop you in right at the deep end.
Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom is the game of the popular anime series about giant naked zombies and the shouting teens that fight them. Witness us tackle part of the battle of Trost in this Xbox One gameplay.
7 Days to Die is an open-world zombie game in which you have to survive as long as possible without dying from the elements or becoming zombie chow. It is not a challenge to try and die before a week has elapsed, we discovered too late. See it in action as we play as Michonne from The Walking Dead in this Xbox One gameplay.
Hitman's fifth elusive target is Vito Duric, a Hague-indicted arms dealer who is now spending 72 quality hours in an underground parking garage in Marrakech, Morocco. The perfect opportunity for the three of us to do some running and gunning of our own.
Fallout 4 DLC Contraptions Workshop lets you go all Rube Goldberg, creating crazy and complicated gadgets for your settlements out of wasteland junk. Watch us create our very own Outside Xbox fireworks factory in this Fallout 4 Contraptions Workshop gameplay.
If you've ever watched us play a videogame, you know we're no stranger to the game over screen. But though they're usually well deserved (for forgetting how grenades work or for walking off a cliff, say) there have been several occasions on which we've been fooled by convincing trick facsimiles of a real game over. Consider the fake game overs in which it wasn't actually game over and you totally fell for it.
From E3 2016 we ponder the things that have us excited for 2K's upcoming open-world organised crime simulator Mafia 3, including its unique setting and story, along with the ways it lets you manage your criminal empire.
Join us Ghost Recon Wildlands gameplay from two perspectives and play styles at E3 2016, as we interrogate baddies, secure intel and blow stuff up. There's no "aiee" in "team", Mike.
In this mission from Ubisoft's Deadliest Warrior-style fantasy battle game For Honor, Mike and I play as hairy vikings taking down an army of Samurai and kill their fearsome commander. How, you ask? With a giant axe, we enthusiastically respond.
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