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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The Destiny 2 beta is live RIGHT NOW, giving future guardians a look at Bungie's much anticipated sequel ahead of its September release date. In it, you can jump into a game of multiplayer, take on a strike mission, and play the first few story missions, in which we discover what is happening to The Traveler, the massive orb that is the latest in a proud videogame tradition of mysterious space spheres, as we discover later in the show.
The Entertainer is Hitman's 26th Elusive Target, and the final Elusive Target of the game's first season: a man who goes by the name "Mr. Giggles" but is much less jolly than that makes him sound. He's the face-tattooed ringmaster of an underground circus that features dogfights, bare-knuckle fighting and, if we don't do something to stop him, pandas apparently eating each other. Hit the jump to watch us track him down in the busy Marrakech night market and steal his nefarious client list in this Hitman gameplay.
Once a fighting game character makes their debut, they usually stick around in that fighting game series. But some characters prove to be so weird, unpopular or tangled up in licensing issues that they make one appearance and are never seen again. Here are seven of our favourite one-shot fighting game characters who were never invited back for round two.
After all the gatling gun train missions down in old Mexico, we finally catch up to our old gang mates Bill Williamson and Javier Escuella. Will we show mercy or shoot them in the crotch as many times as our current dead eye level will allow? Watch and find out!
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is like Battle Royale: The Game, dropping 100 players from a plane into an open world then seeing who survives the longest. Among its many attractive features are a shrinking map that forces players closer together, driveable vehicles, and the phrase 'winner winner chicken dinner', which is sadly just a figure of speech and not a genuine hot meal. There are plenty of other actual delicious chicken dinners in games, at least, as we discover later in the show.
Hitman's Contracts mode is a list of missions designed by other Hitman players. In this particular contract, our hit is on behalf of a hairdresser fed up with a group of people playing music loudly during what they describe disapprovingly as "weed parties", because this hairdresser is apparently also my mother. To send a message, they want 47 to murder the group using scissors, which seems like a bit of an overreaction, but hey, it's their money.
It's Marston Monday and we're still in Mexico in Red Dead Redemption. Our patience for John's tolerance of the army is starting to wear thin, what with Coronel Allende kidnapping a bunch more women and cackling about how he's going to kill their families. On the plus side, Allende says he's captured Williamson and Escuella for us and has them tied up in a church in Chuparosa. Watch on to discover if that is the trap it most definitely sounds like.
Hitman's 25th Elusive Target is The Fugitive, an internationally wanted criminal who has booked into the Gama facility in Hokkaido, Japan for facial reconstructive surgery. That's going to make identifying him tricky, what with the new face and all, but Diana is on the case and will be feeding us info as we go.
In contrast to last week's adventures in Mexico spent helping out the rebels, this week's Marston Monday sees us take the side of the army. This is a decision we immediately regret when said army starts executing people with firing squads and burning down villages. Let's hope Luisa doesn't find out.
Hope County in Montana is the setting for Far Cry 5, and it might once have been a relaxing vacation spot, but thanks to doomsday cult Eden's Gate and their psychotic leader Father Joseph Seed, things have taken a turn for the murdery. At least you can still go fishing and, as we find out later in the show, fishing in videogames is infinitely better than fishing in real life.
Marston Monday returns! We continue our adventures south of the border, flitting between helping out the Mexican army and helping the rebels as the mood takes us. This week we're on the side of the rebellion as we ride to the aid of Luisa, who needs her jerk boyfriend and revolutionary leader Abraham Reyes rescued from an army firing squad. By the end of the episode, we wish we'd have left him there.
The recently announced Evil Within 2 continues the story of the first game, which revolved around STEM: a system that allowed people to enter a network of linked minds. Our first question is why people would want to, as it appears to be all rivers of blood and barbed wire zombies. We have other questions as well though, as you'll discover later in the show. Beware spoilers for the original Evil Within.
Monster Hunter might be the biggest game series you've never played. The action RPG franchise has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, but never really found the success in the West it enjoyed in Japan. That's set to change with the release of Monster Hunter World, coming to Xbox One and PS4 early next year. If you're a fan of the series then you're already looking forward to it; if you aren't, here are five reasons you should care about Monster Hunter, at last.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus picks up the story of B.J. Blazkowicz right after the events of the previous game, this time moving the action to a Nazi-occupied USA. We've played the game's opening mission, and are here to report our thoughts on this promising-looking sequel.
If you saw Ubisoft's E3 press conference you were probably delighted to see them announce a new pirate-themed multiplayer game called Skull and Bones. Unless you work for Rare, the studio developing a new pirate-themed multiplayer game called Sea of Thieves. Awkward. But though these are both multiplayer pirate games, just how similar are they really? Join us for a look at how the two games stack up against each other in five key areas.
A Way Out is the new game from the people behind Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, a co-op game about two men who escape from prison. Fresh from hands-on with A Way Out, we lay out the reasons we're suddenly excited for it.
Middle Earth: Shadow of War is the sequel to sleeper hit Shadow of Mordor, that once again sees you play as a ranger called Talion who has the soul of legendary elf lord Celebrimbor living inside him. If early impressions are correct, it's shaping up to be very good. This breaks with the tradition of faintly rubbish Tolkien games, as we find out later in the show.
The point of a demo is to give you a short sample of a game to convince you to buy the full version. Sometimes, however, videogame demos are nothing like what you get in the finished product, from the characters you play as, to the plot of the actual game, and sometimes even the way you play it. Just consider these times a game demo was far from representative of what you'd be doing in the game proper.
Achieving 100 percent completion in Red Dead Redemption isn't all exciting gunfights and daring horseback train robberies. You must also take time to help the little people. That's what we're doing in this episode, returning from Mexico to the United States to assist some strangers in ways that include winning a ranch in a game of liar's dice, intimidating a movie cowboy, and catching the notorious Hanging Rock cannibal.
Just because our family is being held hostage by the government, and we only have a limited amount of time to track down Javier Escuella, that doesn't mean that we can't have fun. So, this week in Red Dead Redemption, it's poker night, as we play a few hands with Landon Ricketts and his friends. Of course, it descends into a deadly gunfight, but that's just the old west. That was how you said goodbye back then.
In reality-bending thriller Get Even you play an amnesiac inmate in a dilapidated asylum with no knowledge of who he is or what he has done. So you try to piece together your past in a place where you can't trust what you see. That's not the only time reality has taken a vacation in videogames, though, as we discover later in the show.
Time and again, games have taught us that going over to the dark side comes with plenty of advantages. Chief among these is that villains are much cooler and better dressed than boring, do-gooder heroes. Consider the evidence: these good guys who turned bad and became much, much cooler in the process.
Mafia 3 is set in the fictional city of New Bordeaux, a New Orleans-inspired party town with a signature drink known as the Bourbon City Blinder. The drink is a potent blend of bourbon, rum, ginger beer and aromatic bitters. Is it delicious, or just bitter and boozy enough to explain why everyone in New Bordeaux is always running or gunning each other down? Discover which along with us in the following video.
We return to the Wild West challenges in Red Dead Redemption gameplay this week, as we set out to collect some of the exciting new flora offered by the strange new land of Mexico. Prickly pears are the goal, and we'll need plenty if we're to reach the next rank of our survivalist challenge. This is lucky as they also just so happen to be the preferred snack of Horson Welles, our beloved steed. We spoil that horse, we really do.
Superhero fighting game Injustice 2 is out this week, continuing the story of Injustice: Gods Among Us, in which Superman killed his wife Lois, their unborn son, and everyone in Metropolis, after being drugged by the Joker. Naturally, he's a bit peeved, which makes it all the more baffling that a bunch of no-power scrubs are trying to take him on, as we discover later in the Show.
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