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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As strong as the Xbox One launch line-up was, it might seem there aren't any system exclusives to look forward to in 2014 beyond the all-powerful Titanfall. Not so! There's a bundle of intriguing Xbox One exclusives coming our way next year. The problem is, most of are still more shrouded in secrecy than a KGB agent's surprise birthday party. Hit the jump to find out what we do know about the eight most mysterious impending Xbox One exclusives.
If you were disappointed Xbox One didn't launch with a shiny new Kinect Sports game, take heart - Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason is an early demo of next-gen wake racing ahead of the game's launch in spring 2014. Join Mike and I as we take the jetskis for a spin, crash into mines and backflip until we explode.
There are no lengths to which Outside Xbox won't go to keep you up to date with everything Xbox One has to offer. That regrettable policy means Mike and I had to play Xbox One's Kinect-powered Angry Birds Star Wars, the world's most expensive way to play the world's favourite bird-hurling simulator. Hit the jump to see it in action.
Regular viewers may remember OX video producer James's State of Decay diaries, in which he pitted himself against zombies, poison gas and rogue pizza delivery vans. Now Undead Labs has released the first piece of DLC for the game, Breakdown, which gets rid of the story-based missions of the main game and replaces them with an endless challenge-based campaign with a rolling, escalating difficulty level. As our resident State of Decay expert, James returned to Trumbull County to see if it's worth another visit.
The Xbox One has been out for an entire week. That's seven whole days we've been living in the Next Generation, so join us for a Show of the Week that examines the highs and lows of the Xbox One's first week on sale, and takes a look at some of the cool features of the console that you might have missed.
We love the Xbox One, but now we have spent plenty of time with it, the little problems are starting to surface. The good news is they're all in Microsoft's power to put right. Hit the jump for 10 Xbox One problems Microsoft could fix tomorrow.
Rockstar recently filed a tradement for Bully: Bullworth Academy Canis Canem Edit. We're too excited by the prospect of a fully fledged sequel to 2005's Bully, if that's what it is, to mind the terrible name. Bully is even better than that other open-world Rockstar franchise Grand Theft Auto, despite being a million times less popular or successful. Hit the jump to find out why Bully might be the best thing that Rockstar ever made.
The boss fight is a proud old gaming tradition and, often, rubbish. Sore from a lifetime of cheap boss tricks and thumb-numbing button bashing, we present our five least favourite boss encounters in games, alongside five much better ones to show them how it should be done. Spoilers ahead, so be warned.
Many games don't feature decisions any more sophisticated than picking what to shoot people with, but others have dilemmas so difficult we still can't make up our minds. We'll settle on a name for our Rock Band at some point, we swear. In the meantime, ponder these six no-win decisions you'll get wrong whatever you choose. Spoilers inside, but for games no newer than The Walking Dead (and including The Walking Dead).
Spare a thought for people who live in videogame universes. Not because of the zombie apocalypses, military invasions and near-constant carjackings, but because they want to listen to music they have to put up with this dreck. Watch on for the seven worst musical acts to ever taint a videogame soundtrack, and don't blame us if your ears pop off your head in protest.
No one could accuse Assassin's Creed 4 of giving you too little to do; its sprawling open world is stuffed with side missions, collectibles and secrets to discover. But all that piracy has made us greedy, which is why we are hungry for even more in the form of DLC. Assassin's Creed 4's first DLC is already confirmed and stars first mate Adewale, but here's what Edward Kenway would do next if we had our way. Yes, it involves skeleton pirates, don't worry.
It's easy to forget Assassin's Creed 4 even has a multiplayer mode when you're busy boarding ships, singing shanties and hanging out with Blackbeard. However, the series' online modes are unique and fun enough to make them worth a detour away from the story campaign. Hit the jump to see me play a couple of rounds, including the series' signature Manhunt mode, as well as capture the flag-alike mode Artifact Assault.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag hits shops this week. Is it a shining treasure or should it be consigned to Davy Jones' locker, whatever that is? Hit the jump to watch our spoiler-free tour and decide for yourself.
They say a good teacher can make history come alive. Assassin's Creed goes one better and makes history come alive, then lets you stab it to death. Edward Kenway is doing the stabbing this time. The swashbuckling pirate assassin is grandfather to Connor and possibly the first Welsh man to front a videogame. Join us for Show of the Week as we examine Edward's adventures in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and, by way of contrast, some of gaming's more dubious historical re-enactments.
Eidos Montreal recently announced Deus Ex: Universe, "an ongoing, expanding and connected game world built across a generation of core games". This includes a next-generation sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution. DX:HR is one of my games of this generation, but that doesn't mean it was perfect. Hit the jump for the seven ways the sequel could be.
Join us for another Grand Theft Auto Online challenge! This time, Mike and I set $10,000 bounties on each other's heads, then see who can survive the longest. It's a set-up much like that of Batman: Arkham Origins, only instead of being highly equipped geniuses trained to the peak of human perfection, we're us, and instead of being hunted by elite assassins, we're running from a server full of psychopathic GTA Online players. Will we survive the night? Where did that guy get an attack helicopter? Is the grotto of the Playboy mansion a defensible position? Hit the jump to find out.
Batman: Arkham Origins lands next week. It's a prequel story in which a younger and less refined Dark Knight is hunted through Gotham by eight deadly assassins, all vying for a $50 million bounty on the bat. Join us now for Show of the Week, in which we discover what's new about this take on the Arkham series and deliver handy hints on how to kill Batman, in case you're keen on swiping that 50 mill. We'll split it 50-50, yeah?
Sleeping Dogs developer United Front has announced it's working on a new game set in the Sleeping Dogs universe. The title, Sleeping Dogs: Triad Wars, sounds dangerously like a mobile game to my jaded ears, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a fully-fledged, next gen Sleeping Dogs sequel. Sleeping Dogs 2 could be amazing, so long as it sidesteps these seven sequel pitfalls.
The Battlefield 4 multiplayer open beta is available to download now from your 360 dashboard or Xbox.com. It's a portion of Battlefield 4's multiplayer made available to everyone for free to help work out bugs ahead of launch. Being the helpful lot we are, we jumped into the beta to give DICE valuable data about what happens when people who aren't very good at Battlefield try to play it. Hit the jump to see how we got on.
Take a look at some new Thief gameplay and see for yourself how Eidos Montreal has approached rebooting the classic rob 'em up series. The emphasis is on stealth, physicality and stealing anything that isn't nailed down. Watch thieving hero Garrett go to work casing some joints after the cut.
Irrational Games has released the achievement list for Burial at Sea, the first bit of story-based downloadable content for Bioshock Infinite. Although the achievements give no hints as to the plot, they shed light on new gameplay features we'll be seeing when we head to Rapture later this year. Hit the jump to find out what they are.
Grand Theft Auto 5 has been out for WEEKS, which means it's high time to start talking about downloadable content. Nothing has been announced so far, but DLC is as certain as catching Trevor doing something weird when you switch characters. The world of Los Santos is rich with possibilities for switching things up with new, downloadable experiences; here are six DLC ideas to change the way you see GTA 5.
Manchester games convention Play Expo will let attendees get their hands on Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Dark Souls II and VR wonder visor Oculus Rift. If you missed Eurogamer Expo because you couldn't get a ticket, or got trapped in a packing crate, or were on a round-the-world balloon race to win the elephant man's bones, this mid-October expo is the very thing.
It's Grand Theft Auto Online launch week and after some teething problems (many teething problems) it seems to be settling down and players are getting stuck in. Much like the main game, Grand Theft Auto Online is a gloriously madcap sandbox where all structure and planning goes out of the window the second you drive past a ramp, or a robbable shop, or something shiny. Now we're all finally playing it, Mike, Jane and I gather around nothing (Outside Xbox continues to have no watercooler) to discuss our favourite GTA Online moments so far.
After the ending of Assassin's Creed 3, we were left with lots of questions about where the series would go next. Now we know we'll be playing as Connor's grandfather Edward Kenway during the golden age of piracy, but there is plenty about Assassin's Creed 4 that remains mysterious. What is happening in the present-day world of Assassin's Creed 4? How does the Animus work now? Are the Kenways related to Ezio and Altair? Who would win in a fight between the Assassin's Creed assassins? We went to lead writer Darby McDevitt for answers.
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