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 returns this week, which is great news because I'm sick of being so relaxed and not hating everyone on my Xbox Live friends list. Trials Fusion transports the series into the future, and adds a coat of shiny, occasionally glowing, futuristic paint to the classic side-on motocross game. Join us to see how the game measures up to its predecessors, and watch us take on one of the new challenges. Which of us worthy of the title of Trials Master that I just made up?
The Outside Xbox YouTube channel has reached the milestone of 250,000 subscribers. It's time to celebrate by revisiting a favourite early Oxbox feature: Minecraft Pictionary. Join us for inscrutable blocky drawings, inappropriate guessing and our heartfelt thanks.
Spider-Man is the greatest of all superheroes and I will fight anyone who says otherwise, but most Spider-Man videogames are rubbish. Why? And could The Amazing Spider-Man 2, out soon for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, be the game to buck the trend? As Outside Xbox's resident Spider-Man superfan, I'm all over it in the following video.
Samuel Johnson once said, "when a person is tired of Titanfall, they are tired of life" (I'm paraphrasing here). That being said, more content for our favourite next-gen mech shooter couldn't hurt, and we know for a fact there will be at least three downloadable content packs for Titanfall included in the game's season pass. Hit the jump to see what we need from those DLC packs.
The Elder Scrolls Online launches on PC and Mac today, inviting you to pick a faction and a race then head out into Tamriel in search of adventures. The game won't come to Xbox One until June but that's not going to stop Show of the Week from sizing up this massively multiplayer online Skyrim and figuring out why great console MMORPGs are such a rarity.
Child of Light is gorgeous. With its watercolour visuals, haunting orchestral score and dialogue in the form of an epic ballad, it feels like a playable storybook from another age. Hit the jump for brand new Child of Light gameplay, plus thoughts from the game's lead writer Jeffrey Yohalem.
Bioshock Infinite: Burial At Sea was Irrational's last chance to make sense of the series. Now we've played the second and final episode, we've had the full story of Elizabeth, Booker, Comstock, Ryan and BioShock protagonist Jack, along with the revelations that change everything we thought we knew about the worlds of Columbia and Rapture (Objectivist sex tips, anyone?). We hash out the six Burial at Sea moments that changed everything in this video.
Achievements are mostly awarded for feats of genuine gaming prowess. Sometimes, though, they're awarded for utterly random nonsense. Hit the jump for the seven weirdest achievements we've encountered in Xbox 360 games.
After teasing the reveal for months, Capcom has revealed the fifth character to be added to Ultra Street Fighter IV. It's Decapre! Yeah, me either. Here are the nine characters we'd recruit for Ultra Street Fighter IV instead of Cammy clone Decapre, if we had our way.
Show of the Week turns its penetrating gaze upon Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the 'absolutely, positively, definitely not a demo' of Metal Gear Solid V that hit this week for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. And since we're in a stealthy mood, we also consider the lessons stealth games have taught us about avoiding detection using fridges, rats and chicken costumes.
When you go to the doctor, you expect to feel better afterwards. Having played videogames, though, I can see why most game protagonists prefer to heal themselves. Hit the jump for the seven gaming physicians most in need of a malpractice suit.
We've finally played Titanfall on real public servers, so it's time to deliver our verdict on probably the most anticipated Xbox One game yet. Is it just Call of Duty with giant robots, or has Respawn pushed the manshooter genre forward with its love letter to mech combat? Hit the jump to watch us talk it out.
It's the news Batman fans have been waiting for: Rocksteady, the studio behind Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, is making a next-gen Batman game called Batman: Arkham Knight. We're chuffed with the prospect of a bigger city, new combat trimmings and a driveable Batmobile, but here's hoping the creators of Arkham Asylum don't steer their game into any of these seven pitfalls.
Xbox One's major March system update is rolling out now. It addresses a bunch of common user complaints, but is that going to be enough to keep Xbox One in the race? And, crucially, what's missing from the March update? Let's have a look.
The jump scare is a horror game staple because it's the cheapest and occasionally the most effective of the scares. Discover the nine most pant-wetting jump scare moments in this video, which contains both spoilers and extremely loud noises. You have been warned.
Out this week, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 casts you as Dracula, formerly Gabriel Belmont, in action that skips between a modern metropolis and an old-timey castle the size of Sheffield. Join us for Show of the Week as we inspect Dracula's latest adventure and discover just what is so great about being a vampire, anyway.
If ever a series was accurately summed up by its title, it's Plants vs Zombies. Until now it has pitted heroic plants against villainous zombies in adorable tower defence action on mobiles and handhelds. But the series makes the leap to Xbox as a third-person shooter, in a bold move that could alienate some of the series' hardcore fans. Was it worth the risk?
Out next week, Thief is a reboot of the classic sneak-and-steal Thief series, in which you creep around a pseudo-Victorian city and nick stuff, touching everything with your nimble thief hands. Join us for Show of the Week as we examine Garrett's new adventure and make sure you keep a close eye on your valuables.
The Titanfall beta arrives at the end of this week, and all that new Titan technology brings with it a host of new words and phrases key to understanding what the heck is going on. Hit the jump for the seven terms you'll need to know to survive the Titanfall beta and to see us shredding Titans in new Titanfall beta gameplay.
Although Valve deserves credit for much of what made Left 4 Dead so special, it was developer Turtle Rock Studios that built it. That's why I'm excited for Turtle Rock's new game Evolve, in which a four-player team of hunters takes on a fifth player, who controls a giant monster. Come on through for a first hit of Evolve gameplay.
Sherlock Holmes has never been hotter, thanks to the TV show where he has great cheekbones and the other TV show where he is the guy from Hackers. If you think you could be a great detective, but don't have Tim from The Office or Lucy Liu to help you, then Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is place to get your deductive fix. A word of warning, however: it's possible to foul up your deductions and put the wrong suspect behind bars.
Call of Duty: Ghosts' first DLC arrived this week, adding some kookier maps to the sensible factories and freight yards of the maps on the disc. Show of the Week examines Onslaught's new digs and uses its standout feature, the chance to become Halloween slasher Michael Myers, to find out which of us is best at being an axe murderer.
After the rather serious multiplayer maps in Call of Duty: Ghosts, we were hoping for something a little less po-faced for the DLC. We get just that with Onslaught, a collection of four new MP maps and one new Extinction map that leads with Fog: a horror-themed level that lets you transform into Halloween's Shatner-faced murderer Michael Myers. Check it out Fog gameplay, along with action from the rest of the maps, after the jump.
The original Fable is ten years old this year. To celebrate, Lionhead is releasing Fable Anniversary, an HD remastering of the original game with new visuals, remastered audio and a bunch of tweaks to the gameplay. So how does it look? Hit the jump to find out.
Welcome to Challenge Oxbox, a new feature in which we test the limits of our gaming skill, ingenuity and patience with a weekly challenge. In episode one, Jane sets a GTA Online scavenger hunt challenge for Mike and I. Will we get everything on the list or shot down by jerks in attack helicopters while searching for golf buggies? Hit the jump to find out!
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