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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Being a videogame hero is usually a straightforward job, but you can't plan for the unintended consequences of all your reckless heroing. Here are seven times we thought we were doing the right thing and ended up making things much, much worse.
While the shiny new year gathers speed like a high performance automobile, Show of the Week looks ahead to some of the exciting new games for the first half of 2017, and also back in the rear view mirror at our most memorable gaming fails of the year just gone.
We've seen plenty of multiplayer footage from upcoming hack and slasher For Honor, so now it's time to see what the single-player campaign is like. Along with Luke from Outside Xtra, I play Sabotage, one of the game's early missions, in which we take on bad vikings as a speedy female knight in this For Honor gameplay.
Resident Evil 7 is nearly here, and despite its new first-person perspective, it promises to take the series back to its horror roots. We've played a good chunk of the game and that is definitely the case, judging how what we've played so far has lingered in our minds long after we've stopped playing. Here are the seven scariest things that have kept us up at night.
Where the original Bridge Constructor had you construct bridges and then stress test them to see if they stand up to traffic, Bridge Constructor Stunts has you construct bridges and then do sick jumps off them. Come watch Jane and I backflip our way into civil engineering history in this Xbox One gameplay.
Join Outside Xbox to say goodbye to the year that was, as well as to see our stunning professionalism in front of the camera with our 2016 bloopers. Thanks to all of you for sticking with us this year, and we hope you will be back for more in 2017. Happy New Year!
When ordinary punches, kicks and throws aren't doing the job, that's when it's time to turn to a special move. They're more powerful, look better and you usually get to shout something cool when you're doing them. Sometimes, however, videogame characters get a bit carried away. I mean, there's no way that these ridiculously over the top special moves were necessary.
If you enjoyed Fallout 4, Skyrim and Doom, but thought they'd be better if the main character was a tiny stainless steel ball, then good news: there's a Bethesda table pack available for Pinball FX2. Watch as Mike and I test out what are surely the most complicated pinball tables in history in this Xbox One gameplay.
Christmas may be over but there's still plenty of celebration time left until the new year. By now, you've probably stopped drinking the bare knuckle boxers we showed you how to make last time because you want something fresh, and also they taste terrible. Well fear not, friends, as we're here with a new recipe: the royal conservatory cooler from Dishonored 2. Watch and learn.
It's time for the GTA Online tiebreaker finale of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge, in which we all start at different points around Los Santos and the last person standing wins Christmas. Who will be crowned Oxbox Xmas Champion? Who will get repeatedly blown up by a rando in a fighter jet? Who will turn up in their pyjamas? Only this video knows the answer.
We're into the final stretch of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2016 and it's Mike's turn to draw his last challenge. In keeping with this year's theme of fortunate draws, Mike gets his absolute favourite activity: nude Jarl punching in Skyrim. Surely he can't fail? Let's find out.
It's the Show of the Week Xmas Special, in which we look at this year's best free festive DLC and bring cheer to Hitman's Holiday Hoarders mission by murdering the burglars from Home Alone while dressed as Santa. Happy holidays from all of us at Outside Xbox!
Hitman's Paris mission includes the option to assassinate your target by poisoning his favourite cocktail: the bare knuckle boxer. But how does this delicate blend of rum, vodka and orange juice taste when it hasn't had emetic poison added to it by a furious bald assassin? We find out in the following video.
Day 10 of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge and I am initially delighted to get a second Hitman challenge. That delight quickly turns to horror, however, when I realise that the challenge is to kill or pacify everyone on a level. That sounds incredibly difficult, even for a Hitman master like myself. Let's see how I get on.
Today, Mike draws the F1 2016 realistic damage challenge, in which he must finish a race in F1 2016 at Monaco, in wet weather, with realistic damage turned on. Being the only one on the team who understands what any of that means, Mike assures us that this is difficult. Let's watch and find out if he is telling the truth.
I take time out of the hectic Oxbox Xmas schedule to consider those less fortunate than ourselves: alligators. Don't they deserve a festive treat too? That's why I'm doing the Mafia 3 Alligator Feeding Challenge, in which I must feed five bodies to the alligators in Mafia 3's Bayou Fantom in 15 minutes. Well, that and I drew it randomly out of the hat of randomised Oxbox Xmas challenges. But still.
Day 5 of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2016, and Mike is back for the Iudex Gundyr Punch Up Challenge, in which he must defeat this Dark Souls 3 Boss as a Deprived character armed with a stick, a loin cloth and not much else. Can Mike prevail against such overwhelming, drafty odds? Let's watch!
I return to Red Dead Redemption for Day 4 for the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2016 tasked with heading to Tall Trees to kill eight deer, one for every named member of Santa's sleigh crew. Can I go through with this awful, Christmas-ruining act? Of course I can, there are points at stake, dammit.
Final Fantasy 15 tells the story of Noctis, a prince who sets out into the world to reclaim his kingdom, accompanied by his three bros, Ignis, Gladiolus and Prompto. Each has their own unique skills, but it's Prompto's photography obsession that got us thinking about other snap-happy game characters in this week's show.
Everyone loves unlocking achievements and trophies. Those little symbols popping up with their iconic sounds is where we derive, we estimate, 80 percent of our self worth. But sometimes the conditions required to unlock an achievement are so icky they've made us think twice about going for the gamerscore. Remember with us now: the achievements so gross they nearly put us off our gamerscore, and our lunch.
The Oxbox Xmas Challenge Contest returns for 2016 with a new batch of randomly drawn challenges. I'm the first to pick a challenge from the festive sack o' mystery and my task is to finish Hitman's Sapienza mission using only the throwable cannonballs. Can I get a strong start with a point on day one? Let's find out!
Yooka-Laylee is a spiritual successor to the classic N64 platformer Banjo-Kazooie by Playtonic Games, a studio made up of former Rare employees. Watch us play the game's Toybox demo on Xbox One in this new gameplay and marvel at how well our precision platforming skills have held up.
It is Mike's turn to suffer the whims of Hitman Roulette, the Hitman random mission generator which demanded I not kill or incapacitate anyone but the targets in Paris, and Jane not use any disguises in Bangkok. Now, Mike must finish the Morocco-set mission A Gilded Cage with a new and strict set of rules.
It's Jane's turn to spin the Hitman roulette wheel this week, to generate a random challenge in what has proved to be one of our favourite games of 2016. How will Jane's famed adaptable play style fare against the uncaring, random Hitman roulette wheel? Join us to find out!
Dead Rising 4 puts you back in the blood-spattered shoes of disaffected photographer and zombie killer Frank West as he tries to stay alive in the Christmassy, zombie-rich town of Willamette. Join us for the opening of the game, in which we take selfies, build firework launchers, race go karts and do everything we can to avoid doing any actual missions.
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