Archive - Andy Farrant

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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.

Twitter: @farrantula

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LA Cops is Hotline Miami for Xbox One, But Not Good

LA Cops is Hotline Miami for Xbox One, But Not Good

LA Cops is the Beastie Boys music video for Sabotage, if it were an isometric twin stick shooter. Catch the buddy cop shooter in action on Xbox One as we wreck up drug mansions, arrest perps and get stuck on doors, all in the pursuit of justice.

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17 hours ago

Show of the Week: Borderlands The Handsome Collection and Xbox One's Splitscreeniest Games

Show of the Week: Borderlands The Handsome Collection and Xbox One's Splitscreeniest Games

Show of the Week salutes that most fun and potentially friendship-destroying mode: splitscreen multiplayer. Join us as we play couch co-op gems on Xbox One, as well as Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, which lets you hunt vaults with up to three friends on the same TV.

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4 days ago

7 Guys Who Are Definitely Not Going to Die Immediately

7 Guys Who Are Definitely Not Going to Die Immediately

If you're in good health, your chances of suddenly dropping dead are low. If you are a videogame character, you can further increase your odds of living a long, fulfilling life by always going on about your loving family back home or big plans for the future, or by being better qualified for action heroism than the protagonist. Take these guys, for instance. I'm sure none of them are going to die immediately in tragic, plot-advancing twists of fate.

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5 days ago

GTA Online Lab Heist Flies Into the Danger Zone

GTA Online Lab Heist Flies Into the Danger Zone

Now our heist crew has secured the SUVs, we need to borrow an EMP bomb from the navy. The catch is that the EMP resides in the nose cone of a Hydra VTOL jet parked on a heavily fortified offshore aircraft carrier. At what point does it just become easier to give up high-concept crime and get a real job?

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6 days ago

GTA Online Lab Heist Continues With Grand Thefting Autos

GTA Online Lab Heist Continues With Grand Thefting Autos

As we prepare for our daring raid on Humane Labs (in which we will steal every cute animal that's not nailed down), we must appropriate a couple of heavy duty Insurgent SUVs from notoriously crazy PMC Merryweather. I'm sure they'll be fine with it, they probably like having their stuff stolen.

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7 days ago

Show of the Week: Battlefield Hardline and the 5 Least Effective Cops in Games

Show of the Week: Battlefield Hardline and the 5 Least Effective Cops in Games

The police of Battlefield Hardline are unorthodox in their methods (hello, laser trip mines) but the other videogame cops are hardly going to notice on account of being generally corrupt, insane, or just completely inept. Show of the Week evaluates the least effective cops in games, a ragtag collection of officers who would struggle to solve their way out of a paper bag, then gets to grips with Battlefield's new police-'em-up.

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11 days ago

6 Baffling Puzzles From the 90s We Still Haven't Solved

6 Baffling Puzzles From the 90s We Still Haven't Solved

The 90s were a golden age of snap bracelets, Magic Eye and Saved by the Bell. Not to be a grouchy millennial but literally everything was better, brighter and cheaper back then - except for baffling adventure game puzzles. In the 1990s, videogames didn't know any better, with their puzzles made of nonsense logic and inventory garbage. Do you remember these six?

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12 days ago

Let's Play: GTA Online Heist Prison Break on Xbox one

Let's Play: GTA Online Heist Prison Break on Xbox one

As anyone who has watched any of our previous GTA Online adventures can tell you, team Outside Xbox is a well-oiled crime machine operating at peak efficiency at all times. GTA Online's new heists require meticulous planning, teamwork and execution. Should be fine, right?

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15 days ago

Show of the Week: Ori and the Blind Forest

Show of the Week: Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest, out this week on Xbox One, is a puzzle platformer in which you play Ori, a forest spirit who ventures through dense and dangerous woods, unlocking new abilities as he goes, Metroidvania-style. Get the lowdown on that, plus what some of the XBLA greats of the past are up to now in Show of the Week.

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18 days ago

11 Mortal Kombat Finishers That Have Some Explaining to Do

11 Mortal Kombat Finishers That Have Some Explaining to Do

Mortal Kombat X will be the goriest Mortal Kombat yet, if the painstakingly anatomical gameplay footage is anything to go by. Presumably it will also be the last ever Mortal Kombat, after all the designers get imprisoned for the good of public safety. So let's recall Mortal Kombat's most bizarre and still unexplained finishers before they're seized as evidence, shall we?

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20 days ago

Final Fantasy 15 Xbox One Gameplay Shows Radical New Combat, Haircuts

Final Fantasy 15 Xbox One Gameplay Shows Radical New Combat, Haircuts

Final Fantasy 15 gets a demo this week, although it's only yours with a copy of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. Still, the demo itself clocks in at three hours plus and gives a lot of insight into how the full game will play. Discover Final Fantasy 15's intriguing new battle system in this Xbox One gameplay from the demo.

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22 days ago

Show of the Week: The 5 Most Dangerous Theme Park Rides

Show of the Week: The 5 Most Dangerous Theme Park Rides

Show of the Week welcomes Screamride to Xbox One with a salute to the five most dangerous theme park rides in videogames. It's hard to believe anyone takes their kids to an amusement park when they can expect carousels of horse corpses, rollercoasters packed with zombies and ferris wheels full of fighty drunks.

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25 days ago

Shadow of Mordor's Bright Lord DLC Is an Exercise in Branding

Shadow of Mordor's Bright Lord DLC Is an Exercise in Branding

Shadow of Mordor DLC The Bright Lord lets you play as Celebrimbor, the ring-making elf ghost sidekick from the main game, thousands of years before the events of Shadow of Mordor. So what did Celebrimbor get up to back then? Mostly branding Uruk warchiefs, rubbish attempts at stealth and getting his head cut off, if our let's play is anything to go by.

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28 days ago

7 Fighting Game Characters Super Obviously Based on Real People

7 Fighting Game Characters Super Obviously Based on Real People

It's hard work designing fighting game characters. You have to decide on their fighting style and ridiculous haircut, for starters, and then how little clothing you can get away with putting on them. It's much easier to model your character on a real-life celebrity - such as with Fei Long, Forest and Marshal Law and Liu Kang, all of whom were based on martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Ponder these seven fighters who look mighty familiar.

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29 days ago

Xbox One's Pneuma: Breath of Life is Pretty Puzzling

Xbox One's Pneuma: Breath of Life is Pretty Puzzling

Pneuma: Breath of Life is a first-person puzzle game in which you are the self-obsessed Pneuma, who journeys through a world full of with puzzles solved by looking at switches in the shape of giant eyes and moonwalking. It's made with Unreal Engine 4, and looks mighty pretty. Watch us get to grips with it in this Xbox One gameplay.

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A month ago

Zombie Army Trilogy Horde Mode Is Relentless in Xbox One Gameplay

Zombie Army Trilogy Horde Mode Is Relentless in Xbox One Gameplay

Zombie Army Trilogy contains no less than three campaigns, but it also has a horde mode that pits you against a relentless and never-ending tide of Nazi undead. How will Mike and I cope with wave after wave of walkers, heavy gunners and levitating zombie snipers? Find out in this Xbox One gameplay.

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A month ago

7 Nobodies Whose Lives Were Ruined by Game Protagonists

7 Nobodies Whose Lives Were Ruined by Game Protagonists

Videogame protagonists are big-picture people. They focus on the stuff like saving the galaxy, daring heists, or bringing criminals to justice. But spare a thought for the ordinary, everyday people your protagonists encounter along the way, who have to deal with the unintended consequences of all that reckless heroing.

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A month ago

7 Times Tekken Weirdo Heihachi Was Just the Weirdest

7 Times Tekken Weirdo Heihachi Was Just the Weirdest

Tekken 7 hits arcades in Japan this week, so publisher Namco Bandai has released the game's opening cinematic, which shows series regulars Heihachi and Kazuya beating each other senseless inside an active volcano. It's a family tradition?

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A month ago

Just Cause 3: 5 Things We Don't Want

Just Cause 3: 5 Things We Don't Want

Just Cause 3 is a game that exists, or will do soon, and that's point number one on our Just Cause 3 wishlist checked off. Beyond actually existing, though, here's a bunch of other stuff we need from you, sequel to Just Cause 2.

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A month ago

#IDARB Is Free and Bonkers, Let's Play It

#IDARB Is Free and Bonkers, Let's Play It

#IDARB is this month's free Game with Gold for Xbox One owners. Don't know it? Imagine an 8-bit platformer/future arena ball game/beat 'em up and you're nearly there. The best way to understand it is to see it in action, so hit the jump to watch us get our heads around this chaotic and hilarious multiplayer game.

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A month ago

Show of the Week: Evolve and 5 Games That Don't Know What Evolution Means

Show of the Week: Evolve and 5 Games That Don't Know What Evolution Means

From the creators of Left 4 Dead comes Evolve: a monster-hunting multiplayer shooter that matches a team of four against a fifth player, who controls one of a selection of giant alien beasts. Show of the Week inspects the latest on Evolve, plus some other games that haven't got their head around the concept of evolution.

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A month ago

8 Tightwad Achievements You Worked Too Hard For

8 Tightwad Achievements You Worked Too Hard For

Plenty of achievements are hard work, that's the point. Some games take it too far, though, with gamerscore rewards that definitely aren't worth the enormous effort you have to put in to earn them. Hit the jump for the most egregious examples of games having absolutely zero respect for your time.

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A month ago

Resident Evil Revelations 2's Raid Mode Has Split-Screen Co-op, Dancing

Resident Evil Revelations 2's Raid Mode Has Split-Screen Co-op, Dancing

Resident Evil Revelations 2 isn't just baffling swearing and overzealous pointing, you know. There's also Raid Mode, a wave-based challenge mode in which you and a friend dispatch hordes of shuffling undead with unlockable weapons, synchronised melee attacks and dance emotes. See us playing it in local split-screen co-op after the jump.

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A month ago

Show of the Week: Life is Strange and 5 Secret Hipsters Cooler Than We'll Ever Be

Show of the Week: Life is Strange and 5 Secret Hipsters Cooler Than We'll Ever Be

Life is Strange is a stylish, talky episodic adventure in the Telltale mould. Show of the Week inspects the first episode and profiles indie protagonist Max Caulfield, whose taste for vintage camera gear makes her one of the five secret hipster game protagonists cooler than we will ever be.

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2 months ago

Resident Evil Revelations 2 Gameplay Has Barry Burton, Pointing

Resident Evil Revelations 2 Gameplay Has Barry Burton, Pointing

In the episodic Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Barry Burton searches for his daughter Moira with the help of a psychic little girl called Natalia, who does a lot of pointing and being creepy. Meet them both in this new Xbox One gameplay.

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2 months ago

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