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 anyone who is still buzzing off a recent viewing of Fury Road can tell you, a Mad Max game needs to be all about large vehicles smashing each other up. So how do you go about doing that in the Mad Max game coming our way this September?
Deus Ex Human: Revolution had four possible endings, so which of these does Deus Ex: Mankind Divided use as its starting point? None of them, it turns out.
The Long Dark is a hardcore survival game that strands you in the Canadian wilderness and asks you to survive for as long as possible. It's also not out yet, so how have we been playing it on Xbox One?
Trackmania Turbo marks the first time the Trackmania series has come to Xbox, giving Xbox One owners a chance to experience its signature racing and puzzle combination for themselves. Mike is good at racing and Jane is good at puzzles so those two should have this down.
When we recently played a chunk of Just Cause 3's open-world chaos, five gameplay novelties in particular caught our attention. Discover these five new gameplay treats in this shot of new Just Cause 3 gameplay.
While the first trailer for Fallout 4 was certainly eye-catching, it was somewhat lacking in juicy gameplay details. Thankfully, Bethesda's E3 conference provided nothing but juicy gameplay details. We were there, so let us take you through seven of the most important new things you'll be able to do in Fallout 4.
Bethesda's E3 conference has given us our first look at Dishonored 2, a sequel to the superlative 2012 assassin-em-up from Arkane Studios. So how is it looking? Here are eight things you need to know.
The Vaults in the Fallout series have a sinister secondary purpose: they're social experiments to see how people react to different situations in a controlled environment. If they were meant to prove that doing crazy experiments on people makes them crazy, then congratulations all round. Especially in the case of these six twisted Vaults.
In the days before you had Metacritic and YouTube on your phone, you had to judge games by their covers when you were out to buy a new one. Most of the time the box art gave you a decent idea what to expect, but consider these videogames whose epic box arts wrote cheques their actual gameplay couldn't cash.
The next stage of this GTA Online heist demands we dress up as binmen, steal a Trashmaster garbage truck, and pick up rubbish bags full of presumably stinky MDMA. This heisting lark seemed a lot more glamorous in Ocean's 11, to be honest.
You begin Dying Light DLC The Bozak Horde waking up all groggy in Harran's sports stadium with a bomb strapped to your leg. To survive you have to complete challenges set by the sadistic and mysterious Bozak - these involve defusing bombs, killing virals and first-person platforming. How will Mike and I fare in this Running Man-esque death game? Find out in this co-op Xbox One gameplay.
Batman: Arkham Knight is nearly upon us, giving the Dark Knight the freedom of the city of Gotham and a giant militarised supercar to get around in. It also adds Bats' various sidekicks such as Dick Grayson's Nightwing into the mix. Find out how they'll be joining in in Show of the Week.
Kickstarter has been a revolution for game developers, letting them go straight to the fans for funding rather than having to deal with publishers. It's particularly good for remakes of classics and 'spiritual sequels', where the original developers of a classic game team up to make a new one funded by their most die-hard fans. There are lots of successfully Kickstarted games on the way set to revive old classic games and genres on Xbox One; here are the five for which we're most excited.
Farming Simulator 15 is a serious farming simulator for serious farming fans, but just because this is a strategic sim of the modern agricultural business doesn't mean it isn't exciting. Discover how in this week's challenge: a thrilling tractor race TO THE DEATH. Or to a payphone on the other side of a field, if death fails to occur.
The Consequence is the second The Evil Within DLC to star enigmatic detective Juli Kidman. Expect terrifying monsters, tricksy savecats and infinity glowsticks in this Xbox One gameplay.
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition hits shop shelves next month, bringing Overkill's team-based first-person heisting game to Xbox One, along with an entire year's worth of post-release content. Watch as Mike and I, objectively history's greatest heisters, tackle two missions in this next gen console gameplay.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt comes to Xbox One next week to continue the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, who spends his days tracking monsters, hacking them into tiny pieces, then having sex on a unicorn, if the trailer is to be believed. Even so, that's still not the most irresponsible use of magic we've ever seen in a videogame.
We'll be getting a new Tony Hawk game this year, called Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, which is a proper name for a Tony Hawk game and implies Activision wants to return to the glory days of the franchise (which ended 13 years ago with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4). It's an admirable goal, but are they likely to achieve it? Though we've got our fingers crossed, we're still worried for the following reasons.
Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X this week as a new DLC character. Witness the hockey mask enthusiast and Friday the Thirteenth star in action in this Xbox One gameplay, with footage from all three of his grisly variations.
After the weeks and weeks of setup, we are ready to go and heist the hell out of Humane Labs. The plan is to steal their important secret files and not get distracted by petting all the animals along the way. Join us for the finale in this Xbox One gameplay.
In the 1990s, Mortal Kombat became a global phenomenon, spawning movies, albums of confrontational techno and even a live action tour. As with anything successful, lots of games wanted to hop on the bandwagon and grab some of that blood-soaked cash for themselves. But most of them soon realised you can't just dress your mate in a karate gi, film him doing some kicks in front of a greenscreen and have a smash hit videogame on your hands. Here are the five most egregious Mortal Kombat klones. Sorry, clones.
When developers were first given CD-ROMs to play with back in the 90s, they decided to fill the increased capacity with hours of full motion video. Every so often an unwitting Hollywood star would agree to appear in one of these FMV games and for each of these occasions there was presumably a disgraced talent agent on the job market the following Monday. Behold these six Hollywood stars who thought live-action games were a good idea.
The final setup mission of our heist on Humane Labs involves us driving to Humane Labs to park the EMP device we stole from the navy in a garage. We then have to leave and come back for the actual heist later, because reasons, I don't know. So, who's up for a long drive into the countryside with an unshielded EMP bomb in the back of the van? Anyone?
Those keeping up with our adventures in GTA Online may remember we are embroiled in the setup for a thrilling heist on Humane Labs, an animal testing facility. According to our heist coordinator, this is going to require the use of an attack helicopter, so it's off to the Los Santos naval port to nick one from our old pals Merryweather.
Star Wars Battlefront made a splash on Friday with its new trailer, in which speeder bikes race through the forests of Endor, Boba Fett flies around on a jet pack, and Darth Vader menaces dudes with his lightsaber. The hype train is well and truly rolling out of the station, but the combination of DICE and Star Wars means it might well be justified this time. We're optimistic, as long as they avoid seven specific things.
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