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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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.
Steep is the new open-world extreme winter sports game in which you go skiing, snowboarding, wingsuiting, paragliding and tumbling helplessly down a mountain in a ball of flailing limbs and ragdoll physics. It brings to mind some of our other favourite ragdoll moments from other games, as we discover later in this week's show.
Dishonored 2's sixth mission takes us to the Dust District, part of Karnaca caught up in a conflict between thuggish gang The Howlers and religious order The Overseers. It's also periodically battered with dust storms, a byproduct of the local silver mines. Why would anyone want to visit this awful place? Because it also contains the combination to the Jindosh lock, which is keeping shut a door we need to get through for story reasons. Witness Mike as high-chaos Corvo, Jane as an adaptable Emily, and me as merciful ghost in the following gameplay.
Join us for Hitman roulette as we spin the wheel to generate a random Hitman challenge for one of us to undertake. In episode one, I am the unlucky assassin charged with completing the Paris mission with a punishing set of criteria that would give even the most seasoned ICA agent pause for thought. Will I succeed? There's only one way to find out!
Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection is a remastered bundle bringing to Xbox One and PS4 all the Assassin's Creed games starring Ezio Auditore da Firenze. We're on board because we love Ezio, almost as much as these other Ezio enthusiasts in Show of the Week.
Hitman's 14th elusive target is Gabriel Santos, an angry celebrity chef known for yelling at people and hitting them with meat tenderisers. This is apparently enough to have him killed by a shadowy contract killing agency, but who will do the best job of assassinating Santos? The answer might surprise you. It did us!
Open-world hacking adventure Watch Dogs 2 builds on the potential of the original game with verve and co-op, and teaches us yet more valuable lessons in the art of breaching secure computer systems. Join us as we get to grips with Watch Dogs 2 and ruminate on the things other videogames have taught us about hacking.
Every so often a game manages to predict future events with the sort of spooky, unnerving foresight that would have gotten you burned as a witch in the 16th century. Global politics, scientific breakthroughs, the results of major sporting events - discover seven times videogames predicted the future with spooky accuracy in the following video.
Entering a fighting tournament in a videogame is a big decision. Chances are the other fighters will be able to shoot fireballs out of their hands, shatter your bones like breadsticks, or be literally the devil, so you'd better make sure you're doing it for a good reason. Unlike the fighters in the following video.
Hitman's thirteenth elusive target is actually two people, ex-dictator Richard Ekwensi and his wife Inez Ekwensi. How will we cope with two separate elusive targets in Hitman's Thailand level's fancy Bangkok hotel? Watch and find out.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is set in the distant future, so it's full of futuristic technology - mostly high-concept military gadgets to save the soldier of tomorrow tons of time, hassle and manual throwing of non-robotic grenades.
The final episode of Hitman's excellent first season takes place in the hyper-exclusive GAMA private hospital in Hokkaido, Japan, where an ICA turncoat and his shady lawyer need sending to the morgue. Join us for this Hitman gameplay in which we take out Erich Soders and Yuki Yamazaki in our own unique ways.
Having finished Slender: The Arrival in yesterday's video, we unlocked a new bonus chapter called Genesis, in which we have to avoid Phil Collins in some woods while collecting sheet music for I Can't Dance. Not really, it's Slender Man and pages again. Still, it supplies some classic old-school scares, as we discover in this video.
Our annual Halloween Slendering continues in Slender: The Arrival on Xbox One, as we discover the game's final mysteries in a spooky journey through haunted mines and on-fire forests. Also Slender Man was there, as usual.
Red Dead Redemption 2 can show us all the stunning landscapes and wildlife it likes, we all know that this is a Rockstar game and as such, it will also be full of memorably kooky side quests. Red Dead Redemption 2 has its work cut out, however, if it's going to top the weirdest moments from the original Red Dead Redemption. Recall these eight missions that really put the wild in Wild West.
Battlefield 1 is out this week, and it takes the military shooter series to World War 1. This conflict was one of the most bloody and horrifying in modern history, but that doesn't preclude it from including an unexpectedly moving section where you play as a pigeon. It's not the first time a game has let us briefly, bizarrely be an animal, as Show of the Week discovers.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is officially a thing, at last, and it's officially called Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar has even treated us to a short trailer, though it's as light on detail as it is very, very pretty. Our hunger for Red Dead Redemption 2 facts won't be denied, however, so here's what we've deduced from the debut one-minute trailer.
Hitman's 11th elusive target is "The Fixer": an attache named Xander Haverfoek at the Swedish consulate in Marrakesh, who is helping previous target Claus Hugo Strandberg transport conflict diamonds. We can't be having that, obviously, so Mike and I head to Morocco to fix the Fixer for good.
FIFA 17's career mode is known as The Journey, and follows the career of Alex Hunter, a young man hoping to follow in his grandfather's footsteps to become a professional footballer. See what happens when we're given control of Alex's early career in this FIFA The Journey gameplay on Xbox One.
Picking up where we left off yesterday, part two of us playing Hitman's new Colorado mission sees us trying to assassinate Penelope Graves, a former Interpol agent-turned terrorist, and Ezra Berg, a retired Mossad interrogator who wears a creepy Michael Myers-style mask. He's not the only one who can do creepy dress-up, it turns out, when I find myself a sinister scarecrow disguise.
Hitman's fifth downloadable episode is Freedom Fighters, set in a militia camp on a remote farm in Colorado. This time we're tasked with assassinating four targets, each of whom holds an important position within the militia, and may be connected to the mysterious shadow client that we have been tracking throughout the series. Join us for part one of our Hitman Colorado playthrough as we take out Maya Parvati and Sean Rose in our own unique ways.
Manual Samuel puts you in control of Samuel, a rich guy who is hit by a truck and strikes a deal with death: if he can survive for 24 hours with manual control of all of his bodily functions, he can carry on living. What that means for you is a QWOP-style puzzle game in which you have to keep Sam's spine straight to keep him from flopping backwards, breathe to keep him from suffocating, and blink to keep the screen from whiting out entirely. Watch us struggle with Samuel in this Xbox One gameplay.
Set 25 years after the events of Gears of War 3, Gears of War 4 centres on Marcus Fenix's son JD, who faces a new threat to humanity known as The Swarm. His old man Marcus is still around, though, and doing pretty well for 61 years old. As we discover later in the show, he's not the only grumpy would-be retiree in videogames.
Sponsored Content: After the events of Dishonored, young Emily Kaldwin became empress of the Empire of the Isles. By the time Dishonored 2 takes place, though, now-protagonist Emily has been deposed by an otherworldly usurper. This is a shame, as Emily has a lot of qualities that make her pretty much the ideal Empress of the Isles. Discover five of them in the video below.
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