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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Swery65's bonkers detective game D4 can be played either with a traditional controller or with Kinect. Pick the Kinect control system and you are subjected to a succession of full-body QTEs in which you swing your arms around, jump, swipe and flail wildly at the screen. My latest challenge? Get 100 percent in one of these motion-controlled QTEs. Wish me luck.
It's day five of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge and this time I am tasked with building a recognisable Christmas tree in Minecraft in under three minutes. Recognisable may be a stretch.
After an apparently genuine and undoctored strong start from Mike yesterday, a new challenger steps up to the Oxbox Xmas Challenge plate: me, Andy. The challenge in question? Land a plane on the roof of the Maze Bank Tower in Grand Theft Auto Online. Place your bets now.
I collect Xbox achievements mostly for the quantifable bragging rights of gamerscore and the irrefutable proof that yes, I did waste many hours of the only life I will ever have collecting feathers for Ezio's mum. Sometimes, though, developers go the extra mile and devise achievments with such excellent names or premises that they must be attained purely, as they say, "for the lulz".
Batman has a strict moral code that forbids him to kill criminals. After all, if Batman were to kill people, he'd be no better than those he's bringing to justice. The latest Arkham Knight gameplay trailer, however, reminds us the way Batman applies his moral code is getting more relaxed all the time. Here are five times we are convinced Batman murdered someone.
Show of the week takes a trip to Far Cry 4's Kyrat: a beautiful, mountainous country ruled by a brutal dictator with a nice line in natty suits. Join us as we examine this latest in Ubisoft's exotic shooter series and assess whether it has the five essential elements required by every Far Cry game.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is out now on Xbox One, so Mike, Jane and I headed into GTA Online to test the new 30 player servers, try out the first person viewpoint, and attempt to parachute onto the back of a flatbed truck from a dizzying height above Los Santos International Airport. First things first, right?
Most places of work have a few minor hazards that would be frowned on by some overzealous safety inspector, who would, I bet, even take issue with the annual Outside Xbox Bring Your Alligator to Work Day (thanks, nanny state). It's still safer here than these videogame workplaces, though. Get ready with the zero for the 'days since last accident' sign if you're unlucky enough to work in any of the following places.
Battlefield Hardline shifts the series away from a military setting, instead throwing you into the war on crime as Miami cop Nick Mendoza. Discover how much of a difference this makes to the Battlefield experience with some new gameplay footage from two single-player missions.
What is more fun than assassinating evil Templars? Assassinating evil Templars with your friends, is what. Assassin's Creed: Unity is the first Assassin's Creed to offer co-operative multiplayer, so Jane, Mike and I took to the Paris rooftops to bust Templar heads as brightly coloured team.
After the spiritless showing from Call of Duty: Ghosts last year, Advanced Warfare is a step in the right direction away from Call of Duty fatigue. In it, new blood Sledgehammer Games adds futuristic tech, Kevin Spacey and on-trend exo suits, with which we get to grips in Show of the Week.
If Dr Frankenstein were alive today and also not fictional, he wouldn't need to faff around building a creature out of dead bodies then trudge around the Arctic trying to kill it - not when these videogame character creators exist. Just look at the unnatural horrors he could have cooked up in WWE '12, Spore, Saints Row 4, Soul Calibur 5, NBA 2K15 and The Sims 4.
When the Gamecube remake of Resident Evil came out, it was the best looking game I'd ever seen. Now it's getting an HD remastered version for Xbox One. How does a 12-year-old horror game stack up against its current-gen peers? Very well, as you can see in this Xbox One gameplay.
War is expensive, but that's no problem for Atlas, the private military company in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Atlas has so much dollar it can afford to splash out on costly and unnecessarily complicated military tech such as variable grenades, magnetic gloves and fancy business cards. Be careful of some minor campaign spoilers within.
The next gen version of Grand Theft Auto 5 is nearly here, but I know what you're thinking: "I already own GTA 5. Everyone in the world already owns GTA 5. I think it's the law? Why would I buy it again." Good question! Here are five new things the makers of GTA 5 think will convince you to give them the other half of all the world's money.
How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition is the Xbox One version of the zombie survival game we excelled at in co-op last year. Will we be similarly excellent in the new version's challenge modes?
Sunset Overdrive is a punky platform-shooter for Xbox One that mixes Jet Set Radio-style traversal with ludicrous outfits, outlandish weapons and hordes of orange mutants. Show of the Week gets to grips with Insomniac Games' latest offering and tackles one early mission in which nerdy faction The Oxfords want you to rescue a robot dog from a dog park full of baddies.
Having completed The Evil Within, I ostensibly qualify as Outside Xbox's The Evil Within expert. But Jane quizzed me on the story of the game immediately after I finished it, and it turns out there are big gaps in my understanding of what went down in Krimson City. Here are the five biggest questions left unanswered at the end of The Evil Within (major spoilers ahead).
The original Shadow Warrior was a 1997 first-person shooter from 3D Realms that did for racism what Duke Nukem 3D did for sexism - that is, contained lots of it. This Shadow Warrior reboots that game, promising to bring it up to date while maintaining the feel of an old-school shooter. The main character is still called Lo Wang, but what are you going to do? You don't mess with a classic joke like that. Discover what has changed as we play Shadow Warrior on Xbox One.
Lords of the Fallen is a punishingly difficult RPG in which you fight rock-hard bosses in medieval dungeons. When you die, all the experience points you earned hang about the spot where you died in a big cloud. Yes, it sounds exactly like Dark Souls, but Lords of the Fallen's developers are aiming for a game with a feel that's all its own - and one that maybe doesn't hate you as much as From Software's bleak masterpiece.
It is a good time to be a horror game aficionado on Xbox, with Alien: Isolation, Slender: The Arrival and Outlast supplying excellent first-person scares, and with P.T. bringing additional chills for those players on PS4. If you have a taste for old-fashioned third-person survival horror in the mould of Resident Evil 4, though, The Evil Within might be right up your spooky street. Show of the Week examines this newest game from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, then offers up Mike and Jane to one of its most terrifying bosses.
Hey, people in videogames. I know you want to keep your doors locked to stop questing heroes from getting at your secret zombie labs and self-destruct buttons and stuff, but have you considered using a padlock? Install any of these security systems and we're going to be here all day.
The Evil Within is the new survival horror game from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. As a huge survival horror fan, I've had it at the top of my wishlist for a long time now, so does it now live up the expectations of an embattled genre aficionado? The short answer is yes, in many but not all ways. The long answer is here, in the five particular ways The Evil Within reminds me why I love survival horror - and a couple of ways it let me down.
Like Batman, Sherlock Holmes is called the world's greatest detective. In Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, though, he is less Batman than he is Judge Dredd, since Sherlock is the law. It's up to Sherlock to deduce who is guilty and also to decide how they should be punished. The twist is that it is possible to fluff your detective work and convict the wrong suspect without losing the game. Show of the Week puts Crimes and Punishments and Mike's deductive reasoning under the magnifying glass.
Silent Hills is the next game in the venerable Silent Hill survival horror series. It's being overseen by Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and famed horror director Guillermo Del Toro, and anything Kojima has a hand in incites more internet sleuthing and far-fetched theories than a historic moon landing. Hot off the internet, here are five of our favourite fan theories so creepy they might just be true. Watch out for spoilers for previous Silent Hill games and the Silent Hills "playable teaser" P.T.
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