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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In this latest episode of Red Dead Redemption gameplay, we help out snake oil salesman Nigel West Dickens by taking part in Fast and Furious-style illegal underground horse races, before obtaining a gatling gun with the help of Nigel's friend Irish. Even Mike isn't complaining when it turns out we need to transport the gun by means of what is in effect a cowboy rollercoaster. Hands in the air, everybody!
Cities Skylines, the city sim that's not Sim City, has finally arrived on Xbox One, and we are raring to explore strange new roads, to seek out new nightlife and new specialisations, and to boldly create light residential zones where no mayor has created light residential zones before. But we're not going in totally blind - we've learned a lot about how not to build a city from videogames, as Mike learns later in the show.
Hitman's Contracts mode is a list of player-generated targets where you can take on challenges set by other players. In this particular contract, our challenge is to kill a guy complaining about a broken shower in the basement of Thailand's Himmapan Hotel, in a fall. Hit the jump to see how we got on.
Jane and I venture back to the space station Talos 1 for more Prey gameplay. This time, we're in the Psychotronics lab, a place so full of shapeshifting mimics that the lab staff have to put post-it notes on everything with 'not a mimic' written on them. But what if a mimic turned into a post-it note, lab assistants? What then?
Hitman's newest elusive target is Kieran Hudson, a paparazzo with a price on his head after he ruined the career of a sitcom star with his scurrilous rumours. So, we're back in Paris to collect, with a nice, discreet chandelier accident that will kill no more than two additional people. Three, tops.
In this latest episode of us replaying Red Dead Redemption, we help out snake oil salesman Nigel West Dickens, much to Mike's total lack of delight. West Dickens wants us to help him sell snake oil by drinking some, and then performing amazing feats of cowboymanship to impress a crowd of potential customers. Luckily for him, amazing cowboying is our stock in trade.
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition brings the acclaimed 2011 shooter to Xbox One with prettier graphics, all its previous DLC, and a new game mode called Overkill. It's a great chance to get reacquainted with Bulletstorm hero Grayson Hunt, although, considering what a total jerk he is, you might be reconsidering spending any more time with him. At least he's in good company, as we find out later in the Show.
The Town of Light is a first person psychological adventure game set in an asylum in Italy in the first part of the Twentieth Century. Playing as Renee, a former patient, Mike, along with Luke and Ellen from Outside Xtra, head back to the asylum to solve the mysteries of her past. Or, they will, as soon as they stop playing on the equipment in the nearby playground.
In this latest episode of us replaying Red Dead Redemption, we return to the task of becoming a Legend of the Old West, a feat that can only be achieved by knife fighting a bunch of wolves, collecting red sage, and shooting a bunch of birds from a moving train. Try explaining that one to the conductor.
People who make games usually want as many people as possible to play them, but that only applies to people who are supposed to be playing their games. For those other people, developers occasionally come up with some sneaky, weird and hilarious ways to keep them out. Witness the times games have tried to stop people from playing them with unconventional means.
Thimbleweed Park is a point and click adventure from the creators of Maniac Mansion, and it feels like a lost gaming relic from the year 1987. Expect weird puzzles, wacky characters and references galore as Jane and I get to grips with the game's demo in this Thimbleweed Park Xbox One gameplay.
In this latest episode of us replaying Red Dead Redemption, we return to the main story missions to do some cowboying over at the MacFarlane ranch, much to Mike's dismay. He can't see why herding a load of cows helps us bring in Bill Williamson, but it's not for us or John Marston to question the mysterious path to Redemption in the Old West.
Hitman Elusive Target 22 takes us back to the militia compound in Colorado, there to assassinate a bookkeeper who is conducting an audit, because militias can be woefully inefficient, I guess. Anyway, if there's one thing The ICA hates, it's bookkeepers, so we're off to do some murdering.
We recently recalled the achievements that took more planning than a piss-up in prohibition-era Pittsburgh, and asked if you had any of your own tales of cheevos that put you through organisational nightmares. The answer was yes, you definitely did have those. For which, see these achievements submitted for your consideration in the comments of that earlier video.
Get Even is difficult to describe. You play as a gruff Sean Bean soundalike who wakes up in an abandoned asylum, with mysterious texts telling him to save a girl. What follows is a mind-melting combo of detective work, time travel and mysterious VR headsets. Watch Luke from Outside Xtra and I try to fathom just what on earth is going on in this Get Even gameplay.
In this latest episode of us replaying Red Dead Redemption, we abandon the main story for a while to pursue John Marston's self-imposed hunting, sharpshooting and survivalist challenges. Ever see a man deadeye a fleeing buck, or knife fight a pack of wolves? You will if you watch this video.
Mass Effect Andromeda steps away from the original trilogy to tell a new story with a new cast of characters, and, more importantly, a new planetary rover in which to tootle around: the Nomad. That's important because, unlike the M35 Mako vehicle of Mass Effect 1, the Nomad is a boss. Watch on for five reasons why.
Mass Effect has always been about exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilizations, and then shooting them with exciting sci fi guns and blue sci fi magic. But Mass Effect Andromeda is a new game, with a new hero, set in a whole new galaxy with a whole new combat system. Take a look at the biggest changes to combat in this new Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is the sequel to Tolkien-based hit Shadow of Mordor and whisks us back to the world of epic fantasy battles, bitter personal vendettas and unpronounceable names. The only downside is that anything Lord of the Rings-related instantly reminds us of Boromir actor Sean Bean and the many, many times he's died in various works of fiction. Keep watching for Mr Bean's dyingest videogame moments in this week's Show.
Resident Evil 7's Daughters DLC gives us a glimpse into the Baker family's life before they turned into immortal, centipede-vomiting monsters. Sadly, it's not long before Evie shows up at the house and things go from zero to monstery super fast. Join us on this magical journey in this Resident Evil 7 DLC gameplay.
Due to a hard drive failure, my Red Dead Redemption save is gone forever. No, do not cry for me, even though it was a 100 percent complete save with the Bureau Uniform unlocked and everything, because it means I get to play it all again in anticipation of Red Dead Redemption 2. This time I've got Jane and Mike to keep me company through my adventures in New Austin.
A good fan theory about your favourite game is like bacon bits in your milkshake. You're not sure if it's right, or what the inventor of the milkshake intended, but it still blows your mind. The best theories offer intriguing new possibilities and let us see the games we love in a twisted new light. Just have a think about these, the fan theories so mind-blowing we hope they're true.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will have a "new online multiplayer experience", says Rockstar. But what can we expect from Red Dead Redemption 2's multiplayer, beyond the heavy influence of GTA Online? Here are the seven items it ought to have, say we.
Halo Wars 2 is a Halo game in which instead of controlling one big space soldier, you control lots of little space soldiers from high above the battlefield. It's a real-time strategy game, yes. But aren't strategy games on consoles always terrible? Not always, as we discover in Show of the Week.
Resident Evil 7's first two batches of Banned Footage DLC have dropped on Xbox One, and we attempt the restful-sounding Bedroom VHS tape in this video. Sadly, said bedroom is in the Baker house, and therefore full of horrible people vomiting centipedes onto your face. See for yourself how Mike and I handled the horror in this Resident Evil 7 DLC gameplay.
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