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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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.
Dishonored 2 lets you play as either deposed Empress of the Isles Emily Kaldwin, or as her father and royal protector Corvo Attano. In this Dishonored 2 gameplay Mike and I each bring our unique approach to the game's Clockwork Mansion level. This is a fiendish maze of shifting walls and moving floors home to one Kirin Jindosh, mad scientist and captor of Anton Sokolov, our ally from the first game. Who will fare better, Mike, playing as Corvo, or myself, playing as Emily?
Hitman's 10th elusive target, currently skulking around the Palais de Walewska in Paris, is Nila Torvik, a pharmaceuticals scientist who Diana informs us has been conducting shady large-scale human tests in the third world. Well, the unverified claims of our unseen, mysterious handler are good enough for us. Let's go kill that pharmacist!
Mafia 3 ditches the Empire Bay setting of Mafia 2 and moves the action to New Bordeaux, a fictionalised version of New Orleans. But it's not the only time videogames have taken us to the Big Easy, as Show of the Week discovers.
Don't you just hate it when there's someone you like, and you're going to make a move, but then they get human sacrificed, or executed by firing squad, or turned into a fancy ghost, before you get the chance to properly smooch them. Consider these poignant pairings even less requited than Dom and Marcus.
Join Mike and I for some one on one For Honor gameplay from the game's Duel mode which pits two fighters against each other in the ultimate test of swordfighting skill. And taunting ability. You'll need that as well.
These days we look forward to upcoming Forza Horizon games like we do an upcoming vacation. They're always slick and filled with spectacular moments, but that doesn't mean that there aren't changes and novelties each time as well. Discover seven new little details that we love in this new Forza Horizon 3 gameplay.
If you're wondering what remastered Modern Warfare multiplayer looks like, then look no further, as we've got some brand new gameplay from three of the game's updated versions of classic maps. If you're wondering what good modern warfare multiplayer looks like then, yeah, maybe look further, this is me playing.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has shown off its multiplayer for the first time, revealing combat rigs, weapon crafting and new modes, among other things. We've played it and are here to tell you the eight most important things to know about Infinite Warfare's multiplayer. Nine, if you count the fact that matches DO end and aren't actually infinite. That's just the name of the game, apparently.
Back in the day, the hardest decision you had to make in a game was whether to kill hell demons using a chainsaw or something less awesome. And yet, in today's sophisticated, choice-offering games, some meaningful-looking decisions turn out to be no more consequential than Commander Shepard's haircut. Just recall these tough videogame decisions that in the end made no actual difference.
Hitman's newest level is set in Bangkok, Thailand, in and around the luxurious Himmapan Hotel. Our targets are Jordan Cross, heir to a media empire and lead singer of the band The Class, and his lawyer Ken Morgan, who helped him escape a murder charge. See each of us help Cross join Club 27 in this Hitman gameplay.
Dishonored 2, the sequel to Bethesda's supernatural assassin smash from 2012 got a new showing at Gamescom 2016, which demonstrated some of the cool new things you'll see in the game. These include mechanised soldiers, the witches coven, Emily's new powers and the fascinating Clockwork Mansion. Mike and I chat out what we saw for your viewing pleasure and edification.
Prey, the upcoming first person shooter from Arkane Studios and Bethesda is set on an abandoned space station called Talos 1 that has been overrun by scuttling monsters, and features unusual powers that can be chained together to make sure that hero Morgan Yu doesn't end up as dinner for those same scuttling monsters. Those are just a few of the ways in which Prey feels like a mix of Dead Space and Dishonored.
After playing some of the campaign mode of Ubisoft's Deadliest Warrior-style fantasy battle game For Honor at E3, we were keen to try the game's multiplayer. If you're similarly intrigued, join Mike and I as we talk through a match of the game's 4 v 4 Dominion mode.
This first episode of Telltale's new Batman series starts as it means to go on, by emphasising your role as Batman's billionaire alter ego Bruce Wayne. When you're playing as Bruce you have to pick your way through typically nuanced Telltale conversations - or, if you are us, you choose the option that makes Bruce Wayne the biggest jerk. Show of the Week investigates just how far Telltale is willing to let us go.
We recently realised that sometimes, the bad guy has a good point. Judging by the YouTube comments we're not the only ones who recognise villains can do all the wrong things for some of the right reasons. It turns out you folks have plenty of candidates for the list of not-quite-so-bad guys; watch on to see who Outside Xbox viewers think may have had a good point after all.
Overcooked is a new co-operative cooking party game in which you cook food and serve it to guests in a variety of bizarre kitchens that include a frozen river with moving ice floes and a pair of trucks that move together and apart as they race down a mercifully straight highway. They still produce more appetising food than most of the stuff I've tried to cook in games, as we discover later in the show.
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