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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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided made a splash with its recent first trailer, which revealled the turbulent setting for this Deus Ex: Human Revolution sequel, as well as cyborg protagonist Adam Jensen's cool new augmentations, such as a wrist-mounted knife launcher and nicer beard. In Show of the Week we stop rewatching the trailer for long enough to extract some clues to the game's story.
We at Outside Xbox concern ourselves mostly with games you play on your Xbox, but we'll make a special exception for Star Wars Battle Pod, an arcade-only Star Wars game that lets you relive setpieces from the movies in a pod with a domed screen that completely fills your peripheral vision. Watch us tackle the Death Star, the battle of Hoth and a speeder bike chase through the forests of Endor in this video.
We all have a close-talking cousin or nebulously racist uncle to cope with, but it's not just people who have embarrassing relations. Videogames have to deal with them too. Consider these videogame spin-offs so embarrassing that their original games won't return their calls or speak to them at parties.
We all know how saving works in videogames. You bring up a menu, press save, and then next time you get flattened by a dragon you don't have to start the whole game over from scratch. Our favourite save points, though, are the ones based on familiar, everyday things. It's enough to make you wish they worked in real life. Spoiler alert: they don't.
In the indie games department, Xbox One has had a lot of catching up to do. Its indie games program ID@Xbox seems to be moving the needle though, with a diverse bunch of cool-looking indies making their way to the Xbox One soon. Here are seven to surprise you this year.
At this time of year, our thoughts turn to Easter eggs. Not the chocolate treats left behind by a mysterious egg-laying rabbit, but the equally delicious secret messages or items game designers hide in their games to amuse their fans. Some of these Easter eggs, it turns out, are very, very childish. Obviously we'd never laugh at anything as silly as the following seven.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles isn't just one Assassin's Creed game but three downloadable episodes telling the tales of three new playable Assassins, translating the series' trademark traversal, stealth and combat into a 2D world. Well, two and a half D, to be exact. See for yourself in this Xbox One gameplay from the first episode, China.
LA Cops is the Beastie Boys music video for Sabotage, if it were an isometric twin stick shooter. Catch the buddy cop shooter in action on Xbox One as we wreck up drug mansions, arrest perps and get stuck on doors, all in the pursuit of justice.
Show of the Week salutes that most fun and potentially friendship-destroying mode: splitscreen multiplayer. Join us as we play couch co-op gems on Xbox One, as well as Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, which lets you hunt vaults with up to three friends on the same TV.
If you're in good health, your chances of suddenly dropping dead are low. If you are a videogame character, you can further increase your odds of living a long, fulfilling life by always going on about your loving family back home or big plans for the future, or by being better qualified for action heroism than the protagonist. Take these guys, for instance. I'm sure none of them are going to die immediately in tragic, plot-advancing twists of fate.
Now our heist crew has secured the SUVs, we need to borrow an EMP bomb from the navy. The catch is that the EMP resides in the nose cone of a Hydra VTOL jet parked on a heavily fortified offshore aircraft carrier. At what point does it just become easier to give up high-concept crime and get a real job?
As we prepare for our daring raid on Humane Labs (in which we will steal every cute animal that's not nailed down), we must appropriate a couple of heavy duty Insurgent SUVs from notoriously crazy PMC Merryweather. I'm sure they'll be fine with it, they probably like having their stuff stolen.
The police of Battlefield Hardline are unorthodox in their methods (hello, laser trip mines) but the other videogame cops are hardly going to notice on account of being generally corrupt, insane, or just completely inept. Show of the Week evaluates the least effective cops in games, a ragtag collection of officers who would struggle to solve their way out of a paper bag, then gets to grips with Battlefield's new police-'em-up.
The 90s were a golden age of snap bracelets, Magic Eye and Saved by the Bell. Not to be a grouchy millennial but literally everything was better, brighter and cheaper back then - except for baffling adventure game puzzles. In the 1990s, videogames didn't know any better, with their puzzles made of nonsense logic and inventory garbage. Do you remember these six?
As anyone who has watched any of our previous GTA Online adventures can tell you, team Outside Xbox is a well-oiled crime machine operating at peak efficiency at all times. GTA Online's new heists require meticulous planning, teamwork and execution. Should be fine, right?
Ori and the Blind Forest, out this week on Xbox One, is a puzzle platformer in which you play Ori, a forest spirit who ventures through dense and dangerous woods, unlocking new abilities as he goes, Metroidvania-style. Get the lowdown on that, plus what some of the XBLA greats of the past are up to now in Show of the Week.
Mortal Kombat X will be the goriest Mortal Kombat yet, if the painstakingly anatomical gameplay footage is anything to go by. Presumably it will also be the last ever Mortal Kombat, after all the designers get imprisoned for the good of public safety. So let's recall Mortal Kombat's most bizarre and still unexplained finishers before they're seized as evidence, shall we?
Final Fantasy 15 gets a demo this week, although it's only yours with a copy of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. Still, the demo itself clocks in at three hours plus and gives a lot of insight into how the full game will play. Discover Final Fantasy 15's intriguing new battle system in this Xbox One gameplay from the demo.
Show of the Week welcomes Screamride to Xbox One with a salute to the five most dangerous theme park rides in videogames. It's hard to believe anyone takes their kids to an amusement park when they can expect carousels of horse corpses, rollercoasters packed with zombies and ferris wheels full of fighty drunks.
Shadow of Mordor DLC The Bright Lord lets you play as Celebrimbor, the ring-making elf ghost sidekick from the main game, thousands of years before the events of Shadow of Mordor. So what did Celebrimbor get up to back then? Mostly branding Uruk warchiefs, rubbish attempts at stealth and getting his head cut off, if our let's play is anything to go by.
It's hard work designing fighting game characters. You have to decide on their fighting style and ridiculous haircut, for starters, and then how little clothing you can get away with putting on them. It's much easier to model your character on a real-life celebrity - such as with Fei Long, Forest and Marshal Law and Liu Kang, all of whom were based on martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Ponder these seven fighters who look mighty familiar.
Pneuma: Breath of Life is a first-person puzzle game in which you are the self-obsessed Pneuma, who journeys through a world full of with puzzles solved by looking at switches in the shape of giant eyes and moonwalking. It's made with Unreal Engine 4, and looks mighty pretty. Watch us get to grips with it in this Xbox One gameplay.
Zombie Army Trilogy contains no less than three campaigns, but it also has a horde mode that pits you against a relentless and never-ending tide of Nazi undead. How will Mike and I cope with wave after wave of walkers, heavy gunners and levitating zombie snipers? Find out in this Xbox One gameplay.
Videogame protagonists are big-picture people. They focus on the stuff like saving the galaxy, daring heists, or bringing criminals to justice. But spare a thought for the ordinary, everyday people your protagonists encounter along the way, who have to deal with the unintended consequences of all that reckless heroing.
Tekken 7 hits arcades in Japan this week, so publisher Namco Bandai has released the game's opening cinematic, which shows series regulars Heihachi and Kazuya beating each other senseless inside an active volcano. It's a family tradition?
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