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.
Our John Marston tries to do good at every opportunity because a key part of redemption is changing your ways. But Red Dead Redemption doesn't make it easy, when our attempted good deeds go awry in a this week's stranger missions.
Horror sequel The Evil Within 2 is out today, and sees series protagonist Sebastian Castellanos thrust back into the STEM brain matrix, which is now under the control of a twisted photographer by the name of Stefano Valentini. Typical videogame artist - they're always up to something weird, as we find later in the show.
Some videogames offer non-lethal alternative methods to take out your foes. Just don't look too closely at these supposedly murder-free options, because it soon becomes apparent a lot are at least as deadly as the lethal method you've been trying to avoid. Here are the times we took the non-lethal option with probably fatal consequences.
Our quest to achieve 100 percent completion in Red Dead Redemption rolls on this week with two stranger missions. In these we mule drugs for a weird racist, and gather flowers for a man's unseen but definitely still alive wife of 50 years. What could go wrong?
The recent Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer introduced Arthur Morgan, the somewhat sinister presumable protagonist of the Red Dead Redemption prequel who menaces people for money. If Dutch's gang is exclusively populated with jerks such as Arthur though, at least they have options for recruiting new blood; there are several games with excellent gunslinger characters they could bring on board, as we find in Show of the Week.
Videogames are supposed to challenge and amuse you, not get their kicks from screwing you over. In a recent video we recalled the times we could swear a game sneakily stacked the odds against us so it could see us fail, and in the comments of that video many of you submitted your own similarly suspect scenarios. Here they are for your viewing pleasure.
One of WWE 2K 18's pre-order bonus is legitimate Olympic gold medallist and 2017 hall of fame inductee Kurt Angle. In this WWE 2K18 gameplay, Mike and I pit two eras of Kurt Angle, his 2001 American Hero persona and his 2006 Wrestling Machine gimmick, against each other. Which Angle will come out on top? Watch and find out!
It's almost time for The Evil Within 2, the survival horror sequel set to put the 'scared' into 'I am scared of the Evil Within 2'. In this Evil Within 2 gameplay from the game's fifth chapter, Luke and I set out to explore a town hall that is less full of city administrators and more full of terrifying camera monsters and challenging photography.
Death of the Outsider is a standalone Dishonored 2 DLC in which Dishonored 2's Billie Lurk and Knife of Dunwall's Daud team up to kill the mysterious, godlike Outsider. In this early mission, we're after a twin bladed knife to stab him with, but first, we need to stop by a tattoo parlour and get some ink.
Now we have our family back in Red Dead Redemption, I suppose we should spend some time with it, and not just because we're already halfway through a Jack mission and the game won't let us carry on until that's completed. So join us as we ride out with Jack to procure some new cattle for the Marston ranch, then afterwards ride off to Mexico to do weird stranger missions as soon as the game will let us.
Destiny 2 is out now, and fans have had more than enough time to hit the level cap and start on their endgame journey. Not us though, we're too busy playing football on the farm, as you'll discover in this week's Show.
NBA 2K18 is out very soon, bringing fans the most up-to-date, realistic depiction of the sport known around the world as 'basket-ball'. But though the basketball is a given in a basketball game, this year's game has expanded the amount of stuff you can do off the court in its new Neighborhood mode, which is like Playstation Home but if everyone was super into basketball. With that in mind, here are seven things things you can do in NBA 2K18 that aren't play basketball.
This week in Red Dead Redemption we head to Cochinay to finally take out Dutch so we can get our family back. We've just remembered that family also includes old-timey prospector character Uncle but it's too late to back out now, the mission's already started.
Videogames are great, but did you know about this whole genre of games that don't require any electronics, instead determining outcomes with dice rolls? Us neither. So, with the help of Eurogamer's resident tabletop games expert Johnny Chiodini, we learned more about the rich, imagination-powered world of Dungeons and Dragons. Behold as we set out on an adventure that involves a clumsy pirate, a talking chicken and, somehow, The Vengabus. Please enjoy.
Back in 2014, The Evil Within did a good job of fuelling our nightmares for the next three years, but just recently we've been having some pretty restful dreams in which nothing chased us down a corridor with industrial implements. Luckily, The Evil Within 2 is on the way and, judging from what we've seen, it's going to sort that right out. We've played it, and here are the five scariest things we've seen so far.
Back in Red Dead Redemption's Blackwater, the net is closing on Dutch Van Der Linde, mostly thanks to his habit of standing in the middle of the street late at night shouting at people's windows. Before we take down Dutch, though, there's the little matter of our uncompleted drunksmanship challenge.
A good sidequest gives you a break from the main game, doing something fun or interesting. Other sidequests, however, decided what players really wanted was optional activities so tedious or time-consuming that we took the optional part seriously and opted to never finish them. Here are eight of our least favourite.
Rare's open world pirate adventure Sea of Thieves is best played with a full crew of friends, so that's why I recruited helmsman Westaway and bosun Ellen from Outside Xtra to help with this Sea of Thieves gameplay fresh from the show floor at Gamescom 2017. Join us for treasure, bad skeletons and us almost sinking when we crash the boat into the island we're aiming for. Yo ho!
History experts agree there was less cool stuff to do in the past on account of how skateboards hadn't been invented, and yet even though Assassin's Creed Origins is set farther into the past than any Assassin's Creed game so far, there's as much cool stuff to do as there is sand in everyone's shoes. We've been playing in a sizeable chunk of the game's open world and are here to report back on the six coolest things we've done so far.
After a hearty meal of glazed meats, Luke and I venture out to hunt monsters in Monster Hunter World, the first game in the popular series to arrive on Xbox. Stick around as we track and fight the iguana-like Great Jagras and formidable brute wyvern the Anjanath in this Monster Hunter World gameplay.
Hope County, Montana is the setting for Far Cry 5, and seems like a lovely place. There's beautiful scenery, plentiful fishing, and wide open skies, perfect for flying planes around in. The main drawback is the violent doomsday cult members who keep trying to kill you, as you shall see in this Far Cry 5 gameplay.
This week in our ongoing Red Dead Redemption replay, we take a break from the main storyline to do some "Stranger" side missions. If anyone asks, that's how we ended up blackmailing a politician with sexy photos, kicking an old guy off his land, and chatting to a possible ghost bride about her definitely still alive husband.
Far Cry 5 is back on the discussion table this week, as we talk about the elements it has taken from previous Far Cry games, such as outposts, vehicles and a charismatic villain. It also continues the series' focus on animal companions with Boomer, a trusty hound who is the latest in a long line of videogame Good Dogs, as we discover later in the Show.
Some games take the whole 'overcoming adversity' thing and crank it so hard the dial falls off, creating brutally difficult game modes that only the seriously skilful or wilfully masochistic would want to take on. Here are eight of the hardest modes that we will never, ever attempt, let alone finish.
In the age before day one DLC, season passes and microtransactions, things weren't always better. There are lots of other little ways in which games of yore were The Worst. Consider these seven of our least favourite of those still-not-forgiven game grievances in the following video.