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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We're not averse to putting in loads of effort for a worthwhile result, but we are dead against working our socks off for an insultingly shabby reward - as in the case of these unlockable game characters who were so much more hassle than they were worth.
Rainbow Six Siege's new mode is Outbreak, a co-op event that is part of the Operation Chimera update. Witness Mike and his team of operators take on hordes of infected as they attempt to rescue a doctor who may hold a key to the cure. She had better hold it, to be honest, after all the trouble we go through to find her.
Despite us being sad about it on the internet, videogames continue to get cancelled after giving us a glimpse of what they might be like, and as we all know, the best games are the ones you never get to play. Here are seven games we'd love to play that are never going to see the light of day.
Side scrolling beat-'em-ups need to have loads of enemies in them, otherwise they would be 10 minutes long. But you can't just recolour everyone or make the player fight evil clones of themselves forever. That's how we ended up with bizarre boss designs that are surely the result of a late night, a looming deadline and way, way too many cups of coffee. Consider these, our eight favourites.
Fanservice is when a thing is designed above all else to please fans. In games it is often delivered in packages of downloadable content, so the fan-pleasing weirdness is kept at arm's length from the main game. Please enjoy these, our eight favourites.
With Black Panther destroying box office records worldwide, Show of the Week reminisces over Marvel videogames, to determine if they're all terrible or if there are hidden (Infinity) gems amongst all the dreck.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an ultra realistic historical RPG, sure, but that doesn't mean that every quest needs to be of earth-shattering importance. Sometimes you just need to go on a quest to pick up some things for a wedding. See how we get on as medieval wedding planners in this Xbox One X gameplay.
You don't get to be a boss in a fighting game by being nice to people. You get there by crushing everyone who dares oppose you, ideally with some kind of unblockable laser that takes off half their health. Some would call that cheap, and, after seeing these fighting game bosses in action, we 100 percent agree.
Metal Gear Survive is an online co-op survival game that divides Metal Gear fans into two camps: those who hate it, and those who really hate it. Does it deserve all the suspicion? Show of the Week investigates.
Embarking on a forest picnic to celebrate their recent piratical successes, our heroes find themselves embroiled in what could be their most dangerous adventure yet, and under the watchful eyes of a live audience.
The new Discovery Tour mode in Assassin's Creed Origins makes history fun by letting you clamber all over it while dressed as an Egyptian Pharaoh. At the same time, you might even find yourself learning a thing or two. We certainly did, and in the spirit of historical research we present to you now the eight weirdest things we learned while playing.
Game adaptations of movies should be great, on account of them combining two of our favourite things. Sadly, most tie-in games are not only inferior to the movie on which they're based, but also seem to go out of their way to ruin iconic moments from those films. See for yourself in these seven famous movie moments that got a dramatic rewrite for the videogame version.
Full motion video or "FMV" games were interactive movies in which the action took place in grainy video clips, the gameplay was minimal, and the story was nonsense. Join us for our eight favourite, unforgettable slices of FMV weirdness.
Romancing someone in a videogame is usually no more complicated than winning enough tickets on skee ball to buy a novelty comb, only instead of a novelty comb, you earn a smoochy cutscene. It's not this easy for everyone all the time, however, especially when they're busting out chat-up lines so cheesy they would embarrass James Bond. Take a listen to these cringey pick-up lines that didn't work, and probably never will.
Space sim Kerbal Space Program has come to Xbox One with its adorable green astronauts, so we pit Mike against Jane to see who can build the best, least deadly spaceship. How hard can it be? It's not exactly rocket science oh wait.
Some fighting game finishers are so gross, weird or humbling we are mortified even thinking about the times we lost to them. Here are eight fighting game finishers so humiliating that you could die of embarrassment. And also the many, many injuries you sustained.
Today in Red Dead Redemption, we take on the game's final missions: John's last stand against the Bureau of Investigation and the US Army, as well as his son Jack's roaring rampage of revenge. Join us for sadness, redemption and riverside duels in this moving final episode.
The conflict at the heart of most videogames is between the game trying to kill the player, and the player trying to stop that happening. But sometimes we make things a lot easier for the game by being stupid, careless, or both stupid and careless. Double whammy. Just consider these various ways we've died in videogames where we had no one to blame but ourselves.
With the stock of missions left until we reach John Marston's fateful finale dwindling, this week in Red Dead Redemption we take on some tasks for Uncle, the old-timey prospector character who for some reason lives in John Marston's house. Come for the farming action, stay for the obvious contempt in which John and Uncle hold each other in this Red Dead Redemption gameplay.
In many ways 2017 was a banner year for unmitigated videogame-playing disaster from us all. Maybe you've repressed the memories of those times we failed harder than a submarine with a sunroof, but the internet never forgets. So let Show of the Week jog your memories with the solid gold fails from the trophy cabinet of failure from the year just gone.
For day five of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge, I am tasked with surviving a round of Friday the 13th as an easily-killable counsellor. Will I be able to survive the terrifying twin spectres of Jason Voorhees and crippling network issues? Watch and find out!
Rare's online co-op pirate adventure Sea of Thieves finally has a release date, 20 March 2018. We're keen to crew up and take to the high seas, but if you're still not sure if a pirate's life is right for you, don't worry, you won't be any worse than some of videogames' most famous swashbucklers, as we find out later in the show.
This week in Red Dead Redemption we polish off the final stranger missions, so called because you do them for strangers, and because they are usually stranger than the main missions in the game. They could equally be called 'downer missions' because the message of at least the three that we do today seems to be that helping people is for suckers and people are the worst. See for yourself in this Red Dead Redemption gameplay.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is due out in game preview next week, bringing its incredibly popular battle royale gameplay to Xbox One for the first time. Join us for the reasons Mike's slightly cautious about it, as well as a celebration of other games that, like PUBG, have no plot whatsoever, and are still great.
The final mission of Hitman's new Patient Zero campaign takes us back to the Gama Institute in Hokkaido, Japan, where doctors are treating the Patient Zero of the title - a man named Owen Cage who was the first person to be infected with the deadly Nabazov virus. While we're here, we'll also be taking out his doctor, Klaus Lieblied, because we don't want to make two trips, I guess. See how each of us goes about it in this Hitman gameplay.
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