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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Resident Evil 3 remake might seem like it's going to be a retread of Resident Evil 2. But having played the entire game, we're happy to report that there are a few ways in which it actually outdoes its predecessor. Here are seven spoiler-free ways this new Resident Evil tops the Resident Evil 2 remake. Enjoy!
A sudden encounter with a whale leaves the Oxventurers face to face with Panniers, former crewmate of Corazon and current undead cursed pirate. Can Corazon, Dob, Egbert, Merilwen and Prudence make it to the mysterious Treasury and retrieve the final coin Corazon needs to break the curse on his old crew? Let's watch and find out!
Videogames are much like magicians in that they use skill, technology and misdirection to trick people into thinking that what they're seeing is real, and to hide the mechanics of how everything works. But where a magician's tricks are about spectacle, videogame tricks can be subtler, using camera angles, animations, the environment and game systems to manipulate the player.
The Resident Evil 3 remake is nearly upon us, and frankly, we're more excited than Barry Burton in a magnum store. We recently got to play a good chunk of the early part of the game, and have some gameplay footage of that section provided to us by Capcom that is full of new, cool, upgraded stuff you're definitely going to want to see.
Disagreements are natural and healthy but we could definitely stand for videogames to come together and agree on a handful of things, where a uniform approach would really help out us and our feeble brains. If you're listening, games, here are those things we'd dearly love for you to agree on.
The rise of crowdfunding let game creators to go straight to the fans to fund the development of their game, but as more and more projects got in on the crowdfunding action, game makers had to get creative with their rewards. That's how we wound up with the following bizarre Kickstarter rewards for crowdfunded games.
This week Andy, having been shrunk and digitised, gets imprisoned in The Sims 4. There he must peacefully cohabit with four other Sims in a 100-tile micro-home, in the new Sims 4 Tiny Living DLC. Who will snap first? Find out within, while Mike and Jane get all nostalgic about it being 20 years since The Sims first came out.
You know what they say about great power: "with great power comes having a great time". That's why it's called "great power". No-one knows this better than videogames in which you steadily earn and master more and better powers - or occasionally, for a special treat, a game will give you a bunch of power all at once so you can enjoy a big old power high. This video is dedicated to those badass moments of ultimate power that made us feel like mighty gods.
We all love videogames, but for some people, merely playing a game doesn't go far enough. Which is the reason for the existence of these experiences, which took beloved games and turned them into somewhat awkward real-world adaptations, with more push-ups, rollercoasters and themed dining. Enjoy, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for videos like this from Outside Xbox every week!
We recently shone a spotlight on the quirkiest quests from the Witcher games. That video drew a whole heap of suggestions from you folks for other deeply strange Witcher missions that also qualified as too weird for TV. So, here are seven more Witcher videogame quests that are far too kooky to end up in the relatively serious Netflix show should they ever run out of source material from the novels.
Mistakes are only natural. The important thing is taking mistakes in your stride, and maybe even poking some good natured fun at yourself. Like in these videogames, which made light of past mistakes, bugs and criticisms with some extremely self-deprecating easter eggs. Enjoy and subscribe for a video like this every Thursday!
Join Jane and I as we celebrate the Year of the Rat by cooking up sizzling hot pots and fresh fruit platters in Overcooked 2's Spring Festival update. Will we have a prosperous new year? What goes into a Double Beefy Boy? Does sushi really need to go on a plate? Watch on for answers and happy new year!
Remember the Show of the Week where we joked all games would be delayed except one? Behold our powers of prophecy, because it's getting perilously close to that actually being the case, with Cyberpunk 2077, Final Fantasy VII remake, Avengers, Dying Light 2 and Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 all missing their original release dates. Join us as we talk about what's going on and why, then stick around for the best of your YouTube comments from the last seven days.
Being in charge of making a videogame is hard, and time consuming, and unlike being a film director, you don't get to spend your downtime hanging out with movie stars. That's presumably the reason why so many videogame creators choose to put themselves in their own games, so they can get a bit of that sweet recognition. Here are seven more times that game developers cameoed in their own games.
Two Point Hospital puts you in charge of your own healthcare facility and lets you run it as you see fit, as a benevolent healer who takes care of their patients, or a ruthless business tycoon who'll squeeze the sick for every last penny they have. Which path will Mike choose? Can everyone stop dying for 10 seconds so we can collect our thoughts? And how did all these clowns get in here? Find out in this Two Point Hospital Xbox One gameplay.
Journey to the Savage Planet is a sci-fi exploration game in which you play as a resourceful astronaut scoping out a new world for human habitation. Jane and Mike have played it and are here with their hot takes and cool jokes. Keep watching for your YouTube comments and subscribe for Show of the Week every Friday!
We're getting a remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis on 3 April 2020. But it's been a long time since Resident Evil 3 came out, and maybe you don't remember it all that well. If so, don't worry, we're here to fill you in on what to expect from the remake. Consider these seven things you may have forgotten about Resident Evil 3.
2020 is here friends, and with it come brand new videogames! But which one game would we most want to save from being delayed until 2021, if given the power? Join us as we talk it out in this first Show of the Week of the year, then stick around for the choicest YouTube comments of the last few weeks.
Agent 47 heads to Haven Island in the Maldives for Hitman 2 escalation mission the Bartholomew Hornswoggle, in which he must find the pieces of a treasure map, dig up and wear a pirate outfit and then eliminate his targets with a cannon and his trusty pirate sabre. Watch on for swashbuckling, derring-do and at least one mizzenmast in this Hitman 2 gameplay.
2019 is nearly over but how well do you remember what happened in the past 12 months? Find out along with Jane and Mike as they compete in the annual Outside Xbox quiz of the year just gone. Play along, let us know how you do in the comments and subscribe to Outside Xbox on YouTube to join us for yet more fun in 2020!
The final day of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2019 brings a WWE 2K20 Santa Royale challenge: a eight-man Battle Royal in which Jane plays a hulking pro wrestler Santa against a grab bag of top stars, midcard staples, Hall of Fame legends, and one sentient barbecued rib. Will Santa be the last man standing? Or will someone flip Saint Nick over the top rope? Watch this WWE 2K20 gameplay and see.
It's time for the penultimate Oxbox Xmas Challenge and Andy's up for a Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD winter sports challenge. Will he achieve a point and therefore a perfect score in this year's challenges? Just how sporty can Monkey Ball actually be? Find the answers to these questions and more within!
Day 10 of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2019 and it's time for traditional festive treats, with Mike attempting to successfully serve up mince pies and Christmas puddings in Overcooked 2. Can Mike get a star and avoid igniting the entire kitchen? Watch this Overcooked Christmas DLC gameplay and see.
The Oxbox Xmas Challenge continues! For day 9, Jane must turn Hitman 2's Agent 47 into Santa Claus, choosing presents, and then delivering them to the good people of Whittleton Creek, Vermont. How will the stoic 47 fare as the Holidays' jolliest elf? And will Jane's expert guidance lead to a merry Xmas for the sleepy suburbs? See for yourselves and come back tomorrow for another daily Xmas challenge!
Beating a tough boss is something we take great pride in, which is why we get mad when we discover in the following cutscene that actually, we lost, better luck next time. Here are seven times that exact thing happened in videogames. Thanks to commenter Time Dragon for the suggestion!
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