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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There's no shame in getting a game over from losing a tough battle, or failing to complete a puzzle in time. There is however a lot of shame in getting one of these embarrassing game overs, in which we managed to lose the game through stupidity, ineptitude or on one memorable occasion, pissing off a powerful vampire. Oops.
Nidhogg 2 is a game in which two players fight across side-scrolling levels, each attempting to be the first to reach their opponent's final screen and be devoured by Nidhogg, a mythological Norse serpent. Watch as Mike and I throw swords, daggers and curses at each other in this Nidhogg 2 gameplay.
The whole point of arcade machines is to get you to insert more coins, which is why they often employ every trick in the book to get you to keep playing. The cruellest money grabbing technique of all was the continue screen, in which a timer ticked down, imploring you to insert more money, before a terrible fate befell your beloved hero. The more horrible these continue screens were, the more likely you were to pay up, which is why some of these just have to be seen to be believed.
Control is the new game from Remedy, the studio behind Quantum Break and Alan Wake, and from what Remedy has revealed so far, it's shaping up to be just as weird and unsettling as those previous games. Join us as we talk Control, and stick around as Andy attempts to prove his Remedy game skills in Alan Wake in the challenge of the week.
With the announcement that the Resident Evil 2 remake will be here in January, we've all got Resident Evil fever! If you feel the same way, join us and test your Resident Evil knowledge along with Jane and Mike as you wait for 2019 to roll around.
The Resident Evil 2 remake takes players back to the Raccoon City Police Department from the 1998 original but, with the power of Resident Evil 7's RE Engine, makes everything look nastier and, ew, wetter. Join us in Show of the Week as we talk about our time playing the game, and stick around for a throwback challenge as Mike attempts to revisit a classic easter egg in the original Resident Evil 2.
Behold Ori and the Will of the Wisps gameplay on Xbox One in which Jane and I take luminous spirit creature Ori on a scamper through the arid Windswept Wastes. Get an eyeful of the shifting sands and Ori's burrowing powers in this new gameplay.
Check out this Lego DC Super-Villains gameplay, in which Jane and I create cool new original super villain Captain Eyepatch, and watch him and his laser eyes team up with a veritable Suicide Squad of DC's most nefarious rogues including Lex Luthor, Braniac and The Joker. He's the best one, obviously.
We've all had to overcome challenges in games, be they tough bosses or tricky puzzles, but the hardest hurdles to overcome are the moments where you have to do something you hate in order to proceed. Consider these times we were left with only two options, do the horrible thing or eject the game disc and throw it in the bin, and we seriously contemplated doing the latter.
Cyberpunk 2077 stole the show at E3 2018, mostly thanks to an incredible behind-closed-doors, hour-long gameplay demo that has yet to be released to the public. Luckily, your intrepid Cyberpunk correspondents Jane and I saw that demo and are here to relay our reactions to this amazing-looking game.
Destiny 2's Forsaken DLC arrives in September, adding new competitive co-op mode Gambit, described by developer Bungie as combining "the best" of PvP and PvE. Behold Destiny 2 Gambit gameplay fresh from E3, where our resident Destiny non-experts Jane and I tried their hand at a round of Gambit.
In this Skull and Bones gameplay from the show floor at E3 2018, pirate Jane and pirate I take the helm of a fearsome pirate ship, and set out to make life difficult for the East India Company, the Portuguese, and their hated rival Olivier "La Buse" Levasseur.
We love our classic Bioware role-playing games, but when it was announced that Bioware's new game Anthem was to be an online shared world action RPG, we were worried. What we'd seen of Anthem until recently had little to reassure us, but the game's showing at this year's E3 games convention has taken the edge off our concerns. Here are six things that made us stop worrying quite so hard about Anthem.
Action RPG Vampyr, out this week, casts you as Dr. Jonathan Reid, a newly turned vampire with a suspiciously modern haircut situation, who must track down his creator to better understand his curse. Join us as we talk vampires and finally find out just how well I fare as a modern-day Van Helsing in my Challenge of the Week.
When you play the latest game in a popular series, it's hard to imagine previous instalments were ever less than this immersive, technically impressive, and beautiful to look at. Unless it's Duke Nukem Forever. But then you go back and look at the very first entry in that famous videogame series, and you wonder how the heck these flawed first games managed to get even one sequel, let alone an entire franchise. Consider these long-running and much-loved series that we can't believe made it past their shaky first starts.
Raging Justice is a side-scrolling beat 'em up in the Final Fight mould in which you play as one of three cops, out to clean up the streets and rescue the mayor, who has been kidnapped by a hard-fighting street gang of Vaas Montenegros and Inspector Gadgets. See how Mike and I get on as cops in this Xbox One gameplay.
Death Road to Canada is an adorable pixel art take on the Oregon Trail, that sees you trying to get a group of survivors from the zombie infested streets of Florida, to the blissfully uninfected promised land known as Canada. Watch as Mike and I take some survivors out for a spin, and see how we do in this Xbox One gameplay.
GTA Online's Doomsday Heist Act 2 The Bogdan Problem begins here: a setup mission to steal an Avenger aircraft from Merryweather as Los Santos International Airport. Can the Outside Xbox heist crew find their way around an airport? Will there be an ambush? How hard could it be to fly a vertical takeoff quadrotor helicopter? Watch and see for yourself.
We recently raved about the best unlockable videogame bonuses in that were worth the hassle it took to acquire them. If you're unsure what an "unlockable bonus" is, it's what we now call DLC and are charged $15 for. Here are seven more of our favourites, inspired by your comments on the original video.
They say hard work is its own reward but a much better reward is an actual reward. Videogames agree, which is why they offer bonuses that are definitely worth the effort it takes to unlock them. Here are seven of our favourites.
In the final episode of our A Way Out gameplay, Andy and Jane deal with the aftermath of a shocking twist that they were far too busy shooting people into swimming pools to see coming. Watch on to discover this dark secret and subscribe for more gameplay from Outside Xbox.
Yoku's Island Express is a charming puzzle platform game in which you play a dung beetle postman who is also a pinball. Join us as I try to explain this unique concept, and watch as Mike takes on a challenge in the greatest pinball table ever made: The Addams Family.
Like a double rainbow, a new Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer is the rare, beautiful, short-lived and mysterious, so you have to be quick to catch everything it has to offer. Or alternatively you could just watch this video, in which we've passed the new trailer through the powerful prism of our Red Dead Redemption analysis.
In this latest episode of A Way Out gameplay, Jane and I parachute into Mexico to start their Beverly Hills Cop-style assault on bad guy Harvey's palatial mansion. Sure, my character Leo has never parachuted before, but how hard can it be? Watch on to find out!
Grand Theft Auto IV is 10 years old this week, so Show of the Week takes the opportunity to revisit this groundbreaking classic that brought us a huge beautiful city, a compelling main character, and day drinking with cousin Roman. This is harder than we remember, as I discover in my challenge of the week.
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