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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Day Z has finally come to the Xbox preview program and Mike is here to let us know if it was worth the wait. Later in the Show, Challenge of the Week sets Jane a task in the greatest zombie game ever made. That's right, The Typing of the Dead.
Movies get their ideas from all kinds of places, including games, so it's probably only fair that games are ripping off movies with the kind of shameless abandon of a kid borrowing some else's homework four minutes before it's due to be handed in. Consider seven of our favourite examples.
We recently toured the very worst places to have a fight in fighting game history, but it turns out we were only scratching the surface, because fighting game characters really will fight in any terrible place. Here are yet more places we'd fight to not to have a fight in.
The upcoming Soulcalibur 6's most high-profile new character is Geralt of Rivia, hero of the Witcher series and a force to be reckoned with thanks to his two swords and mastery of magic signs. See Geralt in action in this Soulcalibur 6 gameplay.
Gene Rain is the answer to the question "what if Gears of War, but bad?". It casts you as a member of a "death squad" fighting aliens, monsters and, thanks to some fairly slapdash localisation, "swollen scorpions". Watch Mike and Andy get to grips with Gene Rain in this Xbox One gameplay.
From Dracula's Castle to a tomato-throwing festival to actual literal hell, these non-regulation battle arenas are fraught with risks, inconveniences and garment-ruining tomato juice. Think before you take your fight outside of a standard competition ring, by which we mean watch this video why not.
Fallout 76 is the new Fallout game, in which you'll emerge from Vault 76 in the year 2102, to rebuild society along with a load of other players all with the same goal. Show of the Week talks Fallout 76, and then recruits society's best and brightest, AKA Jane, to design a new Vault to carry on Vault-Tec's important psychological experiments.
After months of minute-long teaser videos, Rockstar just dropped six minutes of Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay and now it's all we can think about. We were already impatient for the 26th of October but now we really can't wait to do the following things.
In Hitman contract Vaping Vengance we've been hired by Big Tobacco to kill Amos Dexter, the elderly Texan who is in Hokkaido for a lung transplant. The client has demanded 47 electrocute Dexter, to make his death look like a vaping accident and, we assume, his cigarette habit look less lethal by comparison? See how we get on in this Hitman gameplay.
No Man's Sky Next is a spruced up version of Hello Games' original space exploration game, with updates that include multiplayer and improved base building. If you're anything like us, that means "time to build a five-star space resort", so see how we get on in this week's Show.
The inaugural Overwatch League finals took place at the weekend, with the London Spitfire beating the Philadelphia Fusion across seven tense games of some of the best Overwatch you'll see anywhere. "But I'm a busy person, I don't time to watch all that", you seem to say. Not to worry! Jane and I were there and bring to you now, our 12 highlights from the finals.
Sometimes when playing a videogame, you'll notice clues that suggest they share a universe with another series, like when Zangief from Street Fighter piledrives Kazuya from Tekken in Street Fighter X Tekken. Subtle, but it's definitely there. Amazingly, sometimes these connections are even more well hidden than this. See for yourself in these following examples.
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.
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