Archive - Mike Channell
Mike is co-editor at Outside Xbox. His favourite thing about making videos is adding unnecessary special effects. He has heard all of your 'channel' jokes.
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New for Gears of War Ultimate Edition is the Gnasher Execution multiplayer game type: a frenetic two-versus-two shotgun battle in an extremely claustrophobic map. As you can imagine, it's a matter of seconds before someone, usually us, is blown into giant chunks of meaty kibble. If you like your multiplayer matches settled Thunderdome style, this is the mode for you.
How difficult can it be for a game to get right the hundreds of delicately interconnected mechanical components of a motor vehicle? Super difficult, it turns out, with impossible physics, dramatised drifting and other mechanical weirdness all on the rap sheet. Here are seven times cars just don't work like that, you guys.
If you thought Homefront 2 had quietly crawled into a ditch to die, let this Xbox One gameplay disabuse you of that notion. Homefront: The Revolution, as it is officially titled, is still coming and not only that, it's a lot of fun, even in this very early state. Imagine Far Cry, but set in war-ravaged, enemy-occupied Philadelphia.
Rare Replay is a collection of 30 retro games to celebrate the 30th year of beloved British game developer Rare, the studio that made Perfect Dark, Viva Pinata and Banjo Kazooie. It's also the outfit behind Snake Rattle and Roll, Digger T Rock: Legend of the Lost City and Solar Jetman: Hunt For The Golden Warpship, as you will learn if you dig into Rare Replay bundle.
No Time To Explain on Xbox One is one of the most confusing games we've ever experienced. There is a giant robot crab, a furious shark and several unashamedly paradoxical time travel moments. That's all we could work out when we played it, see if you can make any more sense of No Time to Explain in this Xbox One gameplay.
With Hideo Kojima's name being systematically scrubbed from all the marketing material for Metal Gear Solid 5 and a lot of the gameplay so far emphasising gritty military action, you'd be forgiven for wondering whether Metal Gear's mile-wide weird streak will continue in MGS5. Worry not, as these five moments we experienced during the opening hours of the game prove it's definitely as strange and quirky as it ever was.
Here at Outside Xbox we've always aspired to be mighty space pirates, feared in every system from here to Rho Ophiuchi. Unfortunately, we're not particularly adept at space piracy. Just look at our calamitous mission to assassinate coffee-quaffing space celeb Gianmaria Obligis.
For Formula One's new gen debut F1 2015, Codemasters has started almost from scratch. The new engine makes a huge difference to the visuals, as you can tell from this first glimpse of F1 2015 gameplay on Xbox One, but there are various tweaks and improvements under the hood as well. Here are six that will have hardcore Formula One fans salivating.
Fallout 4 could be the game to command more of your time than any other this year, with its huge open world and various crafting systems. Even with everything we have seen so far, however, there is plenty that's still a mystery - not least how you took a nuke to the face and emerged unscathed 200 years later. Commence speculation.
Rainbow Six Siege promises to be much more than just Rainbow Six Vegas 3, as demonstrated in this gameplay we captured in Terrorist Hunt mode at E3. Today's Rainbows have a host of smart gadgets at their disposal, though with Call of Duty's developers locked into a sort of time-travelling arms race, it's refreshing to play with high-tech kit that could plausibly be in action right now.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 refreshes multiplayer with specialist characters and flash new combat manoeuvres, but we're told it's good old-fashioned running around and shooting that still counts. Design director David Vonderhaar details the multiplayer changes in this interview featuring new Black Ops 3 gameplay from E3.
Forza Motorsport 6 finally brings two hugely fan-requested features to the series: night racing and wet weather. We caught up with the Forza series creative director Dan Greenawalt to find out how these change the Forza experience and how the career mode has changed for the better.
FIFA 16's gameplay improvements are all about rebalancing the game after a FIFA 15 that unfairly favoured pacey wingers. We chatted to EA Sports at E3 about what's changed on the pitch, but also about the introduction of women players and new stadiums we spied in the trailer.
The next stage in GTA Online heist Series A means taking on the Ballers at the old sawmill and stealing trucks full of weed. We've no problem with the shooting up gangsters, but ask us to form an orderly convoy and everything goes to pot. Not that kind of pot, either.
The latest in our series of heist build-up missions, this raid on The Lost MC's biker hideout is a stealth mission. And we all know how excellent the crack team of Oxbox operatives are at stealth missions.
In our Let's Play of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we decided main questlines are for chumps and to strike out on our own to find fortune and glory in the open world. What we found instead was a love triangle mystery in which one of the triangle corners was a hairy, flesh-hungry werewolf. Beats your average soap opera.
Kickstarter game Lifeless Planet recently slow-motion bounced onto Xbox One in its big bulky space suit. In this let's play video we attempt to unravel the mystery of why we have crash landed on the allegedly Lifeless Planet, why our jetpack is just a light coming out of our butt, and why we meet some life within minutes of starting the game. Watch on for at least some answers.
The next Assassin's Creed is Assassin's Creed Syndicate, publisher Ubisoft has revealed. It's set in Victorian London, as expected, but several other crucial details were only touched upon during the livestreamed reveal presentation. We've got them all right here, along with several minutes of Assassin's Creed Syndicate gameplay.
New standalone expansion Wolfenstein: The Old Blood amends a glaring omission in last year's Nazi-shredding shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order: that is, Castle Wolfenstein itself. Yes, there was a prologue mission in which you assaulted Wilhelm 'Deathshead' Strasse's compound, but that was an entirely different structure. In The Old Blood, you're heading back to the original fortress.
Black Ops 3 has finally been revealed as Call of Duty 2015. Treyarch's game will take place in a futuristic world somewhere between what we've seen in the Modern Warfare and Advanced Warfare series. So exo suits are out and robot legs are very much in. As with all Call of Duty trailers, the Black Ops 3 reveal is choppy and chaotic. Allow us to make sense of it for you.
We're still buzzing from the spectacular Star Wars: Battlefront trailer. That's partly because this 'in-engine footage' looks absolutely stunning but it's also because of the nostalgic, good-time vibes conjured by memories of the original two games, released in the mid-2000s. Here are five reasons they were light years ahead of their time.
Stealth Inc 2 is a charming puzzle platformer recently released for Xbox One. A bit like a mechanised Abe's Oddysee, you're leading a band of tiny robotic clones attempting to escape an unnecessarily lethal facility. We do our very best to prevent our adorable minions from getting mashed, sliced and lasered to bits. See if you can guess how that goes for us.
We're still not sure what to make of Goat Simulator, which will be arriving on your Xbox One very soon indeed. It seems less a game and more a random selection of 3D objects being smashed together by a rather suspect physics engine. Still if you're into fus ro dahing popular EDM producer DeadMau5 off a rooftop bar and into the ocean, you're probably not interested whether the game has done its maths properly.
It's hip to to hate on Call of Duty, but don't let that take away from the skills of the players at the very top of the heap. The million-dollar Call of Duty Championship is one of the world's most well supported eSports tournaments and its players are as dedicated as in any other sport. As a result, there's a level of skill and strategy on display far beyond what you'd stumble across on a public server or even from high profile Call of Duty YouTubers.
Until now, there had been no evidence of the Xbox One version of Project CARS whatsoever. All gameplay footage had either been from the insanely detailed PC version or from the PS4 edition. Well, we're pleased to reveal that Project CARS does exist on Xbox One. We've played a near-final version and here is a bunch of our gameplay over which to coo until the newly announced mid-May launch.
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