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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The internet has spoken and it is not happy about Metal Gear Survive, the first game to bear the Metal Gear name since Hideo Kojima left Konami. But are there any silver linings to this huge cloud? We discuss what we've seen so far.
One of the most maligned elements of Deus Ex Human Revolution was its approach to boss battles, which lumped even ill-prepared stealthy and or chatty players with a stand up gunfight. In Mankind Divided, there are bosses who are a battle of wits rather than of firepower. Having already made our way through the lower levels of Golem City, here's how Andy and I tackled our meeting with Talos Rucker.
Just Cause 3's Bavarium Sea Heist DLC, the final of the three DLC packs, adds a lightning gun to the game. But not one of those boring ones that shoots electricity out of the gun itself, which would be far too conventional for a game so committed to varied destruction. Instead, the Eden Spark calls down actual, natural lightning from the sky to fry and/or explode everything in sight.
We first played the co-operative version of Star Wars Battlefront's Skirmish mode at Star Wars Celebration, but we also found time to face off against each other in a competitive split-screen round on the planet of Jakku.
The new Xbox One S is here and, yes, it's a lot slimmer than the previous Xbox One, but that's not the whole story. There are some other neat features of this facelifted Xbox One that make it an even more tempting proposition.
As you'll learn from this Xbox One Gameplay, F1 2016, or Formula One 2016 to give it its full name, is unashamedly nerdy about that nerdiest of sports, Formula One racing. Its new in-depth career mode, manual starts and revamped rival system are just some of the ways it simulates the sport more closely than ever.
We Happy Few on Xbox One arrives via the Xbox Game Preview tomorrow after a spectacular showing during the Microsoft Conference at E3 2016. Watch as we attempt to survive in a game that is not quite as Bioshock-like as we expected. Instead it's a bizarre polite society survival simulator that has to be seen to be believed.
Star Wars Battlefront's new, free Skirmish mode finally adds one of the most fan requested features to EA's take on Battlefront: an offline bot match. As in the original Battlefront, it can be played in split screen, both co-operatively and competitively. Suddenly we have a very compelling reason to return to Battlefront. Here's how it looks in action.
In this Deus Ex Mankind Divided gameplay, Andy and I tackle the first area of the game's Golem City area in different ways. Andy is all about stealth and social sweet talking, whereas I am all about aggravating police and headbutting people.
Fresh from a successful outing in Battlefields 3 and 4, Domination returns in Battlefield 1. It's a close quarters capture mode that takes place on smaller versions of the game's maps. Join us as we use our many, many years of videogaming experience to show you what not to do when you play this mode.
This Star Wars Battlefront gameplay shows the new map added in the game's recent Bespin DLC. Home to Lando Calrissian, Cloud City is one of the most iconic locations in the Star Wars universe and it's beautifully replicated here. But how is it as a multiplayer map?
In this Battlefield 1 Gameplay we tackle Battlefield's classic Conquest mode on the new St Quentin's Scar map. Expect bi-planes, airships and a particularly bloody hatchet rampage as we run around this battle-scarred slice of World War 1 France.
The new open-world Forza game has been announced and in Forza Horizon 3 the Horizon festival travels to the vast and diverse country of Australia for the biggest, most car-filled Horizon game yet. You'll have the opportunity to razz 350 cars around the highways, cities and vast outback of the Land Down Under. That's not an excuse to start singing the song, no.
We can't quite believe we've written that headline. FIFA 17's new story mdoe The Journey is a proper, branching RPG storyline, complete with conversation options ripped straight from Mass Effect. A blend of on-pitch performance and carefully considered dialogue choices will steer your version of youth prospect Alex Hunter toward Premier League stardom.
We were rather fond of previous Just Cause 3 DLC Sky Fortress because it basically turned Rico into Iron Man. The second piece of DLC, called Mech Land Assault, turns you into something less glamorous: a sort of spider-robot-thing ripped straight from the pages of Ghost in the Shell. But what it lacks in superhero style, it makes up with a massive gravity cannon that allows for unprecedented levels of destruction.
Dead Island on Xbox One offers us a graphically improved opportunity to revisit one of our favourite zombie games. When it was originally released, Dead Island wasn't exactly what you'd call a critical darling, but it found an enthusiastic fan base that liked its co-op enabled, zombie-infested, open-world tropical paradise. This remastered version for Xbox One and PS4 is exactly the same, but prettier.
The next Call of Duty is pretty much the opposite of a World War 2 shooter. Who knew that after two sci-fi themed Call of Duty games, Advanced Warfare and Black Ops 3, that Infinity Ward would abandon Earth entirely and point the world's biggest military shooter franchise at the stars? Struggling to understand? Here are the seven things you need to know about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered, which will arrive at the same time.
The 2016 reboot of Doom prides itself on being a no-nonsense first person shooter of the old-school persuasion. With the inclusion of SnapMap, a highly flexible map editor, though, you can fill the game with as much nonsense as you like. Want to create a musical instrument or a full-blown farming simulator? Go right ahead.
Dark Souls 3 is a notoriously punishing game and, being the videogame-playing experts that we are, we thought we'd dispense a little bit of sharpened justice to the Kingdom of Lothric. Because sarcasm doesn't translate very well to the written word, let us be clear: we do not recommend drinking every time we die.
If you're familiar with the Mafia series, you might be wondering why the lead character in this Mafia 3 gameplay isn't wearing a snappy suit and a fedora. That's because this isn't the romanticised adventures of the Italian mob, it's about a man called Lincoln Clay out to systematically disassemble the Mafia and replacing it with a motley crew of criminals. And that's not the only reason the game's fictionalised New Orleans feels fresh.
Clearly Gears 4 will be very much a Gears of War game; it's still got giant, steroidal soldiers kicking seven shades out of The Locust. That said, new developer The Coalition isn't afraid to shake things up. Get an eyeful of the things that keep Gears of War 4 multiplayer feeling fresh in this new gameplay footage.
Mass Effect Andromeda (the official name for Mass Effect 4) will put us in the spaceboots of a new hero in a new galaxy. No prizes for guessing that the galaxy in question is Andromeda, which is 2.5 million light years from our own Milky Way. If we're going to travel all that way, there are certain things we don't want in Mass Effect Andromeda.
In an era where the Call of Duty model of multiplayer is increasingly the inspiration, Doom reminds everyone that it set the original rules for multiplayer shooters back in 1993 with a purposefully retro sensibility. Watch on as this Doom gameplay shows how the granddaddy of shooters has evolved for 2016.
The Carmageddon series has a reputation for wrongness. The sort that gets tabloid newspapers very angry. The new Xbox One and PS4 edition Carmageddon: Max Damage certainly hasn't mellowed in its old age either and still has a mouth like a sailor on it. Here are the 5 wrongest things we saw when we played it on Xbox One.
In Assassin's Creed Syndicate's latest DLC pack The Last Maharaja, you rub shoulders with Indian royalty. Duleep Singh really was the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire and good mates with Queen Victoria, which is why you find him hanging around in Buckingham Palace gardens. Not quite as much fun as hunting down a supernatural Jack the Ripper, but interesting nonetheless.
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