Archive - Mike Channell

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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.

Twitter: @MikeChannell

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All Aboard This Nazi Zombie Train in Zombie Army Trilogy

All Aboard This Nazi Zombie Train in Zombie Army Trilogy

We're still struggling to commit the name Zombie Army Trilogy to memory, but we did manage to hold that arrangement of nouns in our minds long enough to boot it up for some co-op zombie sniping. Our chosen level? FREIGHT TRAIN OF FEAR, which positively demands to be announced in all caps and intoned portentously. Find out how we get on in Xbox One gameplay after the jump.

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2 days ago

Show of the Week: 4 Forgotten Resident Evil Games They Should Remaster

Show of the Week: 4 Forgotten Resident Evil Games They Should Remaster

The recent Resident Evil HD Remaster was the best selling digital title ever for Resident Evil publisher Capcom. So if you were Capcom, what would you be doing right now? That's right: frantically remastering every old Resident Evil game in existence. As there have been 11,000 Resident Evil games, though, that will take ages. If I were you, Capcom, I would stick to these four.

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7 days ago

Blue Estate Revives the Light Gun Genre, Adds Strippers, Stereotypes

Blue Estate Revives the Light Gun Genre, Adds Strippers, Stereotypes

We haven't read the graphic novel on which Blue Estate is based, so we're coming to this Kinect-powered light gun game entirely fresh. That's probably why we sound so surprised when a bizarre bra-wearing North Korean stereotype appears in the game's strip club setting. Presumably the whole The Interview furore passed these guys by? We investigate what in the blazes is going on.

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10 days ago

Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round on Xbox One Is Surprisingly Festive

Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round on Xbox One Is Surprisingly Festive

The festive season is well and truly behind us, but we never let that get in the way of arranging a prizefight between Santa and Death. Dead or Alive: Last Round is a new semi-free-to-play version of the last-gen beat 'em up. The core game is free and extra fighters can be bought separately. We choose from the full roster, truss them up in ridiculous outfits and take them for a spin.

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10 days ago

Show of the Week: Zombie Army Trilogy and Its Surprise Skeletons

Show of the Week: Zombie Army Trilogy and Its Surprise Skeletons

We admit it, we have a weakness. That weakness is the combination of co-op and zombies. Perhaps you've been following our Dying Light odyssey or recall our adventures in Dead Island. Rebellion's Sniper Elite spin-off Zombie Army Trilogy, with its undead Nazis, zombie demon Hitler and unexpected skeletons should therefore be right up our strasse. And it would be, if we could only remember its name.

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14 days ago

How Mortal Kombat X Plans to Keep You Fighting

How Mortal Kombat X Plans to Keep You Fighting

The best way to play a fighting game is clearly with another human. They're wilier than a computer and you can mercilessly take the mickey when you perform a gruesome fatality on them for the eighth time in a row. But there isn't always another human available, which is why Mortal Kombat X has two new modes designed to keep you interested in playing alone.

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17 days ago

ScreamRide Gameplay Brings Thrills, Spills... Daft Punk?

ScreamRide Gameplay Brings Thrills, Spills... Daft Punk?

You would have thought futuristic scientists would have better things to do than subjecting the human body to extreme thrill rides. Perhaps they knocked the whole cancer thing on the head the previous week? In any case ScreamRide in its destruction mode actively encourages you to hurl humans at buildings, causing as much damage as possible. We play that, and other more constructive modes, in this first look at the game proper.

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17 days ago

State of Decay on Xbox One: Better Graphics, All the DLC, Still No Co-op

State of Decay on Xbox One: Better Graphics, All the DLC, Still No Co-op

Popular indie zombie survival game State of Decay returns on Xbox One this May in its Year One Survival Edition. Among the benefits for those late to the State of Decay party are 1080p visuals and all the DLC released for the original version. If you already own the game on Xbox 360, you get a not unwelcome 33 percent discount. As you will see from this resolutely singleplayer Let's Play, though, the much requested co-op mode is still missing.

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18 days ago

5 Reasons Xbox One Fans Should Care About Windows 10

5 Reasons Xbox One Fans Should Care About Windows 10

I understand if you aren't closely following the progress of Microsoft's upcoming PC operating system Windows 10. There are only so many hours in the day not consumed by being a handsome and/or pretty fan of Outside Xbox, after all. But hey, if you own an Xbox One, Windows 10 might be the most exciting thing to happen to the console in ages. A graphically upgraded, live-streamed and cross-platform future awaits.

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24 days ago

Let's Play: Heist And Hotwire Modes in Battlefield Hardline's Multiplayer Beta

Let's Play: Heist And Hotwire Modes in Battlefield Hardline's Multiplayer Beta

Battlefield Hardline's Beta launches on 3 February on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Hit the jump to see Andy and me face off in the brand new Heist mode and in the riotously entertaining Hotwire mode we played previously.

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A month ago

Let's Play Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell Co-op

Let's Play Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell Co-op

Saints Row 'expandalone' Gat Out Of Hell is a pretty slim package. There's not much in the way of story missions and the objective is just to cause as much trouble as possible with the various open-world activities. Fortunately, Saints Row is never not fun in co-op; the way to make the most of the game's two hours of content is as a twosome.

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A month ago

5 Ways The Witcher 3 Is the Game Of Thrones of Videogames

5 Ways The Witcher 3 Is the Game Of Thrones of Videogames

I'm as big a fan of Game of Thrones as the next person, but the Xbox 360 RPG based on George R.R. Martin's brutal fantasy world was deeply disappointing. Telltale's recent effort was a definite improvement and we're fascinated to see where it leads, but it doesn't give you the freedom to wander off exploring. If you want an experience that blends the elements of Game of Thrones that make it so popular with a fully fleshed-out fantasy world, The Witcher 3 may well be the answer.

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A month ago

Let's Escape Prison in The Escapists on Xbox One

Let's Escape Prison in The Escapists on Xbox One

Well, they finally caught up with us. After a valiant fourteen-hour standoff and the weirdest ransom demands you've ever heard, Outside Xbox has been put in the slammer. Fortunately, the prisons in The Escapists (arriving on Xbox One in February) are riddled with security holes and design flaws. The question is, which one to take advantage of so that we can break out and continue our spree?

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A month ago

Far Cryathlon Crowns the King of the Swingers in Far Cry 4

Far Cryathlon Crowns the King of the Swingers in Far Cry 4

More Far Cryathlon from the twisted minds that brought you the Tuk Tuk Ski Jump and the Release the Hounds Far Cry 4 challenges. My custom contribution to the most thrilling spectacle in videogame sports is the King of the Swingers assault course, wherein participants grapple and swing to victory and avoid mashing Ajay Ghale's pretty face against a solid wall of unyielding rock.

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A month ago

Xbox One's Kalimba is a Brain-Frying Puzzle Platformer

Xbox One's Kalimba is a Brain-Frying Puzzle Platformer

Kalimba is a charming yet brain-boiling puzzler for Xbox One in which you control two cutesy totem creatures at the same time. It looks like it's for kids but will straight up ruin your puny, fully-developed adult brain. Kalimba is available to download on Xbox One. Imagine trying to rub your stomach and pat your head, only your head is also made of lava.

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A month ago

6 Grim Predictions for 2015 from Videogames

6 Grim Predictions for 2015 from Videogames

After a sucky 2014 full of Ebola and war, we are good and ready for a happy, peaceful 2015. And if you've seen Back to the Future 2, you know this is the year where we're finally living in the future as well. What then can we expect from this new year? These games set in 2015 offer up clues and, sorry, but it's not looking good.

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2 months ago

Oxbox Xmas Challenge Tackles FIFA 15 Giant Killing

Oxbox Xmas Challenge Tackles FIFA 15 Giant Killing

Is it possible to beat a mighty Premiership football team with a bunch of League Two minnows? That's the task ahead in today's Oxbox Xmas Challenge as I take control of the unstoppable force that is Portsmouth FC against the immovable object that is Burnley FC and try to direct the footingball into the... bag of onions? We're new at this.

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2 months ago

Assassin's Creed Unity Rooftop Chase Elevates the Oxbox Xmas Challenge

Assassin's Creed Unity Rooftop Chase Elevates the Oxbox Xmas Challenge

Day seven of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge is here and it's the turn of the recently patched Assassin's Creed Unity to host our festive competition. The rules for this one are straightforward: sprint across the rooftops of revolutionary Paris and catch one of two fleeing Assassins within five minutes. The execution will be much tougher.

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2 months ago

5 Reasons Evolve Isn't As Boring As It Looks

5 Reasons Evolve Isn't As Boring As It Looks

We don't mean to be unkind, but Evolve appears to be a bit boring. It's got a forgettable title, a generic sci-fi art style and a cast of characters whose names simply refuse to stay in our memories. The worst part is, if you've played it you know there are some brilliant mechanics in there and that it plays unlike any other multiplayer shooter. This is our last ditch attempt to convince you that Evolve isn't as dull as it looks.

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2 months ago

Blindfolded Ultra Street Fighter 4 Escalates the Oxbox Xmas Challenge

Blindfolded Ultra Street Fighter 4 Escalates the Oxbox Xmas Challenge

Things are heating up on day four of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge. I've eked out an early lead but it's all to play for as I draw a task similar to one I failed last year. Still, I'm more familiar with Street Fighter than I am with Killer Instinct. I didn't say I was good, mind.

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2 months ago

Oxbox Xmas Challenge Returns with Charlie Brooker Testicle Explosion

Oxbox Xmas Challenge Returns with Charlie Brooker Testicle Explosion

By popular demand (no, really) the Oxbox Xmas Challenge returns for 2014 with a whole new batch of randomly drawn challenges, taking in the year's games. I'm up first with a challenge that should play into a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. That career being 20 years of shooting things in the crotch in videogames.

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2 months ago

Show of the Week: The Crew and the Chequered Past of the CarPG

Show of the Week: The Crew and the Chequered Past of the CarPG

Show of the Week ponders open-world racer The Crew, in which the entire continental United States has been squeezed and compressed into a driveable sandbox, filled with other players driving their own disgustingly decorated rides.

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2 months ago

5 Jurassic Park Games that Make Better Sequels than Jurassic World (Probably)

5 Jurassic Park Games that Make Better Sequels than Jurassic World (Probably)

Let's not get our hopes up, Jurassic World may be terrible. If the trailer is anything to go by, the dialogue is a bit hokey and the plot revolves around a genetically modified super-dinosaur. So lets regress into our nostalgic comfort zone and remember five classic Jurassic Park games that would serve as better sequels than Jurassic World will, probably. And Jurassic Park 3 too, come to mention it. Probably The Lost World as well.

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3 months ago

Toybox Turbos Is Exactly Micro Machines

Toybox Turbos Is Exactly Micro Machines

If you're old and hoary enough to remember a) the word hoary and b) Micro Machines on 16-bit consoles, you'll understand why we were rather excited by Toybox Turbos. In all but name, it's a Micro Machines remake by its original development house, pitting four tiny cars against each other in a race across domestic tabletops. If you've played the classic games, you'll also be aware that it has one of the most fiendishly entertaining local multiplayer modes around, which is why that's exactly what we're playing here.

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3 months ago

Let's Play Never Alone in Co-Op on Xbox One

Let's Play Never Alone in Co-Op on Xbox One

Never Alone, or "Kisima Ingitchuna" in the Inupiat language, is a super charming retelling of an Alaskan Native fable, starring a little girl and her adorable white fox friend, who battle both evil and the elements. Our version of the story, played here in co-op on Xbox One, includes multiple screw ups as we accidentally steer Fox into the icy brine for the eighth consecutive time.

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3 months ago

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