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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Fallout mods were confirmed as arriving for Xbox One at some non-specific point in the future by Todd Howard at Microsoft's E3 showcase. But while the game has been out only a couple of weeks and there's no official support for them on PC yet, fans are already getting creative. Here's the stuff we've discovered already that we want to see make it to Xbox One.
Princess Leia Organa faces off against iconic Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett in an online Hero Battle. Who will be victorious? Will Mike be able to handle Boba's janky jetpack? You can probably guess the answer to that question without even watching the video.
The Elder Scrolls Online's second piece of official DLC is here, allowing you to discover the Orc capital city of Orsinium in Wrothgar. It's got a huge new questline, rideable bears and, more importantly, these weird spider hamsters that really freak us out. Watch us on a voyage of discovery through the new locations.
One of the reasons we're excited for WWE 2K16 is the return of gimmickry in wrestling after years of interchangeable muscle men with tedious real names. The other reason is that this is a far more assured grappling game than last year's abortive effort. In this Let's Play we finally determine who is better: classic wrestling legends such as Macho Man Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior or upstarts like NXT's Vaudevillains.
We love Lara Croft, but she is not a good archaeologist. Every single historically valuable site she visits ends up smashed to unrecognisable rubble, and don't get us started on that time she murdered the last remaining live T-Rex in the original Tomb Raider. Here are six activities to which she's much better suited in Rise of the Tomb Raider, sequel to the 2013 reboot.
At first, I misunderstood completely what Battleborn was all about. It isn't some sort of first-person multiplayer online battle arena in the vein of League of Legends, it turns out. Instead, Battleborn is mostly a shooter but with light, Borderlands-esque RPG elements. The unique twist is there's no grinding, as you'll rattle through the levels over the course of a single match and everything gets reset afterwards. It also contains a bunch of unlikely characters that have no business being in a first-person shooter, so here are our five favourites.
There's plenty of debate over who the best James Bond is. SPECTRE's Daniel Craig, From Russia With Love's Sean Connery, even Goldeneye's Pierce Brosnan. There's no argument that videogame James Bond is the worst James Bond, though. Here are, rather appropriately, 007 times he flubbed the whole international secret agent thing.
A few weeks ago, Microsoft set me a little challenge: beat The Stig from Top Gear in a Bentley Continental GT while being thrown around in the back of a Bentley Contintental GT by The Stig from Top Gear. Predictably, I was soundly thrashed by the white helmeted one but I shook my fist at the sky and vowed to have my revenge. Now, that day has come.
In videogames we're normally overqualified for the role of action hero, with bigger guns than the Navarone and the ability to absorb entire magazines of bullets into our muscular chests. But every so often we find ourselves up against a fight that's too difficult or too tedious to tackle. That's when it's time to use our wits or our words to weasel our way out of the confrontation like an absolute hero.
After our unexpectedly successful last confrontation with 22 terrorists in Rainbow 6 Siege's Terrorist Hunt mode, we heard there was a French consulate with a terrorist infestation. This will surely be 'une tranche de gāteau', as the French almost certainly don't say.
Rainbow 6 Siege's Terrorist Hunt Classic mode is technically designed for a squad of five players, all toting bits of exotic counter-terrorist gadgetry. But instead of the canonical five we've got two Oxbox operatives versus a force of 22 vicious, armed-to-the-teeth insurgents, and and one of us chose a sledgehammer as our signature ability. Can we clean them out before they clean our clocks?
It's not often a game comprehensively indulges my desire to explode everything in sight. It turns out that Just Cause 3 is exactly that game. As you can see in this gameplay, everything that isn't the landscape can be pummeled with explosives until it explodes, or falls over then explodes, or flies into the air then explodes. There's no shortage of ordnance to help it gloriously along either, including our new favourite: sticky rocket mines. Here's a selection of the things we detonated.
We spend so much of games as a solo hero: saving the world single handedly, never letting anyone into our lives because getting close to someone can mean getting them killed, and generally being a cool lone wolf. Occasionally, though, a buddy character is foisted upon us for story reasons and that bit about getting them killed becomes a distinct possibility. Consider these seven most oblivious companion characters.
Halo 5: Guardians' new Warzone mode is easily the largest scale Halo multiplayer mode yet. Huge maps, filled with AI as well as your human enemies, blend with objectives to create complex and close multiplayer matches. In this gameplay we tackle the new Raid on Apex 7 map, which is deeply reminiscent of the original Halo's classic Silent Cartographer level.
Assassin Creed Syndicate hero Jacob Frye isn't the suave Ezio Auditore clone we were expecting. As you will discover in this gameplay, he's a sort of comedy idiot obsessed with running a gang called The Rooks (his gang name of choice). He's even picked out the uniform. Fortunately, his twin sister Evie is far more capable.
As a launch title, Forza Motorsport 5 did its job. It was visually stunning and rattled along at 1080p and 60 frames per second. But as a Forza game it was a bit of a disappointment; a directionless career mode and some bizarre handling quirks made it difficult to love. Forza Motorsport 6 fixes all that and, even better, adds Showcase events that highlight the very best the game has to offer.
Thought Cuphead was a cutesy platformer you could breeze through in an afternoon? Not a bit. Cuphead is instead a gauntlet of insanely difficult boss battles that will require all of your gaming skills and then some. Essentially, this is an old-school, hardcore retro shooter that just so happens to look like a 1930s cartoon. Here are five bosses from Cuphead who will straight-up ruin your life.
In the world of Metal Gear Solid, the rank and file tell stories of legendary soldier Big Boss. They won't be telling these stories, however, in which the three of us take control of Metal Gear Solid 5's grizzled hero in infiltation mission Over The Fence and in which dog adoption, bear fighting and karate practice appear higher on the priority list than rescuing an imprisoned bionics expert. Still, a winner must be determined. Who will it be?
Remember when famed detective Eliot Ness retired to serve chilli-poisoned burgers in a small town diner? Or when he boarded a hotel beneath the Hindenburg designed by Bioshock's Andrew Ryan to have a sass-off with Al Capone? Neither do we, but Blues and Bullets is one alternate history we can absolutely get behind.
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.
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