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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FIFA 18 sees the return of The Journey, which follows the life and career of Alex 'Goal' Hunter. Unfortunately in our clumsy hands he's definitely more Alex 'Buffet' Hunter. In the Part 2 we're on tour in America and all we have to do is beat Real Madrid. Easy.
Normally games task us with something important or other that we're supposed to be doing, whether that's saving the world, scratching out a meagre existence in the post-apocalyptic wasteland or building a crime empire that Pablo Escobar would nod approvingly at. Were he not dead. Somehow or other we always get sidetracked by pointless but weirdly compelling activities that do nothing to push us toward our primary objective.
Sponsored Content: We're going to be pretty busy this November with the Xbox One X, and not just on account of how we must brave the tangled cables behind the TV to hook it up. We'll be busy playing new games optimised for Xbox One X, as well as games that are already out that will benefit from Xbox One X updates. Take a look at our Xbox One X to do list in this video.
It's all been friendly up until now, but Showdown of the Week saw Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra in pitched battle against each other in the three categories of violence, friendship and charades. If you missed the live show (and us) at EGX here it is now for your viewing pleasure.
Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One X is going to be a visually spectacular treat in 4K and 60 frames per second. We've played a few races in a preview version and here is the delicious 4K gameplay to prove it. How will we fare in a wet weather race with no traction control or ABS? There goes the no claims bonus.
After the almighty fuss when space battles were missing from the original Battlefront's initial release, DICE has a giant, space battle-shaped apology for you in Star Wars Battlefront 2. Behold the newly updated space battles in this gameplay.
In this second Wolfenstein The New Colossus gameplay, BJ Blazkowicz is now liberated from his wheelchair and has been roped into an ill advised mission to detonate a nuke in a secret Nazi bunker. First though, he'll need to ride the Nazis' massively OTT underground rocket train. Makes the tube look like a kid's train set.
Four years ago we made a video called 12 Evil Achievements For Heartless Bastards, which focused on the sort of achievements that moustache twirling ne'er-do-wells would be happy to display on their gamercards. Now, four years on, we have 13 more achievements that you should feel good and guilty about owning.
Mike plays a lot of racing games, but he's never been catapulted to 60mph from a standstill in under 4 seconds. So with Forza Motorsport 7 and Porsche at the Goodwood Festival of Speed it was time to remedy that. Watch on for Mike pulling some entertaining faces as his body is wracked by G-Forces.
Could this be the most ambitious game ever? Beyond Good and Evil 2 promises gameplay that stretches from the sci-fi interiors of buildings all the way to the stars. Here are the eight things you absolutely need to know about this extremely intriguing game.
With Xbox One X, formerly Project Scorpio, being the most powerful console ever built, it's easy to fixate on new games such as Forza 7, Anthem and Assassin's Creed Origins. But with the Xbox One X Enhanced program, some of your existing games will receive free updates for Xbox One X when the new console launches. Consider these eight games that will look immediately better on Xbox One X.
In this Crew 2 gameplay from E3 2017 we inspect the major changes in this sequel to the open-world racing MMO. The biggest? Cars that can transform into powerboats and stunt planes. This time you'll be racing around open world America by air and by water as well.
Need for Speed Payback isn't the first Need for Speed taking inspiration from the Fast and Furious action movies, but where 2003's NFS Underground cribbed the movie franchise's neon-lit street racing, Payback imitates the vehicular heists of Fast and Furiouses 5, 6, 7 and 8. The only thing missing is Vin Diesel torpedo headbutting someone with his finely polished melon. See for yourself in this Need for Speed Payback gameplay in which Mike drives and Andy is in the passenger seat.
Join us as we assault the palace at Theed in this Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer gameplay. Taking control of the spindly Separatist droids from Star Wars Episode 1, we charge towards the palace in the capital of Naboo and start dishing out blaster fire.
The only way to deal with Batman supervillain Bane, the man who broke the bat, is apparently to "snip his tubes". Not our words, the words of Black Canary. Let's hope Green Arrow remembered to pack his tube-snipping arrows.
Superhero fighting game sequel Injustice 2 is here and Superman is still being a super jerk. It's like he can't let go of that time when the Joker made him kill his wife and unborn child, which then triggered a nuke that destroyed Metropolis and killed millions more innocent civilians. Pretty melodramatic, I think you'll agree. So how about we head into story mode and kick him directly in his superbutt?
Prepare to cry! The Dark Souls series is dead, at least for the foreseeable future. Where are we going to get our masochistic action RPG kicks from now? Well here are 6 upcoming games that promise to scratch that Dark Souls itch. You probably want to get that looked at, by the way.
As a first stab by DICE at a Star Wars Battlefront game, 2015's Star Wars Battlefront was impressive but flawed. Over two years of unending galactic conflict, fans have identified several infuriating elements of the experience and, fortunately, DICE has fixed six of the biggest offenders for sequel Star Wars Battlefront 2, which arrives in November of this year. Consider these Star Wars Battlefront bugbears that are fixed for the follow-up.
We've been at this Pathfinder business in the company of Jerk Ryder for only a couple of hours and we've already forgotten our prime directive. Instead we decide to celebrate the founding of a colony on Eos by making a beeline to the nearest nightclub. Naturally things can only go downhill from there and given that there's no such thing as 'downhill' in space, that's saying something.
Watch as Jerk Ryder completes a sexy lap of the ship, attempting to romance anything that isn't properly secured to the hull. Will his trademark neon pink jacket help his chances of getting his space rocks off? Find out this and more in another thrilling episode.
Project Scorpio is the upcoming 4K-enabled Xbox One, but there's much more to it than 4K. With the help of the Digital Foundry experts who have seen the console running, we reveal why you need a Project Scorpio in your life. Tech expert Rich Leadbetter is exactly the person to take us through the vital statistics of what stands to be the most powerful console in the world.
Barely qualified human Pathfinder Scott Ryder gets his first true test of combat prowess in this Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay as we venture into the first Remnant vault in search of alien atmospheric processing technology. What we find is lots of things that need shooting in their robot faces.
The adventures of Jerk Ryder continue as the newest Pathfinder on the block gets handed the keys to a state of the art spaceship after about 30 minutes on the job. He also establishes an eye-boilingly garish brand new Pathfinder uniform.
Shadow of Mordor was a bit of a cult hit, but a few factors held it short of greatness. Its upcoming sequel Shadow of War is shaping up to be pretty special, though, even if you know almost nothing about Lord of the Rings. Most significantly there has been huge expansion to the Nemesis system, an idea so brilliant we're amazed it hasn't been ripped off yet.
Ryder's standard-issue Andromeda Initiative armor is all well and good, but it's not Mass Effect if you're not proudly wearing the N7 logo on your chest. See for yourself how to get the N7 Armor for Ryder in Mass Effect Andromeda, both the Pathfinder version and the classic N7 combat armor that was Shepard's preference.
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