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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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.
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.
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