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 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.
The Dark Souls series has its fans, but there are plenty of people too terrified to face this notoriously punishing game and its screen-sized monstrosities. We've captured some brand new Dark Souls 3 gameplay from the early part of the game and we're here to tell you not to be afraid. Or not too afraid to give it a try, at least.
The Solus Project is a gorgeous space survival game that reminds us of Matt Damon movie The Martian and other Matt Damon movie Interstellar. Matt Damon is probably tired of acting inside space suits, isn't he? Anyway, watch us science the s**t out of this Let's Play.
The Hitman beta was available to lucky PS4 owners over the weekend, but we're such firm fans of Agent 47's psychopathic antics we couldn't resist. Discover how all three of us tackle the very first training mission, which involves infiltrating a yacht and silently killing Kalvin Ritter. Or at least it's supposed to involve that.
The latest game in the venerable Dirt series is coming to Xbox One and PS4, and it looks like a worthy conversion from the Steam Early Access version PC players have had for months. The target of 1080p and 60fps on both consoles even seems like a realistic possibility, judging by what we've played. The best part is that this is a hardcore rally game, the likes of which we rarely see on consoles.
It seems like only a few weeks ago that we were playing the last Assassin's Creed Chronicles game, set in India. That's because it
In this new gameplay from The Division on Xbox One, we venture into the Dark Zone, the enormously dangerous player versus player area in the centre of the game's midtown Manhattan map. There's great zone-exclusive loot to be won, but only if you can successfully extract it - and calling for extraction makes you immediately obvious to everyone else mooching around the area.
After the roaring success of Destiny, The Division appears to be the next big shooter attempting to meld MMO mechanics with shooting for a mainstream crowd. This is still a game where you will feel short-changed the first time you headshot someone and numbers come out instead of brains but once you adjust to that, there is plenty to like.
We're back playing the Xbox One version of Ark Survival Evolved and that smug pterodactyl has made an enemy for life. We're making it our mission, our raison d'etre, to take him down. Just as soon as we stop getting murdered by poisonous insects.
Rumour has it the the sequel to Assassin's Creed Syndicate, or Assassin's Creed 7 if you're still counting, is codenamed Assassin's Creed Empire and will be set in Ancient Egypt. Having played approximately a hundred Assassin's Creed games, we have a pretty good idea of what we don't want from it.
Assassin's Creed has always prided itself on historical accuracy, but for the framing narrative about magical space ghosts. For the DLC packs, on the other hand, it seems to be open season on supernatural weirdness. We had George Washington as king of America in Assassin's Creed 3 and now London's most notorious serial killer is reimagined as Scarecrow from Batman, right down to the hessian sack mask, in Assassin's Creed Syndicate's Jack the Ripper DLC.
ARK Survival Evolved is a wildly popular PC survival game that has finally made it to Xbox One Game Preview. In it you're tasked with surviving in a sort of prehistoric playground in servers of up to 70 human players. There's even the option of turning a spare Xbox One (if such a thing exists in your house) into a dedicated server and a split screen option is on the way too. First things first, though, let's create a character and punch some dinosaurs.
Yet another traditional event: attempting to win a match in a fighting game while blindfolded. In this 2015 edition it's Mortal Kombat X, which promises to be a violent place to test Mike's blindfolded fighting skills.
At first glance, these movie tie-ins are not at all Christmassy. It's all hating and fighting, which are pretty much the opposite of what Cliff Richard told us Christmas is about. But when you dig into the films they're based on, you discover they covertly take place during the holidays. Here are six games you probably never knew were set at Xmas.
Join us for the now traditional FIFA Giant Killing Challenge, which marks the one occasion each year that any of us actually play FIFA. Disappointingly light on the actual murder of above-average-sized humans, this giant killing challenge sees me take a League Two minnow in FIFA 16 and attempt to beat a Premiership squad.
To paraphrase Liam Neeson, I have a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a long career of acting like a complete idiot in videogames. Skills that make me perfect for an Xmas challenge that involves stripping to my underoos and punching an authority figure in the back of the head. But will I make good my escape from Diamond City? I feel like my entire time on Outside Xbox has been building up to this moment.
There's nothing more festive than diving. How do you think Santa gets down all those chimneys with enough speed to finish his rounds in a single night? He performs a double somersault pike and lands a clean rip entry into the chimney flue. Those are all diving words that I only learnt after I'd attempted my challenge of plummeting into a swimming pool from a helicopter in GTA Online. Let's see how I get on.
Time for a rematch between Darth Vader and Han Solo after the Empire Strikes Back confrontation on Cloud City in which Darth embarrassed Solo by stopping his blaster fire with a single hand. Watch as the Sith Lord and smuggling rogue go toe to toe in Star Wars Battlefront's Hero Battles mode.
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