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 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.
Yes, The Crew's Wild Run DLC adds other things, like fancy dynamic weather, improved graphics and motorbikes, but we're mainly interested in one thing: buying a ridiculous monster truck and slapping American flag decals all over it. We would make the best American patriots, if we were actually American.
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.
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