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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We're still buzzing from the spectacular Star Wars: Battlefront trailer. That's partly because this 'in-engine footage' looks absolutely stunning but it's also because of the nostalgic, good-time vibes conjured by memories of the original two games, released in the mid-2000s. Here are five reasons they were light years ahead of their time.
Stealth Inc 2 is a charming puzzle platformer recently released for Xbox One. A bit like a mechanised Abe's Oddysee, you're leading a band of tiny robotic clones attempting to escape an unnecessarily lethal facility. We do our very best to prevent our adorable minions from getting mashed, sliced and lasered to bits. See if you can guess how that goes for us.
We're still not sure what to make of Goat Simulator, which will be arriving on your Xbox One very soon indeed. It seems less a game and more a random selection of 3D objects being smashed together by a rather suspect physics engine. Still if you're into fus ro dahing popular EDM producer DeadMau5 off a rooftop bar and into the ocean, you're probably not interested whether the game has done its maths properly.
It's hip to to hate on Call of Duty, but don't let that take away from the skills of the players at the very top of the heap. The million-dollar Call of Duty Championship is one of the world's most well supported eSports tournaments and its players are as dedicated as in any other sport. As a result, there's a level of skill and strategy on display far beyond what you'd stumble across on a public server or even from high profile Call of Duty YouTubers.
Until now, there had been no evidence of the Xbox One version of Project CARS whatsoever. All gameplay footage had either been from the insanely detailed PC version or from the PS4 edition. Well, we're pleased to reveal that Project CARS does exist on Xbox One. We've played a near-final version and here is a bunch of our gameplay over which to coo until the newly announced mid-May launch.
A wedding is supposed to be a happy occasion and a lifelong commitment, but we see these videogame ceremonies as nothing more than harbingers of marital trouble. Whether it's the groom being drugged with ant pheremones or the bride putting a hit out on her hubby, all of these unions are destined for a messy divorce. Some messier than others.
We're still struggling to commit the name Zombie Army Trilogy to memory, but we did manage to hold that arrangement of nouns in our minds long enough to boot it up for some co-op zombie sniping. Our chosen level? FREIGHT TRAIN OF FEAR, which positively demands to be announced in all caps and intoned portentously. Find out how we get on in Xbox One gameplay after the jump.
The recent Resident Evil HD Remaster was the best selling digital title ever for Resident Evil publisher Capcom. So if you were Capcom, what would you be doing right now? That's right: frantically remastering every old Resident Evil game in existence. As there have been 11,000 Resident Evil games, though, that will take ages. If I were you, Capcom, I would stick to these four.
We haven't read the graphic novel on which Blue Estate is based, so we're coming to this Kinect-powered light gun game entirely fresh. That's probably why we sound so surprised when a bizarre bra-wearing North Korean stereotype appears in the game's strip club setting. Presumably the whole The Interview furore passed these guys by? We investigate what in the blazes is going on.
The festive season is well and truly behind us, but we never let that get in the way of arranging a prizefight between Santa and Death. Dead or Alive: Last Round is a new semi-free-to-play version of the last-gen beat 'em up. The core game is free and extra fighters can be bought separately. We choose from the full roster, truss them up in ridiculous outfits and take them for a spin.
We admit it, we have a weakness. That weakness is the combination of co-op and zombies. Perhaps you've been following our Dying Light odyssey or recall our adventures in Dead Island. Rebellion's Sniper Elite spin-off Zombie Army Trilogy, with its undead Nazis, zombie demon Hitler and unexpected skeletons should therefore be right up our strasse. And it would be, if we could only remember its name.
The best way to play a fighting game is clearly with another human. They're wilier than a computer and you can mercilessly take the mickey when you perform a gruesome fatality on them for the eighth time in a row. But there isn't always another human available, which is why Mortal Kombat X has two new modes designed to keep you interested in playing alone.
You would have thought futuristic scientists would have better things to do than subjecting the human body to extreme thrill rides. Perhaps they knocked the whole cancer thing on the head the previous week? In any case ScreamRide in its destruction mode actively encourages you to hurl humans at buildings, causing as much damage as possible. We play that, and other more constructive modes, in this first look at the game proper.
Popular indie zombie survival game State of Decay returns on Xbox One this May in its Year One Survival Edition. Among the benefits for those late to the State of Decay party are 1080p visuals and all the DLC released for the original version. If you already own the game on Xbox 360, you get a not unwelcome 33 percent discount. As you will see from this resolutely singleplayer Let's Play, though, the much requested co-op mode is still missing.
I understand if you aren't closely following the progress of Microsoft's upcoming PC operating system Windows 10. There are only so many hours in the day not consumed by being a handsome and/or pretty fan of Outside Xbox, after all. But hey, if you own an Xbox One, Windows 10 might be the most exciting thing to happen to the console in ages. A graphically upgraded, live-streamed and cross-platform future awaits.
Battlefield Hardline's Beta launches on 3 February on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Hit the jump to see Andy and me face off in the brand new Heist mode and in the riotously entertaining Hotwire mode we played previously.
Saints Row 'expandalone' Gat Out Of Hell is a pretty slim package. There's not much in the way of story missions and the objective is just to cause as much trouble as possible with the various open-world activities. Fortunately, Saints Row is never not fun in co-op; the way to make the most of the game's two hours of content is as a twosome.
I'm as big a fan of Game of Thrones as the next person, but the Xbox 360 RPG based on George R.R. Martin's brutal fantasy world was deeply disappointing. Telltale's recent effort was a definite improvement and we're fascinated to see where it leads, but it doesn't give you the freedom to wander off exploring. If you want an experience that blends the elements of Game of Thrones that make it so popular with a fully fleshed-out fantasy world, The Witcher 3 may well be the answer.
Well, they finally caught up with us. After a valiant fourteen-hour standoff and the weirdest ransom demands you've ever heard, Outside Xbox has been put in the slammer. Fortunately, the prisons in The Escapists (arriving on Xbox One in February) are riddled with security holes and design flaws. The question is, which one to take advantage of so that we can break out and continue our spree?
More Far Cryathlon from the twisted minds that brought you the Tuk Tuk Ski Jump and the Release the Hounds Far Cry 4 challenges. My custom contribution to the most thrilling spectacle in videogame sports is the King of the Swingers assault course, wherein participants grapple and swing to victory and avoid mashing Ajay Ghale's pretty face against a solid wall of unyielding rock.
Kalimba is a charming yet brain-boiling puzzler for Xbox One in which you control two cutesy totem creatures at the same time. It looks like it's for kids but will straight up ruin your puny, fully-developed adult brain. Kalimba is available to download on Xbox One. Imagine trying to rub your stomach and pat your head, only your head is also made of lava.
After a sucky 2014 full of Ebola and war, we are good and ready for a happy, peaceful 2015. And if you've seen Back to the Future 2, you know this is the year where we're finally living in the future as well. What then can we expect from this new year? These games set in 2015 offer up clues and, sorry, but it's not looking good.
Is it possible to beat a mighty Premiership football team with a bunch of League Two minnows? That's the task ahead in today's Oxbox Xmas Challenge as I take control of the unstoppable force that is Portsmouth FC against the immovable object that is Burnley FC and try to direct the footingball into the... bag of onions? We're new at this.
Day seven of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge is here and it's the turn of the recently patched Assassin's Creed Unity to host our festive competition. The rules for this one are straightforward: sprint across the rooftops of revolutionary Paris and catch one of two fleeing Assassins within five minutes. The execution will be much tougher.
We don't mean to be unkind, but Evolve appears to be a bit boring. It's got a forgettable title, a generic sci-fi art style and a cast of characters whose names simply refuse to stay in our memories. The worst part is, if you've played it you know there are some brilliant mechanics in there and that it plays unlike any other multiplayer shooter. This is our last ditch attempt to convince you that Evolve isn't as dull as it looks.
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