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.
Some achievements you can get in your sleep, just by resting your cheek on the controller. Others take the sort of meticulous organisation that's usually reserved for complex military operations, slingshotting a spacecraft around the moon or planning a wedding. Here are the achievements that took some serious forward planning.
Her Majesty's SPIFFING is in many ways the most British game on the planet. The Queen appears within the first five seconds, for pity's sake. In this Xbox One gameplay we join Captain Frank Lee English and his trusty if unhelpful sidekick Aled Jones, then Brexit off the planet altogether and venture into space in our Mini spaceship.
Project CARS 2 is unashamedly a game for petrolheads, and I am unashamedly a petrolhead. Well mostly unashamedly, although if you asked me exactly how many hours of motorsport I watched in 2016, I'd likely mumble the triple digit figure into my sleeve. Regardless, us enthusiasts have different priorities from more casual racing game fans, so here are the 6 things that car nerds will adore about this fantastically ambitious sim.
Here's new Sniper Elite 4 co-op gameplay from the Xbox Version of Rebellion's latest gruesome sniping game, with its X-ray kill cams and exploding vital organs. Witness our exclusive co-op gameplay from the second level of the campaign, Bittanti: a small Italian fishing village that's about to get awfully messy.
Dirt 4 is the next full-fat instalment in the best rally series in videogames. After Early Access game Dirt Rally found success by appealing to people like me, who want to be punished by massively challenging simulation handling, Dirt 4 aims to cater for hardcore rally sim fans and more casual players alike. Here's everything you need to know.
This Sniper Elite 4 Gameplay rejoins hero Karl Fairburn, the man Nazi testicles have bad dreams about at night. This time he's in Italy, pretty much single-handedly dismantling the Nazi war machine, one pair of plums at a time.
Some games let you choose either to dispense lethal justice to every enemy you come across or, alternatively, to talk, disarm and flirt your way out of trouble. Consider these 9 murdery games that you could feasibly finish without bumping anyone off.
Now Scalebound has been cancelled, we feel the urge to play it even more keenly. Any game by Hideki Kamiya and Platinum Games is worth attention and Scalebound's blend of on-foot and on-lizard combat looked an awful lot of fun. Here's why you should be sad Scalebound got canned.
Rise and Shine is a retro-themed 2D shooter from Adult Swim, but don't be fooled by its cutesy cartoon graphics. It's a challenging retro-styled game in the Contra mould. See how many sneaky videogame easter eggs you can spot in this Rise and Shine footage while we play.
Wondering about new games coming your way in 2017? Consider these intriguing new games for 2017 that might have flown under your radar so far, such as Vampyr, Styx, Raiders of the Broken Planet, The Surge and Agents of Mayhem.
Headlander is a bizarre 70s-themed sci-fi puzzle game in which the solution to every puzzle involves you launching your head from your neck stump and connecting it to, variously, dancing robots, satellite communication terminals and Roombas. You simply use your vacuum suction powers to pull the existing head off your target and plonk your noggin in its place. Be warned, though: you will be sorely tempted to spend the whole time as a disco-dancing android.
This Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 gameplay shows Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 does sniping rather well. That's kind of its whole deal. For this third instalment in the series, though, it's branching out to all sorts of other stuff. Who knew that in Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 there are six things you can do that aren't sniping?
Resident Evil 7's Beginning Hour demo over on PS4 has received another update, bringing with it a new area, the basement. And as you'd expect from a horror game, things go brilliantly when you go into the basement. This is apparently the final update to the PlayStation demo before the game arrives on January 24th but should give us Xbox players a good idea of the sort of thing to expect when the full game arrives.
Looking after kids isn't easy, but it is possible. Millions of people manage it every day. So why do these videogame caregivers struggle so much? They've got the running, jumping and shooting down pat, but they can't stop a kid from running off and doing itself a mischief? Consider these designated guardians who think babysitting means sitting on a baby.
Steep lets you ski, snowboard, paraglide and wingsuit around on vast, open-world mountain ranges. In order to test our multi-discipline skills to the limit, we challenged Luke and Ellen from Outside Xtra to a race across the map. It was not without its skeleton-snapping casualties.
Battlefield 1's campaign War Stories is a series of single-player World War 1 tales from various perspectives. In this gameplay we tackle the pilot's story Friends in High Places, starring pilot-gambler Clyde Blackburn, the biggest jerk in the whole of World War 1.
In this Gears of War 4 co-op gameplay, our adventures in the land of thick necks and robot Disneyland continues. We discover exactly where JD Fenix and Del are dragging that fabricator and meet the leader of the Outsiders' village. We also discover the exact level of glee Jane exhibits when she gets her hands on a Salvo rocket launcher.
This Gears of War 4 co-op gameplay shows some questionable co-operative play from us as we tackle the opening raid of the campaign as JD Fenix and Del, who is by far the coolest Derek in gaming. The Outsiders, as JD's scavenging clan is known, find themselves in an idyllic Disneyland-esque prefab city that's the perfect place to start a post-Locust War baby boom. There's even a fully kitted out Maternity Annex ready to go.
WWE 2K17's revamped career mode promises the most in-depth and realistic career mode ever, letting you go from ticket-buying NXT spectator to headlining the main event at Wrestlemania. Watch as we take our newly created superstar Lionface from no-name chump to WWE Smackdown legend.
Watch nearly 20 minutes of brand new WWE 2K17 Gameplay as we take some of the newly introduced wrestlers for a whirl. We start with the phenomenal AJ Styles, perform another classic Sasha Banks vs Bayley match, attempt a backstage brawl that quickly becomes a dustbin duel and finally pit NXT champ Shinsuke Nakamura against fast-talking Enzo Amore.
Watch Dogs 2 hacker hero Marcus Holloway wields mighty hacking powers that could change the world for the better, but that's not what we did with them. In this new Watch Dogs 2 gameplay we used them to mess with the citizens of San Francisco. With a mere tap of the touchscreen, Marcus can control the environment around him, which just happens to be ripe for wildly irresponsible mucking about.
Little Nightmares is a creepy, Tim Burton-esque platformer - or as Andy describes it, Unravel for goths. Either way, it's very dark, very creepy and, much like Limbo and Inside, has plenty of child murder. The plot is that a mysterious underwater structure called the Maw has appeared and is drawing people to it. It's not clear what's going on inside, but whatever it is, it ain't good.
We've all been there: you're playing an excellent game, everything is going swimmingly, it might even be a candidate for Game of the Year for whichever authority gives that award out to every single game. Then said game is nearly ruined by that awful platforming bit, mounted gun bit, or half-baked racing sequence. You know the one.
Next up on our list of Hitman elusive targets is The Black Hat. We have no idea going into this mission what he looks like, but we do know he has a penchant for orange jam (or marmalade, as we call it here in Britain) and that he's somewhere in Paris. Armed with that information and not much else, we embark upon our most challenging elusive target yet.
Fallout 4's new Nuka World DLC takes you to the happiest place in the irradiated, post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland: Nuka-World! The exclamation point is mandatory, we're told. This latest add-on gives you a whole theme park in which to run amok, going on rides, murdering raiders, lording it over your subjects as park Overboss. As Fallout 4's biggest DLC yet, it's exciting stuff.