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.
We've saved the world so many times in games, it feels like babysitting a reckless toddler. But every so often along comes a game that wants to actually save the world for real. Discover six games that were the real hero.
Fortnite has been a phenomenal success, but there are Battle Royale inspired games that are lining up for a shot at that same glory. Here are 8 new games that could well be the next Fortnite. Though maybe wait to place a down payment on that gold-plated yacht, developers.
It seems strange that one of the games we're most anticipating this year is a game from 2011. That's just how good Dark Souls is. Here's the very first gameplay from Dark Souls Remastered.
OnRush might at first appear like Motorstorm with a pastel paint job, but even though it is from the same team that made PS3 classic Motorstorm, class-based OnRush has as much in common with Overwatch as any other racing game.
Who hasn't fantasised about being a train driver? Literally no-one. Now if you've got an Xbox you can pretend to be one from the comfort of your couch and it's not as easy as it looks. You would not believe the number of ways driving a train can go terribly wrong, as we see in Train Sim World on Xbox One.
Call of Cthulhu: The Official Videogame promises to bring creepy, Lovecraftian horror to your Xbox One and PS4 and this is the first gameplay footage. In it you play a private investigator sent to Darkwater Island to investigate the murder of an artist, but as is custom for Lovecraft there are also weird cults, sea monsters and your own fragile sanity to contend with.
Guess all that sun praising finally paid off because Dark Souls Remastered is arriving this year, on release date 25 May 2018. Here's everything you need to know about the 4k-ready remaster of this classic RPG.
Occasionally we remember that we love movies as well as videogames and 2018's cinematic slate is shaping up nicely, with five films in particular that are laser-targeted at videogame fans. Find out what they are here.
There we were, thinking we'd wrapped up the events of Resident Evil 7 in the Not a Hero DLC, but it turns out End of Zoe offers up even more Resident Evil 7 story. In the most ludicrous DLC yet, all the fearsome terrors from the main game are reduced into comedy punching bags.
Wondering about new games coming your way in 2018? Consider these intriguing new games for 2018 that might have flown under your radar so far, such as Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, OnRush and Overkill's The Walking Dead.
Resident Evil 7 DLC Not a Hero puts you in the tactical sneakers of Chris Redfield to finish off the final member of the Baker family, Lucas. Beware Resident Evil 7 spoilers ahead, because this takes place after the end of the game.
After 12 days of heated competition here is the gripping tie breaker that sees Andy and Mike face off against each other in survival sandbox du jour, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. As independent adjudicator and recent Xmas Challenge 2017 retiree, Jane has decided that the player who manages to finish highest will officially win Christmas.
It's Day 11 of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge! This time it's Andy's turn to draw from the sack of festive challenges. His objective? Create a structurally integral pile of corpses in Dishonored Death of the Outsider. But will his cadaver stacking skills be up to the task?
It's the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2017! Day 10 sees the return of the traditional FIFA Giant Killing challeng, in which we take a bunch of league two minnows up against the might of a Premiership squad. This year it's a clash between Mansfield Town in their tasteful ombre kit and Brighton and Hove Albion, who for the purposes of this challenge are 'the baddies'. Can Mike remember how to play FIFA? Find out as the Xmas Challenge 2017 approaches its feverish climax.
It's the final Show of the Week in 2017 and we're feeling all festive. We're also looking forward to the videogames coming in 2018 and we've identified 5 themes we reckon are going to be the new hotness over the next 12 months. Gaze with us into our crystal ball, why not?
Every so often game developers get bored of making their game and decide to develop a different, smaller game to put in the big game. These 'minigames' as us experts call them are occasionally brilliant, here are seven that are good enough to deserve their own game.
It's Day 8 of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge and Andy is stepping up to the figurative plate. And if you thought Andy had enjoyed lucky picks already with Red Dead Redemption and Friday 13th, prepare to watch the streak continue as he draws a flamethrower guy melee kill challenge in The Evil Within 2.
It's day seven of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2017 and I've drawn a challenge in WWE 2K18 that will take all of my wrasslin' talent. With a rubbish wrestler chosen by sports entertainment expert Andy, I'll have to beat some of the greatest grapplers ever to step into the squared circle. Can I send seven of them over the top rope in an eight-man over-the-top-rope battle royale?
It's Day 4 of the Oxbox Xmas Challenge 2017 and I embark upon my second Xmas challenge and draws Star Wars Battlefront 2. In this challenge I don't have to unlock Darth Vader using only paid loot crates, but instead must kill 50 Stormtroopers as Master 'wars not make one great' Yoda. That's as may be, but will war make me a point in this challenge?
After the unique performance I gave in Hitman Patient Zero while dressed as a clown, we thought we'd tackle clown-themed Escalation mission The Corky Commotion. Our mission? To head to Paris and smash fashion model Helmut Kruger in the face with a confetti-filled baseball bat. Sounds right up our boulevard.
Oh my gosh is it nearly Black Friday again already? The day of the year when the Dark Lord marches his terrible armies across the land? What do you mean it's about buying technology? Well then you probably want to watch this video and find out whether you'd be better getting a 4K TV or a 4K PC monitor for your Xbox One X.
FIFA 18 sees the return of The Journey, which follows the life and career of Alex 'Goal' Hunter. Unfortunately in our clumsy hands he's definitely more Alex 'Buffet' Hunter. In the Part 2 we're on tour in America and all we have to do is beat Real Madrid. Easy.
Normally games task us with something important or other that we're supposed to be doing, whether that's saving the world, scratching out a meagre existence in the post-apocalyptic wasteland or building a crime empire that Pablo Escobar would nod approvingly at. Were he not dead. Somehow or other we always get sidetracked by pointless but weirdly compelling activities that do nothing to push us toward our primary objective.
Sponsored Content: We're going to be pretty busy this November with the Xbox One X, and not just on account of how we must brave the tangled cables behind the TV to hook it up. We'll be busy playing new games optimised for Xbox One X, as well as games that are already out that will benefit from Xbox One X updates. Take a look at our Xbox One X to do list in this video.
It's all been friendly up until now, but Showdown of the Week saw Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra in pitched battle against each other in the three categories of violence, friendship and charades. If you missed the live show (and us) at EGX here it is now for your viewing pleasure.