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.
Four years ago we made a video called 12 Evil Achievements For Heartless Bastards, which focused on the sort of achievements that moustache twirling ne'er-do-wells would be happy to display on their gamercards. Now, four years on, we have 13 more achievements that you should feel good and guilty about owning.
Mike plays a lot of racing games, but he's never been catapulted to 60mph from a standstill in under 4 seconds. So with Forza Motorsport 7 and Porsche at the Goodwood Festival of Speed it was time to remedy that. Watch on for Mike pulling some entertaining faces as his body is wracked by G-Forces.
Could this be the most ambitious game ever? Beyond Good and Evil 2 promises gameplay that stretches from the sci-fi interiors of buildings all the way to the stars. Here are the eight things you absolutely need to know about this extremely intriguing game.
With Xbox One X, formerly Project Scorpio, being the most powerful console ever built, it's easy to fixate on new games such as Forza 7, Anthem and Assassin's Creed Origins. But with the Xbox One X Enhanced program, some of your existing games will receive free updates for Xbox One X when the new console launches. Consider these eight games that will look immediately better on Xbox One X.
In this Crew 2 gameplay from E3 2017 we inspect the major changes in this sequel to the open-world racing MMO. The biggest? Cars that can transform into powerboats and stunt planes. This time you'll be racing around open world America by air and by water as well.
Need for Speed Payback isn't the first Need for Speed taking inspiration from the Fast and Furious action movies, but where 2003's NFS Underground cribbed the movie franchise's neon-lit street racing, Payback imitates the vehicular heists of Fast and Furiouses 5, 6, 7 and 8. The only thing missing is Vin Diesel torpedo headbutting someone with his finely polished melon. See for yourself in this Need for Speed Payback gameplay in which Mike drives and Andy is in the passenger seat.
Join us as we assault the palace at Theed in this Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer gameplay. Taking control of the spindly Separatist droids from Star Wars Episode 1, we charge towards the palace in the capital of Naboo and start dishing out blaster fire.
The only way to deal with Batman supervillain Bane, the man who broke the bat, is apparently to "snip his tubes". Not our words, the words of Black Canary. Let's hope Green Arrow remembered to pack his tube-snipping arrows.
Superhero fighting game sequel Injustice 2 is here and Superman is still being a super jerk. It's like he can't let go of that time when the Joker made him kill his wife and unborn child, which then triggered a nuke that destroyed Metropolis and killed millions more innocent civilians. Pretty melodramatic, I think you'll agree. So how about we head into story mode and kick him directly in his superbutt?
Prepare to cry! The Dark Souls series is dead, at least for the foreseeable future. Where are we going to get our masochistic action RPG kicks from now? Well here are 6 upcoming games that promise to scratch that Dark Souls itch. You probably want to get that looked at, by the way.
As a first stab by DICE at a Star Wars Battlefront game, 2015's Star Wars Battlefront was impressive but flawed. Over two years of unending galactic conflict, fans have identified several infuriating elements of the experience and, fortunately, DICE has fixed six of the biggest offenders for sequel Star Wars Battlefront 2, which arrives in November of this year. Consider these Star Wars Battlefront bugbears that are fixed for the follow-up.
We've been at this Pathfinder business in the company of Jerk Ryder for only a couple of hours and we've already forgotten our prime directive. Instead we decide to celebrate the founding of a colony on Eos by making a beeline to the nearest nightclub. Naturally things can only go downhill from there and given that there's no such thing as 'downhill' in space, that's saying something.
Watch as Jerk Ryder completes a sexy lap of the ship, attempting to romance anything that isn't properly secured to the hull. Will his trademark neon pink jacket help his chances of getting his space rocks off? Find out this and more in another thrilling episode.
Project Scorpio is the upcoming 4K-enabled Xbox One, but there's much more to it than 4K. With the help of the Digital Foundry experts who have seen the console running, we reveal why you need a Project Scorpio in your life. Tech expert Rich Leadbetter is exactly the person to take us through the vital statistics of what stands to be the most powerful console in the world.
Barely qualified human Pathfinder Scott Ryder gets his first true test of combat prowess in this Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay as we venture into the first Remnant vault in search of alien atmospheric processing technology. What we find is lots of things that need shooting in their robot faces.
The adventures of Jerk Ryder continue as the newest Pathfinder on the block gets handed the keys to a state of the art spaceship after about 30 minutes on the job. He also establishes an eye-boilingly garish brand new Pathfinder uniform.
Shadow of Mordor was a bit of a cult hit, but a few factors held it short of greatness. Its upcoming sequel Shadow of War is shaping up to be pretty special, though, even if you know almost nothing about Lord of the Rings. Most significantly there has been huge expansion to the Nemesis system, an idea so brilliant we're amazed it hasn't been ripped off yet.
Ryder's standard-issue Andromeda Initiative armor is all well and good, but it's not Mass Effect if you're not proudly wearing the N7 logo on your chest. See for yourself how to get the N7 Armor for Ryder in Mass Effect Andromeda, both the Pathfinder version and the classic N7 combat armor that was Shepard's preference.
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.