Console games http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/all en-GB Fully Charged: Skype Translator preview begins, Devil May Cry coming to PS4 and Xbox One, and the VR fitness routine http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-skype-translator-preview-begins-devil-may-cry-coming-ps4-and-xbox-one-and-vr <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news tidbits you need to begin the day well informed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Skype Translator" alt="Skype Translator" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/skype-translator-kids.png?1418780019" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Skype Translator preview opens up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Skype has already helped the world feel smaller and more connected during its existence, but the Microsoft-owned service looks to take things several steps further with the launch of near real-time translation. And Skype Translator is already rolling out via a preview program that began yesterday.</p> <p>The preview version is only available to Windows 8.1 users at present, whether you&rsquo;re on PC, tablet, or phone, and as of now includes just English and Spanish spoken language conversion - but it has more than 40 written languages that can be converted on the fly during instant messaging.</p> <p>Microsoft showcased the tech by creating the above video - thanks to students at Stafford Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington USA and Peterson School in Mexico City, Mexico - but the potential audience here is obviously much broader than schoolchildren.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.skype.com/en/translator-preview/?intcmp=blogs-_-generic-click-_-skype-translator-preview-an-exciting-journey-to-a-new-chapter-in-communication">Sign up now</a>&nbsp;to give it a shot.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.skype.com/2014/12/15/skype-translator-preview-an-exciting-journey-to-a-new-chapter-in-communication/">Skype Big Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/skype-getting-real-time-translation-technology/news">Skype getting &ldquo;real-time&rdquo; translation technology</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/G87pHe6mP0I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DmC: Devil May Cry getting new-gen release </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of last year&rsquo;s top action games,&nbsp;<em>DmC: Devil May Cry</em>&nbsp;- the reboot of Capcom&rsquo;s frantic franchise - will be re-released in a remastered version for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 17 March 2015. The new&nbsp;<em>Definitive Edition</em>&nbsp;will run at 1080p and 60 frames per second, with a wealth of previous downloadable content bundled onto the disc, such as a bonus campaign, new modes, and various other tweaks.</p> <p>Additionally, Capcom says it will bring predecessor&nbsp;<em>Devil May Cry 4</em>&nbsp;to Xbox One and PS4 sometime next summer, we&rsquo;d hazard a guess that it&#39;ll be a less extravagant downloadable release. However, no real details were mentioned on that front, so we&#39;ll have to loop back after&nbsp;<em>DmC</em>&nbsp;makes its second debut.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.capcom-unity.com/gregaman/blog/2014/12/15/announcing-dmc-definitive-edition-plus-a-very-special-teaser">Capcom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dmc-devil-may-cry/review">DmC: Devil May Cry review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/owAUCZsDvBM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to work out in VR? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Virtual reality could be the next great medium for interactive experiences, and developers are busy dreaming up the possibilities. But do you really want to strap on a headset, close off your senses to the world, and start working out to fitness routines inside your home?</p> <p>Fitness app company Runtastic believes so, and has developed an Oculus Rift and Kinect-centric virtual reality fitness experience as a proof of concept, with a virtual trainer and look-based interactions with menus. We could see this being very nauseating, (extra) sweaty, and perhaps even dangerous, but we won&rsquo;t know until someone flails wildly into a lamp, right?</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBPxkPwk8pQ">YouTube</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/15/runtastic-vr-exercise/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/new-oculus-rift-crescent-bay-prototype-headset-revealed-built-audio/news">New Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype headset revealed with built-in audio</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NBPxkPwk8pQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hearthstone begins rolling out to Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft</em>, Blizzard&rsquo;s immensely popular free-to-play collectible card game, has started rolling out to Android tablets after strong debuts on iPad and computers. It&rsquo;s available now in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, but this soft launch window won&rsquo;t last for long: the publisher says a worldwide rollout via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore is happening in the &ldquo;days ahead.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/2ds/fully-charged-samsung-galaxy-note-4-suddenly-launching-week-korea-blizzard-cancels-its-next-mmo-">Blizzard cancels its next MMO project</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TQvtgCfvnN4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-skype-translator-preview-begins-devil-may-cry-coming-ps4-and-xbox-one-and-vr#comments Android games Console games Gaming Health and fitness Microsoft Virtual Reality Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455475 at http://www.stuff.tv Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 great games for Microsoft Xbox One owners http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/microsoft-xbox-one-5-best-games-2013/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New console in the family this Christmas? These are the first 12 games you should buy for it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one-games-christmas.jpg?1418400675" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Roughly half of the nation&#39;s households will wake up to a new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a>&nbsp;on Christmas Day (with the other half unwrapping a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-4-5-best-games-2013/feature">Sony PlayStation 4</a>).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Titanfall (£25) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Every console needs an exclusive must-play game to set it apart from its rivals, and for the Xbox One that game is <em>Titanfall</em>.</p> <p>Why? Because you get to stomp around as a giant robot, smashing all that moves into tiny, very dead pieces. Or because you get to bring down the aforementioned megabots while in puny human form. Or because it&#39;s about as good as modern multiplayer gets.</p> <p>No, it&#39;s not exactly subtle, and no, it&#39;s not big on originality or story either - but hey! Giant robots!</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electronic-Arts-M1REFPELE11135-Titanfall-Xbox/dp/B00D781WO0?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Titanfall</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6gL5rDwhNvU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Titanfall" alt="Best Xbox One console games - Titanfall" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_16_0.jpg?1418400675" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forza Horizon 2 (£45) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Forza Horizon 2</em> might just be the perfect driving game. It gives you a massive, fantastically detailed open-world setting in which to race, offers loads of different missions and objectives and captures the feeling of driving very fast better than any other game. What more could you want?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review" target="_blank">Forza Horizon 2 review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Forza-Horizon-2-Xbox-One/dp/B00I9WUZC4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418313932&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=forza+horizon+2&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Forza Horizon 2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YQFiWpp5Y5w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIFA 15 (£44) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>FIFA</em>&#39;s critics will harp on yet again about how the 2015 version is just another minor update designed to fleece money out of already stretched pockets, but we suggest you ignore them and just enjoy what is comfortably the best football game on the planet.</p> <p>The gameplay&#39;s undergone a substantial revision - it now plays faster and smoother than the sometimes a bit too realistic 2014 variant - while the animations and graphics have never looked better. Dozens of different modes, including the life-destroying Ultimate Team, ensure you&#39;ll keep playing until <em>FIFA 16</em> arrives.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/review" target="_blank">FIFA 15 review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electronic-Arts-M1RESSELE11238-FIFA-Xbox/dp/B00KHJLDRI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418316661&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=fifa+15&amp;tag=stuff09-21">FIFA 15</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Q21bznzy_HY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (£43) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The most exciting <em>CoD</em> game in years? You betcha! By jumping some 50 years into the future,&nbsp;<em>Advanced Warfare</em> opens up no end of new possibilities for a series which was beginning to feel a little stale. There&#39;s plenty of exciting new tech, with the <em>Titanfall</em>-style exoskeleton giving you a multitude of new abilities and with a load of futuristic weapons also adding to the feel of a franchise revitalised. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Call-Duty-Advanced-Warfare-Xbox/dp/B00MO6ZG3Y/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418316613&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=call+of+duty+advanced+warfare&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-14-gadgets-and-gifts-gamers/feature">14 gadget gifts for gamers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6XJy74bxT_s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Far Cry 4 (£44) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The open-world adventure series arrives in the Himalayas for its fourth instalment - and the change of location very much suits it. The scenery is stunning, the flora and fauna typically diverse and the main story thread thoroughly engaging. But <em>Far Cry 4</em>&#39;s biggest strength lies in the huge variety of side missions on offer and the way in which you could play for days (literally) without running out of things to do. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review">Far Cry 4 review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Far-Cry-4-Xbox-One/dp/B00I9WUXB2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317422&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=far+cry+4+xbox+onehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Far-Cry-4-Xbox-One/dp/B00I9WUXB2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317422&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=far+cry+4+xbox+one&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Far Cry 4</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/quIL25clEC0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sunset Overdrive (£32) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Xbox One exclusives aren&#39;t exactly thick on the ground, but who cares when the ones we do have are as much fun as <em>Sunset Overdrive</em>? Not us at any rate.</p> <p>A Day-glo blend of <em>Saints Row</em>, <em>Dead Rising</em> and <em>Mirror&#39;s Edge</em>, <em>Sunset Overdrive</em> gives you an array of fantastical weapons with which to shoot an abundance of dangerous crazies, then leaves you alone to get on with it. It&#39;s unhinged, adrenaline-fuelled and above all fantastic entertainment. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review">Sunset Overdrive review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Sunset-Overdrive-Xbox-One/dp/B00CM1KXTI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317541&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=sunset+overdrivehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Sunset-Overdrive-Xbox-One/dp/B00CM1KXTI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317541&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=sunset+overdrive&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Sunset Overdrive</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/W5ddpEO1CK4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alien: Isolation (£35) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Terrifying in the way that waking up to discover you&#39;re Piers Morgan would be, <em>Alien: Isolation </em>is a masterpiece of modern gaming horror. You find yourself alone on the Nostromo 15 years after the events of the first film, mercilessly stalked&nbsp;by the mother of all monsters. The feeling of&nbsp;claustrophobia is relentless, weapons are few and far between and it gets to the point where not&nbsp;meeting the xenomorph is almost scarier than meeting it. Almost. One to play with the lights on.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien: Isolation review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alien-Isolation-Nostromo-Xbox-One/dp/B00KL4PNWA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317672&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=alien+isolationhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Alien-Isolation-Nostromo-Xbox-One/dp/B00KL4PNWA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317672&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=alien+isolation&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Yl754phWuXw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny (£30) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Huge in scope and massively addictive, <em>Destiny</em> is the FPS/RPG mash-up fans of FPS/RPG mash-ups have been waiting for. The single-player story is engaging enough but the real draw is the legion of multiplayer modes which see you team up with mates (or randoms) to take down ridiculously tough foes and collect ever more valuable loot.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/ACTIVISION-M1REFPACT12423-Destiny-Xbox-One/dp/B00BM2LQTO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317769&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=destinyhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/ACTIVISION-M1REFPACT12423-Destiny-Xbox-One/dp/B00BM2LQTO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317769&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=destinyhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/ACTIVISION-M1REFPACT12423-Destiny-Xbox-One/dp/B00BM2LQTO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317769&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=destiny&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Destiny</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-4-5-best-games-2013/feature" target="_blank">The 12 PlayStation 4 games we&#39;d buy for Christmas</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jv7vqCmt6wY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Halo: The Master Chief Collection (£40) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All four <em>Halo</em> games collected together and updated for next-gen consoles. Do you really need to know anything more? Really? Alright then. The first, third and fourth games run in glorious 1080p, all four titles skip along at 60fps and <em>Halo 2: Anniversary Edition</em> has been completely overhauled with new visuals and cut-scenes, plus the ability to switch between the original version and next-gen update at the press of a button. All of the various extras are present and correct, as are all of the original multiplayer maps. Basically, it&#39;s an extravaganza of gaming nostalgia.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature">Halo 2 Anniversary hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Halo-Master-Chief-Collection-Xbox/dp/B00I9WV4OM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418318139&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=halo+master+chief+collection&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Halo: The Master Chief Collection</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aPGPiSpTw4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (£28) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>JRR Tolkien&#39;s fantasy world hasn&#39;t generally fared too well in gaming terms, but <em>Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor</em> is a fine addition to the canon. The obvious gaming touchstones are the<em> Assassin&#39;s Creed</em> and <em>Batman Arkham</em> titles, but the beautiful surroundings, rich story and clever, complicated Nemisis system together give&nbsp;<em>Shadow Of Mordor </em>enough originality that it&#39;s far more than just a derivative sword-fest.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review">Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Middle-Earth-Shadow-Mordor-Xbox-One/dp/B00JB29YG4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418318286&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=middle+earth+shadow+of+mordor&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uHZGECBJzt8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Grand Theft Auto V (£43) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, we know, you already played <em>Grand Theft Auto V </em>on Xbox 360. Well don&#39;t let that put you off playing it again. Here are some reasons why you should give it a second twirl. 1) It&#39;s one of the greatest games of all time. 2) It looks even better than before (and it was already pretty damn good). 3) It has a new FPS mode - and it&#39;s genius. 4) It&#39;s one of the greatest games of all time.</p> <p>Thank you for reading.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review">Grand Theft Auto V review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grand-Theft-Auto-Xbox-One/dp/B00KL3W626/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418318370&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=grand+theft+auto+5&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Grand Theft Auto V</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MXsP2vbwOQ0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dragon Age: Inquisition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The latest RPG from specialists Bioware is a classic of the genre featuring elves, dwarfs, demons, hundreds of characters, a lengthy story arc, hours of side-quests and a complicated fighting system. In short, everything you&#39;d hope for and expect from an RPG. It&#39;s also very, very good. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review">Dragon Age: Inquisition review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dragon-Age-Inquisition-Xbox-One/dp/B00JXFXL4K/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418318695&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=dragon+age+inquisition&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Dragon Age: Inquisition</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-ideas/feature" target="_blank">All our awesome Christmas Gift Guides</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DJB2Y_yYtxQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 10 best Xbox One games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The essential titles for your next-gen console </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall-1.jpg?1418400675" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/microsoft-xbox-one-5-best-games-2013/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas 2014 Console games Gaming Gift Guides Xbox One Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:01:27 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1430364 at http://www.stuff.tv Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 great games for Sony PlayStation 4 owners http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-4-5-best-games-2013/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bring a smile to any PS4 owner&#039;s face with one of these next-gen PlayStation titles this Christmas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Far Cry 4 will brighten up anyone&#039;s Christmas. Well, so long as they own a console" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas – the best PS4 games for Christmas 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ps4-games-xmas-list.jpg?1418224133" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> now firmly ensconced in our living rooms, many gamers will be looking forward to unwrapping a PS4 title on Christmas Day.</p> <p>But which are the best games to buy for owners of Sony&#39;s new-gen console? Read on, and we&#39;ll tell you just what you should be wrapping up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-ideas/feature" target="_blank">All our awesome Christmas Gift Guides</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIFA 15 (£35) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>EA Sports has cemented its dominance of digital footy with <em>FIFA 15</em>, adding a greater sense of weight and momentum to gameplay; and vastly improved goalkeepers. The tweaks make for much faster, more exciting gameplay; the king of football games is safe upon its throne for another year.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/review" target="_blank">FIFA 15 review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electronic-Arts-P4RESSELE11238-FIFA-PS4/dp/B00KHJLDPA?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">FIFA 15</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TWDDBx-mNzI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Last of Us Remastered (£40) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the absolute best games of the last generation is made better still on PS4, with enhanced graphics, a faster frame rate and tons of extra content.</p> <p>The tale of one man&#39;s journey across a mutant-infested United States with his child companion,&nbsp;<em>The Last Of Us</em>&nbsp;delivers&nbsp;a harrowing quest punctuated by intense action sequences. But it&#39;s also far more than a mere action game, instilling its story with incredible emotion and leaving you with deep connections to the characters. It&nbsp;really is the complete package.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;</strong><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naughty-dog/last-us-remastered/review">The Last Of Us Remastered review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Us-Remastered-PS4/dp/B00LWRSJB2?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">The Last Of Us Remastered</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ygVPHxkokAE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity (£43) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ubisoft&#39;s stealth-em-up takes a trip to gay Paris, plunging you into the middle of the French Revolution. The first true new-gen game in the series, Unity features a breathtaking 1:1 map of revolutionary Paris, plus a new emphasis on co-op gameplay; you can team up with up to four chums to slink around assassinating ne&#39;er-do-wells.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review" target="_blank">Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</a> review here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/UBI-Soft-300066178-Assassins-Creed/dp/B00I9WW7HK?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/41Y8t1IBTlA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch_Dogs (£24) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ubisoft&#39;s big next-gen debut made some promises it couldn&#39;t keep, but that doesn&#39;t prevent&nbsp;<em>Watch_Dogs</em> from being the most interesting new open-world experience out on PlayStation 4 thus far.</p> <p>Taking place in a semi-realistic version of Chicago, you play a hacker with the power to change traffic lights, cause pipes to burst, and perform other tricks to help you not only survive, but also get a jump on the thugs hunting you.</p> <p>Sure, some of the missions aren&#39;t quite as open as we&#39;d have liked and the main character is distinctly unlikeable, but it&#39;s big, bold and offers plenty of entertainment.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review">Watch_Dogs review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/UBI-Soft-3307215732816-Watch-Dogs/dp/B00BF6D62W?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch_Dogs</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadget-gifts-kit-makers/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Ideas for Makers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/e_q-s3QdmU8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (£21) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Lara Croft&#39;s cocky, guns-blazing act got tired over the course of 17 console-dominating years, so Crystal Dynamics put that long-established template on the shelf and started afresh. </p> <p>What they came up with is an amazing rebirth for the series, telling young Croft&#39;s new origin story after she&#39;s shipwrecked on a peril-filled island. As with all the best <em>Tomb Raider</em>&nbsp;games there&#39;s plenty of intriguing exploration to be done here, but for once the story avoids cliche and it definitely fills the action-adventure void until <em>Uncharted 4</em> arrives. </p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomb-raider/review">Tomb Raider (PS3 version) review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tomb-Raider-Definitive-Edition-PS4/dp/B00H8IVL6O?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ibAlLz_vyE0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wolfenstein: The New Order (£20) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s a tall task to take a seminal (but rather dated) franchise and rebuild it for a new generation, and doubly so to inject it with narrative heft where before it relied on run-and-gun action. But <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wolfenstein-new-order/review"><em>Wolfenstein: The New Order</em></a> largely nails the task, setting up entertaining Nazi-blasting scenarios while delivering a storyline that&#39;s more than mere filler. Innovative? Nah. Invigorating? You bet. </p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wolfenstein-new-order/review">Wolfenstein: The New Order review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wolfenstein-The-New-Order-PS4/dp/B00BT9DTC2?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Wolfenstein: The New Order</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ENTC-mAQ0tI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Far Cry 4 (£42) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ubisoft&#39;s open-world adventure series takes a trip to the Himalayas in its latest instalment, plunging you into the midst of a protracted civil war.</p> <p>Despot Pagan Min makes for a memorable antagonist, but as with previous entries in the <em>Far Cry</em> series, the real draw here is the endless distractions of its picture-postcard setting. Kyrat&#39;s mountains and plains teem with life&nbsp;&ndash; most of it hostile&nbsp;&ndash; and there are innumerable side-quests and challenges to distract you.&nbsp;Once you&#39;ve taken out an enemy base with a rampaging elephant and a gyrocopter, you&#39;ll feel like a true action movie star.</p> <p>New to <em>Far Cry 4</em> are the massive Fortress strongholds, designed to encourage co-operative play; you can even pal up with a friend who doesn&#39;t own a copy of the game.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank">Far Cry 4 review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/UBI-Soft-300066908-Far-Cry/dp/B00I9WW5LS?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Far Cry 4</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dYdjb10JcxU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny (£43) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Seemingly the sole topic of conversation among half of the <em>Stuff</em> team, <em>Destiny</em>&#39;s raids and rewards mechanic has clearly got its hooks into players. And with good reason; combining the fast-paced FPS gameplay of <em>Halo</em> with the loot-hunting of<em> Diabolo</em>, it&#39;s easy to get into but very, very hard to leave alone.</p> <p>So be warned: buy this for your family members or significant others and you may never see them again.</p> <p><strong>Read our full <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny review</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/ACTIVISION-P4REFPACT12441-Destiny-PS4/dp/B00BF6D52S?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Destiny</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-14-gadgets-and-gifts-gamers/feature">Christmas Gift Ideas for Gamers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iMGE3B2wsS8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alien: Isolation (£26) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Shunning the space marines and pulse rifles of previous <em>Alien</em> games, this survival horror aims to recapture the ambience of Ridley Scott&#39;s 1979 chiller. That means you, with no weapons, cowering for your life as you&#39;re stalked by a pitiless acid-blooded killing machine. And thanks to next-gen AI, the xenomorph is unpredictable; don&#39;t think that hiding in a different cupboard will save you on your second playthrough. Sound like fun?</p> <p><strong>Read our full <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation review</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alien-Isolation-Nostromo-Edition-PS4/dp/B00KL4PNWU?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/62-IW_r3rrY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (£28) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Plunging you into an open-world version of JRR Tolkien&#39;s Middle-earth, this fluid action combat game makes the most of the PS4&#39;s next-gen underpinnings with its Nemesis System. Battle an orc captain and the game remembers the outcome of the combat&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;whether you killed or spared them, or were defeated&nbsp;&ndash; with consequences for the whole of Sauron&#39;s army. It&#39;s a neat twist on a persistent game world; and fits nicely with the exhaustive lore of Middle-earth, too.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review" target="_blank">Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Middle-Earth-Shadow-of-Mordor-PS4/dp/B00JB29YKU?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/08_01gv2SRk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dragon Age: Inquisition (£40) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For RPG fans that hanker after something a little more deliberately-paced than the combat of <em>Skyrim</em>, <em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em> offers up a hybrid of turn-based and real-time gameplay. With an in-depth crafting system, reams of background lore and even text-based special missions, it&#39;s the true successor to the likes of pen-and-paper role-playing games. Also: dragons.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review" target="_blank">Dragon Age: Inquisition review</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electronic-Arts-P4RERPELE11135-Dragon-Inquisition/dp/B00JXFXL7W?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Dragon Age: Inquisition</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7SREM6E4Fvs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Grand Theft Auto V (£43) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;But I&#39;ve already played <em>Grand Theft Auto V</em>!&quot; you say. To which we reply: there&#39;s so much new content in this exhaustive update that it&#39;s practically a new game. Never mind the graphical overhaul&nbsp;&ndash; which leaves the mean streets of Los Santos looking better than they ever have &ndash; or the new weapons and missions and vehicles. The real change for the PS4 is the all-new first-person mode, which gives you a whole new perspective on <em>Grand Theft Auto</em>, turning it into an FPS to rival the likes of <em>Far Cry</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Grand Theft Auto V for PS4 and Xbox One review</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grand-Theft-Auto-V-PS4/dp/B00KL4AROO?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Grand Theft Auto V</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-ideas/feature" target="_blank">All our awesome Christmas Gift Guides</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kFhkHFSytVU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 5 best PlayStation 4 games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Did Santa bring you a PS4 this Christmas? Here&#039;s what to play on it </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Christmas 2014 Console games Gaming Gift Guides PlayStation 4 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:08:55 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1430362 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: FIDO standard paves way for password-less future, standalone HBO Go in April, and Apple TV gets a big update http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-fido-standard-paves-way-password-less-future-standalone-hbo-go-april-and-apple-t <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has all the tech news you need to start your day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Touch ID" alt="Touch ID" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-touchid.jpg?1418259969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIDO sees password-less future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The old username and password pairing isn&rsquo;t anywhere near as reliable as it used to be for protecting online accounts. Two-factor verification is a definite step up, but major tech players envision a future in which written passwords aren&rsquo;t even part of the equation. And yesterday&rsquo;s launch of FIDO 1.0 is the first big push in that direction.</p> <p>Remember when Google launched&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-google-offers-usb-verification-xbox-one-digital-tuner-allows-mobile-device-tv-">USB key verification</a>&nbsp;for accounts back in October? FIDO - Fast Identification Online - was part of that two-factor initiative, but it has released its first open standard for fully passwordless experiences via fingerprint scanning, and that&rsquo;ll allow manufacturers to tap into a system that works across all sorts of devices.</p> <p>Companies like Samsung, Google, Microsoft, and many more are behind the FIDO Alliance, whose president Michael Barrett tells The Verge, &ldquo;We now really are within range of seeing the world changing.&rdquo; For the future safety of our vital accounts and information, let&rsquo;s hope so.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/9/7359535/google-backed-password-killer-crosses-major-milestone">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-google-offers-usb-verification-xbox-one-digital-tuner-allows-mobile-device-tv-">Google adds USB verification support</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HBO Go planning standalone launch in April </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We heard&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne">back in October</a>&nbsp;that HBO was planning to finally offer a standalone version of its streaming service that doesn&rsquo;t require a cable or satellite service subscription, and now it sounds like that will happen in April. Fortune reports that HBO hopes to have the service ready to go for the season premiere of&nbsp;<em>Game of Thrones</em>.</p> <p>Getting there has apparently caused a bit of turmoil within the company, however. An internal team was building the tech needed to make the platform happen, but higher-ups decided instead to license streaming tech from Major League Baseball&rsquo;s MLB Advanced Media. As a result, HBO&rsquo;s chief technology officer has resigned.</p> <p>Anyway, long story short, standalone HBO Go&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;the new season of&nbsp;<em>Game of Thrones</em>&nbsp;are apparently only a few months away, so rejoice at our exciting future ahead of sitting around and watching things.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://fortune.com/2014/12/09/hbo-streaming/">Fortune</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne">HBO to launch streaming-only service in 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HBO Go" alt="HBO Go" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hbo-go.jpg?1418259969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple TV update overhauls YouTube </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We just found out a little something about the potential&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-prepping-motion-control-apple-tv/news">motion-controlled future of Apple TV</a>, but what about now? Well, Apple has just updated the set top box with a brand new - and seemingly much improved - version of YouTube, which brings ads but also full access to the service&rsquo;s extensive library of clips. You&rsquo;ll also find new channels from UFC, Dailymotion, Fusion, and Conde Nast&rsquo;s The Scene.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://recode.net/2014/12/09/youtubes-apple-tv-gets-a-new-look-more-videos-and-ads/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-prepping-motion-control-apple-tv/news">Apple could be bringing motion control to Apple TV</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lB6gIroaizU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Sunset Overdrive story add-on out soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Sunset Overdrive</em>&nbsp;for Xbox One is an absolute blast, and it&rsquo;s about to get even bigger:&nbsp;<em>The Mystery of Mooil Rig</em>&nbsp;is the first campaign add-on for the game, and it brings a huge new area to play in, along with missions, weapons, and new water-centric maneuvers. It&rsquo;s priced at US$9.99 (about &pound;6) and due out on 23 December, although if you bought the Season Pass, you&rsquo;re already covered on the purchase.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8cHUxLhRq0&amp;">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review">Sunset Overdrive review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/z8cHUxLhRq0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-fido-standard-paves-way-password-less-future-standalone-hbo-go-april-and-apple-t#comments Apple Console games Film and TV Gaming Google Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455025 at http://www.stuff.tv Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones/review-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Telltale Games brings its compelling brand of interactive storytelling to Westeros </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice review" alt="Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/game-of-thrones-telltale-cersei-tyrion.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><em>SPOILER ALERT: If you haven&rsquo;t watched HBO&rsquo;s </em>Game of Thrones<em> TV show or read George R.R. Martin&rsquo;s </em>A Song of Ice and Fire<em> books, we recommend avoiding reading this review &ndash; and you probably shouldn&rsquo;t play the game either. Its events begin at the end of the TV show&rsquo;s third season.</em></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £2.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4. Also available on PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Mac, Windows and iOS </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Has the makings of a compelling story </div> <div class="field-item even"> Appearances by actual cast members </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A lot of it feels like scene-setting </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meet the Forresters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The game is focussed on House Forrester, a minor noble family of the North and for thousands of years, loyal bannermen to the Starks of Winterfell. The Forresters&rsquo; castle at Ironrath is surrounded by a forest of Ironwood trees: the source of the strongest wood in all of Westeros. The family&rsquo;s attempts to retain control of this forest are integral to the plot of the first instalment.</p> <p>The game kicks off during the events of the infamous Red Wedding, which fans of the books or show will know spells terrible, terrible things for loyal northerners like House Forrester. With the Starks all but destroyed and the North now under the rule of the treacherous and ruthless House Bolton, the Forresters are in a precarious position: do they defy their new liege and face extermination, or bend the knee and become lackeys?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="House Forrester has strong echoes of the show&#039;s House Stark" alt="House Forrester has strong echoes of the show&#039;s House Stark" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-telltale-council.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rather than control a single character, &quot;Iron from Ice&quot; puts you in the boots of three members of the Forrester household. There&rsquo;s young Ethan Forrester, thrust into a position for which he is ill-prepared; his eldest sister Mira, a handmaiden in the service of queen-to-be Margaery Tyrell in King&rsquo;s Landing; and lastly Gared Tuttle, son of a pig farmer and squire to Lord Gregor &ldquo;the Good&rdquo; Forrester, head of the house. Telltale says five characters will be controllable in all, so we&rsquo;re expecting other Forresters (and there are a fair few of them) to play a larger part in future instalments.</p> <p>Telltale&rsquo;s decision to focus on a minor house of Westeros (House Forrester is not mentioned in the show, and barely registers in the books) is a clever one: it means the player can live in the Game of Thrones TV show&rsquo;s world without interfering with or derailing the major timeline or affecting &ldquo;canon&rdquo; events.</p> <p>You do, however, interact with familiar characters from the show. In &quot;Iron From Ice&quot; there are appearances by Cersei and Tyrion Lannister, Margaery Tyrell and Ramsay Snow, all voiced by their TV show actors. The &ldquo;next time&rdquo; sequence at the end hints at other show favourites that will appear in the second episode.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones-world-gets-built-minecraft/news">Game of Thrones world gets built in Minecraft</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="The Codex fills you in on character backgrounds" alt="The Codex fills you in on character backgrounds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-telltale-codex.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You win or you die </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We won&rsquo;t delve into the game&rsquo;s story too much, lest we spoil any of it for you, but so far &ndash; and we reckon the first episode took two to three hours to complete &ndash; it&rsquo;s pretty much up to the standard we&rsquo;ve come to expect from Telltale.</p> <p>As the first episode in a six-episode &ldquo;season&rdquo;, Iron From Ice often has the feel of a prologue. There&rsquo;s a lot of scene-setting that needs to be done, and with three characters&rsquo; stories being told, no character gets as much development as, say, Lee in the first episode of <em>The Walking Dead</em>.</p> <p>That said, there&rsquo;s still a nice pacing to proceedings and room for a number of suitably <em>Game of Thrones</em>-esque shocks. Which, obviously, we can&rsquo;t tell you about. And it&rsquo;s left us eager to play episode two, where we feel the consequences of our actions will begin to make themselves clearer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Oh hello, it&#039;s the lovely Ramsay Snow being a nice guy as usual" alt="Oh hello, it&#039;s the lovely Ramsay Snow being a nice guy as usual" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-telltale-ramsay.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But is it a game? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Telltale&rsquo;s games are often the subject of debate over whether or not they are actually games. And it&rsquo;s true that there are few game-y elements here: barring a bit of simple quick time event button pressing to avoid gruesome deaths, your reflexes aren&rsquo;t hugely important. The game is mostly dialogue-based and driven by your decisions &ndash; tough decisions that need to be made quickly and have lasting consequences. How far these consequences reach won&rsquo;t be entirely clear until we&rsquo;ve all got more episodes under our belts, but if <em>Game of Thrones</em> is anything like <em>The Walking Dead </em>in this regard, the destination will be pretty much the same no matter the choices you take: what will be different &ndash; and feel like yours alone &ndash; is the journey you take to get there.</p> <p>In terms of puzzle solving and the like, Iron From Ice feels a little undercooked. We did pick up a few important-looking items here and there &ndash; then ended up never hearing about most of them again. Will they make an appearance in future episodes?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/free-8-bit-game-thrones-videogame-all-kinds-awesome/news">This free 8-bit Game of Thrones videogame is all kinds of awesome</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Action sequences are few and far between" alt="Action sequences are few and far between" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-telltale-ironrath.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iron From Ice: Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a sense, it doesn&rsquo;t really matter if it&rsquo;s a game or an interactive story. Whatever box you put it into, the real question is, &ldquo;Is it an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours?&rdquo; And the answer is yes, yes it is &ndash; although there&rsquo;s definitely room for more puzzles in future instalments.</p> <p>As it is, if you&rsquo;re a fan of Telltale&rsquo;s previous games, George R.R. Martin&rsquo;s novels or the HBO show, you&rsquo;re going to enjoy hanging out in this world and experiencing your own story within it. We did, and we&#39;re eager to see where Telltale takes it next.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">The 10 best console games on sale now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="The action mostly takes place in the North, and at King&#039;s Landing" alt="The action mostly takes place in the North, and at King&#039;s Landing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-telltale-kings-landing.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Iron From Ice makes a fine appetiser for the series, and we&rsquo;re hungry for more</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-caro.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones/review-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones/review-0#comments Console games Gaming iOS games Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:11:21 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1454897 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: First Uncharted 4 footage, Amazon’s getting into takeaway meals, and new God of War confirmed http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-first-uncharted-4-footage-amazon-s-getting-takeaway-meals-and-new-god-war-confi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has all the news you need to start the week with a jolt </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Uncharted 4: A Thief&#039;s End" alt="Uncharted 4: A Thief&#039;s End" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/uncharted4.jpg?1418081642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Uncharted 4 footage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Uncharted 4: A Thief&rsquo;s End</em>&nbsp;is arguably next year&rsquo;s biggest PlayStation 4 exclusive, so naturally, Sony used this weekend&rsquo;s PlayStation Experience convention to showcase the first gameplay footage from the action-adventure sequel. And expectedly, it looks pretty darn fabulous.</p> <p>Naughty Dog&rsquo;s next epic quest puts the PS4 hardware to impressive use with stunningly detailed characters and environments, but we&rsquo;re also struck by how the worlds feel more open and useful for devising your own strategies. In fact, there&rsquo;s a particular emphasis here on using climbing in combat and for stealth, which is intriguing. And there&rsquo;s a big narrative hint at the end, so watch the whole 15 minutes.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/12/06/uncharted-4-a-thiefs-end-first-gameplay/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The 25 most anticipated games of 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ow2cL-pp6p8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon getting into takeaway meals </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It increasingly seems like Amazon wants to have its fingers in just about anything, and the company certainly has the money and scale to make it happen. We recently heard that Amazon is readying a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-expected-launch-curated-hotel-booking-site/news">curated hotel booking site</a>, and now it seems the site is getting into takeaway and delivery meal ordering.</p> <p>In fact, Amazon already launched the service in its home base of Seattle, Washington last week, as an extension of its&nbsp;<a href="http://local.amazon.com">Amazon Local hub</a>, and you can order from local restaurants and charge the meal to the card on your existing account. You can bet that Amazon intends to do more than just help its neighbors check out the local cuisine, and this service may well be a real contender to GrubHub, Seamless, and other similar options before long.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/04/amazon-local-takeout-delivery/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-new-echo-speaker-basically-siri-can/news">Amazon&rsquo;s new Echo speaker is basically Siri in a can</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Local takeaway ordering" alt="Amazon Local takeaway ordering" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-takeaway.jpg?1418081642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New God of War game in development </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the bigger bits of news at the PlayStation Experience this weekend was tucked away in one of the panel discussions. And that&#39;s because Cory Barlog, creative director at Sony&rsquo;s Santa Monica Studio and director of&nbsp;<em>God of War II</em>, said that the studio is working on a new&nbsp;<em>God of War</em>&nbsp;game.</p> <p>According to IGN, Barlog said it&rsquo;s not a prequel and that more info will come within &ldquo;the next year or two,&rdquo; so it could be some time before first details come along. Last year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>God of War: Ascension</em>&nbsp;was a solid prequel, but less rapturously-received than the core trilogy. Hopefully a new proper sequel on PS4 can reignite enthusiasm in the franchise.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/12/06/next-god-of-war-officially-confirmed-to-be-in-development">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/god-war-ascension/review">God of War: Ascension review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="750" title="God of War" alt="God of War" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-god-of-war.jpg?1418081642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disney figured out CG eyes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The next frontier in nailing the look of digital humans? Believable eyes, apparently, and Disney&rsquo;s researchers are attempting to lead the charge on that front. Check out this new research footage, which shows how they&rsquo;re modeling each individual visible part of the human eye to mimic its real-life reactions with CG characters. How long before we&rsquo;re seeing this on the big screen?</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.disneyresearch.com/publication/high-quality-capture-of-eyes/">Disney Research</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/disney-animated-inside-story-most-ambitious-app-history/feature">Disney Animated: the inside story of the most ambitious app in history</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/v3X5OmHXa4c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-first-uncharted-4-footage-amazon-s-getting-takeaway-meals-and-new-god-war-confi#comments Amazon Console games Film and TV Gaming PlayStation 4 Sony Mon, 08 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454868 at http://www.stuff.tv Street Fighter V coming to PlayStation 4 and PC, per leaked trailer http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/street-fighter-v-coming-playstation-4-and-pc-leaked-trailer/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looks like Capcom let the cat out of the bag early before likely weekend reveal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Street Fighter V" alt="Street Fighter V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/street-fighter-v-leak-chunli.jpg?1417813174" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-announces-playstation-experience-expo-las-vegas/news">PlayStation Experience expo</a> begins tomorrow in Las Vegas, and some major game announcements are expected during the keynote address. But the biggest of all might have already been spoiled.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/113714141?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Amidst a tribute to the history of the seminal fighting game franchise are quick cuts of the game in action, with the iconic Ryu and Chun Li trading blows. You&rsquo;d be mistaken for thinking it&rsquo;s simply footage of <em>Street Fighter IV</em> in action, as the art style is quite similar, but this is much crisper than the last-gen game.</p> <p>And there&rsquo;s good reason for it to (officially) debut at Sony&rsquo;s event: according to the trailer, <em>Street Fighter V</em> will be a console exclusive on PlayStation 4, alongside a PC version. No word yet on whether it&rsquo;s a timed or permanent exclusive, but Xbox One fans aren&#39;t taking the news very well.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In fact, there&rsquo;s no word yet on a prospective release date, but we&rsquo;d wager a 2015 launch is likely. Credit Sony for locking this one up on the console side, at least initially, and we&rsquo;ll hopefully hear more on what&rsquo;s new sometime tomorrow. And don&rsquo;t forget, you can <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/fully-charged-amazing-smartphone-combining-magnets-terminator-genisys-trailer-and-stream">stream the keynote live</a> on Twitch.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://kotaku.com/street-fighter-v-is-a-ps4-pc-exclusive-1667170903">Kotaku</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/limited-edition-original-grey-playstation-4-marks-20th-anniversary/news">Limited edition Original Grey PlayStation 4 marks 20th anniversary</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="674" title="Street Fighter V" alt="Street Fighter V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/street-fighter-v-leak-logo.png?1417813174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/street-fighter-v-coming-playstation-4-and-pc-leaked-trailer/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/street-fighter-v-coming-playstation-4-and-pc-leaked-trailer/news#comments Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:57:50 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454743 at http://www.stuff.tv Assassin’s Creed Victory, set in Victorian London, leaks ahead of expected 2015 release http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/assassin-s-creed-victory-set-victorian-london-leaks-ahead-expected-2015-releas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First footage and details of Ubisoft’s next big open-world adventure arrive early </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed Victory" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed Victory" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/assassins-creed-victory-leak1.jpg?1417570306" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ubisoft may still be addressing <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em>&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/free-dlc-offered-botched-assassin-s-creed-unity-launch-while-season-pass-buyer">lingering issues</a>, but we already have a great look at what next year&rsquo;s entry will look and play like thanks to a surprising leak.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The publication saw a seven-minute target gameplay demo that claimed to be rendered entirely in the Anvil engine used for <em>Unity</em>, depicting the next historical playground to explore and ultimately deal out a bit of violence within.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s interesting is that the footage they saw - which doesn&rsquo;t necessarily reflect what will be in the final game, but should be close - depicts some new gameplay additions. For example, you can fight on top of a stagecoach or train, as well as use a grappling hook to swing around more easily for precise aerial kills.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="676" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed Victory" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed Victory" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-victory-leak3.jpg?1417570306" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ubisoft confirmed <em>Victory</em>&rsquo;s existence in a statement sent to multiple publications, noting, &ldquo;We&#39;re disappointed for our fans, and our development team, that this conceptual asset is now public. The team in our Quebec studio has been hard at work on the particular game in question for the past few years, and we&#39;re excited to officially unveil what the studio has been working on at a later date.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Victory</em> will be the first series entry headed up by Ubisoft Quebec, although the studio has helped out on multiple titles and spearheaded DLC for the last two main games before <em>Unity</em>.</p> <p>For further details on the leaked footage and additional screenshots, check out <a href="http://kotaku.com/next-years-big-assassins-creed-is-set-in-victorian-lond-1665343788">Kotaku&rsquo;s original report</a> from earlier this evening.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://kotaku.com/next-years-big-assassins-creed-is-set-in-victorian-lond-1665343788">Kotaku</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="588" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed Victory" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed Victory" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-victory-leak2.jpg?1417570306" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/assassin-s-creed-victory-set-victorian-london-leaks-ahead-expected-2015-releas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/assassin-s-creed-victory-set-victorian-london-leaks-ahead-expected-2015-releas#comments Assassin's Creed Unity Console games Gaming Ubisoft Tue, 02 Dec 2014 23:46:08 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454494 at http://www.stuff.tv Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ready to head back to Los Santos? Course you are. You&#039;ve been away from this ungodly urban jungle too long </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A new gen game that&#039;s well worth exploring" alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_097.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/witenoyze" title="View user profile.">Nick Cowen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>By now, so much has been written about Grand Theft Auto 5 that very little of it bears repeating. But in case anyone reading this has been locked in an isolation ward for the better part of a year, here&rsquo;s the skinny:</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £40.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Benchmark for an open world </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fantastic variation in missions </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Eye-wateringly beautiful </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Person Mode is fiddly while driving </div> <div class="field-item even"> Everyone in the game is still relentlessly hateful </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New gen clones can&#039;t compete </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Grand Theft Auto 5 is the benchmark for open world games. Even new gen offerings such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review">Watch Dogs</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/dead-rising-3/review">Dead Rising 3</a> and the HD port of the really rather good GTA clone Sleeping Dogs can&rsquo;t compete with it. Players controlled three protagonists, sure, but the game&rsquo;s biggest and most important character was the city of Los Santos itself; even though it&rsquo;s a pared down version of the City Of Angels, Los Santos felt &ndash; and still feels &ndash; like a living, breathing city &ndash; albeit one whose denizens are beyond twisted.</p> <p>Los Santos perfectly captures the essence and otherworldliness of the city it&rsquo;s based on; it&rsquo;s a place where the American Dream and its twin Nightmare mesh into some ungodly whole. A place in which the luxury mansions of Rockford Hills gazes down over winding streets on rolling hills into the glistening glass and concrete of downtown. Blaine County&rsquo;s dustbowl of trailer parks and gas stations looks positively post apocalyptic and the ghetto neighbourhoods of Ganton and Davis buzz with palpable menace.&nbsp;</p> <p>But beyond its neon-encrusted strip malls, towering skyscrapers and beachfront hipster hives, what really immerses players in Los Santos is its population &ndash; both the NPCs walking the streets and the antagonists that the players run into. The paparazzi scumbag motorcyclist, the abusive fitness freak at the beach, the bounty hunters in Blaine, the beggars on the street, the odd couple yelling about which movie they should see &ndash; the density and detail of these NPCs bring Los Santos to life and makes players feel like a part of it. And it&rsquo;s on bringing the player closer to this sense of immersion that Rockstar North has wisely focused for its new gen version of Grand Theft Auto 5.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long term PS4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="The benchmark for open world games " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_004.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1920" height="1080" title="A living, breathing city" alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_083.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1920" height="1080" title="Same old scumbags " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_010.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Swoon-worthy visuals </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first way it&rsquo;s done this is through the new gen versions&rsquo; swoon-worthy visuals. That&rsquo;s not to say GTA 5 on the last gen was something of a visual slouch &ndash; far from it &ndash; but on the PS4 and Xbox One the game&rsquo;s presentation gleams with a gilt-tipped edge.</p> <p>Everything from concrete textures, foliage, water and animals has been thrown into sharper relief making the natural beauty of both Los Santos&rsquo;s urban jungle and its outlying areas a wonder to behold. The improved draw distance is also something of a boon. The ability to see further ahead than on the previous iteration makes blasting through the streets in a supercar or flying in a plane a far more rewarding experience and one that&rsquo;s easier to navigate too. Take a bicycle up to the top of one of the many hills surrounding Los Santos and marvel how the greenery of the countryside stretches out as far as the eye can see.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Long term Xbox One review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Visuals gleam with a gilt-tipped edge " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_071.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1920" height="1080" title="See the sights of Los Santos " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_050.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Closer to the social madhouse </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The other marquee new feature is the player&rsquo;s ability to toggle between Third and First Person perspective. It&rsquo;s handled very well overall; simply tapping the corner of the PS4 controller&rsquo;s touchpad switches views and once having adopted a FPS perspective, players will notice there&rsquo;s quite a bit of weight to their chosen character&rsquo;s actions and movements.</p> <p>There are some teething problems, to be sure; if you&rsquo;re used to playing FPS games, the X-button sprint mechanic &ndash; mapped usually to the right thumbstick in shooters &ndash; takes a bit of getting used to. It&rsquo;s also rather fiddly to use when you&rsquo;re driving; players used to steering in first person perspective in sim racers may have less trouble, but reversing and spatial awareness for the rest of us has a bit of a learning curve.</p> <p>The real advantage to the First Person View is how close it makes all the action seem. Shootouts and punch-ups feel far more brutal than before and lend the whole experience an immediacy that Third Person View just can&rsquo;t offer. Simply walking down a street in this mode brings players closer to the social madhouse of Los Santos and it makes every car and motorcycle crash feel a lot more eye-wateringly painful.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="First Person is fiddly while driving " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_095.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1920" height="1080" title="Motorcycle crashes feel more painful in first person perspective" alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_063.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A boatload of content to entice last gen players </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But GTA 5&rsquo;s improvements on the new generation of consoles go beyond bringing players ever closer to Los Santos. Rockstar has front-ended its latest release with a boatload of content &ndash; and a lot of it is aimed at enticing anyone who bought <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review">GTA 5 on the last generation</a> to shell out the requisite sheckles for the new gen version.</p> <p>Beyond the pre-order bonus &ndash; which tipped $1m of in-game cash into player&rsquo;s accounts, split in $500,000 increments between the online and campaign mode &ndash; returning players have some new weapons to play with, vehicles to drive and activities to get stuck into. Players can solve a series of murder mysteries with Michael, which will unlock a gritty filter for the game that they can access through their smartphone, and a wild life photography challenge for Franklin to complete, which unlocks a rather sweet submarine called The Kraken.</p> <p>GTA Online has also been expanded &ndash; and returning players can port their character across from the last gen platform, complete with all their weapons, cars, properties and jobs, so long as they have a Rockstar Social Club account. There are more features in the character creation suite and the overall player cap in online has been increased to 30 &ndash; although an extra 2 players can observe the action.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review">Grand Theft Auto V (last gen) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Now where did I leave my new submarine? " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_070.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1920" height="1080" title="Returning players can port characters from last gen" alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_066.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1920" height="1080" title="Affordable with that $1m pre-order sweetener " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_012.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Grand Theft Auto 5 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a lot about Grand Theft Auto 5 that remains unchanged; the protagonists in it &ndash; in fact all of the characters &ndash; remain relentlessly hateful, the campaign veers between nuanced storytelling and fart-gag immaturity and the online mode contains as many trolls as it does players genuinely interested in forward progression. But on the new gen, this is still worth exploring.</p> <p>Remember, it&rsquo;s one of the best games ever made &ndash; period &ndash; and the jump between last gen and new gen hasn&rsquo;t changed this fact one iota.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s top ten best games you can play right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="I don&#039;t wanna hear another peep out of you " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_091.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1920" height="1080" title="One of the best games ever made. Period. " alt="Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_031.jpg?1417442866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Grand Theft Auto 5&rsquo;s new generation version is well worth exploring &ndash; even if it isn&rsquo;t players&rsquo; first trip to Los Santos.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Grand Theft Auto V review: PS4 and Xbox One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why you need to head back to Los Santos on next-gen consoles </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review#comments Console games Grand Theft Auto 5 PlayStation 4 Xbox One Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:13:30 +0000 Sophie Charara 1454180 at http://www.stuff.tv Free DLC offered for botched Assassin’s Creed Unity launch, while Season Pass buyers get a free game http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/free-dlc-offered-botched-assassin-s-creed-unity-launch-while-season-pass-buyer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ubisoft makes good on the buggy debut by offering a whole lot of free content </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/assassins-creed-unity-01_0.jpg?1417050523" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review">largely enjoyed our stay</a>&nbsp;in French Revolution-era Paris, but the recent launch of&nbsp;<em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em>&nbsp;was saddled by widespread bugs and glitches. Now Ubisoft wants to make it up to fans.</p> <p>To its credit, the publisher has been working constantly on the flaws since release, just issuing the third major patch and addressing hundreds upon hundreds of issues over the last couple of weeks.&nbsp;<em>Unity</em>&nbsp;runs better than ever, although there&rsquo;s still work to be done.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And what about those who already paid for it via the Season Pass? Well, you get the sweetest deal of all in the form of a free full game from the following list:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review"><em>Far Cry 4</em></a>,&nbsp;<em>The Crew</em>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review"><em>Watch Dogs</em></a>,&nbsp;<em>Rayman Legends</em>,&nbsp;<em>Just Dance 2015</em>, or even last year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review"><em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed IV: Black Flag</em></a>.</p> <p>Ubisoft hasn&rsquo;t yet set up the redemption system for the free game, but hopefully it won&rsquo;t be long. Of course, Season Pass purchasers will still receive the rest of the content they paid for upfront, but the Season Pass is no longer available for purchase as of today.</p> <p>Hopefully this promotion helps assuage some of the initial disappointment caused by&nbsp;<em>Unity</em>&rsquo;s launch, although it&rsquo;s unlikely to diminish fan skepticism of future series launches.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://assassinscreed.ubi.com/en-US/community/liveupdates/live_updates_details.aspx?c=tcm:152-186654-16&amp;ct=tcm:148-76770-32">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/83gmiey7S7w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/free-dlc-offered-botched-assassin-s-creed-unity-launch-while-season-pass-buyer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/free-dlc-offered-botched-assassin-s-creed-unity-launch-while-season-pass-buyer#comments Assassin's Creed Unity Console games Gaming Ubisoft Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:34:34 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454015 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Michael Fassbender to play Steve Jobs, full Jurassic World trailer, and GTA5 leads UK all-time charts http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-michael-fassbender-play-steve-jobs-full-jurassic-world-trailer-and-gta5-leads-uk <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the latest tech news with our quick-hit morning primer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Michael Fassbender" alt="Michael Fassbender" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/michael-fassbender.jpg?1417048529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fassbender to star in Universal’s Steve Jobs movie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last we heard, the Steve Jobs movie written by Aaron Sorkin from Walter Isaacson&rsquo;s biography <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-paul-mccartney-live-concert-google-cardboard-truly-amazing-kinect-tech-demo-and-">had been kicked to the curb by Sony</a>, but a new suitor was circling the remains. Now Universal Pictures has confirmed that it will make the movie instead, with Danny Boyle still slated to direct.</p> <p>Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio were both anticipated to play the iconic Apple founder at different points, but now it appears that Michael Fassbender (<em>X-Men: Days of Future Past</em>) will take the role. And yes, Seth Rogen is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-admits-fire-phone-was-overpriced-ee-s-4g-network-hits-london-and-seth-ro">still expected to play</a> co-founder Steve Wozniak. No word yet on when it&rsquo;s expected to begin shooting, but the budget is reportedly pegged in excess of US$30 million (&pound;19 million).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/universal-picks-up-steve-jobs-752149">The Hollywood Reporter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-7/review">Apple iPhone 7 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Full Jurassic World trailer released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Posted two days <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/fully-charged-first-jurassic-world-teaser-evolve-s-add-maps-are-free-and-google-s-internet-ba">earlier than teased</a>, the full&nbsp;<em>Jurassic World</em>&nbsp;trailer is now available online. We&rsquo;ll refrain from speaking too strongly about a trailer some six months before the theatrical release, but there are certainly things to like (the theme!) and things to be wary of (the acting! the effects!). Fingers crossed that it&rsquo;ll be much better than the last flick, at least.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFinNxS5KN4">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/fully-charged-first-jurassic-world-teaser-evolve-s-add-maps-are-free-and-google-s-internet-ba">Fully Charged: First Jurassic World teaser, Evolve&rsquo;s add-on maps will be free, and Google&rsquo;s Internet balloons can last for months</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SILeO8m7uvU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GTA5 is the UK’s all-time bestseller </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last week&rsquo;s new-gen launch of <em>Grand Theft Auto 5</em> not only brought the tremendous open-world action game to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it was also just enough to push <em>Call of Duty: Black Ops</em> out of the way as the UK&rsquo;s all-time bestselling video game.</p> <p>Chart-Track reported the news early this week, saying that <em>GTA5</em>&rsquo;s new record joins its previous one, which was for the highest-grossing single-week UK game sales (&pound;94m for last year&rsquo;s Xbox 360 and PS3 versions). No word on how many copies the game has sold to date here, but seeing as the game had shipped 34 million last-gen units worldwide as of August, we&rsquo;re guessing <em>a lot</em>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.chart-track.co.uk/?i=2002&amp;s=1111">Chart-Track</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review">Grand Theft Auto 5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kFhkHFSytVU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony embraces “microtising” on 4K TVs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So clear is the picture on 4K televisions that Sony no longer feels the need to buy out big banners to promote its wares. Now, companies like it and others can simply put a small logo or bit of text into the image and expect that those with high-end sets will make out the advert.</p> <p>To pursue this unique endeavor, Sony has teamed up with Arsenal and France international player Olivier Giroud and adorned his boots with pint-sized references to its 4K televisions. Granted, if you have a 4K TV, you might not want another; and if you don&rsquo;t, it might just look blurry. But we&rsquo;re all for anything that makes ads a lot less obvious and obnoxious.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kd-55x8505b/sony-kd-55x8505b-4k-tv/review">Sony KD-55X8508B 4K TV review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Olivier Giroud for Sony" alt="Olivier Giroud for Sony" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-olivier-giroud-4k.jpg?1417048529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-michael-fassbender-play-steve-jobs-full-jurassic-world-trailer-and-gta5-leads-uk#comments 4K Apple Console games Film and TV Gaming Grand Theft Auto 5 Sony Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453959 at http://www.stuff.tv LittleBigPlanet 3 http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sackboy opens up a new bag of tricks on PS4, but it&#039;s a bit messy inside </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LBP3-Gamescom-Screen02_1407756833.png?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Sack is back, and this time he&#39;s got the power of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> behind him in <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em>. That means more creation options, glossier graphics, and even new playable characters &ndash; but sadly, this sequel also brings more bugs and issues.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £47.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4. Also available on PS3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Still super charming </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expanded Creation tools </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Looks great on PS4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Major bugs at launch </div> <div class="field-item even"> Design frustrations </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Co-op underwhelms </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Odd Squad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Much of the experience will feel very familiar to series fans: you&#39;ll primarily take the role of Sackboy, a wildly customizable little burlap-covered hero who leaps and bounds through stages comprised of various odds and ends. His jumping feels a bit less &quot;floaty&quot; than before, but otherwise, you&#39;ll still spend most of your time dodging hazards and collecting little item bubbles.</p> <p>But Sackboy isn&#39;t alone out there. For the first time, the campaign introduces three additional playable characters, each with a very distinctive feel. OddSock runs around on all fours, and his levels are built for speed; Toggle can alternate between his hulking, heavy form and a tiny, light variation to solve environmental puzzles; and Swoop is a plush bird, so he spends his missions airborne.</p> <p>Each adds a fun twist to the formula, and OddSock&#39;s stages in particular are a blast. And even Sackboy has some new tricks to keep up with them, thanks to an array of power-up items. Now he can use an air gun to interact with the world, use rocket boots to get around, and glide along zip lines, among other additions. It makes for a less &quot;pure and simple&quot; platforming experience, but not in a bad way.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8MhLbLiMtLs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="900" height="1080" title="The cast of LittleBigPlanet 3" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3_Group_no_logo.png?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quick and dirty </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite all of those extra gameplay possibilities to explore, <em>LittleBigPlanet 3&#39;s</em> campaign is curiously very short and limited in scope. You&#39;ll zip through it in about five hours, and the vast majority of that time is still spent as Sackboy, with the other characters taking the spotlight only for brief interludes here and there.</p> <p>Even so, the levels are often mesmerising and beautifully designed &ndash; and particularly crisp on PlayStation 4 &ndash; and there are very fun moments. But the classic cinema-themed worlds aren&#39;t quite as memorable as those of past games, the story lacks the punch of the hilarious <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-2/review" target="_blank">LittleBigPlanet 2</a>, and it feels very narrow and straightforward. I wanted more content, but also breadth.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review" target="_blank">Sunset Overdrive&nbsp;review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Sackboy now has a zipline-compatible helmet" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3%202014-11-04%20%5B05%5D.jpg?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1920" height="1080" title="LittleBigPlanet 3&#039;s campaign is curiously very short and limited in scope" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3-Gamescom-Screen09_1407756840.png?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make it yourself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, a big part of <em>LittleBigPlanet&#39;s</em> appeal has been its creation tools, which are largely similar here but very much expanded: for example, you can place items on 16 different layers now, whereas the last game had three. Yes, that&#39;s an amazing leap. Getting into the in-depth, nitty-gritty stuff &ndash; like scripting characters and creating games outside the traditional 2D mold &ndash; requires a big chunk of time, but the tools are there if you want them.</p> <p>And if not, at least you can still reap the benefits. <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> supports all of the user-created levels designed for previous entries, so you immediately have access to more than 9 million stages. Crazy, right? Not all of those are winners, obviously, but there&#39;s a veritable lifetime of good, weird, wonderful stuff to sort through, and it&#39;s all totally free. And with the new tools, the levels to come will be even more fabulous.</p> <p>To its credit, new developer Sumo Digital included a series of Popit Academy levels that help impart Creation mode fundamentals. Those alone won&#39;t have you building complex, worthwhile experiences right away, but it&#39;s a welcome and appreciated nudge to help get you started.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review" target="_blank">Dragon Age: Inquisition review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Building your own levels remains a big part of LittleBigPlanet&#039;s appeal" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3%202014-11-04%20%5B09%5D.jpg?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1920" height="1080" title="Customise your character as well as the world" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3%202014-11-04%20%5B04%5D.jpg?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1920" height="1080" title="The Popit Academy will help you make sense of the Creation Mode&#039;s fundamentals" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3-Gamescom-Screen03_1407756834.png?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The unraveling </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unfortunately, the better parts of <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> are soured by serious bugs. Despite doing the &#39;mandatory updates&#39; prescribed as part of the review process, on multiple occasions I&#39;ve found myself stuck behind an object in the world and unable to progress; I also fell through the world once and had a random full crash to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> dashboard &ndash; the first time I&#39;ve seen a PS4 game do that.</p> <p>Additionally, most of my attempts to connect to other users for online co-op were irritatingly thwarted by &quot;timed out&quot; issues. After <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/driveclub/review" target="_blank">Driveclub&#39;s</a></em> bumbled launch, it&#39;s sad to see another big PS4 game debut with serious issues still intact.</p> <p>Those bugs may well be squashed before long, but there are also design frustrations &ndash; such as having to rewatch the cinematic from the end of the previous chapter if you pick back up on a saved game at the start of the next one. Or how lengthy, multi-character levels should&#39;ve been split into shorter, individual ones, since losing all your lives deep into an attempt means replaying the entire thing.</p> <p>Co-op play also comes up a little short, which is really surprising. <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> was advertised as offering a unique, distinctive co-op experience due to the four different characters, but most of the levels force all players to use the same hero. Not only is that underwhelming, considering the possibilities on tap, but it reveals other design flaws: such as in a level as Swoop, how the same button used for both swooping and grabbing objects meant a couple of us kept accidentally holding onto each other and dying during a frantic chase sequence. Very frustrating.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/driveclub/review" target="_blank">DriveClub review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="The cast of different characters should offer unique co-op experiences, but you&#039;re often forced to play as the same one" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3%202014-11-04%20%5B12%5D.jpg?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LittleBigPlanet 3 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s a lot to like about <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em>, and even a bit to love; series devotees will want to dive back into this imaginative world, especially on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a>.</p> <p>But its predecessors felt livelier, funnier, and more vital, not to mention better crafted &ndash; and the issues here are both on the surface and found deep within its DNA.</p> <p>That doesn&#39;t make it a must-skip by any stretch of the imagination, but it lacks the essential spark of its wondrous predecessors - and that&#39;s a great shame.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="LittleBigPlanet 3 verdict" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3-Gamescom-Screen01_1407756832.png?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sackboy&#39;s new-gen debut is prettier and more expansive (in some ways), but also less refined and focused</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lbp3.jpg?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review#comments Console games Gaming LittleBigPlanet 3 PlayStation 4 Sumo Digital Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:33:07 +0000 Tom Parsons 1439666 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: OK Go releasing album as DNA, Destiny’s first expansion exposed, and the Galaxy S5 fell well short of sales targets http://www.stuff.tv/destiny/fully-charged-ok-go-releasing-album-dna-destiny-s-first-expansion-exposed-and-galaxy-s5-fell <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news you need to start the day off right </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="OK Go" alt="OK Go" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ok-go.jpg?1416987831" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OK Go’s new album coming as DNA </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Power pop band OK Go is best known for its elaborate, meme-ready music videos, which have at times <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-legendary-star-wars-games-being-re-released-office-365-subscribers-get-unlim">utilized new technology</a> to create amazing scenes. Now the band plans to innovate in another way, by releasing a very special edition of its new album - called <em>Hungry Ghosts</em> - as DNA.</p> <p>Yes, that DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). The band is working with Sri Kosuri, biochemist at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), whose previous conversion of a book into DNA got their attention. It&rsquo;s a matter of transferring one kind of code (digital) to another (genetic), and the result could merely look like a few drops of water in a vial. Except it&#39;ll have many thousands of copies of the album encoded within.</p> <p>Well, at least that&rsquo;s what it <em>might</em> look like, if they can sort out the logistics. &ldquo;Legally speaking, it&rsquo;s unclear whether we will be able to sell the DNA to anyone, or how we would physically get it to them,&rdquo; said singer Damian Kulash to the New Yorker. &ldquo;Obviously, it&rsquo;s an artistic gesture and a scientific project, not the most efficient way to actually buy our album.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/24/petri-dish-pop">The New Yorker</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-legendary-star-wars-games-being-re-released-office-365-subscribers-get-unlim">Fully Charged: Legendary Star Wars games being re-released, Office 365 users get unlimited OnDrive storage, and Elon Musk sees A.I. as a threat</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny’s first expansion exposed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re still hooked on Bungie&rsquo;s amazing online shooter, <em>Destiny</em> (like we are), then you&rsquo;re no doubt looking forward to digging into <em>The Dark Below</em>, the first big expansion pack. It&rsquo;s due out on 9 December, and above you&rsquo;ll find an official deep dive into what it entails, including new story content, multiplayer maps, and customization options.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6saWAcGizxU">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6saWAcGizxU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Galaxy S5 sales missed targets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report out of The Wall Street Journal this week, Samsung&rsquo;s current flagship smartphone - the Galaxy S5 - significantly underperformed compared to both the previous model and the company&rsquo;s own expectations.</p> <p>Samsung produced 20% more initial units of the S5 than it did for the S4, but sales were about 40% less than expected - about 12 millions units reached consumers in the first three months, while the S4 sold 16 million in the same span. Do the math, and it sounds like several million handsets were &ldquo;piling up in warehouses,&rdquo; says the report, forcing Samsung to amp up its marketing spend to get them moving.</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s recent third-quarter profits were down 60% on plummeting smartphone sales, and an executive recently admitted that Samsung would streamline its device portfolio next year. We found the Galaxy S5 to be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">another excellent phone</a>, but &ldquo;it doesn&rsquo;t quite go above and beyond&rdquo; compared to some more exciting competitors, says our review. Hopefully the S6 can make a bigger leap.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/samsung-considering-shake-up-in-management-1416783847">The Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/24/7273817/samsung-management-shakeup">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review">Samsung Galaxy S6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-official.jpg?1416987831" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Batman: Arkham Knight trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Batman: Arkham Knight</em> is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2015, and thanks to this new clip, we have a litany of fresh reasons as to why. It&rsquo;s the first of three new trailers (the next is due in a week) spotlighting the Ace Chemicals Infiltration mission, and it serves up more than three minutes of trimmed gameplay and cinematic footage that focuses only on the awesome-looking stuff. So, pretty much all of it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPXtuCDp47s">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman: Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jPXtuCDp47s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/destiny/fully-charged-ok-go-releasing-album-dna-destiny-s-first-expansion-exposed-and-galaxy-s5-fell#comments Console games Destiny Galaxy S5 Gaming Music Samsung Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453887 at http://www.stuff.tv Dragon Age: Inquisition http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BioWare’s fantasy roleplaying series hits its stride in a truly epic third instalment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dragon Age: Inquisition" alt="Dragon Age: Inquisition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/dragon-age-inquisition-demon.jpg?1416975741" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>BioWare is the king of roleplaying games. From <em>Baldur&rsquo;s Gate</em> and <em>Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic</em> to <em>Jade Empire</em> and the <em>Mass Effect</em> trilogy, the Canadian developer has honed its craft, delivering games that blend compelling interactive storytelling with tactical combat, exploration and character development.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £40.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4. Also available on PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let me tell you a story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em> is a giant game offering up around 80 hours of playing time, but at its heart is a single story: that of a hitherto unremarkable human/elf/dwarf/qunari (you) that becomes instrumental in shaping the world of Thedas. When a summit between warring factions ends in lots of death and destruction and the opening of rifts between the real world and the demon-infested Fade, your character finds out he/she has a newfound special gift that has the potential to avert true disaster.</p> <p>The game follows you as you come to terms with your growing power and responsibility and gather enough strength &ndash; through gaining allies and conquering new areas of the huge game world &ndash; to tackle the deadly threat. Along the way you&rsquo;ll take over and rebuild an enormous castle, travel to other dimensions, broker peace in a civil war, gain (and possibly lose) fully fleshed-out friends and, should you play your cards right, hop into bed with a hot elf or two. Your choices in quests and conversations matter &ndash; maybe not as much as they did in&nbsp;<em>Mass Effect</em>, but they do mean if you play through the game more than once (oh, to have the time) your story will be somewhat different each time.</p> <p>And that&rsquo;s just the main quest (we won&rsquo;t spoil things by going into specifics). There are dozens of side quests that can be taken on &ndash; or ignored entirely. Many of these are essentially fetch, collection or &ldquo;kill this guy&rdquo; quests, but the nature of the game means you can fulfil many of them while undertaking more important tasks &ndash; and all quests reward you with something, be it an increase in stats, a special weapon or piece of armour, or one of the game&rsquo;s special resources such as Power or Influence (used to open up new quests and locations or develop your abilities).</p> <p>If you haven&#39;t played the previous <em>Dragon Age</em> titles, it&#39;s no big deal &ndash; your protagonist here is a new character in a brand new story that just happens to be set in the same world. That said, there are callbacks and nods to the previous games, and the reappearance of some characters &ndash; something veterans of the series will likely appreciate.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review" target="_blank">Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="You&#039;ll face an existential threat – but also spend time picking grasses" alt="You&#039;ll face an existential threat – but also spend time picking grasses" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-corypheus.jpg?1416975741" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="675" title="As with most BioWare games, romance is always on the cards" alt="As with most BioWare games, romance is always on the cards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-romance.jpg?1416975741" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1920" height="1080" title="Conversations are well written and acted" alt="Conversations are well written and acted" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-varric.jpg?1416975741" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="675" title="The character creation scope is huge. Recognise this Mother of Dragons we made?" alt="The character creation scope is huge. Recognise this Mother of Dragons we made?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-danaerys.jpg?1416975741" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What a wonderful world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This isn&rsquo;t an open world game as such. Unlike, say, <em>Skyrim</em>, you can&rsquo;t wander from one side of <em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em>&rsquo;s map to the other without a loading screen. But it is larger than previous BioWare games, thanks to many of its locations being absolutely huge.</p> <p>The first wilderness area you visit, the Hinterlands, is itself bigger than many open world games &ndash; and there are several other areas of a similar size, as well as smaller, non-combat locations such as the Orlesian capital city of Val Royeux and Skyhold, the mountaintop fortress that becomes your base of operations. And by and large you can travel back and forth between these areas at will, making your movements during the game decidedly non-linear.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s a beautiful world to explore. The different locations &ndash; a creepy marshland here, a sweeping desert there &ndash; showcase BioWare&rsquo;s brilliant knack for creating places where it&rsquo;s tempting merely to walk around and look at the scenery. But then a monster will appear and you have to hit it with your sword, which brings us nicely to...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="The game offers a wide variety of environments and huge scope for exploration" alt="The game offers a wide variety of environments and huge scope for exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-party-2.jpg?1416975741" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Action or tactical? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <em>Dragon Age</em> series was always billed as the spiritual successor to BioWare and Interplay&rsquo;s Infinity Engine games, which featured combat that sat somewhere between turn-based and real-time: you could pause the game, take your time checking out enemies&rsquo; strengths and weaknesses, issue orders to each of your party members and then un-pause to see them play out. PC gamers got a similar mode with <em>Dragon Age: Origins</em> (it wasn&rsquo;t included in the console editions), but in <em>Dragon Age II</em> it was real-time all the way. <em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em> has brought it back, across both PC and console editions.</p> <p>You can have up to four characters in your party, and at any time you can enter the Tactical Camera mode and issue orders to each, hold another button to advance time a bit, and release it to issue more orders when the first wave have been completed. The camera, which usually affords a standard third-person view, can be pulled back to view the battlefield in its entirety.</p> <p>Sounds great, doesn&rsquo;t it? Sadly it doesn&rsquo;t work all that well: you can&rsquo;t stack orders, and on PS4 at least the controls feel less than intuitive. It&rsquo;s all a bit wooly, which had me reverting to real-time combat. Here you control one member of your party while the others are AI controlled. Their behaviour (which powers they use most often etc.) can be tweaked in the menus, and in general I found that this worked well enough for most battles.</p> <p>It helps that the combat (at least on the normal difficulty setting, which I used) is incredibly easy. Unless you stray into an area full of enemies that are several levels higher than you, you&rsquo;ll rarely find a fight particularly challenging. Stick it on hard if you want to have to think a bit more about your battles, but even then don&rsquo;t expect every fight to push you to your tactical limits. My own character has reached a point where he can easily beat high dragons &ndash; ostensibly the game&rsquo;s toughest battles &ndash; on his own, even after the rest of his party are unconscious.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank">Far Cry 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="The combat is a bit of a free-for-all, and the tactical mode doesn&#039;t help much" alt="The combat is a bit of a free-for-all, and the tactical mode doesn&#039;t help much" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-combat-1.jpg?1416975741" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="675" title="Dragon fights are pretty much optional, but yield powerful loot" alt="Dragon fights are pretty much optional, but yield powerful loot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-dragon-fight.jpg?1416975741" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dragon Age: Inquisition verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While combat proves to be something of a disappointment, it&rsquo;s just one aspect of a game that will keep most players happily busy for hours on end.</p> <p>I haven&rsquo;t even touched on many of its other facets: the crafting system that lets you create special armour and weapons; the way in which you can recruit agents to perform special missions (not seen, usually, but described in text); the insane levels of well-written background lore available to you through the game&rsquo;s Codex; the above-average voice acting and the hours and hours of spoken dialogue from a wonderful cast of characters; the subtle way in which you gradually feel your character becoming more and more powerful as his or her organisation &ndash; the titular Inquisition &ndash; expands its power base.</p> <p>There&#39;s even a multiplayer mode in which you team up with up to three other players for special battles against computer-controlled foes.</p> <p><em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em>&nbsp;may not be the perfect RPG &ndash; it&rsquo;s merely a very, very good one &ndash; but for RPG fans so far starved through the PS4 and Xbox One generation it will be precisely the game to keep them company through these cold, dark winter months. And its vast scale and replayability mean its appeal may endure well beyond that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Your companions are a varied and well-fleshed out bunch" alt="Your companions are a varied and well-fleshed out bunch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-crew-2.jpg?1416975741" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Adventure, exploration and storytelling on a truly epic scale. An RPG with mass appeal &ndash; and only a few disappointments</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review#comments Bioware Console games Dragon Age: Inquisition Gaming Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:55:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1453838 at http://www.stuff.tv Game of Thrones episodic game series features TV voice cast, five intertwined stories http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones-episodic-game-series-features-tv-voice-cast-five-intertwined-stories/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Based on the smash HBO series, Telltale’s first episode is expected out soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series" alt="Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/telltale-gameofthrones-screen.jpg?1416532844" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Telltale Games established itself as a master of episodic video game storytelling with <em>The Walking Dead</em>, and for its next trick, the studio is teaming with one of the best shows on television today.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;ll play as not one, but five different characters, all of whom are members of House Forrester either as family or someone in service of the House. The characters, who have yet to be named, will be found all around Westeros and Essos, and the game promises to spotlight both familiar show locations and new ones, as well.</p> <p>Best of all is the tease that decisions made across the five different perspectives will affect the others and the wider House Forrester - and Telltale has shown that it can brilliantly turn player choices into gripping narrative. (If you haven&rsquo;t played <a href="http://www.telltalegames.com/walkingdead/season1/"><em>The Walking Dead</em></a> or <a href="http://www.telltalegames.com/thewolfamongus/"><em>The Wolf Among Us</em></a>, seriously, now is the time.)</p> <p>Telltale hasn&rsquo;t issued a proper release date for the first episode, but it&rsquo;s expected out <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/raspberry-pi/fully-charged-raspberry-pi-board-gets-smaller-and-cheaper-game-thrones-game-series-laun">before the end of the year</a> on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and iOS, with additional platforms to be revealed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/free-8-bit-game-thrones-videogame-all-kinds-awesome/news">This free 8-bit Game of Thrones video game is all kinds of awesome</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6Q1vt9BX4Eg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones-episodic-game-series-features-tv-voice-cast-five-intertwined-stories/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones-episodic-game-series-features-tv-voice-cast-five-intertwined-stories/news#comments Console games Film and TV Gaming Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:38:35 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453629 at http://www.stuff.tv