Console games http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/reviews en-GB 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?1417049619" /> </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?1416997773" /> </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?1416997773" /> </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?1416900781" /> </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?1416900781" /> </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?1416855341" /> </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?1416855341" /> </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?1416855341" /> </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?1416855341" /> </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?1416855341" /> </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?1416855341" /> </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?1416855341" /> </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?1416855341" /> </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?1416855341" /> </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?1416523113" /> </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 Destiny's free trial lets you sample the shooter and transfer your character into the full game http://www.stuff.tv/destiny/destinys-free-trial-lets-you-sample-shooter-and-transfer-your-character-full-game/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bungie’s smash hit now offers an easy way to get hooked - if you’re not already </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="Destiny" alt="Destiny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/destiny-cover.jpg?1416426423" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;ve somehow resisted the urge to get lost inside Bungie and Activision&rsquo;s immensely popular online multiplayer shooter, <em>Destiny</em>, now you can get a taste without spending anything at all.</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-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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/destiny/destinys-free-trial-lets-you-sample-shooter-and-transfer-your-character-full-game/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/destiny/destinys-free-trial-lets-you-sample-shooter-and-transfer-your-character-full-game/news#comments Console games Destiny Gaming Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:44:26 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453538 at http://www.stuff.tv Got a PlayStation TV? Play these 12 games first http://www.stuff.tv/got-playstation-tv-play-these-12-games-first/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hundreds of games new and old to sort through – but these are the ones we&#039;d start with </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/gowascesnsion_screens_manticore3_720.jpg?1416132181" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony&#39;s PlayStation TV is a curious thing. </p> <p>It&#39;s pocket-sized, but must be connected to a television. And it&#39;s effectively a PlayStation Vita turned into a home console, albeit while not supporting a large number of the top-tier Vita favorites. </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"> 1. Metal Gear Solid </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>Utterly iconic, absolutely essential, and forever intertwined with the identity of being a PlayStation gamer, PSone classic <em>Metal Gear Solid</em> can be downloaded for a pittance on PlayStation TV. While the 16-year-old game shows its age, the seminal stealth action holds up, and the storyline &ndash; as weird and convoluted as it may be &ndash; remains memorable and exciting. Discovering (or rediscovering) the classics is one of the best reasons to get a PlayStation TV. Begin here.&nbsp;</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/OEHUGmRQGzg" 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"> 2. LocoRoco </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>On the opposite end of the cheeriness spectrum lays <em>LocoRoco</em>, a warm-hearted PSP original from 2006 that has you rotate vibrant stages to guide a group of singing, bouncing blobs to the goal. You can combine and split the little creatures to solve puzzles and get around, although <em>LocoRoco</em> is rarely all that difficult. Rather, the pleasure is in enjoying the creative level designs, mind-numbingly cute graphics, and wonderfully unforgettable songs.&nbsp;</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/pFKpyScxv0k" 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"> 3. God of War Collection </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>God Of War</em> and <em>God Of War II</em> are fondly remembered as two of the all-time greatest PlayStation 2 games, but they were recently ported to Vita and remastered in HD for plenty of awesome, blood-drenched combat on the go. Thankfully, the set works on PlayStation TV as well, delivering a couple of dozen hours of revenge-fueled violence as the titular warrior, Kratos. And if you love these, check out spinoffs <em>Chains Of Olympus</em> and<em> Ghost Of Sparta</em> &ndash; both great PSP prequels now on PS TV.&nbsp;</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/Tmky6p11PO4" 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"> 4. PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD </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&#39;ve enjoyed the tower defense strategy genre on mobile with games such as <em>Kingdom Rush</em> and <em>Fieldrunners</em>, you owe it to yourself to play one of the earliest and best entries in its most complete form. <em>PixelJunk Monsters</em> started out on PlayStation 3, but this Vita version compiles all of the levels and bonus content from various ports into one set. It&#39;s an amazingly well balanced and addictive take on the genre, with a wonderful cartoonish aesthetic and so much to play.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review">&quot;A vast and beautiful playground to get lost in&quot; - Far Cry 4 reviewed</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/DZWW6D7Ri6k" 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"> 5. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night </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>Some of Konami&#39;s greatest work was on the PSone, as this list will attest &ndash; first with <em>Metal Gear Solid</em>, and now <em>Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night</em>. The legendary retro action-platform franchise was reborn in the 32-bit era by taking cues from <em>Metroid</em>-style adventures and role-playing games to create a large, enrapturing experience. It remains the high point for the franchise, and for many fans, the so- called &quot;Metroidvania&quot; sub-genre of action-platform games.</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/v0T9XhPb9X4" 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"> 6. Fez </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>Recent indie sensation <em>Fez</em> isn&#39;t a PlayStation exclusive, but we can&#39;t help but throw a strong recommendation its way all the same. This brain-tickling puzzle platformer looks rather traditional at a glance, but press a button and the 2D world rotates on the fly, shifting routes and puzzle elements in the process. It&#39;s the key mechanic in a truly trippy, engrossing experience full of secrets, charm, and indeed, frustration &ndash; but the good, determination-building kind.&nbsp;</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/bXvE52hPYmY" 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"> 7. Persona 4 Golden </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>Here&#39;s another PlayStation 2 favorite that made its way to Vita in an expanded edition, and for anyone seeking a long-term, deep-dive kind of role-playing experience, <em>Persona 4 Golden</em> is the one to beat on PlayStation TV. Despite the naming, it&#39;s a self-contained quest, like <em>Final Fantasy</em> games are. In this beloved adventure, you&#39;ll play a high school student investigating murders, summoning creatures in battle, and working part-time jobs. You know, typical teen stuff.&nbsp;</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/Bnt0JxytEpo" 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"> 8. Sound Shapes </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 most recent games on the list, <em>Sound Shapes</em> is an alluring blend of simple platform action and an interactive music video, with a focus on soaking in the aesthetic experience rather than confronting significant challenges. You&#39;ll roll a ball through an array of side-scrolling stages, avoiding hazards while the song builds with each passing screen. It&#39;s mesmerising stuff (the Beck songs are particularly memorable), and you can even make and share your own stages.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-14-gadgets-and-gifts-gamers/feature">Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 14 present 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/zfPbJE6XDxg" 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"> 9. Wipeout Pure </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>Vita&#39;s <em>Wipeout 2048</em> is one of the weird casualties of the PlayStation TV&#39;s selective compatibility, but no big worries: PSP launch title <em>Wipeout Pure</em> is even better, despite the less-crisp visuals, and it&#39;s one of the best entries in the anti-gravity racing series. You&#39;ll pilot a hovercraft through all manner of twisting, stomach-churning tracks, snagging and launching weapons to down your opponents. Nearly a decade later, it&#39;s still a remarkably thrilling racing affair.&nbsp;</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/sTbbH3VMC-w" 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"> 10. LittleBigPlanet PSP </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 port the excellent original <em>LittleBigPlanet</em> from PlayStation 3 to PSP, Sony tasked a different team with creating an original handheld adventure &ndash; and it really is about as strong and satisfying as the console debut. Granted, this version of the platform-hopping affair is strictly a single-player quest, but it&#39;s no less charming or enjoyable, as you guide the burlap-bound Sackboy through colourful stages made with various knick-knacks and real-world-inspired items.</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/eSM7_bcCxOo" 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"> 11. Patapon </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>Like <em>LocoRoco</em>, Sony&#39;s <em>Patapon</em> is another oddball PSP original, and it&#39;s one that never spread to consoles &ndash; until now. This hybrid affair blends music, strategy, and god games to let you command a group of cartoonish tribal fighters by tapping in various drum beat patterns. Each sequence results in a different action, and how you arrange and upgrade your eyeball-like fighters will help determine your success in battle. It&#39;s weird and wonderful, and two similar sequels are also available.&nbsp;</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/53hwKdwFX8M" 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"> 12. Tekken 2 </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>Tekken 2</em>? Yeah, <em>Tekken 2</em>. We would&#39;ve probably gone with <em>Tekken 3</em> were it on the compatibility list, and you can pay quite a bit more for the expansive, modernised <em>Tekken 6</em> from PSP. But this PSone fighting classic still holds a place in our hearts, making us recall the hours spent trading blows as jagged warriors way back when. It&#39;s simple by today&#39;s standards, but still a lot of fun, especially considering the bargain-basement price. Just make sure you have a second controller!&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <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/Ci3I9xrNF9c" 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/got-playstation-tv-play-these-12-games-first/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/got-playstation-tv-play-these-12-games-first/feature#comments Console games Gaming PlayStation TV Sony Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:51:13 +0000 Marc McLaren 1453195 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: The 11 best shoot 'em up games… ever http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promoted-11-best-shoot-em-games-ever/feature-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Swanky graphics aren’t everything when it comes to destroying baddies – we dust off our back catalogue and load up 11 classic shoot &#039;em ups </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="Promoted: The 11 best shoot &#039;em up games… ever" alt="Promoted: The 11 best shoot &#039;em up games… ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/goldeneye-007-n64.jpg?1416045781" /> </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-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> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promoted-11-best-shoot-em-games-ever/feature-0#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming LG Promotion Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:55:31 +0000 Stephen Graves 1453206 at http://www.stuff.tv Far Cry 4 http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Another holiday doesn’t quite go to plan in Ubisoft’s latest open-world adventure, now with added elephants </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="Elephants yeah" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FC4_resized.jpg?1415977584" /> </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>You need time to deal with <em>Far Cry 4</em>. A lot of time.</p> <p>You certainly ideally want more than the four days we were allowed with Ubisoft&rsquo;s new open world shooter. This isn&rsquo;t to say you won&rsquo;t be able to finish the game&rsquo;s main campaign in the time we were allotted to play it in, because we did. That&rsquo;s just to say that that there&rsquo;s so much more going on in <em>Far Cry 4</em> beyond its narrative that it could keep players glued to it for weeks. Possibly months.</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 Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 </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"> Bewildering number of activities </div> <div class="field-item even"> Compelling characters and story </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"> Stealth sections undermine open approach </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"> Big country </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>Far Cry 4</em> is a true open world game in that it entices &ndash; in fact, flat out encourages &ndash; players to go off piste. This is a game that offers unbridled freedom as a given. There&rsquo;s a story anchoring the action, but the best moments in <em>Far Cry 4</em> are those that players create for themselves &ndash; like riding an elephant through an enemy outpost or escaping from insurmountable odds by leaping off a cliff and deploying a wingsuit. <em>Far Cry 4</em> has a decent plot, sure, but its biggest strength is the fact that, for the most part, it doesn&rsquo;t get in the way of players experimenting.</p> <p>The game&rsquo;s map compliments an open-ended approach. It&rsquo;s filled to bursting with activities, from radar towers to unlock, to outposts to raid to races to take part in and more. Once players engage in any of these missions, a laundry list of new activities opens up. The hardest task players are likely to encounter in <em>Far Cry 4</em> is to stay focused on the task at hand.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 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 game’s map compliments an open-ended approach. It’s filled to bursting with activities." alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_REVIEWS_SHERPA_1080.jpg?1415977584" /> </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&#039;s my motivation? </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 story of <em>Far Cry 4</em> centres on Ajay Ghale and his quest to scatter his mother&rsquo;s ashes in the country of her birth, Kyrat. Upon arriving, he&rsquo;s snapped up by the local dictator &ndash; a flamboyant psycho named Pagan Min &ndash; from whose clutches he quickly escapes. Ajay soon comes into contact with Kyrat&rsquo;s freedom fighter movement, The Golden Path, and it&rsquo;s here the narrative starts to splinter.</p> <p>The Golden Path has two leaders, Amita and Sabal, and both of them have very different ideas on how best to bring down Pagan Min&rsquo;s brutal rule of Kyrat. Sabal is a conservative; while he puts a premium on the value of human life, he&rsquo;s also committed to bringing Kyrat back to what he sees as traditional values. Amita, for her part has no time for Sabal&rsquo;s borderline sexist outlook, but she&rsquo;s not above taking over Pagan Min&rsquo;s drug running operations if it means schools and hospitals can be built.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no clear moral compass between the pair of them and the narrative is made all the more compelling by the fact that the player is eventually forced to pick a side. In Kyrat there are no easy choices and the player will likely have to reflect on the path they&rsquo;ve chosen in the closing moment of the game.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review">Forza Horizon 2 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 Golden Path has two leaders, Amita and Sabal, and both of them have very different ideas on how best to bring down Pagan Min’s brutal rule of Kyrat." alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_REVIEWS_YOGI_REGGIE_1080.jpg?1415977584" /> </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"> A bit on the side </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 the meantime, <em>Far Cry 4</em> tosses up a ton of distractions to engage the player. You can hunt animals, unlock radar towers, attack fortresses, take down outposts, take part in races, rescue hostages &ndash; the list goes on and on. <em>Far Cry 4</em> is likely to keep players glued to it for hours at a time and the principle draw here is that no activity feels forced or mandatory. All the game&rsquo;s tasks run into each other organically so players never feel like they&rsquo;re being yanked in a direction they&rsquo;re not comfortable with.</p> <p>That having been said, it&rsquo;s worth pointing out that some story missions box players into a style of play they may not be on board with. There are one or two plot missions that demand a stealthy approach and players who lack patience will find these segments heavy going. This is compounded by the fact that being spotted by the AI results in an instant fail; after allowing players such an innate sense of freedom, constricting their movements to such a degree feels almost draconian.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien Isolation 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="Who you callin&#039; Dumbo?" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_Arena_Elephant_Preview_141014_6pmCET.jpg?1415977584" /> </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="Boooom!" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_GLA87_Explosion_Preview_141014_6pmCET.jpg?1415977584" /> </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"> Plays well with others </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 these moments are few and far between. Players are far more likely to spend a ton of time exploring Kyrat, looting chests, killing and skinning animals, unlocking the map and generally exploring their environment to its deepest depths. <em>Far Cry 4</em> also introduces two-player co-op on the campaign map, so if you&rsquo;re finding a particular fort or outpost something of a pain to take down solo, you and a mate can team up to make shorter work of it.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a PVP multiplayer, although the strength of the single-player campaign makes it feel like something of a third wheel. A lot of the match types in the multiplayer are team-and-objective based, with players defending or attacking points in the map. There&rsquo;s an asynchronous quality to the PVP as one side is armed with traditional firearms and the other with bows and arrows and the ability to cloak and command animals in the map. It&rsquo;s a compelling affair but it&rsquo;s doubtful that <em>Far Cry 4</em> is going to eat into the online audience numbers of <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">Call Of Duty</a></em>, for example.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">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="There’s an asynchronous quality to the PVP as one side is armed with traditional firearms and the other with bows and arrows." alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_PvP_ATV_Attack_301014_5pm_ParisTime.jpg?1415977584" /> </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="Command wild beasts!" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_PvP_Rakshasa_301014_5pm_ParisTime.jpg?1415977584" /> </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"> Far Cry 4 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>No, <em>Far Cry 4&rsquo;s</em> principle attraction is most certainly its campaign, which is easily the best thing about it. The land of Kyrat is a vast and beautiful playground and players have every reason to get lost in it. We suggest you answer its call&hellip;</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="Far Cry 4 review verdict" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_REVIEWS_ROCKET_1080.jpg?1415977584" /> </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"> 8 </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"> 9 </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>Bigger, better and more beautiful than ever, Far Cry 4 is a glorious timesink</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"> Far Cry 4 review: &quot;Bigger, better and more beautiful than ever&quot; </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"> Another holiday doesn’t quite go to plan in Ubisoft’s latest adventure </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review#comments Console games Far Cry 4 Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:54:33 +0000 Tom Parsons 1450234 at http://www.stuff.tv Battlefield Hardline hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Battlefield team takes a break from the frontline and switches the fight to the streets, in a cops ‘n’ robbers tale of heists, handcuffs and heroics... </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="Battlefield Hardline" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BFH_main_3.jpg?1415911932" /> </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/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review"><em>Call Of Duty</em> </a>disappearing further into the realms of outright fantasy with each new game &ndash; watch out for <em>COD: Hobbit Warfare</em> in stores for Christmas 2015 &ndash; <em>Battlefield</em>&rsquo;s more down-to-earth approach to digitised warfare has earned it plenty of loyal recruits. But what will they make of <em>Hardline</em>?</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> <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"> £-1.00 </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> </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"> 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"> Cops &#039;n&#039; robbers </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 thing they&rsquo;ll notice is that <em>Hardline</em> is not <em>Battlefield 5</em>. Swapping the frontline for a walk along the thin blue line, <em>Hardline</em> puts you in the shoes of a Miami cop called Nick Mendoza &ndash; although as the story takes you to locations as diverse as the Florida Everglades, the High Desert of California and glitzy Hollywood hills, it&rsquo;ll become clear that things aren&rsquo;t as cut and dried as that.</p> <p>We played two episodes from the game&rsquo;s total of ten: one as a cop on the hunt for a local drug dealer at the very start, the other from towards the end of the game. We won&rsquo;t talk too much about the latter for fear of spoilers but let&rsquo;s just say by that point Nick isn&rsquo;t exactly earning any medals for exceptional police work.</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="Chase me! Chase me!" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tgs_hotwire_glades_drivers_1080p_face_touchup.jpg?1415911932" /> </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"> Freeze! </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 becomes clear very early on in <em>Hardline</em> that this isn&rsquo;t a straightforward first-person shooter. For starters, a gun isn&rsquo;t your only weapon. As an officer of the law you can press the left shoulder button to flash your badge and shout &lsquo;FREEZE!&rsquo; at any ne&rsquo;er-do-wells you encounter, causing them to reach for the skies.</p> <p>You then have to keep your gun trained on them, moving swiftly from one to another and back again if there&rsquo;s more than one. Leave one out of your sights for too long and they&rsquo;ll take matters into their own hands and open fire. That means you&rsquo;ll have to be very skilled to keep three under control, while four or more will just laugh in your face &ndash; and these guys laugh with their guns, not their mouths. Successfully suppress one or more, however, and you can leave them on the ground in cuffs.</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="5120" height="3011" title="Freeze!" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Tyson_HandsUp.jpg?1415911932" /> </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"> Arresting developments </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>Arresting particular enemies will earn you extra rewards. They can be identified using the scanner that Mendoza carries &ndash; a cross between the camera in <em>Far Cry 3</em> and the ESPER system from the old <em>Blade Runner</em> PC point &lsquo;n&rsquo; click. It tags enemies and adds them to your map, highlights alarms and mains power cables, detects and analyses evidence, and even allows you to listen to conversations from afar. It&rsquo;s hardly <em>The Wire</em> but it at least gives the illusion of some police work before the bullets start to fly.</p> <p>Essentially the scanner allows you to plan your approach, and in <em>Hardline</em> there are often numerous ways to tackle each situation. Do you want to lure enemies into isolation by chucking empty bullet cases to catch their attention, before knocking them out cold or hitting them with a taser? Or go in gung-ho with all guns blazing? Whichever one you choose you&rsquo;ll know when an enemy has spotted you because a small crescent appears above their head, gradually increasing in size until it turns red, at which point you&rsquo;ll be welcomed with hot lead.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">Kill your productivity - 30 great games you can play for free in your browser</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/kk34yU1BGiU" 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"> Packing Heat </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 weapons loadout screen is where <em>Hardline</em> is most reminiscent of previous <em>Battlefield</em> games. The possibilities aren&rsquo;t quite endless but it&rsquo;ll take a very long time to try out each one. Primary and secondary weapons can be customised with different scopes, stocks and barrels, while you can select various gadgets to aid your chosen approach, including grappling hooks and ziplines.</p> <p>&ldquo;Most games developers love films but the reality is a videogame is not like a film,&rdquo; <em>Hardline</em>&rsquo;s exec producer Steve Papoutsis tells <em>Stuff</em> after the playthrough. &ldquo;A film is two and a half hours long. Videogames are much, much longer, and they also break down more like TV episodes.&rdquo; Despite this he cites The Joker&rsquo;s bank heist from <em>The Dark Knight</em> as one of the team&rsquo;s many influences, alongside the dialogue style of TV series such as <em>Justified</em>, while the blurred lines between the two sides of the law reminded us of cult cops-gone-bad drama <em>The Shield</em>.</p> <p>In fact, it goes much further than just ziplines and grappling hooks; the codes and conducts of television have been weaved right into the structure of the game. Aside from the decision to divide it into 10 episodes, you&rsquo;ll also be reminded what happened previously when you fire up the game, and offered a teaser of what&rsquo;s coming next when you choose to stop playing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/halo-5-guardians/halo-5-guardians-hands/review">Halo 5 Guardians hands-on preview</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="1126" title="Why so serious?" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hardline_hostage_hosting.jpg?1415911932" /> </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="6720" height="3952" title="You&#039;re under a vest" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nick_Arrest_Tap.jpg?1415911932" /> </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"> Style council </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>Those influences also extend to the various &lsquo;Fortress Encounters&rsquo; that you&rsquo;ll be faced with throughout the game. These are more open-world style, finale-type missions with multiple ways to approach them &ndash; think the bank robbery from <em>Heat</em> combined with the outpost raids from <em>Far Cry 3</em>. The one we played involved breaking into a high-rise building and making our way to a vault at the top. We tried to sneak in through the loading bay at the back but on being discovered by a guard had to switch tactic on-the-fly to something a little louder, inviting a stampede of enemies armed with gas grenades and automatic weapons.</p> <p>Many games have claimed to allow multiple styles of play before, but in <em>Hardline</em> it feels like you genuinely have options &ndash; and if one doesn&rsquo;t work you can fall back on the other without being unfairly punished. According to Papoutsis the encounter we played is possible to complete by knocking out just four or five enemies and leaving the rest alone.</p> <p><em>Hardline</em>&rsquo;s differing playing styles don&rsquo;t just affect how many bodies you leave in your wake. There&rsquo;s a scoring system built into the game that keeps track of what kind of player you are: a Protectionist or a Loose Cannon. &ldquo;We have tried diligently to create scenarios that make sense for a cop to use lethal force,&rdquo; explains Papoutsis, &ldquo;but more importantly also give players the choice to use non-lethal force to get the job done. We need to figure out a good way to make the incentives and rewards equal [for both approaches].&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">35 fantastic free Android games</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="1088" title="Battlefield Hardline" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hardline_piggyback_rescue.jpg?1415911932" /> </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="Hardline&#039;s new Fortress Encounters" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hardline_sp_boomer.jpg?1415911932" /> </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"> Paper chase </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 many,&nbsp;<em>Battlefield</em> and multiplayer go hand-in-hand and <em>Hardline</em> is no different. Back at E3 in June we jumped into a game of Blood Money. Playing as the police our team was charged with grabbing bags of cash from the middle of the map and bringing it back to our base. To complicate matters, the crooks were attempting the same thing. Yes, it&rsquo;s essentially capture-the-flag, but in the context of a bank robbery. However, there&rsquo;s a twist &ndash; you can steal money back from your opponent&rsquo;s base.</p> <p>That should mean that individual games will be more nuanced than they are in some multiplayer titles, but we were too busy exploring downtown LA to actually try and win. Though not very large geographically, the map does feature tons of nooks and crannies you can hide in, such as carparks and back alleys, making it an interesting environment to spend time in. The rest of our team seemingly had the same idea, so it&#39;s hardly surprising that we lost.</p> <p>The challenge Visceral Games will face is balancing the desire from <em>Battlefield</em> veterans for huge maps, with environments that make sense in the context and with the tighter engagement distances of this game. The inclusion of 64-player game modes and vehicles should help that, even if our ride on a motorbike was ended prematurely when we were run over and crushed by an armoured vehicle.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&#39;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="7565" height="4543" title="Hardline multiplayer" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/battlefield_hardline_7_wm_1.jpg?1415911932" /> </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"> Delayed Reaction </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>Originally intended for launch in November, <em>Battlefield Hardline</em> has been put on probation until 2015. While that&rsquo;s disappointing for itchy-trigger-fingered gamers, Papoutsis says it&rsquo;s allowed his team to address some of the issues that arose from the multiplayer beta back in June, from consistency within the storyline to boring stability issues and bugs.</p> <p>Anyone who played that beta will have noticed it felt a lot like <em>Battlefield</em> in fancy dress. Outfits aside it was difficult to pick out of a line-up next to <em>Battlefield 4</em> (or even <em>3</em>), but the single-player game we played had its own very distinct identity.</p> <p>The guns still feel big and heavy, and the environments deteriorate brilliantly when caught in the crossfire (we particularly like the way soft furnishings leave a cloud of feathers hanging in the air when the shooting stops) but Hardline&rsquo;s more memorable characters and new police-specific game mechanics set it apart from both its <em>Battlefield</em> stablemates and other first-person shooters. Let&rsquo;s hope it lives up to the promise when it&rsquo;s released in March next year.</p> <p><em>Additional multiplayer reporting by Melvin Tang</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <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-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="&quot;What do you mean Hardline&#039;s been delayed?&quot;" alt="Battlefield Hardline hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chopshop_nick_1080.jpg?1415911932" /> </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-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review#comments Console games E3 2014 Electronic Arts First Play Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:52:15 +0000 Marc McLaren 1439364 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Just Cause 3 announced, Mozilla getting into web VR game, and SpaceX planning global Internet satellites http://www.stuff.tv/mozilla/fully-charged-just-cause-3-announced-mozilla-getting-web-vr-game-and-spacex-planning-global- <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 begin 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="Just Cause 3" alt="Just Cause 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/justcause3-announce.jpg?1415859720" /> </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"> Just Cause 3 launching in 2015 </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>Long rumoured and finally just confirmed, open-world action game <em>Just Cause 3</em> will debut on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC sometime in 2015. The news comes via the announcement of the latest cover of U.S. magazine Game Informer, which has a blowout planned for the upcoming issue.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s little to go on as of this writing, aside from some artwork and developers commenting on how big and brash the game will be, but&hellip; well, that&rsquo;s exactly what we&rsquo;re hoping for. <em>Just Cause 2</em> is widely known as one of the most raucous and purely fun open-world titles ever made, and the prospect of next-gen hardware powering even crazier action sequences has us excited to see more very soon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/11/11/december-cover-revealed-just-cause-3-29401230.aspx">Game Informer</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-underrated-games-you-should-play-now/news">10 underrated games you should play now</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"> Mozilla opens web VR portal </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>Mozilla&rsquo;s Firefox offers experimental <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/firefox/chrome-follows-firefox-s-lead-adding-experimental-vr-headset-support/news">VR headset-compatible builds</a>, but the company doesn&rsquo;t simply want to provide a platform for browsing the web in virtual reality: it also wants to help set the template and guide users to the good stuff.</p> <p>To that end, Mozilla has launched MozVR.com, which is &ldquo;a VR website about VR websites&rdquo; and allows Oculus Rift users (at present) to check out seamlessly navigable web content - such as exploring Arctic terrain or viewing visualized data all around you. Grab a VR-enabled build of Firefox for PC or Mac, fire up your Rift dev kit (if you&rsquo;re lucky enough to have one), and check it out.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://mozvr.com/content/2014/11/10/mozvr-launches.html">MozVR</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <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="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="MozVR" alt="MozVR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mozilla-mozvr.jpg?1415859720" /> </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"> SpaceX to launch satellites for low-cost Internet </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>Private space travel has seen <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-galactic-s-spaceshiptwo-explodes-california-test-flight/news">its share of turmoil</a> of late, but SpaceX continues on - and Elon Musk&rsquo;s company is looking to other things with its eyes towards the sky. Namely, the company plans to launch loads of micro-satellites to beam what Musk describes as &ldquo;very low cost&rdquo; Internet access down to Earth.</p> <p>Musk tweeted that the company is &ldquo;in the early stages of developing advanced micro-satellites operating in large formations,&rdquo; and that official news would come in two to three months. Last week, SpaceX was <a href="http://www.theverge.com/science/2014/11/7/7175407/elon-musk-may-be-getting-into-the-satellite-business">rumoured to be in discussions</a> to launch some 700 satellites that weigh less than 250 pounds apiece to facilitate the project, so it may well be a hugely significant undertaking.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/11/7192173/satellite-elon-musk-spacex">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-innovators-2014/stuff-innovators-2014-travel/feature">Stuff Innovators 2014: Travel</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="Elon Musk" alt="Elon Musk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spacex-elonmusk.jpg?1415859720" /> </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"> Third wave of Amiibo figures revealed </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>Nintendo&rsquo;s foray into NFC-powered figurines launches <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/super-smash-bros-wii-u-launching-december/news">later this month</a>, as the first Amiibo figures hit stores alongside <em>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</em>. A second round of figures is set to follow just before Christmas, but before any of that happens, Nintendo is already pointing ahead to a third wave of Amiibo offerings.</p> <p>Planned to debut in February in North America, the third line is led by third-party favorites Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog, who are flanked by Bowser, Toon Link, Lucario, Rosalina, Sheik, Meta Knight, Ike, King Dedede, and Shulk - bringing the grand total to 29 figurines. Unfortunately, it sounds like some figures will be exclusive to certain retailers, which may make them difficult to come by.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTG_IQfraUk">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/super-smash-bros-wii-u/review">Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 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/YTG_IQfraUk" 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/mozilla/fully-charged-just-cause-3-announced-mozilla-getting-web-vr-game-and-spacex-planning-global-#comments Console games Gaming Mozilla Nintendo Oculus Rift Wii U Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1452936 at http://www.stuff.tv Assassin's Creed Unity http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It trades pirates for Parisians, but the first next-gen-only Assassin&#039;s Creed is still the series as you know 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" 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.jpg?1416499822" /> </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>Triple-A video game blockbuster sequels are in the same camp now as healthy film franchises &ndash; and they have the same constraints.</p> <p>Players pay money for a new plot, some new features and possibly a new protagonist, but the nuts and bolts remain the same. There&rsquo;s not much room to tinker with a formula that attracts millions every year. If it ain&rsquo;t broke you don&rsquo;t fix it, you just add to it.</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"> £45.00 </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 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"> United, we revolt </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>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed: Unity</em> tells the story of one Arno Dorian, a rich delinquent who finds the rug firmly pulled out from under him when he&rsquo;s blamed for the murder of his adoptive father. Stripped of the privileges he&rsquo;s enjoyed as a Parisian aristocrat and burning with the need for revenge, he joins the Assassins in their war against the Templars.&nbsp;This not only sets him on a path to taking down those responsible for his misfortunes, but it also puts him on the opposing side of the ongoing secret war to his childhood sweetheart, Elise.</p> <p>The story doesn&rsquo;t exactly break new ground for the series &ndash; subtract Elise and it&rsquo;s basically the same set up as <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed II</em> &ndash; but it&rsquo;s a well-written and paced yarn and it doesn&rsquo;t run out of dramatic steam before the end credits.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-best-fps-games-ever/news">The 30 best first-person shooter games ever</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/ixp1RDIf4O8" 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="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-05.jpg?1416499822" /> </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="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-03.jpg?1416499822" /> </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"> Riots on the streets of Paris </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 far, so <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</em>, but <em>Unity&rsquo;s</em> scope and depth is head and shoulders over anything this series has ever attempted before.</p> <p>Set in Paris on the eve of the French Revolution, the map is not only on a 1:1 scale with the inner city of its real-world counterpart, but it captures the vibrant atmosphere that must have existed at the time beautifully. The streets of Paris are filled with protesters burning effigies of aristocrats, brawls spill out into the streets from taverns and the city guard is lining up agitators against the wall. Paris feels like a powder keg needing only a stray spark to send the whole thing off.</p> <p>The city is also filled with catacombs, interiors to explore and hidden secrets. Charge through the streets and tap the Eagle Vision button, and players will see locked doors they can pick to gain treasures, entries into the tunnels beneath the streets of Paris and windows they can use to continue a parkour run unbroken. They&rsquo;ll also note potential enemies (marked in yellow) and hostile NPCs (marked in red), which, unless they&rsquo;ve equipped themselves with some decent weapons, they&rsquo;re advised to avoid.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/halo-5-guardians/halo-5-guardians-hands/review" target="_blank">Halo 5: Guardians hands-on preview</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="4480" height="2520" title="Paris feels like a powder keg needing only a stray spark to send the whole thing off" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ACU_Screenshot_LuxembourgRiot.jpg?1416499822" /> </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"> Picking your battles </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 why would you avoid the bad guys? Because combat is a far more nuanced affair than it was in previous <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</em> titles. You can&rsquo;t just spam the defence mechanic and cut your way through waves of enemies. The AI not only watches for this, but it does its level best to flank the player and a lot of the time, attacks will occur from the rear.</p> <p>Players need to learn parries and mix up their attacks, but in a lot of instances, when they find themselves surrounded, the best option is to drop a smokebomb and flee.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-14-gadgets-and-gifts-gamers/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 14 Gadgets and Presents for Gamers</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="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-04.jpg?1416499822" /> </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="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-07.jpg?1416499822" /> </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="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/assassins-creed-unity-08.jpg?1416499822" /> </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"> Brotherhood </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 big new feature in <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em> is co-op play on the same map as the main campaign. One player acts as the host and once they invite a couple of friends into an online party, between two and four of them can take part in missions &ndash; depending on the number of players the specific mission allows in.</p> <p>The missions are divided into two categories: assassinations and heists. The former usually sees players having to complete one or two tasks, such as pickpocketing letters of passage or completing an obstacle course, before zeroing in on their target. The latter involves sneaking into Templar controlled areas and stealing precious artefacts. Once again, rewards for mission completion are tallied up in cash and weapon, armour and equipment unlocks, so they&rsquo;re worth doing even if you&rsquo;re a lone wolf player, just to get your hands on better gear.</p> <p>A word of advice before you proceed, though: invest in a decent headset and make sure your online connection is strong. First off, there are few things more infuriating than trying to coordinate an attack with players you can&rsquo;t speak to. Second, some missions are rather lengthy and you don&rsquo;t want to run the risk of being dumped out of a lobby because your connection failed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review">Tom Clancy&rsquo;s The Division preview</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="Co-op makes an appearance in Assassin&#039;s Creed for the first time" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-06_0.jpg?1416499822" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The DLC gravy train </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On top of all the on-disc content, Ubisoft&nbsp;unsurprisingly plans to add more and more to the experience in the months after release to keep players hooked (and spending money). Two large chunks of content&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.ubi.com/assassins-creed-unity-season-pass-assassins-creed-chronicles-china/">have been revealed</a>&nbsp;thus far.</p> <p><em>The Dead Kings</em>&nbsp;side campaign explores the city of Saint Denis, and finds Arno battling Raiders and solving puzzles within the catacombs following the events of&nbsp;<em>Unity</em>. He&rsquo;ll also have a new Guillotine Gun available, plus the&nbsp;<em>Dead Kings</em>&nbsp;pack adds new missions to the Unity main game as well.</p> <p>Meanwhile,&nbsp;<em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Chronicles: China</em>&nbsp;is a brand new side game that takes the form of a 2.5D side-scroller. You&rsquo;ll play as Shao Jun, a character from the&nbsp;<em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Embers</em>&nbsp;animated film (and who was trained by series favorite Ezio Auditore) and battle through 16th century Beijing.</p> <p><em>Chronicles</em>&rsquo; brush painting art style looks slick, and it reminds us a bit of Klei Entertainment&rsquo;s great downloadable title,&nbsp;<em>Mark of the Ninja</em>. Both are included in the discounted season pass, along with 30 in-game items for&nbsp;<em>Unity</em>, such as a Fleur de Lys sword.</p> </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"> 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"> A Taste of Provence </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>Besides this the new features make the best use of the in-game map and Paris as a city.</p> <p>There are a series of murder mysteries to investigate, which tie in to the Revolution&rsquo;s history, Contract missions that give off a distinctly Parisian flavour &ndash; where else but Paris would icing a critic be seen as paying a debt to society &ndash; and Nostradamus Riddles that players don&rsquo;t have a prayer of solving unless they look in the in-game archives and bone up on their Revolutionary history. There are also Initiate chests they can synch up with the second-screen app to earn rewards and rare armour unlocks.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also worth pointing out that, on the new-gen machines, everything in <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em> looks achingly beautiful.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Most Anticipated Games of 2015</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="4480" height="2520" title="Contract missions give off a distinctly Parisian flavour" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ACU_screen_77_SP_ArnoAndElise_Children_GC_140813_10amCET_1407889477.jpg?1416499822" /> </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"> Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity 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><em>Unity</em>, then, sees <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</em> in a holding pattern. It won&rsquo;t attract many who weren&rsquo;t on board by <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed II</em> or <em>Brotherhood</em>, but for players who are already fans of this series, it&rsquo;s utterly essential.</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="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-02.jpg?1416499822" /> </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>Huge, but not innovative, Unity is a game for those already committed to the Creed</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"> Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity review </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"> Vive la révolution! The open-world stab-em-up goes truly next-gen </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review#comments Apps and Games Assassin's Creed Unity Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:37:07 +0000 Tom Parsons 1444857 at http://www.stuff.tv Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The shooter juggernaut&#039;s small step for games is still a giant leap for the series </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="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/CoD_AW_Induction_Seoul_Survivor_1402342784.jpg?1415893594" /> </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><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/call-duty-ghosts/review" target="_blank"><em>Call of Duty: Ghosts</em></a> really felt like the last gasp of the series&#39; immensely successful last-gen shooter formula.</p> <p>It was a totally solid game throughout &ndash; which you&rsquo;d expect considering it was the culmination of several years of iteration on the same engine and overall approach. But the premise felt limp, the campaign only went through the motions, and it couldn&#39;t help but feel like a stopgap to something better.</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"> £45.00 </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 Xbox One. Also available on PS4, PS3, X360, 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> <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"> Fast, fantastic multiplayer </div> <div class="field-item even"> Strong campaign action </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Cool future tech </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"> Exo Survival co-op mode is limp </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sharper online learning curve </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Weak attempts to evoke emotion </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"> Decades dashed </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 near-future setting of those recent entries was starting to wear thin, so what does <em>Advanced Warfare</em> do? Go even further: almost 50 years into the future by the time the story wraps up, in fact. That ends up being a smart move, as the wild, creative military tech that Sledgehammer Games has dreamed up livens up the familiar gameplay in a fairly significant way.</p> <p>Key to that approach is the exoskeleton, a hulking frame of armor that attaches to your soldier and allows him (or her if you&rsquo;re playing multiplayer) to boost-jump high into the air, cloak, utilize super strength, and eventually fire off a grappling hook to zip around stages. In multiplayer, the impact makes for a much faster, more chaotic experience.</p> <p>Add to that hovering bikes and tanks, walking mech suits, forced-energy shotguns, and all manner of other future tech, and <em>Call of Duty</em> looks and feels different to all of the previous entries - if only slightly in some cases. Granted, some of the similarities to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank"><em>Titanfall</em></a> are awfully curious, even if the development timelines make that more likely a coincidence than anything else.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall 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="3840" height="2160" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7135_08_0037_s20140903-003_1412351266_0.jpg?1415893594" /> </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"> Powered 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><em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/call-duty-ghosts/review" target="_blank">Ghosts</a>&#39;</em> campaign was the least remarkable in the modern series, and <em>Black Ops II</em> before it had been rather inconsistent in tone and execution. <em>Advanced Warfare</em> thankfully delivers the strong single-player experience the series has lacked of late, although it unsurprisingly trades coherence for chaos and wild set pieces.</p> <p>The adventure kicks off in 2054 as your young U.S. soldier is severely injured in battle &ndash; but quickly recruited by private military corporation Atlas to be patched up with prosthetics and dropped back into action. Atlas is overseen by the ambitious Jonathan Irons, sharply portrayed by Kevin Spacey in both look and voice; and believe it or not, power sure can corrupt. And so a new kind of villain for the series takes shape.</p> <p>It&#39;s entertaining stuff, even if often silly or seemingly belligerent. Best to focus on the intense moments and occasionally stunning graphical flourishes. The campaign does end abruptly, but the seven-or-so hours that lead up to the credits pack in enough cinematic bombast to make it feel worthwhile.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/gta-5-goes-first-person-xbox-one-and-playstation-4/news" target="_blank">GTA 5 goes first-person on Xbox One and PS4</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" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7135_08_0049_s20140903-003_1412351268_0.jpg?1415893594" /> </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"> Suit up and shoot </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 most of the familiar online modes remain intact (Domination, Kill Confirmed, etc.), <em>Advanced Warfare&#39;s</em> multiplayer is sharply affected by the introduction of the exo suits. Double-jumping and power-launching your body through the air adds a new kind of mobility to the action, and the result feels very fast, very chaotic, and admittedly intimidating at first.</p> <p>All of that adds to the initial learning curve, even for hardened series vets. But surprisingly, I&#39;ve found myself having more online success than in any previous entry. Perhaps my opponents are still wrapping their heads around the new moves, and I&#39;m simply taking advantage (fine with me). Whatever the case, I&#39;m relieved to find that the new additions don&#39;t seem to overcomplicate the multiplayer design over time. Some traditional modes sans exo powers are included, too, if you do want something a little simpler.</p> <p>Either way, <em>Call of Duty</em> online is still great fun. Here, the Pick 13 approach to character customization is much appreciated, as you can tweak your loadout down to minute details &ndash; and the game awards new guns and gear rather rapidly, thanks to level-based unlocks and the occasional bonus supply drop.</p> <p>Also, having played on public servers for ove a week now, I haven&rsquo;t noticed a single hint of lag. This is no <em>Battlefield 4</em>-like botch-up, thankfully.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-14-gadgets-and-gifts-gamers/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 14 gadgets and presents 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="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="1600" height="900" title="No, that&#039;s not Kevin Spacey..." alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-03.jpg?1415893594" /> </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="900" title="...but yes, that is the one and only Mr Kevin Spacey" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-kevin-spacey.jpg?1415893594" /> </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"> Exo-shrug </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>Sadly, the last piece of the puzzle &ndash; the four-player Exo Survival co-op mode &ndash; comes off as a dull, obligatory addition. It&#39;s similar to the wave-based survival mode in <em>Modern Warfare 3</em>, albeit now with you and your mates outfitted with super suits and able to spend points on upgrades between rounds.</p> <p>As ever, it&#39;s fun to play a shooter alongside your pals; that&#39;s a given. But Exo Survival proves unremarkable in its basic design and enemy assaults. Still, you might stick with it anyway, as there&#39;s a zombie-filled treat pulling you in as a final unlock. However, you&#39;ll have to complete a couple hundred rounds before it opens up. As if the mode didn&#39;t seem like enough of a slog as it is.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review" target="_blank">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/sFu5qXMuaJU" 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"> 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 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><em>Advanced Warfare</em> is thankfully the exoskeleton-powered kick in the pants that <em>Call of Duty</em> has needed of late, even if it feels like an evolutionary shift for the still-familiar core series design.</p> <p>The enticing future tech and stirred-up online play do an admirable job of making <em>Call of Duty</em> enticing and even exciting once more.</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="3840" height="2160" title="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare verdict" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7135_08_0033_s20140903-0031_1412351265.jpg?1415893594" /> </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"> 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"> 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>Peering decades into the future is just what this mega-series needed to perk up its previously dated-feeling design</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/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review#comments Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 PS3 Xbox 360 Xbox One Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:10:33 +0000 1444335 at http://www.stuff.tv Halo 5: Guardians hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/halo-5-guardians/halo-5-guardians-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Master Chief’s first proper outing on Xbox One isn’t due for another year but we picked up a Battle Rifle and took its multiplayer mode for a spin </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="Halo 5: Guardians" alt="Halo 5: Guardians" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Halo_main_0.jpg?1415836439" /> </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/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While&nbsp;<em>Halo 5</em>&rsquo;s single-player campaign is still under heavy Spartan guard &ndash; unsurprising considering the game isn&rsquo;t due for release until this time next year &ndash;&nbsp;<em>Stuff</em>&nbsp;was offered a sneak preview of the three-week multiplayer beta that&rsquo;ll be going live at the end of December.</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"> £-1.00 </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> </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"> 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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We spent two hours with two modes: a standard game of Team Slayer where the first four-man team to 50 kills wins, plus a new mode called Breakout. As usual balance is the name of the game. Actually, it&rsquo;s called&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>, but with no perks, power-ups or killstreak bonuses to give more experienced players an advantage they must rely purely on reactions and a faster trigger finger to prevail.</p> <p>Higher-powered weapons, such as the energy sword or sniper rifle, periodically spawn in a particular place on the map. Getting to them first is about the only headstart the game ever gives you. This is old-skool deathmatch fragging; sharing more with&nbsp;<em>Unreal Tournament</em>&nbsp;than the latest&nbsp;<em>Call of Duty</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien Isolation 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-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"> Skill streaks </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 main challenge with any&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&nbsp;game is to make enough changes for it to feel fresh, but not so many that it&rsquo;ll alienate the game&rsquo;s very vocal hardcore. And there&rsquo;s a lot of them. To that end the team at 343 has added a few new skills for each player to master, two of which aim to give players some new angles of attack.</p> <p><em>Halo 5</em>&rsquo;s Spartan soldiers all have thrusters attached to their armour, meaning players can perform a Mario-style ground pound simply by holding crouch while in mid-air. A target then appears on the floor below them, which can be aimed at any poor, unsuspecting member of the other team, before releasing crouch to attack. A successfully executed ground pound kills your opponent immediately, but all that hanging around will make you an easy target, particularly for snipers. It&rsquo;s hard to pull off but when you do it&rsquo;s hugely satisfying.</p> <p>Pulling on the left trigger while in the air also counteracts the effect of gravity for a few seconds as your thrusters hold you still, initiate your gun&rsquo;s Smart Scope and allow you to pour down some hot bullety pain rain from above. Combined with each player&rsquo;s new clambering abilities these add an extra dimension to&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&rsquo;s maps that has more than a whiff of&nbsp;<em>Titanfall</em>&nbsp;about it, although not to quite such an acrobatic extent.</p> <p>Speaking of&nbsp;<em>Titanfall</em>, players can now also use the jetpack while on the ground to dodge rapidly in any direction, while it can also power a Spartan Charge &ndash; essentially a melee attack while sprinting &ndash; which knocks down an enemy and temporarily wipes out their shield, making them an easy target for swiftly finishing off. Spartans can also now slide into cover while sprinting, plus there&rsquo;s a new dynamic chatter system where your in-game characters talk to each other while you play to let you know where the action is. Gone are the days of just running around aimlessly looking for somebody to try to shoot.</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-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="5120" height="2880" title="You get 343 new skills in Halo 5" alt="Halo 5: Guardians" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Halo-5-Guardians-Multiplayer-Beta-Empire-Homeland-Defense_0_0.jpg?1415836439" /> </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="5120" height="2880" title="Ground pound!" alt="Halo 5: Guardians" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Halo-5-Guardians-Multiplayer-Beta-Trench-Breakout-Slam_0.jpg?1415836439" /> </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"> Breakout </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>Breakout is an entirely new mode for&nbsp;<em>Halo 5</em>&nbsp;which turns down the frenetic gunplay and ramps up the tension. Each match is still four versus four but each player only gets one life. The map we played &ndash; Crossfire &ndash; was much more open than the previous two, with fewer places to hide and much better sightlines, more like a sports pitch littered with obstacles than the kind of complex multiplayer maps we&rsquo;ve become accustomed to.</p> <p>The last man standing wins the round and the first team to five is the overall winner. At the end of each round the teams swap ends. Every time we played it went down to the last round. On one occasion one player fought back from being outnumbered two-to-one to take the overall victory for his team. Despite the short rounds it&rsquo;s incredibly tense and something new for&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&nbsp;fans to get to grips with.</p> <p>These might not sound like revolutionary additions to the game&rsquo;s arsenal but&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&nbsp;has never really been about pushing the boundaries of a multiplayer shooter. It knows what it does and does it better than anyone else.</p> <p>For existing fans it&rsquo;s shaping up to offer exactly what they want, while those extra attacks and evasive manoeuvres will give all players something to think about, no matter how many&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&nbsp;games they&rsquo;ve played before.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <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-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="5120" height="2880" title="One of the Crossfire maps" alt="Halo 5: Guardians" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Halo-5-Guardians-Multiplayer-Beta-Crossfire-Breakout-Establishing-Playground_0_0.jpg?1415836439" /> </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-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/halo-5-guardians/halo-5-guardians-hands/review#comments Console games Gaming Halo 5 Guardians Xbox One Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:43:31 +0000 Marc McLaren 1452844 at http://www.stuff.tv