Console games http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/all en-GB Super Smash Bros. for Wii U http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/super-smash-bros-wii-u/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One of Nintendo&#039;s top franchises returns with new guest stars and smart figurines </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="Super Smash Bros. for Wii U" alt="Super Smash Bros. for Wii U" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ssb-wii-u-main.jpg?1413820454" /> </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>Apologies to the die-hards out there still clinging to the candy-coloured nostalgia of their youth, but the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo-wii-u/review">Wii U</a> has been a borderline disaster for Nintendo. Yes, there are a handful of truly great games, but third-party developers bailed out early and the hardware feels underpowered and still overpriced.</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"> £0.00 </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"> It&#039;s more of the same </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>Maybe that&#39;s not the most exciting place to start, but it&#39;s true: <em>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</em> is ultimate comfort food for Nintendo fans, and we expect they&#39;ll eat it right up. That&#39;s not a bad thing at all; after the company&#39;s earlier attempts to create innovative second-screen experiences, they&#39;re just focusing now on making great games, full stop.</p> <p>As ever, you&#39;ll battle it out on large, multi-tiered stages with up to four characters at a time (online or in the same room), using special attacks and items to try and defeat your foes or push them off the of the platforms. <em>Super Smash Bros. </em>trades in simple actions and inputs, and finds fun in chaos and competition rather than complexity.</p> <p>And don&#39;t worry, you don&#39;t need to use the hulking Wii U GamePad if you don&#39;t want to: Nintendo will release an adaptor to make GameCube controllers &ndash; long the preferred input device of series fans &ndash; compatible with the console, plus Wii Remotes and their Classic Controller attachments all work as well.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="Super Smash Bros. for Wii U" alt="Super Smash Bros. for Wii U" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ssb-wii-u-link.jpg?1413820454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The cast is enormous </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 mainstays like Mario, Link, Pikachu, Samus Aran, and Donkey Kong are all back to headline the 50-plus strong selection of fighters, plus you&#39;ll find familiar characters from all manner of game franchises, large and small&mdash;including returning guest star Sonic the Hedgehog.</p> <p>The new additions are enticing, however, with the <em>Wii Fit</em> Trainer and <em>Punch-Out</em>&#39;s Little Mac headlining the list, along with characters from <em>Fire Emblem</em>, <em>Kid Icarus</em>, and <em>Xenoblade Chronicles</em> joining up. But it&#39;s the added guest characters that will probably draw the most attention, as both Capcom&#39;s Mega Man and Namco&#39;s Pac-Man are playable for the first time.</p> <p>And if you can&#39;t settle on an existing combatant for whatever reason, <em>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</em> also introduces a trio of Mii Fighters: Brawler, Gunner, and Swordfighter. Each can be customized in both appearance and move set, allowing you to develop a character that matches your preferred play style.</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="Pac-Man is a new addition to the cast" alt="Pac-Man is a new addition to the cast" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ssb-wii-u-4-way.jpg?1413820454" /> </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"> Amiibo? Amiibo </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 has seen the success enjoyed by the <em>Skylanders</em> and <em>Disney Infinity</em> series, and wants a piece of the action&mdash;but its own line of NFC chip-enabled figurines won&#39;t be limited to a single game. The Amiibo toys will work with several upcoming titles, including <em>Mario Party 10</em> and <em>Yoshi&#39;s Wooly World</em>, and <em>Mario Kart 8</em> will also be patched to add support.</p> <p>However, <em>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</em> will be the first to interact with the detailed figurines, and you&#39;ll be able to tap an Amiibo toy on the Wii U GamePad to pull your version of the character into the game. The figure will track your in-game stats and let you customize your move set, allowing you to easily bring the custom version of Kirby or Peach or whoever else to a mate&#39;s flat.</p> <p>Amiibo figures will sell for &pound;10 apiece, and are set to launch in late November, just days before <em>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</em>. The initial line includes Mario, Yoshi, Link, Samus Aran, Fox, Kirby, Pikachu, Donkey Kong, Marth, Peach, Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer. A second line with Zelda, Captain Falcon, Luigi, Diddy Kong, Pit, and Little Mac will follow before Christmas.</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="Amiibo will work with other games too" alt="Amiibo will work with other games too" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ssb-wii-u-amiibo.jpg?1413820454" /> </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"> Portable punches </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>As mentioned earlier, <em>Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS</em> was just released, and it&#39;s nearly identical in terms of core gameplay and roster, albeit with a cel-shaded look that better fits the smaller screen. A multiplayer fighter of this type isn&#39;t the most obvious match for a portable system, but reviews have been largely strong.</p> <p>The handheld release includes a few bonus modes, including the single-player Smash Run quest and a StreetPass option, plus you can use your Nintendo 3DS as a controller for the Wii U game if you have both versions. Additionally, <em>Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS</em> will accommodate the extra control inputs added to the New Nintendo 3DS hardware out next year.</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/oRq5bz6ZNYU" 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"> Wreak Christmas chaos </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>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</em> seemed like it would miss 2014 entirely, but Nintendo just recently announced that it will launch in the UK on 5 December. And it&#39;s a good thing, too, since the rest of the Wii U autumn lineup is either a bit second-tier (<em>Hyrule Warriors</em>) or very adult-centric in focus (<em>Bayonetta 2</em>). <em>Smash Bros</em>, on the other hand, has a much broader appeal in line with the Wii U itself.</p> <p>It&#39;s hard to believe that one game will turn around the fortune&#39;s of the company&#39;s current console, but for those who already bought one &ndash; or are teetering on the edge of making it a holiday acquisition &ndash; the late-year release of <em>Super Smash Bros.</em> should be a fairly momentous occasion.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wii-u/nintendo-wii-u-5-best-games-2013/feature">The six Nintendo Wii U games you need to play</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="It&#039;ll be here in time for Christmas" alt="It&#039;ll be here in time for Christmas" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ssb-wii-u-amiibo-players.jpg?1413820454" /> </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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/super-smash-bros-wii-u/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/super-smash-bros-wii-u/review#comments Console games Nintendo Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:54:16 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1450895 at http://www.stuff.tv Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The borrowed bits are solid, the new ideas inspired, and Shadow of Mordor is the best LOTR game of recent memory </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="Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor" alt="Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Shadow-of-Mordor-review-01.jpg?1413730789" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s been said that a man seeking vengeance should dig himself two graves, but perhaps that doesn&rsquo;t apply when said man is already a bit dead?</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"> £25.00 </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 (£40) </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"> True to Tolkien </div> <div class="field-item even"> Nemesis System is ingenious </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Gameplay is fluid and fun </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"> Graphically underwhelming </div> <div class="field-item even"> Initial bombardment of instructions </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"> Lore of the Rings </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 may be a surprise to today&rsquo;s whippersnappers, but The Lord of the Rings was sort of a big deal long before Peter Jackson&rsquo;s films came along, back when people used to read these weird things called &ldquo;books&rdquo;. That was mostly down to JRR Tolkien&rsquo;s perhaps still unparalleled ability to build an astonishingly deep and rich universe, populated with fantasy beings and characters that each have their own unique backstory and purpose. Shadow of Mordor follows that blueprint tirelessly, and works as a bridge between the prequel book The Hobbit and the main Trilogy.</p> <p>You play Talion, a ranger of Gondor who&rsquo;s murdered along with his family while guarding The Black Gate, but is then conveniently resurrected by a powerful Elven Wraith and imbued with spectral powers. The catch is that while on his path for vengeance against The Black Hand and his cronies, Talion must make pit stops throughout Mordor to help this Wraith retrieve his shattered memories and uncover his past.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</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 cutesy hobbits here" alt="Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Shadow-of-Mordor-review-02.jpg?1413730789" /> </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"> Inauspicious beginnings </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 setup may be intriguing, especially to Tolkienites, but it&rsquo;s very nearly ruined in the first half an hour by a constant bombardment of text popups as Monolith tries to teach you all of the slightly fiddly controls and complicated mechanics all at once.</p> <p>Perhaps the idea was that they&rsquo;d get all the boring instruction things out of the way early, but all it really means is that you get overwhelmed, forgetting the move you just learned to make room for the next button combination foisted upon you, and then you find yourself having to delve into the game menus to remind yourself.</p> <p>This is precisely the time that the game should be pulling you in with intriguing narrative while unobtrusively teaching you what you need to know. Instead you get an avalanche that could well put a lot of players off.</p> <p>But stick with it and you will be rewarded.</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 amazing 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/7fB64APq_jk" 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="1600" height="900" title="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2_16.jpg?1413730789" /> </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"> Mordor in bloom </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 is an open-world journey right from the start, and this version of Mordor is actually a rather pretty one.</p> <p>The desolate and charred Mordor many will know from Jackson&rsquo;s films is replaced with a landscape populated with lush greenery and expanses of water. This is a fantastic juxtaposition to common LOTR perception and really helps to establish the infancy of Sauron&rsquo;s claim on the land. It&rsquo;s also an ideal showcase for the strong visuals Shadow of Mordor has &ndash; it feels right at home on a next generation console, complete with gloriously gory animations to accompany Tarion&rsquo;s finishing moves.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature">Opinion - why I don&#39;t want to see an Apple games console</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/55GJQQKKzuE" 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"> Cloudy, With A Chance of Gollum </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 doesn&#39;t always look so good, though. There are time of day shifts and dynamic weather, and while Mordor looks glorious at sunrise, at night time things feel more oppressive, with blacks and browns overwhelming the colour palette.</p> <p>Perhaps this was intentional but it makes playing at night far less impressive and enjoyable. Combine the dark with some rain and it even becomes rather hard to see, although the water effects on Talion&rsquo;s cloak are mesmerizingly good. Not so the hail effect, which looks more like an army of fleas.</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-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="While controlling Talion you&#039;ll have access to the Wraith world" alt="Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Shadow-of-Mordor-review-03.jpg?1413730789" /> </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"> A Tooth for a Tooth </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 core and pivotal concept at play here is the Nemesis System. This rather clever system basically means killing or sparing specific enemies affects the entire hierarchy of Sauron&rsquo;s army.</p> <p>And if an enemy does get the better &nbsp;of you it can help him gain notoriety and rise through the ranks. Even though the wraith powers mean you&rsquo;re effectively immortal, this cleverly puts a price on death as rather than losing items or progress you actually just make the game more difficult for yourself - next time you face that enemy he&#39;ll be tougher and accompanied by more allies. He&#39;ll probably even give you some stick for having been such a wimp the last time you met.</p> <p>And why would you spare an orc? Because instead they can be interrogated for intel on your bigger targets, namely uncovering their location or strengths and weaknesses.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">These are 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="1600" height="900" title="Nope, not looking like Assassin&#039;s Creed at all" alt="Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Shadow-of-Mordor-review-04.jpg?1413730789" /> </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"> Killing In The Name Of </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>Other missions link directly to the Nemesis System and work to build Mordor as a living ecosystem that&rsquo;ll continue with or without you. Captains can often challenge one another in versus missions while some will celebrate their promotions with self-indulgent feasts.</p> <p>Up and coming captains will go out on recruitment missions to beef up their ranks and others go on hunting trips to prove their prowess. These parties can all be crashed by Talion and offer unique chances to alter Sauron&rsquo;s army and in turn your whole gaming experience.</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="1600" height="900" title="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3_18.jpg?1413730789" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10_1.jpg?1413730789" /> </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"> Arkham Creed </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>Shadow of Mordor</em> has had many comparisons during it&rsquo;s short life, namely with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review" target="_blank"><em>Arkham</em></a> and <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review" target="_blank">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</a></em> franchises. It&rsquo;s easy to see the logic in these comparisons as, sure enough, Talion flows through combat with Batman-like composure and rhythm, and guts enemies from the shadows without a sound in a very Ezio style.</p> <p>But <em>Shadow of Mordor</em> has plucked the best bits from each title while formulating its own bespoke manner of gameplay that just works, jumping from stealth gameplay to an all-swords-blazing approach with satisfying ease and appealing to either play style in equal measure.</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="1600" height="900" title="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6_7.jpg?1413730789" /> </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"> Skills Forged in Uruk Blood </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 can further specialise in one play style over the other with an intuitive skill system that you gradually unlock as you earn XP. These skills include things such as throwing knives, special Wraith takedowns and even the ability to control Mordor&rsquo;s native canine-things, Caragors.</p> <p>Alongside the skill set, Talion is also able to use Runes to add special perks to each of his three weapons &ndash; his bow, sword and dagger. These Runes are collected from dead Uruk Captains and Warchiefs - the harder the foe the better the Rune you receive. This compliments the ingenuity of the Nemesis System beautifully as you consider cultivating certain Uruks, helping them grow in power so you can earn more boom for your buck when you take them down.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">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="1600" height="900" title="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5_14.jpg?1413730789" /> </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"> 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"> 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>It would have been easy to dismiss <em>Shadow of Mordor</em> as a Lord of the Rings skin on <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed&rsquo;s</em> body, but it&rsquo;s actually more than that. Plenty is borrowed here, but despite (or perhaps because of) this the gameplay is really solid, with sneaky stealthing segueing effortlessly into fluid, rhythmic combat.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not without new ideas, either, and we expect the Nemesis System will be &lsquo;borrowed&rsquo; by loads of other studios in years to come.</p> <p>The fact that the whole thing is wedded to a story befitting of the grand, texture-rich Rings universe means that despite the flaws this is still perhaps the best LOTR game ever released. If Monolith can tighten the presentation and find a way to teach the game controls and mechanics without endless text popups it could be onto a genuine classic in the sequel.</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="1600" height="900" title="Shadow of Mordor review" alt="Shadow of Mordor review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1_9.jpg?1413730789" /> </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"> 7 </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>Punishing yet intelligent and well executed, Shadow of Mordor firmly establishes itself as the best LOTR game yet</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"> Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor preview </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"> Everything we know so far about the eagerly awaited Tolkien actioner </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review#comments Console games Gaming Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:59:51 +0000 Tom Parsons 1446012 at http://www.stuff.tv Halo: The Master Chief Collection release moved up, has 20GB day-one patch http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-master-chief-collection-release-moved-has-20gb-day-one-patch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox One compilation is ready to go - well, it will be after that huge download </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: The Master Chief Collection" alt="Halo: The Master Chief Collection" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/halo-masterchief.jpg?1413574366" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft&rsquo;s <em>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</em> looks to remind Xbox One players why the shooter series is such a smash, and now with development complete, it&rsquo;ll happen a sooner than expected.</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/microsoft/halo-master-chief-collection-release-moved-has-20gb-day-one-patch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-master-chief-collection-release-moved-has-20gb-day-one-patch/news#comments Console games Gaming Microsoft Xbox One Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:30:33 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450627 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Leaked Fitbit adds constant heart-rate tracking, Google trolls fans over Android L name, and Bono apologizes for U2’s free iTunes album http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-leaked-fitbit-adds-constant-heart-rate-tracking-google-trolls-fans-over-androi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup recaps the latest tech news in easily digestible, bite-sized bits </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="Fitbit Charge leaked materials" alt="Fitbit Charge leaked materials" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fitbit-charge-leak.jpg?1413354781" /> </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"> Upcoming Fitbit adds heart-rate tracking </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 year&rsquo;s Fitbit Force band sullied the fitness tracking brand a bit after some users reported issues with rashes, but it appears the company is set to improve upon that pulled device&rsquo;s design - with a totally new name, of course, and added features.</p> <p>The Fitbit Charge features a very similar design, but brings caller ID notifications from your paired phone. However, it&rsquo;s the better-equipped Fitbit Charge HR that&rsquo;s really intriguing, as the device adds 24-hour heart rate monitoring to the pile. It&rsquo;s called PurePulse, which is a trademark that was revealed<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-surge-fitbit-charge-and-purepulse-outed-trademark-application/news">&nbsp;earlier this year</a>.</p> <p>All of this comes via Gizmodo, which posted leaked marketing materials for the new devices earlier today. It&rsquo;s not yet clear when the devices will launch or what the UK pricing will be, but anyone burned by Fitbit&rsquo;s last tracker - literally or figuratively - might have a better option to consider soon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/exclusive-fitbit-charge-and-charge-hr-images-and-full-1646208023">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-surge-fitbit-charge-and-purepulse-outed-trademark-application/news">Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Charge, and PurePulse outed by trademark application</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"> Google pokes fun at Android L naming </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 dessert-themed codename for the upcoming Android 5.0 is the subject of extreme speculation, and following the last few versions - Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat - everyone wants to know what the L-named release will be.</p> <p>Google recognizes our collective pain and has opted to have a little fun at our expense, with a new teaser that shows various desserts auditioning for the role of a lifetime. Perhaps there are secret hints here; more likely, it&rsquo;s just a goofy way to spend 30 seconds. Either way, give it a quick view.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlEE3hXJe5o">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android L 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/AlEE3hXJe5o" 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"> Bono apologizes for Apple’s U2 album giveaway </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>Who knew that free music from one of the world&rsquo;s biggest bands would <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">set off such a firestorm</a>? U2 sure didn&rsquo;t, although the band realized its iTunes giveaway promo for <em>Songs of Innocence</em> was an aggressive move. Bono admitted as much during a recent Facebook chat, apologizing when a fan asked them not to repeat the stunt.</p> <p>&quot;Oops&hellip; I&rsquo;m sorry about that,&rdquo; he responded. &ldquo;I had this beautiful idea&hellip; [we] might have gotten carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that thing. A drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard. There&rsquo;s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/10/bono-apologizes-for-u2s-apple-release-stunt/">Consequence of Sound</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/14/6979103/bono-apologizes-for-putting-u2s-new-album-in-everyones-icloud-library">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">Apple&rsquo;s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam</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="U2 Apple promotion" alt="U2 Apple promotion" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/u2-lead.jpg?1413354781" /> </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"> Killer Instinct Season 2 starts today </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 second season of content for Microsoft&rsquo;s Xbox One freemium fighter reboot <em>Killer Instinct</em> begins today, with two classic combatants - TJ Combo and Maya - available right away, plus Cinder and Riptor coming down the line and a few more teased in the above trailer.</p> <p>Today&rsquo;s launch also rebalances the existing cast and adds new moves, plus overhauls the menus, makes it easier to unlock content as you play, and enhances the combo system. And if you&rsquo;re a huge series fan, you can now buy the entire season&rsquo;s worth of content in advance with a port of 1996 arcade classic <em>Killer Instinct </em>2 bundled in. Totally worth it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/10/games-killer-instinct-season-2-launch">Xbox Wire</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Long-term test: Microsoft Xbox One 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/Gfu9n677SKQ" 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/android/fully-charged-leaked-fitbit-adds-constant-heart-rate-tracking-google-trolls-fans-over-androi#comments Android Apple Console games Fitbit Google Health and fitness iTunes Music Wearable tech Xbox One Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450294 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 tropical island 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?1413472357" /> </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>If Kyrat were a real place, <em>Far Cry 4 </em>would give its tourist board a heart attack.</p> <p>If it&rsquo;s not crackpot dictator Pagan Min and his army of occupying henchmen trying to kill you, it&rsquo;s the local wildlife - but having played a few hours of the game&rsquo;s single-player campaign and an hour of co-op, there&rsquo;s definitely plenty to write home about.</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>Taking the excellent Far Cry 3 as its blueprint, the series&rsquo; first next-gen outing is bigger, badder and wilder than before, and it&rsquo;s shaping up to be one of this year&rsquo;s must-have games.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <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-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"> 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>Kyrat is huge, so it&rsquo;s handy there are new vehicles in <em>Far Cry 4</em>, including hovercrafts and gyrocopters, to help you get around. Just don&rsquo;t fly too high in the latter or it&rsquo;ll splutter and conk out.</p> <p>Pick-ups, hatchbacks and other cars now also have cruise control, so those bullet-spraying drive-bys are easier to pull off. While Kyrat itself is fictional, its inspiration isn&rsquo;t, with snow-capped Himalayan mountain peaks emerging from dense vegetation. At lower altitudes it doesn&rsquo;t feel hugely different to the pacific-style islands of <em>Far Cry 3</em> but that&rsquo;s no bad thing.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s easy to lose track of time just exploring the landscape on foot, in a 4x4, or stampeding into an enemy outpost on the back of Dumbo&rsquo;s big brother, a tactic that&rsquo;s likely to result in a call from the WWF (the wildlife people, not the wrestlers) if you try it on one of the game&rsquo;s new heavily fortified Elite Strongholds.</p> <p>Eventually the call of the mountains will come, though, and there are new grappling hooks to help you climb sheer rock faces on your way to those snowy peaks.</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-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="Far Cry 4" alt="Far Cry 4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FC4_Screen_C4_Preview_141014_6pmCET.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> Animal instinct </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>Humans aren&rsquo;t the only animals that inhabit the upper reaches of Kyrat. Dive-bombing birds of prey mean you have to keep an eye to the skies, plus there are now macaques, bees, honey badgers and more, many of which can be killed and harvested to upgrade your gear (although sadly you can&rsquo;t craft a bee skin hat; that&rsquo;d take ages).</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the humans that will do you most damage though. There&rsquo;s a new Hunter class of enemy who&rsquo;ll sneak up on you with a bow and the first thing you&rsquo;ll know about it is when the flaming arrow hits you in the chest. The game&rsquo;s stealthy takedown manoeuvres are still brilliantly brutal and chaining them together never ceases to be hugely satisfying; at one point we stabbed a geezer in the neck and looted him for his spork in one slick movement.</p> <p>Looting and scavenging is in fact a big part of <em>Far Cry 4</em>, allowing you to sell gear in order to buy more weaponry and ammo. We found everything from vintage porn to a phablet (described by the game as a &ldquo;6.5in monstrosity&rdquo;, big-phone fans). Along with the car&rsquo;s propaganda-filled radios they help to give the world a real feeling of life and genuine inhabitance.</p> <p>Aside from the main story-driven missions there are still plenty of radio towers to scale (in order to &lsquo;hijack the signal&rsquo; and uncover more of the map), outposts to conquer, animals to hunt, hostages to save, and all kinds of mini-missions. It&rsquo;s almost RPG-like in its structure but without the strictly regimented feel that those games often have. Indeed, you&rsquo;ll embark on most of the mini missions without even planning to. It makes for a game that feels wilder and more alive than <em>FC3</em>, with more to do on the way to liberating Kyrat.</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-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?1413472357" /> </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?1413472357" /> </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"> Better together </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 <em>Far Cry 4</em> is likely to be a game you can lose yourself in for weeks, it also has a proper co-op mode that&rsquo;ll allow you to get lost with somebody else too - and they don&rsquo;t even need to own the game. They will, however, need a PS4 rather than an Xbox One or PC.</p> <p><em>Far Cry 4</em> gives you a set of 10 keys to Kyrat and you can send one to a friend, giving them access to your co-op game for a limited time of two hours. They&rsquo;ll even earn cash and rewards that&rsquo;ll carry over if they do decide to buy the game.</p> <p>While it&rsquo;s essentially just a timed demo, it&rsquo;s a neat way to convince your friends to join you in Kyrat on a full-time basis. So pack your bags and don&rsquo;t forget the medi packs. We&rsquo;ll see you in Kyrat on 18 November.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/driveclub/review">Driveclub 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/MLjvRTkqDYo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-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/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review#comments Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:08:22 +0000 Tom Wiggins 1450234 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Will.i.am’s smartwatch about to launch, Windows 10 preview nets massive downloads, and Assassin’s Creed Rogue also coming to PC http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/fully-charged-william-s-smartwatch-about-launch-windows-10-preview-nets-million-do <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wake up, plug in, and read our morning tech news roundup </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="Will.i.am&#039;s smartwatch" alt="Will.i.am&#039;s smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/will-i-am-smartwatch_0.jpg?1413268381" /> </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"> Will.i.am’s smartwatch launching this week </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>Remember when music producer and Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am revealed that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-webos-never-was-and-william-s-big-smartwatch-revealed/news">he created a smartwatch</a>? Turns out it&rsquo;s actually a real thing, and it&rsquo;s apparently launching later this week at an event happening on the same day as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/new-ipads-new-macs-no-u2-hopefully-what-expect-apple-s-16-october-event/feature">Apple&rsquo;s planned iPad reveal</a>.</p> <p>Will.i.am&rsquo;s effort was first shown on <em>Alan Carr: Chatty Man</em> back in April, and he claimed it to be a standalone device with the ability to make calls - like Samsung&rsquo;s Gear S - as well as play music and access Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The rounded design also looked quite large on his wrist, as you&rsquo;ll see in the clip above. Android, perhaps? It&#39;s not clear just yet.</p> <p>His company, i.am+, will reveal the watch in San Francisco this Thursday, 15 October, at software expo Dreamforce 2014. The press release claims it to be a &ldquo;bold new device that allows for a sixth sense mentality and represents a new way of being connected.&rdquo; Can the real thing live up to that masterful PR fluff? We&rsquo;ll have a better sense in a couple days.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.virtualpressoffice.com/RODAccess?did=1264261163127&amp;pid=1765437&amp;ct=C">PR Newswire</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-webos-never-was-and-william-s-big-smartwatch-revealed/news">Fully Charged: The webOS that never was, and Will.i.am&rsquo;s big smartwatch revealed!</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/Rj7IfmUbF0M" 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"> Windows 10 preview nets a million downloads </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>Microsoft surprised some folks by making the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-10-technical-preview-now-available-download/news">Windows 10 Technical Preview</a> available to freely download about a year before the planned full release, and intrigued users have responded by flocking to the first look at the company&rsquo;s next big operating system.</p> <p>According to Microsoft, more than a million users have downloaded the preview, with more than 200,000 feedback pieces sent from within the OS. Almost two-thirds of the installs are on actual PCs, as opposed to virtual machines, and the overall download tally is sure to rise as the program continues on into next year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/10/13/checking-in-on-the-windows-insider-program/">Blogging Windows</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature">6 things we love about Windows 10 - and 3 we hate</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="800" title="Windows 10 Technical Preview" alt="Windows 10 Technical Preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows10-preview-desktop.png?1413268381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Assassin’s Creed Rogue also coming to PC </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>Surprise, surprise: <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Rogue</em>, which was slated to be an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 exclusive to sate fans without new-gen consoles this holiday season, will also come out on PC.</p> <p>However, the computer version won&rsquo;t see release until early 2015, while the console versions are due out next month. Don&rsquo;t be remotely surprised if <em>Rogue</em> eventually also does make its way to Xbox One and PS4 in one form or another once <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em> makes its mark.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.ubi.com/assassins-creed-rogue-story-trailer/">UbiBlog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity 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/h-dgUPQVnv0" 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"> LittleBigPlanet 3 delayed a week </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 anxious to reconnect with Sackboy and meet his new pals in <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> next month, we&rsquo;re afraid you&rsquo;ll have to wait a little longer: Sony announced yesterday that the European date has slipped a week to 26 November to &ldquo;give Sackboy the best opportunity to shine.&rdquo; We&rsquo;re not so sure that digital burlap is supposed to shine, but we understand the intent.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://community.eu.playstation.com/t5/LittleBigPlanet/LittleBigPlanet-3-Coming-to-Europe-26th-November/td-p/22400611">PlayStation</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet: First Play 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/dyxKIP8KNgk" 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/littlebigplanet-3/fully-charged-william-s-smartwatch-about-launch-windows-10-preview-nets-million-do#comments Console games Gaming LittleBigPlanet 3 Smartwatches Sony Windows 10 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450182 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google exploring Android app trials, Apple TV may be HomeKit home base, and free new-gen upgrade for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-google-exploring-android-app-trials-apple-tv-may-be-homekit-home-base-and-free <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has the quick-hit tech news you need to know </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="Google Play" alt="Google Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-play-store-app.jpg?1412929615" /> </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"> Bite-sized Android app trials incoming? </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>Google Play recently <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds-xl/fully-charged-microsoft-wants-put-xbox-games-your-browser-now-you-have-two-hours-return-andro">extended its return window</a> for purchased apps, but if you&rsquo;re still worried about getting burned on a bad app or game, there may be hope on the horizon. The Information reports that Google is looking into allowing trial downloads of Android apps.</p> <p>Furthermore, the indication is that you won&rsquo;t have to download the full-sized app, but rather a small, cut-down portion that saves on your data usage and more quickly gets you to what you want to see and play. When such a plan will be implemented remains unknown, however.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.theinformation.com/Google-Considers-New-App-Trial-Technology-For-Android">The Information</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/08/google-trial-apps/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds-xl/fully-charged-microsoft-wants-put-xbox-games-your-browser-now-you-have-two-hours-return-andro">Fully Charged: Microsoft wants to put Xbox games in your browser, now you have two hours to return Android apps, and an NES-themed 3DS XL incoming</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"> Apple TV may be the center of your connected home </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>With Apple introducing the HomeKit framework for connected home devices, the Apple TV may become a lot more useful in the near future. A note on the latest Apple TV software beta notes added HomeKit support, says AppleInsider, and a developer has lent some insight into how that&rsquo;ll work.</p> <p>Supposedly, the Apple TV will work as a hub for your connected home devices and help you access your setup while away from home. Of course, the Apple TV hardware itself is a bit dated at this point, with the current model launching at the start of 2013, so we have to imagine that Apple will refresh the box if it really has big plans in mind.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/10/07/latest-apple-tv-update-enables-remote-access-relay-for-homekit-connected-accessories">AppleInsider</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-watch-can-control-apple-tv-plus-tim-cook-hints-other-uses/news">Apple Watch can control Apple TV, plus Tim Cook hints at other uses</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="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-appletv.png?1412929615" /> </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"> Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has free new-gen upgrade </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 thinking about buying <em>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em> for Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 next month, but concerned that you&rsquo;ll have a new-gen console in the near future, worry not: if you buy a digital last-gen copy, you&rsquo;ll be able to upgrade on the equivalent new console.</p> <p>So if you buy on Xbox 360, you can get the Xbox One download by the end of March 2015, and the same goes for PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4 digital releases. It&rsquo;s the same deal Activision <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-free-new-gen-upgrade-destiny-apple-increasing-icloud-security-alerts-and-netflix">offered with <em>Destiny</em></a>, and it should ease the minds of anyone who wants to stay in the game this autumn without immediately shelling out for a brand new console.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.callofduty.com/advancedwarfare/free-upgrade">Call of Duty</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hands-on 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/sQ6p0qXFdDE" 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/android/fully-charged-google-exploring-android-app-trials-apple-tv-may-be-homekit-home-base-and-free#comments Android Apple Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Connected home Console games Google Thu, 09 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449752 at http://www.stuff.tv Driveclub http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/driveclub/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t feel too bad if you&#039;re left out of this (PS4) exclusive club </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="1600" height="900" title="Driveclub review" alt="Driveclub review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DC_Screen_38.jpg?1412850420" /> </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><em>Driveclub</em> was pegged as one of the big PlayStation 4 launch exclusives: a slick, social sim-lite racer that would show off the new platform&#39;s myriad enhancements.</p> <p>But then it was delayed just weeks before release. Now, nearly 12 months later, we&#39;re finally playing it &ndash; considering how flawed it still is, we can&#39;t help but wonder what kind of condition it was this time last year.</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"> £49.00 </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"> PS Plus members can download PS Plus Edition for free and upgrade to full game for £35 </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"> Clubs are a fun hook </div> <div class="field-item even"> Enjoyable racing </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Immediate, dynamic social challenges </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"> Lacks energy or personality </div> <div class="field-item even"> Visual inconsistencies </div> <div class="field-item odd"> No vehicle tuning </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"> Fast and fine </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>That&#39;s totally surprising, since the game hails from Evolution Studios, the team behind the wonderfully raucous <em>MotorStorm</em> series. Perhaps switching to a realistic racing approach sapped some of the enthusiasm from the team, because what&#39;s here is a dry, menu-centric affair that comes off a little undercooked in spots.</p> <p>On the asphalt, <em>Driveclub</em> certainly holds its own, with fast, precise circuit and sprint races on tracks inspired by real-world locales. Without driving assists available, zipping around the courses requires a subtle touch, lest you spin out on a hairpin and spend the rest of the jaunt playing a typically futile game of catch-up.</p> <p>As in something like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review" target="_blank"><em>Forza Motorsport</em></a>, <em>Driveclub</em> puts an accessible spin on the sim genre: it&#39;s fun, but not terribly frustrating in the early hours. You can pick a ride &ndash; including real-world desirables such as the McLaren 12C and Ferrari F12berlinetta &ndash; and start cruising easily enough, but staying on the track and actually competing for the checkered flag requires nuanced braking and careful approaches to turns.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review" target="_blank">Forza Horizon 2 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="1600" height="900" title="Simply getting around a course is easy - winning requires more skill and subtlety" alt="Driveclub review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DC_Screen_08.jpg?1412850420" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="Brake power is exaggerated to encourage you to chuck the cars into corners" alt="Driveclub review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DC_Screen_25.jpg?1412850420" /> </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"> Join the club? </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>Driveclub&#39;s</em> hook comes from social racing and integrated challenges, which are appealing additions. Most notably, you can create a crew for you and five of your online buds and rep your team across the Internet. That also means it&#39;s possible to take your six-driver club into a race against another like-sized squad in the 12-player online showdowns and work together to block paths, nudge foes into barriers, and secure a team victory.</p> <p>That&#39;s awesome if you can get your whole club online at the same time and find the right competition. But even in the off moments, your squad&#39;s collective progress in all types of races (even single-player ones) add to the club ranking, which helps unlock additional cars, liveries, and more down the line.</p> <p><em>Driveclub</em> also uses its online-connected nature to pull quick-hit challenges into all of your events, adding a little arcade-style flavor into the otherwise traditional events. At certain points on each track, you&#39;ll encounter drifting, high speed, and racing line tests that pit your score against that of another online player &ndash; either a friend or a random. The challengers&#39; scores can occasionally be well outside what you could actually pull off in a given span, which is annoying, but generally they&#39;re fun little tasks that can spice up a race even if you&#39;re struggling at the back of the pack.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review-0" target="_blank">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="1600" height="900" title="Driveclub review" alt="Driveclub review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DC_Screen_22_1.jpg?1412850420" /> </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"> Cruise control </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 players will surely be so enamored with the team concept that they&#39;ll invest hours and hours into <em>Driveclub</em>, but it&#39;s a shame that there isn&#39;t a more enticing core game to truly enable that community layer.</p> <p>Sadly, the game is downright drab in moments. The single-player career mode simply finds you amassing points by clearing a listing of events &ndash; races, time trials, and drift challenges, each with secondary objectives &ndash; and unlocking cups to complete. The approach is strongly reminiscent of <em>EA&#39;s Shift 2: Unleashed</em> from early 2011; in fact, quite a lot of the overall experience here (sans social elements) recalls that game, but that was three and a half years and a whole console generation ago.</p> <p>Beyond the simple career, <em>Driveclub</em> offers only single races and multiplayer matches to tackle, again with no real personality built into the design. Lacking depth extends past the races themselves and into the garage, where the cars can&#39;t be upgraded or tuned beyond the livery designs.</p> <p>In many respects, <em>Driveclub</em> seems content to be a very slight game that leans hard upon its social functionality, but the lasting appeal of social play depends on having a really rich core experience. And that&#39;s not here.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review" target="_blank">The Crew 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="1600" height="900" title="Driveclub review" alt="Driveclub review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DC_Screen_27_0.jpg?1412850420" /> </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"> Beauty, befuddlement </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>Inconsistent presentation proves a real surprise. The vehicle exteriors are nicely modeled, and there are impressive effects in spots: dazzlingly lit tunnels, bursts of confetti tossed onto the track as you approach crowds of spectators, and windshield grime that becomes visible as you turn towards the sun. Evolution&#39;s ambition to tap into the new-gen hardware shows here and there.</p> <p>But it doesn&#39;t feel like they followed through on all of their plans. In fact, some areas look downright unfinished. The pre-race location overviews are almost uniformly disheveled, with scenery that looks comprised of clay and half-dried paste. Elsewhere, the repeated environmental elements look like placeholder assets that never got replaced in time for the retail release.</p> <p>The on-track scenery doesn&#39;t look so rough, thankfully, but the lighting is frequently a distraction. When playing in cockpit view, the interior is often so dark that you can&#39;t make out the details. And the wild shifts are curious: you&#39;ll complete a turn and shift from full illumination outside to a dim dreariness. I don&#39;t long for uniformly lit locales that never change, but Evolution went way past the point of subtlety in its pursuit of realism, and the result takes away from the experience.</p> <p>That said, <em>Driveclub</em> does intentionally shrug off reality in one area, and it&#39;s actually a neat addition: many events speed up the passing of time so that each lap represents a different time of day. You may start a race in total daylight, but the final lap is in pitch-black nightfall. That gives the action an extra sense of dynamism at times, and while a weird tweak, it&#39;s at least an interesting one. Evolution&#39;s planning to add similarly dynamic weather in a post-launch patch, which should have an even more interesting and fun effect.</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="1600" height="900" title="Driveclub review" alt="Driveclub review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DC_Screen_44.jpg?1412850420" /> </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"> Driveclub 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>Visual inconsistencies aside, <em>Driveclub</em> is a perfectly solid racer &ndash; but for Sony&#39;s first big foray into the genre on PlayStation 4, we expected a lot more. The team dynamic adds an engaging perk to the solid simulation racing, but there&#39;s little depth and energy around the experience, as exemplified by the bog-standard career, lack of non-visual vehicle customization, and sleepy menu-driven design.</p> <p>After playing something as joyously designed and boldly styled as <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review" target="_blank">Forza Horizon 2</a></em> on Xbox One &ndash; which itself has a club component &ndash; it&#39;s tough to run into a racer that feels so conventional and borderline tepid. That may not be much solace to PS4 owners, but alas.</p> <p>There&#39;s fun to be had here, but I expect that most players will be plenty satisfied by the free PlayStation Plus version &ndash; with fewer tracks and cars &ndash; and not feel the strong need to pay for the full release. That giveaway is a gambit that may not work out well for Sony, as <em>Driveclub</em> doesn&#39;t strongly earn the upgrade.</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="1600" height="900" title="Driveclub verdict" alt="Driveclub verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DC_Screen_54_0.jpg?1412850420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </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>Team racing and social features are nice perks, but Driveclub&#39;s core experience fails to generate much excitement</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"> Driveclub review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/driveclub/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/driveclub/review#comments Console games Driveclub PlayStation 4 Sony Wed, 08 Oct 2014 08:43:49 +0000 Tom Parsons 1449562 at http://www.stuff.tv Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launching in December http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/super-smash-bros-wii-u-launching-december/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nintendo’s NFC-enabled Amiibo figures will debut in late November, as well </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="Super Smash Bros. for Wii U" alt="Super Smash Bros. for Wii U" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/supersmashbros-wiiu.jpg?1412734166" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Nintendo 3DS version of&nbsp;<em>Super Smash Bros.</em>&nbsp;just launched this week, but Nintendo curiously avoided pinning down a date for the more-anticipated Wii U release, which made it seem like it would miss this year.</p> <p>Amazingly, it won&rsquo;t, as Nintendo today announced plans to release the Wii U version in Europe on 5 December. North American players will get it a couple weeks sooner on 21 November. In addition to the standalone version of the game in a retail package or download from the eShop, Nintendo will have two special packages available.</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>Additionally, Nintendo has confirmed that the first wave of Amiibo figurines will debut on 28 November. The initial line includes Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby, and Marth. A second line will follow three weeks later on 19 December, bringing Zelda, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Little Mac, Pit, and Captain Falcon to the series.</p> <p>Beyond&nbsp;<em>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</em>, the Amiibo figures will also be compatible with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mario-kart-8/mario-kart-8/review"><em>Mario Kart 8</em></a>&nbsp;and the upcoming&nbsp;<em>Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker</em>,&nbsp;<em>Mario Party 10</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Yoshi&rsquo;s Wooly World</em>&nbsp;for Wii U.</p> <p>Additionally, an adapter will be released to use the figurines with the 3DS version of&nbsp;<em>Super Smash Bros</em>, while next year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/nintendo-shows-updated-3ds-and-3ds-xl-designs/news">New Nintendo 3DS hardware</a>&nbsp;will support them out of the box.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nintendo.co.uk/News/2014/October/Super-Smash-Bros-for-Nintendo-3DS-has-sold-more-than-2-8-million-units-worldwide-922571.html">Nintendo UK</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/nintendo-shows-updated-3ds-and-3ds-xl-designs/news">Nintendo shows off updated 3DS and 3DS XL designs</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="677" title="Amiibo" alt="Amiibo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nintendo-amiibo-line2.png?1412734166" /> </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/3ds/super-smash-bros-wii-u-launching-december/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/super-smash-bros-wii-u-launching-december/news#comments 3DS Console games Nintendo Wii U Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:59:19 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449629 at http://www.stuff.tv Alien: Isolation http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finally, the iconic movie monster gets the terrifying game it deserves </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="940" height="705" title="At home, everyone can hear you scream" alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/alien-isolation-alien_2.jpg?1413472357" /> </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>Survival horror games, it seems, are back in fashion. Whether it&rsquo;s poking around abandoned asylums in indie hit&nbsp;<em>Outlast</em>, treading carefully through the same stretch of corridor again and again only to be suddenly stopped in your tracks by something horrendous in&nbsp;<em>Silent Hills</em>&rsquo; playable teaser, or confronting the restless dead head-on in the upcoming&nbsp;<em>The Evil Within</em>, it&rsquo;s clear gamers get a big kick out of feeling powerless, weak and very, very scared.</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"> £55.00 </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">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"> Scary as hell </div> <div class="field-item even"> Beautifully realised environments </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Excellent atmosphere and music </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"> Mean save point distribution </div> <div class="field-item even"> Unforgiving alien A.I. </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"> Setting: Keeping it in the family </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&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;you play as Amanda Ripley, daughter of the&nbsp;<em>Alien</em>&nbsp;movies&rsquo; protagonist Ellen &quot;Sigourney Weaver&quot; Ripley. It&rsquo;s 15 years after the Nostromo and its entire crew went missing, and Amanda is looking for answers &ndash; or at least some sort of closure surrounding her mother&rsquo;s disappearance. When the Nostromo&rsquo;s flight recorder is apparently found and taken to Sevastopol, a deep space station, Amanda is among the team sent to retrieve it. And that&rsquo;s where the frights begin.</p> <p>Sevastopol is arguably the game&rsquo;s best-drawn and compelling character. A decaying city orbiting a gas giant, it&rsquo;s in a state of total chaos when you arrive &ndash; and that&rsquo;s not entirely the fault of the titular xenomorph stalking the hallways and air ducts. The second-rate corporation running the station has mismanaged things terribly, leaving a capricious A.I. in charge of the whole shebang, half the areas locked down and murderous rubber-skinned androids called Working Joes wandering the corridors. There are also a few dozen human survivors on board, some of whom are friendly towards Ripley, most of whom are not.</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="567" height="425" title="Sevastopol Station is brilliant realised " alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-sevastopol_0.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> 
Gameplay: Hide and seek </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>After an accident separates you from your companions, you&rsquo;re able to explore this gloomy, crumbling space citadel relatively unchallenged for an hour or so &ndash; and it&rsquo;s at this point that the majority of the game&rsquo;s systems and controls are introduced to you. And a lot of them revolve around stealth.</p> <p>While weapons are available in the game, your best chance of survival is to move slowly and methodically and to stay quiet. And when a potential threat is in the area, you&rsquo;re rarely far from a place to hide: a locker, a cupboard, under a desk, in an air vent. You wait until whatever&rsquo;s walking around moves on and then you do likewise.</p> <p>Sounds simple enough, and when you&rsquo;re hiding from humans and Working Joes it pretty much is. But when the alien comes into play, things get really tricky and really bloody scary. 99 percent of the creature&rsquo;s behaviour isn&rsquo;t scripted, you see &ndash; it&rsquo;s driven instead by an advanced A.I. system that responds to sound, movement and changes in light. It actually hunts you, and when it&rsquo;s nearby you never, ever feel safe.</p> <p>Turns out aliens have really good hearing. Make a noise above a whisper and, if it&rsquo;s lurking nearby, it&rsquo;ll come and investigate. And if it spots you, you&rsquo;re almost certainly done for. Weapons are largely ineffective (later on you can make it run away by blasting it with a flamethrower, but it&rsquo;ll be back soon and it&rsquo;ll be angrier than before) and your chances of outrunning it over open ground are zero.</p> <p>And, thanks to the game&rsquo;s maddening manual save system (you can save only at certain terminals) death could mean replaying the last fifteen minutes of buttock-clenching terror. So you really, really don&rsquo;t want to die.</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="If you see the alien this close, you&#039;ve probably had it" alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-alien-rushing_0.jpg?1413472357" /> </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="Ripley&#039;s a tough cookie, but Sevastopol will kill her/you many, many times" alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-amanda-ripley_0.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> Survivor Mode </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><em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;doesn&rsquo;t have a multiplayer mode, but there&rsquo;s still stuff to tackle once you&rsquo;ve polished off the main campaign (which could well take you a good 15-20 hours &ndash; it&rsquo;s tough and lengthy). Developer The Creative Assembly has included Survivor Mode, a series of small timed challenges in which you&rsquo;re placed in close proximity to the creature and given a goal. Essentially, it distils the main game&rsquo;s tenser sections into tiny replayable chunks.</p> <p>There are also two pieces of DLC available at launch (neither of which we&rsquo;ve had time to take on yet). Both are set during the 1979&nbsp;<em>Alien</em>&nbsp;movie and both feature the vocal talents of much of that film&rsquo;s original cast, including Sigourney Weaver.</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-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"> Tools of the trade </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>Thankfully, you have access to some useful stuff that can tip the odds in your favour. First and foremost there&rsquo;s the trusty motion tracker, which can be brought up at any time to check if there&rsquo;s anyone or anything moving about nearby. It&rsquo;ll show the distance and direction of the contact, giving you precious time to decide if it&rsquo;s worth continuing on your journey or cowering in someone&rsquo;s clothes locker for the next five minutes.</p> <p>Ripley is an engineer by trade and can also craft objects and improvised weapons. Things like flashbangs and noise-making devices can be used to distract, while Molotov cocktails will kill humans and repel the alien. You can even create a noise to attract the alien and have it deal with a roomful of hostile humans for you.</p> <p>Finally, you have your ears, which are often the best way to avoid the alien. The motion tracker, you see, makes noise that can be heard by enemies that are very close, so when you&rsquo;re in a locker with the alien inches away, bringing it up can alert it to your presence. Cue the door ripped off the locker and your face treated to a French kiss, xenomorph-style. This is a game where a good set of headphones can save your skin.</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="The motion tracker will be your most-used item" alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-working-joe_0.jpg?1413472357" /> </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="Finding objects allows you to craft items and equipment" alt="Alien: Isolation reviewv" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-crafting_0.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> How scary is it? </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&rsquo;s been a long time since I played a game as intense as&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>. The lighting, sound effects and music build up a gripping atmosphere of dread long before the creature makes its first appearance, and once it does things move up another gear. The game&rsquo;s musical score reacts to events, so when the alien is hunting you down and you&rsquo;re crouched under a desk three feet away you&rsquo;re living the full horror movie experience. It&rsquo;s actually a pretty draining game to play, and I often found myself having to take a break after another lengthy, tense game of cat-and-mouse in the corridors ended with my gruesome and sudden death.</p> <p>Which brings us to difficulty. The aforementioned save system is, to be frank, a total bastard. I understand why the developers have used it &ndash; if you could save every 30 seconds tension goes right out the window (or airlock) &ndash; but the scarcity of save points means you&rsquo;ll often find yourself having to replay long sections over and over, each time enduring several tricky encounters. While this succeeds in cranking up the tension and making you want to survive, it can also be demoralising to know you&rsquo;ve got to go through the same fifteen minutes over and over until you somehow catch a break and avoid having the alien rip your innards out or a dead-eyed android beat you to a pulp.</p> <p>The alien&rsquo;s A.I. makes it truly unpredictable. Which is highly impressive from a technical point-of-view, but it also ramps up the difficulty, because sometimes it&rsquo;ll drop from a vent right in front of you when you&rsquo;ve seemingly done nothing to attract it &ndash; and that feels unfair after you&rsquo;ve spent half an hour inching through ducts to get around it.</p> <p>I should mention here that I played the game on its hard setting, as recommended by the developers for the &ldquo;real&rdquo;&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;experience. And it certainly is an experience I won&rsquo;t forget in a hurry &ndash; mainly for the right reasons (white-knuckle terror, relief as you finally make it to a save point) but also partly for the sheer frustration and difficulty of the damn thing. Gamers light on time or patience may want to settle for one of the lower difficulties.</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/w_eJd42AxM4" 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"> Alien: Isolation 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 have been many games based on the&nbsp;<em>Alien</em>&nbsp;series over the years, but&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;is the first that truly does justice to the original movie. Eschewing balls-out action for dread, terror and a feeling of utter powerlessness in the face of a perfect killing machine, this game will scare the pants off of you again and again and make you feel intense relief simply at having made it through a tricky section.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll also frustrate you and push your patience to the limits, which means that it won&rsquo;t appeal to everyone. If you&rsquo;re used to being handheld through first-person shooters, you&rsquo;ll find&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;to be a markedly different experience.</p> <p>In some ways, we welcome that: it&rsquo;s not often you play a game that demands this much concentration to play. It&rsquo;s healthy to be challenged, and it&#39;s rewarding when you finally triumph. But because it&rsquo;s such an intense experience, you may feel that it&rsquo;s not always enjoyable. Me? I mostly loved it. Mostly.</p> <p><em>Version reviewed: PlayStation 4</em></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 alien is one of the smartest foes we&#039;ve faced in a game" alt="Alien: Isolation review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-end_0.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> sound </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-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"> 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-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"> 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"> 7 </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>Fraught, involving and intense, it&rsquo;s the game the Alien series deserves</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"> Alien: Isolation review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:19:21 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435505 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop reborn on Surface Pro 3, Assassin’s Creed Unity locked at 900p on consoles, and HP confirms company split http://www.stuff.tv/adobe/fully-charged-adobe-illustrator-and-photoshop-reborn-surface-pro-3-assassin-s-creed-unity-lock <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wake up, click through, and read the tech news you need to start the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Adobe Illustrator CC on Surface Pro 3" alt="Adobe Illustrator CC on Surface Pro 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/surface-illustrator.jpg?1412663581" /> </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"> Adobe Creative Cloud overhauled for Surface Pro 3 </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 annual Adobe Max conference held its first keynotes yesterday in Los Angeles, and the biggest news thus far has been the revelation of revitalized Creative Cloud touch apps for Surface Pro 3.</p> <p>Microsoft says it began the partnership with Adobe well before the Surface Pro 3 was announced this past spring, and as shown in the promo clip above, the companies have some pretty amazing-looking touch abilities planned for the Creative Cloud suite.</p> <p>Photoshop already has a minimal new &ldquo;Playground&rdquo; interface option on Surface for manipulation, and as you can see in the video, Illustrator has some new tricks up its sleeve as well. It&rsquo;s unclear whether these features will also function on other Surface models, or if they&rsquo;ll extend to non-Microsoft touch devices in the future, but the Surface Pro 3&rsquo;s pen seems an essential part of the experience.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://blog.surface.com/2014/10/new-adobe-creative-cloud/">Surface Blog</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/6/6921769/photoshop-illustrator-touch-features-adobe-microsoft-partnership">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3/review">Microsoft Surface Pro 3 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/PlLR9ANGsOo" 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"> Assassin’s Creed Unity only 900p on consoles </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>Next month&rsquo;s <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em> is seen as the big new-gen bump for the series, sporting a new engine and campaign co-op action - but based on comments from Ubisoft, you won&rsquo;t even be able to run the game at 1080p or higher than 30 fames per second on Xbox One or PlayStation 4.</p> <p>&ldquo;We decided to lock them at the same specs to avoid all the debates and stuff,&quot; said senior producer Vincent Pontbriand to VideoGamer, confirming that both will run at 900p and 30fps He explains that the CPUs of the consoles make it difficult to run everything at a higher resolution. &ldquo;We were quickly bottlenecked by that and it was a bit frustrating, because we thought that this was going to be a tenfold improvement over everything AI-wise, and we realised it was going to be pretty hard.</p> <p>Both new-gen console versions of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review"><em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed IV: Black Flag</em></a> also shipped at 900p and 30fps, but the PS4 version was later patched up to 1080p. Of course, the PC version can scale higher based on your hardware, so if you&rsquo;re impressively specced, that may be the version to get.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.videogamer.com/ps4/assassins_creed_unity/news/assassins_creed_unity_is_900p_30fps_on_both_ps4_and_xbox_one.html">VideoGamer</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity 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/1P1zKpdaVaI" 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"> HP splitting company into two </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>Confirming reports that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-developing-modular-displays-too-halo-collection-includes-past-pc-content">emerged over the weekend</a>, HP announced yesterday that it will split into two publicly-traded companies. HP Inc. will focus on consumer products, including PCs, printers, 3D printers, and other &ldquo;new computing experiences.&rdquo;</p> <p>Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will pick up the company&rsquo;s former branding and focus on business devices and IT services. HP expects the split to be finished before the end of the 2015 fiscal year as the company nears the fourth year of its five-year turnaround plan.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/hp-to-separate-into-two-new-industryleading-public-companies-20141006-00109">NASDAQ</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hp-s-android-slatebook-pc-announced-and-chromebook-11-refreshed-plus-ant-man-c">Fully Charged: HP&rsquo;s Android SlateBook PC announced and Chromebook 11 refreshed, plus Ant-Man can&#39;t find a new director</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="HP" alt="HP" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hp-logo_0.png?1412663581" /> </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/adobe/fully-charged-adobe-illustrator-and-photoshop-reborn-surface-pro-3-assassin-s-creed-unity-lock#comments Adobe Console games Gaming HP Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Ubisoft Tue, 07 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449531 at http://www.stuff.tv The Crew http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 06/10/14: Ubisoft&#039;s open-world racer slips into December, plus new details on Faction Wars </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="Looks busy? You should try Tolworth roundabout at about 8am" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-002.jpg?1412651300" /> </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/benjiwilson" title="View user profile.">Ben Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The racing genre has endured a painfully lacklustre couple of years. The&nbsp;<em>Dirt</em>&nbsp;series&nbsp;peaked long before the arrival of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while&nbsp;<em>Need For Speed</em>&#39;s annual joyride has spluttered into &#39;fun for exactly 17 minutes&#39; territory.</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"> GRAPHICS </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>Perhaps unsurprisingly, <em>The Crew</em> looks like the next-gen offspring of <em>Burnout Paradise</em> and <em>Test Drive</em> &ndash; though it&#39;s far more of a stunner than those pretty-in-an-elderly-way parents. Cars shine in the sun and gleam amid big city neon, and the hugely varied selection of backdrops are a pleasure to thunder through in fast, fantastically-modelled vehicles.</p> <p>

It&#39;s worth noting, however, that there&#39;s a lot more going on onscreen than in most racers. Point tallies, notices about fellow crew members, your speedometer and a small map all take up valuable real estate, and that potential clutter won&#39;t suit all tastes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien Isolation will have you weeping with space terror</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/bDiplfxeCI4" 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"> SETTING </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 Crew&#39;s &#39;idealisation&#39; of America is vast, with 15 million individual objects across the game&#39;s persistent world.</p> <p>These populate the best, most exciting roads in the nation, hence it taking an hour and a half (as opposed to days) to drive across. There&#39;s some 5000 square miles of tarmac available for you to burn rubber on, with 15 famous cities incorporated &ndash; six of which are comparable in size to Liberty City in <em>GTA IV</em>. Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami, LA and Washington are just some of the cityscapes that can be explored, with the entire map taking around four hours to circumnavigate.</p> <p>Want another impressive figure? Try the number 11 for size: that&#39;s how many individual ecosystems are present in the game. This news is music to our ears, because cruising the West Coast beneath Californian sun should feel entirely different to hurtling through a frosty Central Park (yep, it&#39;s also in, and drivable) at nightfall.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review">Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division 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="1600" height="900" title="Some 15 US cities are recreated in The Crew" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-013.jpg?1412651300" /> </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="Terrain will be varied" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-001.jpg?1412651300" /> </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="There are 5000 square miles to explore" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-006.jpg?1412651300" /> </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="900" title="Time to put on some Chris Rea" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-007.jpg?1412651300" /> </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"> GAMEPLAY </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>Discovering America at speed is one of the game&#39;s great pleasures, but you&#39;re not here to be a modern day Chris Columbus. In fact, we&#39;ve done <em>The Crew</em> a small disservice by calling it merely a racer. It&#39;s also, believe it or not, something of an RPG.</p> <p>Winning events scores you cash and XP &ndash; which over time unlocks new challenges &ndash; while earning gold, silver or bronze medals in those events opens up gold, silver or bronze car parts for purchase later on.</p> <p>There&#39;s a <em>Fast And Furious</em>-lite storyline binding things together, but a behind-the-scenes peek suggests that isn&#39;t the big appeal here. Neither is experiencing the game solo, although you can absolutely do that if you wish. No, the big hook is forming a crew - hence the name - alongside three mates and taking on challenges such as a flat-out road race from New York to Miami. The victor gets the best rewards; and those spoils taste sweeter when they&#39;re earned by owning your online buddies, as opposed to three robo-brained AI cars.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature">20 amazing indie games you can download right 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-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="Not sure what that plane is doing here" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-012.jpg?1412651300" /> </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="Customisation options will be based on earning money and XP" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-005.jpg?1412651300" /> </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 INSIDE VIEW </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 Crew&#39;s car list contains more than 40 vehicles from the likes of BMW, Chevy, Ford and Nissan. Even so, if you&#39;re the type of gamer who doesn&#39;t care for the number of motors because you&#39;ll stick with a personal favourite throughout, creative director Julian Gerighty may well be your new best friend.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&#39;s one of the interesting things that we&#39;re seeing emerge from playtesting,&rdquo; he tells <a href="http://www.gamereactor.eu/articles/116684/Julian+Gerighty+on+The+Crew/">Gamereactor UK</a>. &ldquo;We have lots and lots of cars, but we&#39;re seeing people pick a car and as soon as they&#39;re happy with it, [and] have identified that &#39;this is the car for me&quot;, they stick with it. Not just for two to three hours, [but] for 10, 15, 20 hours. [They] upgrade it as much possible, and make it evolve into as many specs as possible.</p> <p>&ldquo;That sort of connection is something [in <em>The Crew</em>] that&#39;s very different from normal racing games. Nothing&#39;s stopping you from choosing another car afterwards, and doing it all again, and buying the parts needed to get it to a similar level. But we&#39;re seeing people have very different behaviours to say, one of our competitors, where it&#39;s all about buying every single car and doing all of the challenges.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny Beta 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-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="There will be more than 40 vehicles in The Crew" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-008.jpg?1412651300" /> </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="Whatever type of vehicle you want to drive, you&#039;ll be well catered for" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-003.jpg?1412651300" /> </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="900" title="More cars" alt="The Crew PlayStation 4 Xbox One and PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-crew-console-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-pc-004.jpg?1412651300" /> </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"> Choose your crew </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 intriguing parts of the experience will surely be Faction Wars, wherein you&#39;ll pick one of five groups to represent: The Bears on the West Coast, the Snakes in the Mountain States, the Wolves in the Midwest, the Crocodiles in the South, or the Eagles on the East Coast.</p> <p>Hopefully the crew mentality proves cooler than those names, but the real draw here comes with the specialized faction missions, some of which let you pit four of your racers against four others in intense road races across the virtual nation. Teamwork and communication become essential here in a way unlike what we&#39;ve experienced in previous racers.</p> <p>Ubisoft says <em>The Crew</em> will <a href="http://blog.ubi.com/crew-faction-wars-late-game-content/">launch with 25 faction missions</a>, ranging from solo attempts to those 4-on-4 jaunts, but more will be added each month once the game is live and hopefully thriving. You can get a quick taste of the faction missions in the above trailer.</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/ZBMmjqI_mG0" 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"> Last gen&#039;s last ride </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>The Crew</em>&nbsp;was designed first for new-gen consoles and PC, and seemed like it would only appear on those platforms - but Ubisoft recently announced that the game will also be ported to Xbox 360 and released on the very same date.</p> <p>Unlike&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-5/first-play-forza-horizon-2/feature"><em>Forza Horizon 2</em></a>, which will be a different experience on Xbox 360, Ubisoft says that&nbsp;<em>The Crew</em>&nbsp;will maintain the same scope and features as its glossier siblings. Hopefully the visual drop isn&rsquo;t also accompanied by a significant performance hit. No footage has been released as of this writing, and we may well not see anything until the game hits store shelves.</p> <p>Why only Xbox 360 and not other last-gen consoles? A Ubisoft rep made it sound like a resources issue, telling&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/08/14/ubisoft-explains-why-the-crew-isnt-coming-to-ps3-or-wii-u">IGN</a>, &ldquo;when the decision was made to port [<em>The Crew</em>] to the previous generation of consoles, it was decided to focus solely on the platform closest to the new-gen&rsquo;s technical infrastructure, which is the Xbox 360.&rdquo; Sorry, PS3 owners; Wii U folks, you weren&rsquo;t expecting anything anyway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-5/first-play-forza-horizon-2/feature">Forza Horizon 2: First Play</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="The Crew" alt="The Crew" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TC_screen_GC2014_GetawayNearSeattle_20140813_10am_CET_1407869346.jpg?1412617886" /> </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"> RELEASE DATE </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>Initially thought to launch in early 2014,&nbsp;<em>The Crew</em>&nbsp;then held down a 14 November release date for months. But <a href="http://blog.ubi.com/the-crew-release-date-december/">one last delay</a> has emerged, and now Ubisoft&#39;s racer will debut worldwide on 2 December for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox 360. It&#39;s the biggest multiplatform racing experience of the holiday season, what with&nbsp;<em>Forza Horizon 2</em>&nbsp;exclusive to Xbox One and&nbsp;<em>Driveclub</em>&nbsp;similarly holding court solely on PS4.</p> <p>In a controversial move, you&#39;ll be booted back to the Start screen should your internet connection drop while playing &ndash; so if you&#39;re planning to plough your life into road trippin&#39; across the States from the comfort of your own sofa, it&#39;s probably time to go all-in on fibre optic broadband. Because let&#39;s be honest: you&#39;ve been waiting months, if not years, for the perfect excuse&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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/kw3zMEnPBM4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review#comments Console games Gaming PC PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:51:28 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436970 at http://www.stuff.tv Forza Horizon 2 http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forza Motorsport’s free-roaming cousin gets a new next-gen playground. Does it deliver, or stall at the lights? </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="Forza Horizon 2" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Reviews_03_WM_ForzaHorizon2_resized.jpg?1413209235" /> </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>After initial concerns that it would dilute the hardcore spirit of the game too much, we unexpectedly fell head over heels with the original <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-horizon/review"><em>Forza Horizon</em></a> on Xbox 360. That meant expectations were high for the sequel, particularly considering its access to the turbo-charged power of a next-gen console.</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"> £44.00 </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 Xbox One </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"> Stunning 1080p, 30fps countryside </div> <div class="field-item even"> Thrilling off- and on-road races </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Huge catalogue of cars to drive </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"> Slight lack of variation to the events </div> <div class="field-item even"> Drivatars can be overly aggressive </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While it uses the same graphics engine and Drivatar tech as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/forza-motorsport-5/review"><em>Forza Motorsport 5</em></a>, <em>Horizon 2</em> is a very different game to its track-oriented teammate. For starters, it only forces you to drive around in an underpowered coupé for a handful of races before handing you the keys to a Ferrari, glistening in the mediterranean sun.</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"> Festival shriek </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 Horizon of its name is a huge festival held in the middle of the Franco-Italian countryside, from which the racing events you participate in are operated. A bit like the FIA if it were run by a bunch of ravers. In truth the festival is at odds with the surroundings in which you drive. It&rsquo;s all lasers, whooping and EDM, dropped jarringly amid rolling hills dotted with vineyards, delicate farm cottages and quaint little market towns with piazzas at the centre.</p> <p>Apart from your irritating host, Ben, a man who&rsquo;s about as likeable as a wannabe <em>Top Gear</em> presenter, it&rsquo;s actually pretty easy to ignore the festival side of things. Turn off the radio (it&rsquo;s usually better to hear the sound of your engine anyway) and you can almost forget the festival exists. That&rsquo;s because each tournament takes place away from the site itself, in one of many geographically distinct regions.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review">The Crew 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="1080" title="Horizon? More like Horizoff" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Reviews_05_WM_ForzaHorizon2.jpg?1413209235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New car smell </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>To get to each one you must embark on a road trip, usually in a new car you&rsquo;ve just bought specifically for that championship, meaning you get a chance to familiarise yourself with your new marque on the way. Races are either point-to-point sprints or laps of a makeshift street circuit. You&rsquo;ll find yourself revisiting places over the course of the game but with so many roads to use there&rsquo;s an almost endless selection of tracks and routes.</p> <p>While it feels slightly more structured than the original, in geographical terms <em>Forza Horizon 2</em> is a significantly larger game thanks to the extra opportunities for free roaming. There are fewer barriers restricting you to the roads, so if you can see a field, chances are you can blast right through the middle of it. We even beat an AI opponent in a head-to-head by driving our Mitsubishi 4x4 straight at the finish line, while his significantly faster Porsche stuck to the asphalt.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grid-autosport/review">Grid Autosport 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="Forza Horizon in-car view" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Reviews_HUD_03_ForzaHorizon2.jpg?1413209235" /> </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"> Let’s off-road </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In fact, off-road events have been completely overhauled. Whereas before they were just regular races on loose surfaces, off-road events are now exactly that. Barrelling through a field of bonnet-high crops at 100mph using the in-car view produces some genuinely heart-stopping moments. What before was one of the weaker parts of <em>Forza Horizon</em> has become one of this game&rsquo;s most thrilling, only really beaten by the championship finales, which see you racing against an aerobatics team along the French riviera in a Ferrari, or sprinting through the countryside in an old rally car in a race to beat an express train.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s all of the extra off-road opportunities that add acres to the world. It&rsquo;s three times larger than the last game, plus there are over 200 drivable cars on the disc, including everything from Ferrari&rsquo;s 330 P4 to Local Motors&rsquo; open-source Rally Fighter. Each handles differently too, with noticeable differences even between equally powered cars.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s another benefit of the game&rsquo;s more developed off-road side; it gives the gnarlier cars a purpose. Before there was no real reason to have one in your garage, but with the added emphasis on cross-country racing those trucks and American muscle cars that nobody really wants can now find a home barging across the landscape before drifting vaguely left at the barnyard like a turbocharged oil tanker.</p> <p>Just like any other open-world game the environment is scattered with distractions, challenges and bonuses to encourage exploration. Horizon&rsquo;s Barn Finds return (and are just as well hidden as before), while new additions include Car Meets (essentially an excuse to sit and rev other people&rsquo;s motors in a car park &ndash; meh) and 30 Bucket List challenges that require you to complete a task in a specific car: a point-to-point through trees in the pitch black behind the wheel of an old Lancia, for example.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/microsoft-xbox-one-5-best-games-2013/feature">The 10 best Microsoft Xbox One games so far</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="Let&#039;s off-road!" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Reviews_01_WM_ForzaHorizon2.jpg?1413209235" /> </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="Fences are no match for me!" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/E3-PressKit-04-WM-ForzaHorizon2-jpg.jpg?1413209235" /> </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"> It never rains but it pours </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Forza Horizon 2</em>&rsquo;s weather is dynamic, meaning it can start to pour at any time, but the illusion is spoiled rather if you then begin a race that&rsquo;s not meant to include a shower and the clouds miraculously disappear as you hit the start line.</p> <p>Rain only has a minimal effect on the way your car handles (although it does make the road surface look a bit like a sea lion&rsquo;s back) but for those wondering if <em>Horizon 2</em> is too &#39;My First Forza&#39; for them, put the steering in simulation mode, turn off traction control and ABS, and you&rsquo;ve got a racing game that&rsquo;s perfectly pitched for those who don&rsquo;t want to powerslide round every corner at 120mph but also like a bit of a challenge. The tuning menu is there, so those who want to can still tweak tyre pressure, brake balance and the like to their oil-filled heart&rsquo;s content.</p> <p>Drivatar-powered opponents can be a bit overly aggressive (OK, we&rsquo;ll admit we can be too) but seeing your friends&rsquo; names over the top of passing cars really does work to ignite the competitive spirit. Despite knowing full well the car in front isn&rsquo;t really being driven by <em>Stuff</em>&rsquo;s reviews editor Tom Parsons I still can&rsquo;t help but want to beat it more than if it was just some nameless drone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-driveclub/feature">First Play - Driveclub</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="It never rains but it pours" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Previews_07_WM_ForzaHorizon2.jpg?1413209235" /> </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="Wet as an otter&#039;s pocket" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/E3-PressKit-01-WM-ForzaHorizon2-jpg.jpg?1413209235" /> </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"> Format war </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><em>Forza Horizon 2</em> might also be available for Xbox 360 but it&rsquo;s not quite the same game. There&rsquo;s no weather or Drivatars and the world is slightly smaller. If you pick up the Xbox One version it&rsquo;s worth making sure your Kinect is plugged in. Anna, your voice-activated sat-nav, is a genuinely useful feature, responding consistently and accurately to your commands, allowing you to navigate your way around without having to stop to look at a pause menu.</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-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"> Drive Clubs </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>Horizon 2</em> has also beaten Sony&rsquo;s <em>Driveclub</em> to the chequered flag when it comes to social gaming with its, er, very similar &lsquo;Clubs&rsquo;, which you can either start or join with your friends. Each one can take up to 1000 members, which means Playground Games must have a vastly different opinion on what a gamer&rsquo;s friendship circle looks like to the rest of us. Other club members will even earn you rewards while you&rsquo;re not playing.</p> <p>In general it&rsquo;s not a game that makes it hard to pocket cash. Doing well in races earns you credits and XP and even with the difficulty ramped up it&rsquo;s not too difficult to regularly finish on the podium. Until the latter stages few of the other drivers are ever consistent enough to give you a real battle in the&nbsp;championship, so anyone looking for more of a challenge should turn off rewinds and switch on full damage.</p> <p>Each time you level up you&rsquo;ll get a Horizon Wheelspin &ndash; a virtual fruit machine that offers prizes of either credits or new cars. Around nine times out of ten it&rsquo;s the former but when they all go towards buying new wheels anyway, who&rsquo;s complaining? Your Drivatar will also pocket credits for you even when your Xbox is turned off. It&rsquo;s clearly a game that wants you to earn, earn, earn so you can spend, spend, spend, although with the very top cars priced into the millions, you&rsquo;ll have to save significantly in order to get behind the wheel.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</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="Wanna join our Club?" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Reviews_HUD_01_ForzaHorizon2.jpg?1413209235" /> </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="Some of the cars don&#039;t come cheap" alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AstonMartinDBR1-WM-CarReveal-Week4-ForzaHorizon2-jpg.jpg?1413209235" /> </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"> 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>Forza Horizon 2</em> is everything an open-world driving game should be. There&rsquo;s loads to do and it captures the feeling of driving very fast better than any other game, to the point where it could soon eclipse its older brother once and for all. In fact, right now, if it were a choice between this and <em>Forza 5</em>, we&#39;d pick <em>Horizon 2</em> every time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">These are 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="And the winner is..." alt="Forza Horizon 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Reviews_04_WM_ForzaHorizon2.jpg?1413209235" /> </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"> 10 </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"> 9 </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>As exhilarating as pretending to drive a supercar from your sofa gets, Forza Horizon 2 is a must for any Xbox One owner</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"> Forza Horizon 2 review: &quot;A must for any Xbox One owner&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"> We explore Forza&#039;s next-gen free-roaming playground </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/forza-caro.jpg?1413209235" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review#comments Console games Gaming Xbox 360 Xbox One Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:11:12 +0000 Tom Wiggins 1448478 at http://www.stuff.tv FIFA 15 http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Has The Best World Cup Ever™ inspired the best football game ever, or is FIFA 15 on a post-Brazil comedown? </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="FIFA 15 review" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fifa15_xboxone_ps4_agilityandcontrol_liverpool_vs_napoli_wm_1200x900_0.jpg?1412848064" /> </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>World football tends to move in cycles &ndash; and as the&nbsp;<em>FIFA</em>&nbsp;games attempt to replicate the sport as closely as possible, EA&rsquo;s annual soccer sim must also move on.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £40.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Faster, more exciting gameplay </div> <div class="field-item even"> Irritating throw-ins fixed </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Improved goalkeepers </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"> Goalkeepers yet to prove themselves </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not a huge leap from last year </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If&nbsp;<em>FIFA 14</em>&nbsp;was Barcelona&rsquo;s tiki-taka, death by 1000 passes,&nbsp;<em>FIFA 15</em>&nbsp;is Germany&rsquo;s more explosive World-Cup-winning evolution of it. Like Spain at Euro 2012,&nbsp;<em>FIFA 14</em>&rsquo;s patient style was considered boring by some. In its quest for realism it had lost some of the breathless excitement that makes football such an absorbing game &ndash; and that&rsquo;s the focus of&nbsp;<em>FIFA 15</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">Kill your productivity - Stuff&#39;s top 30 free browser games</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"> Heavy metal football </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>FIFA 15</em>&nbsp;feels like it&rsquo;s been in a few extra training sessions to sharpen up. Its reactions are faster and it&rsquo;s found an extra yard of pace since last season. It maintains the realism but injects a bit more &lsquo;heavy metal&rsquo; as Jurgen Klopp would call it. Players seem more responsive to movements of the left stick, with a last-minute nudge to either side often enough to beat a defender or draw the foul when running at speed and if the momentum is with you. With the right player it&rsquo;s also more effective from a standstill, shifting the player&rsquo;s weight one way and then bursting the other past the defender.</p> <p>In fact, weight and momentum play a bigger part in general. Ground passes are zippier, particularly over longer distances, meaning you have to be more accurate with them to keep play flowing. Players now use all parts of their boots to nudge, flick and lay the ball off, although you will have to get used to giving them a touch more power. Stringing together a few first-touch passes is hugely satisfying, particularly because it often feels on the edge of all falling apart, a bit like pulling off an improvised combo in a beat &#39;em up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<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="2000" height="1125" title="Heja BVB!" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa15_xboxone_ps4_dynamicmatchpresentation_dortmund_goal_wm_0.jpg?1412848064" /> </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"> Take your chances </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>When you do create a chance you need to take it, because two things have changed: hitting the target is harder and the goalkeepers are better. Defenders are very good at blocking shots and goalies react more quickly to them, so you often need to use power or inch-perfect placement to beat them. Too close to the keeper&rsquo;s body and they&rsquo;ll get a hand to it. The better ones will even manage to get something on the ball when it&rsquo;s gone past them.</p> <p>They don&rsquo;t hold everything, but there seems to be less pushing it back directly into the path of another striker than in&nbsp;<em>FIFA 14</em>. They still remain suspect at claiming balls dropping from high but in general keepers perform better, with a much larger range of saves contributing significantly to the more lifelike feel of the game. Only many months of play will reveal exactly how lifelike they are.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature">These are the 200 greatest games of all time</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="6658" height="3745" title="Tim Howard can stop anything" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa15_xboxone_ps4_nextgengoalkeeper_timhoward_save_wm_0.jpg?1412848064" /> </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"> Foul throw </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 the veteran players of&nbsp;<em>Stuff</em>&rsquo;s lunchtime&nbsp;<em>FIFA</em>&nbsp;tournaments have been frustrated by throw-ins for years so their overhaul in&nbsp;<em>FIFA 15</em>&nbsp;is most welcome. Whereas before the lack of movement from your teammates meant you were often left with no choice but to throw the ball backwards or risk losing possession,&nbsp;<em>FIFA 15</em>&nbsp;allows you to take control of the receiving player and move them around the pitch before commanding the taker to throw the ball in with a press of the pass button. </p> <p>It opens up a whole new world of unique attacking advantages (or disadvantages, if you believe the assertion that it&rsquo;s the only time you have 10 men on the pitch without being shown a red card). Most importantly, you can now skip that irritating phase when there are two balls on the pitch.</p> <p>Corners have also been enhanced, with special tactics activated by pressing one of the four directions on the D-pad. Rather than just hoofing the ball hopefully into the box you can instruct players to crowd the keeper, make a run to the near or far post, or drop to the edge of the box. How successful they are depends on your delivery of the ball and the quality of the defending, but it&rsquo;s nice to finally have some tactical options at set pieces.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/madden-nfl-15/review">Madden NFL 15 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="6565" height="3693" title="Heads!" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FIFA15_XboxOne_PS4_Schalke04_vs_Dortmund_Header_WM_0.jpg?1412848064" /> </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"> Tactical genius </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a world of zonal marking, false nines and Borussia Dortmund&rsquo;s extreme&nbsp;<em>gegenpressing</em>, <em>FIFA</em>&rsquo;s tactical side could previously have been accused of being more Tim Sherwood than Pep Guardiola. Fortunately,&nbsp;<em>15</em>&nbsp;addresses that with significant success. The redesigned menus make it much easier to set up your team to play how you want them to, picking from simple styles (counter-attack, high press, possession, etc) and tweaking attitudes and instructions for individual players.</p> <p>Team-mates also make more intelligent runs and signal where they want the ball to be played, which gives you far more confidence to play it into space. There are also more options when it comes to adjusting your team&rsquo;s attack/defence balance, with new &lsquo;Park The Bus&rsquo; and &lsquo;All Out Attack&rsquo; options at either end of the spectrum. Catch a team on the break when they&rsquo;ve chucked everybody forward and you&rsquo;ll often be able to exploit their lack of numbers.</p> <p>AI-controlled teams now use these more noticeably too, although they can be a little too simplistic. While it makes some sense for Man City to hoof high balls into the box for Dzeko when they&rsquo;re 1-0 down and running out of time, we&rsquo;ve also seen teams taking the ball to the corner flag in the last five minutes of a friendly that still stood at 0-0. Surely not even Jose Mourinho could be that negative.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</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="6114" height="3439" title="Golazo!" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FIFA15_XboxOne_PS4_Mainz05_vs_Hamburg_Shot_WM_0.jpg?1412848064" /> </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="The redesigned tactics screen" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa15_xboxone_ps4_teammanagement_tactics_default_0.jpg?1412848064" /> </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"> Licence to thrill </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>As usual EA has squeezed every drop out of its official licences, this year adding every Premier League ground, including those of newcomers Leicester, Burnley and QPR, although it looks like we&rsquo;ll have to wait until next year for the addition of Magic Ref Spray. Goal-line tech has made the cut, though, with refs visibly checking their watch to confirm the ball has crossed the line.</p> <p><em>Pro Evo</em>&nbsp;still waggles its Champions League licence in EA&rsquo;s face but if it&rsquo;s slick, Sky Sports-esque presentation you&rsquo;re after,&nbsp;<em>FIFA</em>&nbsp;is still the daddy. Besides, any self-respecting football hipster is far more fussed about the Austrian cup, and that is present and correct.</p> <p>While the commentary is still pretty repetitive, these days the commentators even chat about Financial Fair Play if you take charge of Chelsea, PSG or A.N. Other Enormobrand FC. A real sign of the times.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-4-5-best-games-2013/feature">The 10 best Sony PlayStation 4 games so far</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="6300" height="2620" title="Loftus Road – home to QPR" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa15_xboxone_ps4_barclayspremierleague_loftusroad_0.jpg?1412848064" /> </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"> Career advice </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>Career and Ultimate Team are the two modes that keep many people coming back to&nbsp;<em>FIFA</em>&nbsp;again and again, and EA has adopted an &lsquo;if it ain&rsquo;t broke, don&rsquo;t fix it&rsquo; approach to both. Apart from some cosmetic changes to bring it in line with the rest of the game, Career mode is largely unchanged. It&rsquo;s not going to beat&nbsp;<em>Football Manager</em>&nbsp;for depth but if you want to see Brighton &amp; Hove Albion playing in Europe any time soon it&rsquo;s probably your only chance.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/six-things-you-need-know-about-fifa-15-ultimate-team/feature">Six things you need to know about FIFA 15 Ultimate Team</a></strong></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"> 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"> 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>Just as Bayern Munich&rsquo;s style contains elements of the Spanish way,&nbsp;<em>FIFA 15</em>&nbsp;will be familiar to players of the previous game. It&rsquo;s certainly less of a jump than&nbsp;<em>FIFA</em>&nbsp;<em>13</em>&nbsp;to&nbsp;<em>14</em>. </p> <p>To some that will mean it&rsquo;s not worth the upgrade but with an emphasis on fast, attacking play it mirrors what football fans see out on the pitch better than its predecessor.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/25-best-football-games-ever/feature">The 25 best football video games ever</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="7146" height="4019" title="It always rains in Manchester" alt="FIFA 15 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa15_xboxone_ps4_dynamicmatchpresentation_manchestercity_goal_wm_0.jpg?1412848064" /> </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"> 10 </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>Harder, faster and stronger means FIFA 15 is a better reflection of modern football than ever before</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"> FIFA 15 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"> &quot;A better reflection of modern football than ever before&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/review#comments Console games FIFA 15 Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:00:19 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438721 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"> UPDATE 22/09/14: Unity&#039;s season pass will deliver a dark bonus campaign, plus a new side-scrolling spinoff </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?1411439772" /> </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>Last year&#39;s <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review" target="_blank">Assassin&#39;s Creed IV: Black Flag</a> </em>was a welcome seafaring deviation from the usual historical city-tromping escapade, but <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</em> is the coming-out party for the series on new-gen hardware.</p> <p>Let&#39;s check off the list: a nearly 1:1 scale Paris in the time of the French Revolution; four-player campaign co-op missions; totally reworked gameplay fundamentals; a cracking new game engine.</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"> 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>The late 18th century is much too early for an appearance from the Eiffel Tower, but Paris remains a pretty perfect pick for a wide-open city to explore &ndash; particularly given the presence of the massive Notre-Dame Cathedral, which Ubisoft spent a year crafting to resemble the real thing. The city of love won&#39;t be so welcoming as the French Revolution rages on, but that ought to make for a great action-game setting.</p> <p>This time around, you&#39;ll take the role of Arno Dorian, an Assassin whose adoptive father was an enemy Templar. His love interest? Also a Templar, named Elise &ndash; so expect some tricky business there.</p> <p>Like his series predecessors, Arno is skilled in both combat and speedy navigation, but has been described by Ubisoft as &quot;more ruthless&quot;. His Phantom Blade modifies the usual hidden blade with a throwing ability, plus Arno wields a French cutlass and a multi-barrel pistol. In sum? Expect plenty of conflict around ol&#39; Paris.</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/esHd9JlpR2Q" 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?1411439772" /> </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?1411439772" /> </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"> Live together, die alone </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 the past few entries, <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed</em> has split its gameplay between the standard single-player campaign and a separate online multiplayer mode. And that&#39;s been a largely successful approach &ndash; sometimes more on the competitive end than the narrative adventure side of things.</p> <p>But as its title implies, <em>Unity</em> is all about teamwork, and not in some walled-off side mode &ndash; it&#39;s within the campaign. Granted, the four-player online co-op doesn&#39;t extend throughout the entire campaign, but numerous missions allow you to link up with others and execute grand assaults and assassinations, with each player taking on a unique skill that benefits the team. The fluid, complex E3 demo was enough to convince us of its potential brilliance.</p> <p>Alas, the trade-off here is that <em>Unity</em> will be the first core series entry in five years without a competitive multiplayer component. Still, that seems a fair omission, and since Ubisoft is always working on multiple entries at once across its numerous studios, that&#39;ll give them time to shake things up for next year&#39;s inevitable release.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</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="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-06.jpg?1411439772" /> </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"> Back to basics </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> looks really fabulous in the demos, but we&#39;ll see if it actually runs that well on an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> &ndash; considering what happened with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review" target="_blank">Watch_Dogs</a> between its first demo and eventual release, we&#39;ll have to play this one to believe it. But alongside the promised new-gen visual upgrade comes tweaks to the core fundamentals of the series.</p> <p>For example, the parkour and climbing action features new &quot;Parkour Up&quot; and &quot;Parkour Down&quot; input options, which allow you to better navigate the terrain and chain together really fluid, tricky commands &ndash; such as leaping downwards, swinging from a post for a moment, and then grabbing on to a ledge on a perpendicular wall.</p> <p>On the stealth side of things, you&#39;ll be able to take cover throughout the world rather than relying on groups of gypsies or sitting on benches; you can now crouch to hide behind objects and slip into alleys to try to disappear. And the combat has been overhauled and simplified to focus on attacking, dodging, and parrying, with the footage showing a more diverse array of group kill animations.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best console games in the world right 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cOJ1fG7gc2U" 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-04.jpg?1411439772" /> </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?1411439772" /> </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?1411439772" /> </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"> Much more in store </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>&nbsp;promises to provide a wealth of on-disc content, but unsurprisingly, Ubisoft 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 will be included in a discounted season pass, along with 30 in-game items for&nbsp;<em>Unity</em>, such as a Fleur de Lys sword available at launch.</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-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 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"> Rogue remains </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>Due to its enhanced engine and massive world, <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</em> won&#39;t be playable on older consoles &ndash; or dated PC hardware, for that matter. But Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 series fans won&#39;t be left in the cold this autumn, as they&#39;ll get their own original entry, <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Rogue</em>, in November.</p> <p><em>Rogue</em> is set in the timeframe after <em>Black Flag</em> and before <em>Unity</em> &ndash; during the Seven Years&#39; War &ndash; plus it&#39;ll tie back into <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed III</em> to some extent, making this a good way for longtime aficionados to tie up loose ends before grabbing a new console for <em>Unity</em>.</p> <p>The campaign features <em>Black Flag</em>-like ship combat and navigation in the frigid North Atlantic, but also includes diverse land action, with stops in the River Valley and New York along the way. Multiplayer has also been cut from this entry, but here&#39;s hoping the campaign proves essential enough for even day-one <em>Unity</em> buyers to go back and fire up a last-gen console to dig into.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/gamescom-2014-ultimate-roundup/feature" target="_blank">Gamescom 2014: the ultimate trailer and news round-up</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/R6M_jpmLydw" 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 Rogue" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed Rogue" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-rogue-01.jpg?1411439772" /> </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"> Vive la révolution! </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&#39;s Creed Unity</em> launches worldwide for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on 28 October, and what we&#39;ve seen thus far has truly impressed throughout.</p> <p>The series has had a real up-and-down trajectory in recent years, with <em>Revelations</em> and <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed III</em> both underwhelming, but <em>Black Flag</em> representing a nice twist. With luck, <em>Unity</em> is the game Ubisoft has been saving all of that old open-world magic for.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review" target="_blank">Assassin&#39;s Creed IV: Black Flag 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="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?1411439772" /> </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> <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 preview </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 Console games Gaming Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:54:30 +0000 Stephen Graves 1444857 at http://www.stuff.tv