Apps and Games http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/all en-GB 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"> All the essential intel on Creative Assembly&#039;s potentially groundbreaking xeno-hunter </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="Hope he&#039;s brushed his teeth" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-001.jpg?1397807872" /> </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>Some 

35 years after Ridley Scott <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078748/" target="_blank">reinvented horror films</a> using what would quickly become the most iconic of extra-terrestrial lifeforms, a Sussex-based studio is seeking to do the same for soil-your-undergarments videogaming.</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"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This time around you&#39;re Ellen&#39;s daughter Amanda, a Weyland-Yutani engineer drawn to an abandoned space station, the Sevastopol, by traces of the Nostromo&#39;s black box 15 years after the ship disappeared. And if none of that makes much sense to you, you&#39;d better watch the first film.</p> <p>Once on the space station, she loses contact with the rest of her crew &ndash; and swiftly comes into contact with a certain fallic-domed beast. The point of the adventure, then, is simply to survive; a prospect made especially tricky by the alien&#39;s movements being completely unscripted. There are no behaviour patterns to learn off by heart here. Just you and that infamous bitch, playing the deadliest game of cat-and-mouse imaginable.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny 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="1594" height="900" title="You&#039;ll be using that motion tracker a lot" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-006.jpg?1397807872" /> </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"> 
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This is the closest you&#39;ll ever get to a virtual tour of the Nostromo. While the name&#39;s different and you&#39;re on a space station rather than a ship, everything about its design is informed by Scott&#39;s original movie setting.</p> <p>Cold white walls abound, CRT monitors blink through the darkness, and flashing lights guide you nervously through claustrophobic corridors from one room to the next. The hospital looks like the Nostromo&#39;s med bay, supersized. In the dining area, a table is littered with retro-sloganed cereal boxes and kids drawings &ndash; suggesting that whole families lived here at one time. Their current whereabouts will surely form a major plot point. (We&#39;re predicting &#39;oozetastic cocoon&#39;.)</p> <p>Other nods to the original flick include multi-lingual signs which play a vital role in navigation, all manner of workstation switches and levers, and various containers, gels and tools with which you&#39;re able to splice together additional melee weaponry. Fox supplied the devs with 3TB of unused <em>Alien</em> material, and it&#39;s evidently been put to fantastic use.
</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="1578" height="900" title="Period detail is everywhere you look..." alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-011.jpg?1397807872" /> </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="1578" height="900" title="...and the period in question is the late-&#039;70s" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-004.jpg?1397807872" /> </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="1578" height="900" title="Unsettling, much?" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-012.jpg?1397807872" /> </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"> 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>
Ingeniously, this looks like the future as imagined in the &#39;70s and &#39;80s, rather than the pristine, touchscreen-centric version popularised by modern telly and cinema. It&#39;s Tom Baker over David Tennant, Peter Weller as opposed to Joel Kinnaman.&nbsp;</p> <p>And HD really enables that setting to sing &ndash; as well as injecting the eponymous lead baddie with an entirely fresh sense of fear. The smooth, almost effortless movement first brought to screen by Bolaji Badejo has been mimicked perfectly, and may finally lay to rest your horrendous flashbacks of the old girl&#39;s distant offspring somehow learning to <em>swim</em> in <em>Alien 3</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman: Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9nqsrfYKK-s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> 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>

The biggest risk being taken by Creative Assembly is unleashing a game with no fire button upon a market saturated with shooters. Evidently, the idea here is to go in the opposite direction to colossal xeno-flop <em><a href="http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-3/aliens-colonial-marines" target="_blank">Aliens: Colonial Marines</a></em>, and that has to be considered a positive. Instead of conventional weaponry, your only hope while navigating the Sevastopol &ndash; at least to begin with &ndash; is a motion tracker, a flashlight, and a limp-limbed melee attack.</p> <p>In a potential masterstroke, <em>Isolation</em> isn&#39;t about killing the alien, but outlasting it. And the lack of enemy scripting isn&#39;t the only thing ensuring you a tough ride; it learns from your behaviour, too. Try to use the same route through each environment, or attack with the same cobbled-together object too often, and Creative Assembly says it&#39;ll adjust its tactics in response. How exactly remains to be seen, but it sounds fascinating.

</p> <p>And when the acid lady does appear as a blip on your motion tracker? Well, it&#39;s as terrifying as you both hoped and dreaded. Particularly when the signal then disappears again, inspiring <em>Blair Witch</em>-esque shrieks of &#39;where the eff is it?!&#39; in your mind. Even more frightful are the occasions when you catch the shadow of its tail draping down from above, or switch on the flashlight to spot it sliding past a doorway. It&#39;s going to be challenging to maintain that intensity and fear across 10-12 hours, but the initial signs are very promising.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-play-child-light/feature">First Play: Child Of Light</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="At this point, you&#039;ll probably want to hide" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-009.jpg?1397807872" /> </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="Not what you want to see when you enter a dark room" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-002.jpg?1397807872" /> </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="You can craft your own weapons on the Sevastopol" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-003.jpg?1397807872" /> </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"> 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>A critical component in <em>Isolation</em>&#39;s fear factor is the lack of a HUD, which senior designer Gary Napper says would dilute the experience. &ldquo;I love playing games where I&#39;m shooting stuff and I see numbers bouncing off heads,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.officialplaystationmagazine.co.uk/2014/03/10/alien-isolation-gameplay-hands-on-feeling-the-horror-on-ps4-with-creative-assembly/3/" target="_blank">he told Official PlayStation Magazine</a>. &ldquo;But we&#39;ve made a game that&#39;s all about atmosphere and tension and horror, and you can&#39;t really apply that to it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Senior producer Jonathan Court, meanwhile, is keen to point out that while the alien&#39;s behaviour is unscripted, the narrative is not. While there&#39;s much to explore on the Sevastopol, this is no open-world game: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got a series of beats and a strong story that takes you through,&rdquo; <a href="http://

http://metro.co.uk/2014/01/07/alien-isolation-interview-we-keep-scaring-ourselves-4253295/" target="_blank">he revealed to Metro</a>. &ldquo;But we also have multiple routes and opportunities to go back where you&rsquo;ve been.&rdquo;</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="1594" height="900" title="&#039;Exit&#039; sounds like a good idea to us" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-005.jpg?1397807872" /> </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"> 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><em>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;arrives on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC on 7 October. &quot;We couldn&#39;t be happier to finally announce a date for&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>,&rdquo; Creative Assembly&#39;s Alistair Hope said on delivering the news last month. &quot;The reaction we have seen so far has been simply incredible, from the screams and shrieks to the cold sweats and racing hearts. It&#39;s the Alien game that we&#39;ve always wanted to play and we can&#39;t wait to let everyone get their hands on it this fall.&quot;</p> <p>Remember your childhood days when Hallowe&#39;en actually seemed scary? On this evidence, 2014 may be the year those pre-November night terrors make an alien-influenced comeback&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review">Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division preview</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-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="1594" height="900" title="You&#039;d be pretty gutted if you escaped from a xenomorph only to die in an airlock" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-008.jpg?1397807872" /> </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/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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:57:54 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435505 at http://www.stuff.tv Watch_Dogs http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything you need to know about the game that&#039;ll keep you from getting any natural light this summer </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="Do NOT text and drive at the same time. Especially if you&#039;re being chased by the rozzers" alt="Watch_Dogs playstation Xbox console PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chase.jpg?1397720580" /> </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/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s easy to see why Sony and Microsoft were both keen to have <em>Watch_Dogs</em> as the big launch title for their new consoles, and why gamers around the world were frustrated when it was delayed. Gritty, futuristic, fast-paced and open-world, it&#39;s poised to be the thinking person&#39;s <em>GTA V</em>.&nbsp;And now, almost two years since Ubisoft first announced it, <em>Watch_Dogs</em> is almost ready.&nbsp;</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"> what&#039;s the story? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You play Aiden Pearce, a gruff, trenchcoat-wearing hacker-for-hire who takes the wrong subroutine and stumbles across something dark and dangerous hidden in someone&#39;s mainframe. The bad guys come looking for Aiden, attack his family and boom - you&#39;ve got yourself a tortured vigilante. Armed with brains, brawn and some guns, Aiden is the wrong IT guy to mess with.&nbsp;</p> <p>Aiden&#39;s chief weapons (aside from guns and bombs and grenades and one of those extendable stick things) are the abilities afforded him by his phone, and we&#39;re not talking about mischieviously ordering pizzas to the wrong address. By hacking into Chicago&#39;s citywide operating system, Aiden can remotely trigger all kinds of excitement: steam pipe explosions, multi-car pileups, sudden and disastrous changes of bridge management policy. He can even hack the subway trains to do his bidding, which would be the most useful thing ever&nbsp;in real life.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny 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/NuAbH8Z8iwk" 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"> it&#039;s assassins&#039; creed but with cars and in the future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As in the <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed </em>titles, there&#39;ll be a fair bit of sneaking around in <em>Watch_Dogs</em>. Once you&#39;ve hacked the local CtOS node, you can steal through a building full of guards by jumping from security camera to security camera, while back in meatspace Aiden is just another geek on the street, staring at his phone.</p> <p>But stealth won&#39;t always work, and there will be plenty of situations in which you have to be handy with the steel. As in the <em>GTA</em> titles it&#39;s possible to attract an increasingly enthusiastic level of police attention, until you&#39;re left with no choice but to escape or just keep shooting until the attack helicopters turn you into a gruff, trenchcoat-wearing hamburger. You can continue to tinker with the CtOS from your car, which will add an extra element to chases - time it right, and you can raise a line of bollards in front of your speeding pursuers, or change the traffic lights and turn them into a twisted pile of hot traffic.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-play-child-light/feature">First Play: Child of Light</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" alt="Watch_Dogs playstation Xbox console PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/helichase_0.jpg?1397720580" /> </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"> everyone&#039;s a hacker </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 a CtOS-equipped hacker, you can see information about every person you walk past in the street&nbsp;(a new bio is procedurally generated for each NPC you encounter). That lady over there is a schoolteacher who recently survived dengue fever, so you&#39;ll probably leave her alone, whereas <em>that</em> guy&#39;s a hedge fund manager who recently bought <em>Horrible Bosses</em>&nbsp;on Blu-Ray and enjoyed it, so you can hack his bank account and run him over in his own car without feeling at all guilty.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, the flipside of being an internet gremlin is that you, too can be hacked, and not just as part of the single-player story. Your friends can sneak into the game you&#39;re playing, sidle past you and start electro-siphoning your cash. It&#39;s then up to you to find them and let them know how displeased with their conduct you are. They can even bother you if they&#39;re out of the house thanks to a companion app that puts the console player in a speeding car and hands control of the police forces to the tablet player, who can throw all manner of obstacles in the console player&#39;s way as they try to escape.</p> <p>And that&#39;s not it for the multiplayer fun - aside from hacking your friends as they play, you&#39;ll be able to race them, shoot at them and take them on in other mini-games, which could give it a great deal of longevity once the single-player campaign is over.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review">The Division preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It would be handy if you got a push notification when you were being hacked in real life" alt="Watch_Dogs playstation Xbox console PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hacked.jpg?1397720580" /> </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"> when&#039;s it out and what can i play it on? </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>Watch_Dogs</em> will be released on 27 May on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, although the Wii U version will be released later. The PS4 version will come with some extra content, but it&#39;s likely that the PC version will look the best, thanks to some Nvidia optimisation that will allow some graphics cards to render its grimy near-future Chicago in exquisite detail.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;ll have a full review for your perusal around then.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/dark-souls-ii/review">Dark Souls II 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="&quot;Didn&#039;t you know? A baton always beats a gun!&quot;" alt="Watch_Dogs playstation Xbox console PC game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/combat.jpg?1397720580" /> </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/watchdogs-preview/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:12:46 +0000 Will Dunn 1435573 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the week: RouteShoot http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-routeshoot/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Combine GoPro-style videos with Strava-like maps – if your smartphone&#039;s up for being an action cam, that is… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/RouteShootA01.jpg?1397296981" /> </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/mark-wilson" title="View user profile.">Mark Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As much as I like 1080p action cams, they&#39;re slight overkill for someone who embarks on a video-worthy adventure perhaps twice a 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"> £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">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, that&#39;s the idea behind RouteShoot. A mixture of GoPro, Strava and Streetview, it lets cyclists, hikers or any outdoorsy types create map-based videos that can be shared for route guidance, improving technique or, you know, fun.</p> <p>Of course, before you can use RouteShoot, you need a smartphone mount. For this, we used the versatile Mivue-X (&pound;40, limitlessoutdoors.co.uk), which is an iPhone chest mount.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero3-black-edition/review">GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RouteShootB.jpg?1397296981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our main test activity was cycling trips, and the Mivue-X worked well for this. Once we&#39;d adjusted the angle of the mount and attached the fisheye lens, it felt secure and helped Routeshoot record relatively stable videos. The only issues were that there&#39;s no way to protect your phone from downpours, and using it without the fisheye isn&#39;t an option when cycling due to the angle of your chest. But this wouldn&#39;t be a problem on more &#39;upright&#39; activities like skiing or motorbiking.</p> <p>The RouteShoot app itself works very smoothly: just press the record button to start and stop. Playback then devotes half of the screen to your video, and half to its map data, with your pin moving as the footage progresses. You can also upload it to the Routeshoot site from here. There are obvious downsides to using your smartphone as an action cam: storage and battery life. The former is manageable on high capacity iPhones or Android phones with microSD slots &ndash; our 3-minute, 360p video took up only 15MB. Simultaneously using your phone&#39;s video camera and GPS does, though, somewhat ravage your battery. We filmed for just under an hour in total before our iPhone needed a recharge &ndash; longer trips would demand an external battery like the Mophie Juice Pack Reserve (&pound;30, johnlewis.com).</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="800" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RouteShoot2.jpg?1397296981" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once your video is uploaded to Routeshoot (you&#39;ll need a Youtube account, as this is where its videos are hosted), you also get speed and elevation graphs underneath. Overall, it&#39;s a very useful overview to share with people interested in doing the same route. To see it in action, have a look out <a href="http://bit.ly/1hhgb5N">our Richmond Park test run</a>.</p> <p>Video quality is average, though &#39;unlimited HD recording&#39; is a &pound;2 in-app purchase and making beautiful videos isn&#39;t really the point. RouteShoot&#39;s primarily for sharing fun routes without resorting to clicking through Streetview, and for this it does a fine job.</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="852" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RouteShootC.jpg?1397296981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A fine way to share and discover outdoorsy routes, as long as your smartphone&#39;s up to the challenge.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-routeshoot/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-routeshoot/review#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:22:53 +0000 Will Dunn 1435293 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: 4G Surface 2 hits the UK, Sony’s new zombie MMO and the working Rubik’s Cube Lamp http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-4g-surface-2-hits-uk-sony-s-new-zombie-mmo-and-working-rubik-s-cube-lamp/new <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Coffee, a danish and our tech news round-up – the absolute best way to kick off your day </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="It&#039;s a lamp, it&#039;s a Rubik&#039;s Cube – it&#039;s the Rubik&#039;s Cube Lamp innit" alt="It&#039;s a lamp, it&#039;s a Rubik&#039;s Cube – it&#039;s the Rubik&#039;s Cube Lamp innit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rubiks-cube-light.jpg?1397204388" /> </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> <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"> Brighten up your day with this puzzling lamp </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 Rubik&rsquo;s Cube has just turned the ripe old age of 40, and to celebrate Firebox has launched a nifty twist on the (already twisty) puzzle-box: the Rubik&rsquo;s Cube Light. Not only is this a fully playable &ndash; if slightly oversized at 12cm squared &ndash; Rubik&rsquo;s Cube, it&rsquo;s also a lamp that&rsquo;ll stay bright for two hours on a charge. It comes with a 1.2m USB cable for power, and is available exclusively through Firebox for &pound;30.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.firebox.com/product/6529/Rubiks-Cube-Light">Firebox</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"> 4G edition of Microsoft Surface 2 arrives in the UK next month </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 has announced that the Surface 2 (4G) will be on sale in the UK on 8th May, with pre-orders for the tablet now open.</p> <p>The Surface 2 (4G) comes with a micro SIM slot allowing you to use a high-speed LTE connection when you&rsquo;re out and about, but in other respects it appears to be identical to the Wi-Fi-only Surface 2: 10.6in full HD screen, 64GB of storage and an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. It&rsquo;ll cost &pound;540.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2/review">Microsoft Surface 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="1200" height="900" title="The Surface 2 (4G) is on sale from 8th May" alt="The Surface 2 (4G) is on sale from 8th May" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-2_1.jpg?1397204388" /> </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"> Sony confirms massively multiplayer zombie game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony Online Entertainment is working on a massively multiplayer survival horror game, according to company president John Smedley.</p> <p>The game is called <em>H1Z1</em>, a reference to an internet hoax that claimed swine flu had mutated into a virus that was transforming the dead into zombies. In a video posted to Reddit&rsquo;s H1Z1 subreddit, Smedley showed off gameplay footage of the PC game, in which player take on the role of a survivor 15 years after the initial outbreak. But zombies are only a small danger compared to other human players.</p> <p>If you think that all sounds a lot like <em>DayZ</em> (and it does), there may be a couple of major differences: you can build and own things; and you can set things on fire. Smedley also points out that <em>H1Z1</em> will be set in a &ldquo;massive, massive&rdquo; world rather than just one server, and that Sony would be increasing its size as time goes on.</p> <p>The game will be available first via Steam Early Access (priced at US$20) and may be playable in the next couple of months.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="https://www.h1z1.com/home">H1Z1</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/10/5600294/H1Z1-mmo-coming-4-6-weeks?">The Verge</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/Wu-bpNaNw88" 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"> Deezer hits Mac and brings free radio to mobile </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>Spotify rival Deezer just added a couple of new feathers to its cap. For starters, its desktop edition is now available on Mac (albeit in a beta version), allowing you to stream music from Deezer&rsquo;s 30 million-strong track archive as well as merge in songs from your own music collection (which can then be listened to through Deezer&rsquo;s mobile apps too).</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also brought a couple of free radio modes to its mobile version. Flow works by examining your music library and streaming history to create a playlist tailored (in theory) to your tastes. You can skip songs you don&rsquo;t like, but only six per hour in the free mode. Then there&rsquo;s Playlist Radio, which takes this personalised playlist and adds more tracks &ldquo;curated&rdquo; by Deezer&rsquo;s editor. Again, only six songs per hour can be skipped.</p> <p>Deezer costs &pound;10 per month for unlimited ad-free listening, and is free if you&rsquo;re willing to put up with ads. You can download the Mac beta <a href="http://www.deezer.com/beta/formac">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://blog.deezer.com/music-on-your-mobile-for-everyone-and-a-new-desktop-app/">Deezer blog</a> via <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/128394-deezer-update-brings-free-radio-on-mobiles-mac-beta-and-integration-of-local-files">Pocket-lint</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/TzAB1pbNCLo" 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> Apps and Games Microsoft Tablets Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:19:49 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435215 at http://www.stuff.tv Batman: Arkham Knight http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything we know so far about Batman: Arkham Knight and its next-gen Batmobile </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="What, you thought it was going to be set in the Bahamas?" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-002.jpg?1397213355" /> </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/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With <em>Arkham Asylum </em>and <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/batman-arkham-city/review" target="_blank">Arkham City</a></em>, Rocksteady Studios set the standard for Batman games.</p> <p>Previous efforts never made us feel like we were really controlling the Dark Knight, but the Arkham series rectified that with sublime stealth, crisp combat and enough Bat gadgets to fill an issue of <em>Stuff</em>.</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"> 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>In the year since The Joker&#39;s death in <em>Arkham City</em>, the streets of Gotham have been uncharacteristically peaceful. But then the Scarecrow turns up with a plan to take revenge on Batman, forcing a mass evacuation&nbsp;by planting toxic mind-warping bombs all over the city. This clears the way for a Halloween showdown with the Caped Crusader, who is voiced again by Batman voice specialist Kevin Conroy. </p> <p>But Bruce Wayne&rsquo;s not wasted the past 12 months. Anything but - for starters, he has a brand new Bat-suit, complete with Apex cloth physics (rough translation: looks more realistic), and new gadgets, more on which later. Oh, and a pimped-up Batmobile.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny 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/NkuD0Inb9Gs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Batmobile </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 killer features go, the chance to drive the Batmobile is about as deadly as 10-mile asteroid hitting the Earth. It&rsquo;s a real mean machine, a cross between a dragster and the tank-like vehicle of the Christopher Nolan films, capped off with steely metallic hubcaps and a flaming exhaust. It can drive itself, so you can call it to you at the press of a button, and there&rsquo;s an ejector seat so you can leap out of it at high speed like a proper showoff.</p> <p>The Batmobile is also bulletproof and capable of smashing through lampposts, cars and even some walls. And did we mention that it has homing missiles? No? Well it has those too. The Batmobile is also why only those with a PlayStation 4, Xbox One or powerful PC will be playing <em>Arkham Knight:</em>&nbsp;the visual details are so intricate that it demands 160MB of memory to display it, <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com" target="_blank">reports GameInformer magazine</a>. It&rsquo;s enough to give an Xbox 360, with its total of 512MB of RAM, a seizure.</p> <p>Basically, we want it. Yesterday.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s 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="1920" height="1080" title="Suddenly, a Honda Civic doesn&#039;t look quite so sexy" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-batmobile-001.jpg?1397213355" /> </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"> Gotham City </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But what use is a Batmobile when there&rsquo;s nowhere to go? Fortunately, Rocksteady thought of that and is busy creating a Gotham City that will be about five times the size of Arkham City and spread over three islands. The streets will also be wider, to make it more fun to drive around in Batman&rsquo;s tank dragster, while extra effort is also going into making Gotham feel more alive and real - you&rsquo;ll be able to see into buildings through windows and hear noise from the street when indoors.</p> <p>Also, each of Gotham&rsquo;s neighbourhoods are set to have a distinctive look, which should help make it easier to navigate than the samey Arkham City. And while the Scarecrow&rsquo;s Halloween bomb threat has cleared out the civilians, there will be loads of crims around; Rocksteady is promising four times as many thugs as in <em>Arkham City</em> and crowds of as many as 50 people, which you&#39;ll be able to scatter by charging towards them in your Batmobile. Tasty.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="Gotham City in all its glory" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-003.jpg?1397213355" /> </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"> Combat and gadgets </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>Simple but varied combat has always been one of the Arkham series&rsquo; greatest assets, and the developers have retained the purity of the controls here rather than slipping into fiddly fighting combos.</p> <p>That&#39;s not to say combat is completely unchanged. New moves include sneaky &lsquo;Fear Takedowns&rsquo;, which slow time so Batman can take out multiple enemies or hide before being seen, and the ability to disarm thugs and turn their weapons against them. For extra brutality, Batman will also be able to use the environment against enemies, giving you the chance to ram villains&rsquo; heads into vending machines or air-con units. Ouch.</p> <p>Batman will also have a few new gadgets, together with enhanced versions of his existing kit. The new gadgets are still under warps, but there will definitely be a souped-up grapnel gun that&#39;ll allow you to make mid-air U-turns. The gliding mechanic is also getting an overhaul, so that Bats can glide for longer and do more while he is doing so.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review" target="_blank">Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="When Batman gives you the elbow, you know about it" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-007.jpg?1397213355" /> </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"> Supervillains </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>Unless there&rsquo;s an awful back-from-the-dead twist that we don&rsquo;t know about, The Joker won&rsquo;t be starring in <em>Arkham Knight</em>. But there&rsquo;s no shortage of super-baddies for the Caped Crusader to deal with.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve already mentioned the Scarecrow but the Penguin, Two-Face, Harley Quinn and the Riddler have also all been confirmed. And all are getting new looks, too. The Penguin has had his head shaved so that he looks like Phil Mitchell wearing Patrick Moore&rsquo;s monocle while The Riddler, who is going to play a more visible role in this game, now looks like a grubby Charlie Sheen.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s Arkham Knight himself, a new villain created specially for the game by DC Comics&rsquo; writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee. All we know so far is that he looks like some kind of anti-Batman, but given that they named the game after him, we&rsquo;d expect him to be something pretty special.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature" target="_blank">20 amazing indie games you can download 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="Meet the Arkham Knight" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-008.jpg?1397213355" /> </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"> Multiplayer </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>Fancy a bit of <em>Arkham Knight</em>&nbsp;multiplayer action? Well forget it. There will be no multiplayer in this game. As game director <a href="http://www.gameinformer.com" target="_blank">Sefton Hill told GameInformer</a>: &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t have the time to do multiplayer. We want to focus on making the best single-player experience we can. We don&rsquo;t feel that it needs a multiplayer element.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Arkham Knight will be a solo affair" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-004.jpg?1397213355" /> </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"> AVAILABILITY </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 we&#39;ve already mentioned, <em>Batman: Arkham Knight</em> will only be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and fairly decent PCs. Its&nbsp;release date has been set as Tuesday, 14 October 2014, but we think that&rsquo;s the date it will be out in North America, since Tuesday is the traditional day for new game releases over there. So Friday, 17 October 2014 seems likely for Europe. Pre-orders of the game will include an add-on that lets you play as Harley Quinn in four self-contained challenge maps.</p> <p>Keep checking back to this preview for more details as soon as we have them, and look out for a full review in October.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-play-child-light/feature" target="_blank">First play: Child Of Light</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="Has Bats finallly met his match in the Arkham Knight? Nah!" alt="Batman Arkham Knight review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Arkham-Knight-game-review-playstation-4-xbox-one-005.jpg?1397213355" /> </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/batman-arkham-knight/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:58:51 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435192 at http://www.stuff.tv Destiny http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything you need to know about Halo developer Bungie&#039;s debut multi-format game – an always-online co-op shooter heading to places even Master Chief never dreamed of </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="1548" height="1161" title="Concept art for Destiny" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-citadel-001.jpg?1397472476" /> </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>An always-online, futuristic, sci-fi blaster with the grand aim of rewriting every rule in the MMO book would be exciting regardless of the developer behind it.</p> <p>The fact that the developer behind <em>Destiny</em> is a little-known outfit called Bungie, though, has left most of the gaming world (including Stuff) in a barely contained frenzy.</p> <p>Who&#39;s Bungie? Only the team that came up with <em>Myth</em>, <em>Marathon</em>, and a certain series called&nbsp;<em>Halo</em> for Microsoft, that&#39;s who.</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><iframe frameborder="0" height="288" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:gametrailers.com:49ec7295-0097-4375-9c41-79ede3ff93dc" width="512"></iframe> </p><p>Inevitably, most footage so far has focused on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of <em>Destiny</em> &ndash; so how the last-gen versions shape up remains to be seen. What&#39;s not in doubt, however, is that the game looks phenomenal on the new consoles.</p> <p>Every beautiful backdrop begs to be explored, enemies pull in inspiration from all manner of cultural favourites (see how many you can spot in the trailer above), and the futuristic gunplay has the feel of a comic book brought to life.</p> <p>What&#39;s more, the backdrops aren&#39;t really just backdrops - in fact much of the world will be fully playable. Basically, if you can see it, and reach it, you can explore it.</p> <p>Gorgeous graphics alone don&#39;t make a great game, but they can turn a great game into an iconic one. And that appears to be very much the case with <em>Destiny</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature" target="_blank">11 weird simulation games you won&#39;t actually believe exist</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"> 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><em>Destiny</em> takes places 700 years from now, on an Earth that&#39;s been ravaged by an unspecified alien terror, to the point where only one city remains. That city is itself protected by the mysterious Traveler, a celestial sphere whose shields prevent further harm coming to it, and by the Guardians - of which you, the player, will be one.&nbsp;</p> <p>Guardians are split into three classes and each of those can be played as one of three distinct races.</p> <p>Of the classes, Warlocks combine weapons with magical powers, Hunters are all abut demonstrating recon and cunning, and Titans channel the spirit of <em>Halo</em>&#39;s iconic Master Chief, being most dangerous with thunderous melee attacks.</p> <p>As far as the races go, Humans are fairly generic (much like most of us would be in an end-of-the-world scenario), Awoken mix vampiric and angelic traits (2714&#39;s answer to emos, then), and Exo are powerful cyborgs with no emotions or memories. Think Cybermen, but even colder.</p> <p>Your job isn&#39;t only to shield what&#39;s left on Earth, mind. You also get to journey through an incredibly detailed solar system, taking down the alien forces that inhabit mankind&#39;s fallen colonies. From the red dust of Mars to Jupiter moon Europa&#39;s endless (and supremely pretty) snow drifts, every environment is completely unique, and exploration looks to be just as moreish as combat.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-play-child-light/feature" target="_blank">First Play - Child Of Light</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/gIp7vZuYzoA" 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="A world you&#039;ll want to explore..." alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-010_0.jpg?1397472476" /> </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="1548" height="1161" title="The mysterious Traveler" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-travelers-rest-001.jpg?1397472476" /> </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="Three Guardians do their thing" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-005_0.jpg?1397472476" /> </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>One highlight we&#39;ve seen shows seven human players, each manning dropships, team up to take down a giant robo-bug called the Devil Walker. But it&#39;s not only the fluid, larger-than-life shooting against a mixture of human and AI opponents of myriad shapes and sizes that appeals: there&#39;s also loot to be earned and/or stolen along the way.</p> <p>The in-game currency is key to the near-endless customisation available, with a city area known as The Tower packed with new weapons (just wait until you see the all-conquering Thunderlord machine gun in action), vehicles, and spaceships with which to soup-up your character. The promising idea is that this truly becomes&nbsp;<em>your</em>&nbsp;game rather than Bungie&#39;s, with you and your pals&#39; characters all uniquely personalised.</p> <p>Matchmaking takes place on the fly, once you&#39;ve chosen the race and class of your character. Excitingly, you never know which kind of mission you&#39;re going to be hit with next. Some are solo while others require team-mates; despite technically being a co-op game, there are competitive tasks included too; and Bungie even promises time-limited objectives will play a part. In short, you&#39;ll never know how a gameplay session is going to unfold until you boot up your machine - we&#39;ve seen footage that shows a single three-player Fireteam seamlessly joined by another three players to take down a giant, multi-limbed tank-boss.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature" target="_blank">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s alright, he won&#039;t bite" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-002.jpg?1397472476" /> </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="Enemies are varied" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-004.jpg?1397472476" /> </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>Never one for subtlety, Activision boss Bobby Kotick told&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/7/5388758/activision-says-destiny-will-be-best-stelling-new-video-game-ip-ever" target="_blank">The Verge</a>&nbsp;earlier this year that he expected&nbsp;<em>Destiny</em>&nbsp;to become &ldquo;the best-selling new video game IP in history&rdquo;. That would mean having to shift more than the 82 million units shipped by Nintendo&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Wii Sports</em>, which seems a big ask.</p> <p>Thankfully, Bungie itself has &ndash; at least publicly &ndash; shied away from setting such preposterous targets, and maintained that innovation takes priority over investment. &ldquo;We&#39;re trying to take the genre of the first-person shooter and change it, but we also want to change what people expect from a Bungie game,&rdquo; community manager Eric Osborne told&nbsp;<a href="http://www.computerandvideogames.com/413121/previews/destiny-preview-bungies-persistent-world-shooter-is-gorgeous-but-still-a-mystery/" target="_blank">CVG</a>&nbsp;last year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/dark-souls-ii/review" target="_blank">Dark Souls II 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="1440" height="1080" title="Frankly, we can&#039;t wait until September" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-008_0.jpg?1397472476" /> </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"> PRICE AND 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><em>Destiny</em>&nbsp;will be out on 9 September, and is heading to Gen 3 and Gen 4 consoles: PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Amazon is selling the older-machine version for &pound;40, while picking it up for the more recent consoles will set you back &pound;48.99.</p> <p>It&#39;s worth noting that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.destinythegame.com/uk/en/wheretobuy" target="_blank">pre-ordering from certain outlets guarantees you access to the game&#39;s Beta</a>, which kicks into life on an as-yet-unspecified date this summer. We&#39;ll have more on&nbsp;<em>Destiny</em>, and its chances of taking down even the almighty&nbsp;<em>Titanfall</em>, later in the spring. For the time being, mark this down as a bona fide Game Of The Year contender.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="Destiny: coming to a console near you soon" alt="Destiny game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-game-review-xbox-playstation-screenshot-009.jpg?1397472476" /> </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/destiny/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:57:44 +0000 Marc McLaren 1434979 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 best apps for the HTC One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just acquired the beautiful new flagship smartphone from HTC? Here are the first apps you should download </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="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-m8_0.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The HTC One (M8) is a wonderful phone, and we suspect many of you will be splashing your hard-earned readies on one soon (if, indeed, you haven&rsquo;t done so already). With that in mind, we&rsquo;ve compiled a list of essential apps and games to get you started.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Threes! (£1.20) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This ingeniously simple puzzle game has spawned a legion of shameless rip-offs (including <em>2048</em>, which has, somewhat tragically, become more popular), but while these clones might have half-inched its essence, they can&rsquo;t match its charm. <em>Threes!</em>&rsquo;s music and visuals are almost as important as its number-crunching tile-shuffling, and it&rsquo;s quite simply a joy to play &ndash; then compare your top score to your friends&rsquo; and realise that you have a lot to learn.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vo.threes.exclaim" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news" target="_blank">Drop everything and try Threes! &ndash; a maddeningly addictive, perfect puzzle game</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="Threes!" alt="Threes!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/threes.jpg?1396939297" /> </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"> Pocket (Free) </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>Previously called Read It Later, Pocket is a brilliantly useful app if you&rsquo;re the sort of person who comes across interesting web articles all the time &ndash; but doesn&rsquo;t have the time to read them. Now you can simply stick them &ldquo;in your Pocket&rdquo; for perusal at a time when you do have a few moments to spare, and because Pocket works in the cloud, you can add pages using one device and read them from another.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ideashower.readitlater.pro" target="_blank">Get it here</a></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="Pocket" alt="Pocket" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pocket_3.jpg?1396939297" /> </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"> VSCO Cam (Free) </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>Take full advantage of the One (M8)&rsquo;s classy UltraPixel camera with this wonderfully tasteful photo editing and sharing app. VSCO Cam lets you tweak a wide variety of criteria (exposure, contrast, sharpness, colour temperature etc.) as well as crop images and apply a series of adjustable filters that are far more subtle than Instagram&rsquo;s equivalents. Finished images can then be shared to social media (including Instagram and Facebook) or VSCO&rsquo;s own eminently elegant Grid platform.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vsco.cam" target="_blank">Get it here</a></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="VSCO Cam" alt="VSCO Cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vsco-cam.jpg?1396939297" /> </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"> Wunderlist (Free) </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>A smarter way to make a to-do list, Wunderlist syncs across all your platforms and its lists are shareable, meaning you can easily set up group tasks as well as personal agendas. Should you upgrade to the paid Pro edition, you can break down complex tasks by adding subtasks, and make your lists richer and more detailed via attached images, PDFs, videos and even soundbites.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wunderkinder.wunderlistandroid" target="_blank">Get it here</a></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="1440" height="900" title="Wunderlist" alt="Wunderlist" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wunderlist_0.jpg?1396939297" /> </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"> Cut the Rope 2 (Free) </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>Given the original <em>Cut the Rope</em>&rsquo;s popularity, it seems amazing that it&rsquo;s taken so long for a sequel to emerge. But emerge it finally has &ndash; and it&rsquo;s free, albeit with in-app purchases sprinkled throughout to sour your fun somewhat. With enough new in-game elements to justify a download even for seasoned rope-slicing veterans, it&rsquo;s a physics-based gem.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zeptolab.ctr2.f2p.google&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Get it here</a></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/jwyCaO9J9Qw" 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"> 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"> Arcus Hyper Local Weather (Free) </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>Arcus uses the Forecast.io API &ndash; as seen on iOS app Dark Sky &ndash; to predict weather in a specific location with unnerving accuracy. About to leave the house and not sure if those clouds are ominous enough that you need to pack a brolly? Consult Arcus and it&rsquo;ll tell you exactly what&rsquo;s going to happen over the next hour: when the rain will start, when it will stop and how heavy it&rsquo;s going to be. Because of its hyper-local focus, we&rsquo;ve generally found it far more useful than more wide-ranging weather apps.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcusweather.darksky" target="_blank">Get it here</a></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="Arcus Hyper Local Weather" alt="Arcus Hyper Local Weather" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/arcus.jpg?1396939297" /> </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"> Reddit Now (Free) </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>Reddit is a rich source for all sorts of great stuff on the web, but reading the web version on a phone is a total pain in the eyes. Enter Reddit Now, which makes subreddits far more visually appealing. You can swipe along the top bar to move between different subreddits, and if you login with your own Reddit account you can customise the layout as well as comment and post from your phone. It&rsquo;s ad-supported, but you can remove those by shelling out &pound;1.50.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.phyora.apps.reddit_now" target="_blank">Get it here</a></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="1280" height="768" title="Reddit Now" alt="Reddit Now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/reddit-now.jpg?1396939297" /> </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"> Android Device Manager (Free) </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 Android version of Find My iPhone, Device Manager is an official Google app that allows you to locate a misplaced phone or tablet (as long as it&rsquo;s associated with your Google account, that is). You can view the device&rsquo;s location on a map in order to find it, and if you can&rsquo;t you can remotely reset its screen lock code or erase all data on board. One of those apps you&rsquo;ll hopefully never have to use &ndash; but one that everyone should have on their Android phone.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.adm&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Get it here</a></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="768" height="1280" title="Android Device Manager " alt="Android Device Manager " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-device-manager.jpg?1396939297" /> </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"> Hungry Oni (Free) </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>A cutesy, twitchy puzzler in which you control Oni, an ogre who eats items falling from a tree. Controlled simply with your thumb, the game allows Oni to eat only items coloured the same as the tree leaves &ndash; and these can be changed by consuming special rainbow leaves. It&rsquo;s a basic premise, but as you rise through the levels things become thumb-testingly frenetic.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.futuretrostudios.hungryoni&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Get it here</a></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/Rm2aQ_bYazI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WhatsApp (Free) </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>Facebook paid out US$19 billion for this messaging app, and once you&rsquo;ve started using it you can (sort of) understand why: it&rsquo;s robust, supports swift cross-platform IMs and group chat, incorporates emoji and allows you to attach all sorts of useful &ndash; or just fun &ndash; things to messages including sound clips and location data. And it&rsquo;s free. You just have to cross your fingers that Facebook is doing something totally innocent with all your data.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp" target="_blank">Get it here</a></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="480" height="800" title="WhatsApp" alt="WhatsApp" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whatsapp1.jpg?1396939297" /> </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> Android apps Android games Apps and Games HTC One (M8) Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:50:39 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434986 at http://www.stuff.tv First Play: Child of Light http://www.stuff.tv/first-play-child-light/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If this game you are considering, read ye of our button-twiddling </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="First Play: Child of Lightv" alt="First Play: Child of Lightv" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/CoL01.jpg?1396617666" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The first thing you notice about Child of Light is the graphical style. Built using Ubisoft&rsquo;s UbiArt engine, it looks painstakingly hand-drawn and artfully inked, and unlike anything since 2012&rsquo;s <em>Journey</em>. The second thing you notice is that almost everyone speaks in rhyming couplets, all the time.</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/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The story is introduced by a poem which explains how your character, Aurora, falls asleep and can&rsquo;t wake up. Your mission is to guide Aurora safely through the dream-kingdom of Lemuria, which sadly does not contain any lemurs.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a nice story told in a fairly gentle, slightly Japanese style, and peopled with some fun characters. You have a sword, but it&rsquo;s a blood-free brawl. It&rsquo;s a platform game that grows into an RPG as you add abilities and upgrades and recruit more sidekicks, and an extra dimension is added when you earn the ability to fly.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature">20 brilliant indie games you can play now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="First Play: Child of Light" alt="First Play: Child of Light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CoL03_0.jpg?1396617666" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Graphics aside, the big surprise is the combat. It&rsquo;s turn-based and bloodless, which doesn&rsquo;t exactly sound like a recipe for a thrilling fight, but it uses timing to keep things interesting: in between attacks, each combatant&rsquo;s icon races along a timing bar, and the first combatant to hit the start of the &lsquo;Cast&rsquo; section of the timing bar gets to attack next.</p> <p>You have to be able to cast your attack before an enemy reaches the Cast section, so you have to make quick judgements about what spells to use, and make strategic decisions - some characters are faster or slower, and you can slow some enemies down using Igniculus, a small talking blue flame who you can move around the screen or hand over to a second player for co-op fun.</p> <p>This system means battles are about creating a pause in which you can use your stronger attacks, which might sound a bit complex, but it becomes intuitive after 20 minutes of play, and makes for surprisingly dynamic, exciting combat. It might not have the endless fart gags of<em> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/south-park-stick-truth/review" target="_blank">South Park: The Stick of Truth</a></em>, but it&rsquo;s a smarter, more skillful combat system overall.</p> <p><strong>PREVIEW: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review">Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division</a>&nbsp;</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="First Play: Child of Light" alt="First Play: Child of Light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CoL02.jpg?1396617666" /> </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-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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because we&rsquo;re not 10, we&rsquo;re not sure how this clever combat will go down with Child of Light&rsquo;s youthful target audience, but we&rsquo;re going to have a lot of fun with it.</p> <p><em><strong>Child of Light&nbsp;</strong>is out on&nbsp;Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC and Wii U for &pound;11.99, available from 30 April.</em></p> <p><strong>Enough with the reading: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">check out our 20 favourite browser games and play &#39;em right now, for free</a>&nbsp;</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="First Play: Child of Light" alt="First Play: Child of Light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CoL04_0.jpg?1396617666" /> </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/first-play-child-light/feature#comments Apps and Games Console games Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:00:05 +0000 Will Dunn 1434793 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: Readly http://www.stuff.tv/kindle-fire/app-week-readly/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This is like Spotify for magazines, and that&#039;s pretty much as brilliant as it sounds </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="Readly&#039;s magazine catalogue is very broad" alt="Readly review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Readly_review_01.jpg?1396513848" /> </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-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This might be rather damning coming from someone who writes for one, but I don&rsquo;t buy many magazines anymore. And I&rsquo;m far from alone - it&rsquo;s no secret that sales are falling (<em>Stuff&rsquo;s</em> doing just fine, though, don&rsquo;t you worry).</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"> £9.99 </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"> Price is monthly subscription. Tested on iPad </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"> Loads of mags available instantly </div> <div class="field-item even"> Share your subscription with friends and family </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Vibrant, sharp and quick to navigate </div> <div class="field-item even"> Download issues for offline reading </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"> Some titles (including Stuff) currently missing </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"> The first binge </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 my first couple of minutes I&rsquo;ve seen some incredible front covers, from the hand-drawn Nazi-stalking troops on the front of <em>Commando</em>, to the head-sized growth protruding from the neck of an understandably miserable looking woman on <em>Chat</em>.</p> <p>Two hours later I&rsquo;ve chosen tonight&rsquo;s tea (massaman roast chicken) from <em>Delicious</em>, found a wine to go with it from <em>Decanter</em>, and just about read the latest issue of <em>VolksWorld Camper and Bus</em> (a magazine I previously had no idea even existed) cover-to-cover. My lazy Sunday mornings just got even lazier and many times more enjoyable.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best Free Apps for Android</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="There&#039;s an option to view spreads in landscape mode" alt="Readly review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Readly_review_04.jpg?1396513848" /> </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="Even WWII action comics are included" alt="Readly review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Readly_review_03.jpg?1396513848" /> </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="NME usually costs £2.40 a week, so £9.99 a month for Readly seems very sensible" alt="Readly review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Readly_review_02.jpg?1396513848" /> </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"> Some gaps, but a brilliant offering overall </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>Not every magazine is accounted for. Big publishers such as Future and Dennis are notably absent, as is <em>Stuff</em> (I&rsquo;m nagging the Big Cheeses about it), but the overall selection is really strong, from the likes of <em>NME</em> and <em>Now</em>, to <em>Rugby World</em>, <em>Practical Boat Owner</em> and <em>Mountain Bike Rider</em>. Our sister titles <em>What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision</em> and <em>Autocar</em>&nbsp;are present and correct, too. Back issues are included (how far back varies from mag to mag) and you can even access a whole bunch of mags from the US and Sweden - <em>Jaktmarker ost Fiskevatten</em>, anyone?</p> <p>You don&rsquo;t get any of the interactive content of dedicated mag apps such as <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/stuff-magazine/id506367508?mt=8" target="_blank">ours</a>, but the speed of page turns and general navigation, the sharpness of the text and punchiness of the pics all make this a thoroughly pleasant reading experience. You can download issues for offline reading and even share your account across five devices, which seems massively generous for &pound;9.99 a month.</p> <p>Not convinced? You can try it for free for two weeks by signing up at <a href="https://gb.readly.com/" target="_blank">Readly.com</a>. I&#39;ll bet you&#39;ll be completely addict mere moments later.</p> <p>(Disclosure: Haymarket, Stuff&rsquo;s publisher, has multiple titles on Readly, but that&#39;s not why I like it)</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="Tab the star to create a library of your favourite magazines" alt="Readly review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Readly_review_06.jpg?1396513848" /> </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="Readly began life in Sweden, hence the large selection of Swedish mags" alt="Readly review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Readly_review_05.jpg?1396513848" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Brilliant value and beautifully implemented, Readly really is Spotify for magazines</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kindle-fire/app-week-readly/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kindle-fire/app-week-readly/review#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Kindle Fire Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:30:49 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434774 at http://www.stuff.tv 20 amazing indie games you can download right now http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Got some time to kill this weekend? Then may we humbly suggest you indulge in some of these low-budget masterpieces </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="500" height="375" title="The Walking Dead" alt="The Walking Dead" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/walking-dead.jpg?1396432394" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Indie games are enjoying something of a renaissance of late, with digital distribution and a general malaise over disappointing big budget titles combining to form the ideal conditions for a resurgence of rejuvenated retro genres and new game types that tell their stories in ingenious ways. Here are some of our favourites.</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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gone Home (PC, Mac) </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>A &ldquo;first-person narrative exploration&rdquo; game that casts you as a girl returning from a year of travelling to find her family aren&rsquo;t home. As she explores their eerie mansion, the story of what has happened to them unfolds through audio narration, visual clues and more. An incredibly engrossing &ndash; not to mention emotionally-charged &ndash; way to spend a couple of hours.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/232430/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></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/x5KJzLsyfBI" 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"> Surgeon Simulator 2013 (PC, Mac) </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 the name conjures up images of delicate keyhole surgery played with a super straight bat, dispel them now. <em>Surgeon Simulator 2013</em> is a darkly comic LOL-fest in which physics and incredibly tricky controls combine to create dangerous amounts of absurdity as you attempt to perform various feats of surgery. A great game? Probably not. A great deal of fun? Most definitely.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/233720/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></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/ZO10bAn_8M8" 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"> Spelunky (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita) </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 might look like another old-school dungeon-crawling platformer, <em>Spelunky</em> is transformed into something truly special by its roguelike elements. What&rsquo;s that when it&rsquo;s at home? Well, it means that each level is procedurally generated, so in effect you&rsquo;ll never play the same level twice. Enemies, ladders, traps and treasure will all be placed differently, and the very layout of the level&rsquo;s platforms will rarely, if ever, be the same. So if you&rsquo;re looking for some variety to spice up your life, you&rsquo;ll find it here.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/239350/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></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/D1vCF-5Xkp4" 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"> Luftrausers (PC, Mac, PS3, PS Vita) </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>A &ldquo;bullet hell&rdquo; retro shoot &lsquo;em up in which you pilot a highly customisable airplane &ndash; called a &ldquo;rauser&rdquo;, <em>Luftrausers</em> is hair-tearingly difficult but maddeningly addictive thanks to its near-perfect controls. Your rauser has three customisable elements, and with a total of 120 possible combinations of weapons, fuselage and propulsion system, you&rsquo;ll need to tweak it carefully in order to beat each stage.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/233150/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></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/cmv5ZiMQWt0" 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"> 
DayZ (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><em>DayZ</em>&rsquo;s is finally finished! Except it&rsquo;s not - it&rsquo;s still in Alpha, which means it&rsquo;s rough as old boots. Even the developers &ldquo;advise you not to buy and play the game&rdquo;, but that hasn&rsquo;t stopped around a million players coughing up already. Why? Because this is the most frightening and &ldquo;realistic&rdquo; vision of a zombie apocalypse there&rsquo;s ever been.</p> <p>An MMO in which other players are as much &ndash; if not more &ndash; of a danger than the rampaging undead, <em>DayZ</em> is a grippingly grim, almost nihilistic portrayal of a world gone wrong. Team up with others or go it alone in a 230 square kilometre world in which up to 40 other human players could be lurking.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/221100/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></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/okkf0ObRBd8" 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"> 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"> Braid (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3) </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>Among the first crop of titles that defines the &ldquo;new wave indie&rdquo; era, <em>Braid</em> is a platform game created by the mercurial Jonathan Blow in which the protagonist has to rescue a princess from a monster. So far, so <em>Super Mario Bros.</em> &ndash; but <em>Braid</em>&rsquo;s innovative techniques both in gameplay (it allows you to rewind time to solve puzzles) and narrative have made it one of the highest-rated games of all time. It makes a perfect introduction to the new generation of indie titles.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/26800/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></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/MgTL_kVPq0Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Walking Dead (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS Vita, PS3, iOS, Kindle Fire HDX, Ouya) </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>Few could have predicted a resurgence of the point-and-click adventure genre, but Telltale Games&rsquo; multi-episode game set in the world of <em>The Walking Dead</em> (the comic rather than the TV show) showed that people will always flock to great interactive storytelling. Not only does <em>The Walking Dead</em> offer superb writing and relatable characters, it offers the player choices which are genuinely heart-wrenching at times. This is a brutal, nasty world &ndash; and your decisions will have some truly harrowing consequences.</p> <p>Few video games are able to elicit tears of anything but frustration and anger, but many a hardened gamer will find themselves blubbing like a baby come the end of the first five-part &ldquo;season&rdquo;. The second season is now well underway, and shows no signs of dropping in quality.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/207610/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/walking-dead-episode-one/review" target="_blank">The Walking Dead: Episode 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/RtkkHAmgYWs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Banner Saga (PC, Mac) </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>A Kickstarter-funded RPG that blends old school turn-and-tiled-based combat with &ldquo;caravan management&rdquo; (that&rsquo;s more exciting than it sounds, honest) and dresses it all up with gorgeous Disney-esque artwork and epic orchestral music, <em>The Banner Saga</em> is the first part of a projected trilogy.</p> <p>The game&rsquo;s Norse-inspired fantasy world is rich and involving and, despite the story being a little more linear than we&rsquo;d have liked, you&rsquo;re going to have to make plenty of choices that go way beyond which stats to increase when levelling your characters up. People will live and die on your calls, and <em>The Banner Saga</em> rarely gives you options that are obviously bad or good. It can be an emotional ride.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stoic/banner-saga/review" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stoic/banner-saga/review" target="_blank">The Banner Saga review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Banner Saga (PC, Mac)" alt="The Banner Saga (PC, Mac)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/banner-saga.jpg?1396432394" /> </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"> Papers, Please (PC, Mac) </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>A game in which you sift through immigration documents all day might not sound particularly compelling, but <em>Papers, Please</em> manages to convey a sense of place, time and desperation better than almost any game we&rsquo;ve played of late.</p> <p>Casting you as a lowly border control agent in a fictional dystopian state, it weaves an enthralling story through its portrayal of day-to-day drudgery against the backdrop of social unrest, mass poverty and 1984-style surveillance. Do you let in half a married couple because only one has the necessary papers, or look the other way and risk punishment from your higher ups? Do you take bribes in order to feed your family, or perform your job to the letter and hope the regime rewards your loyalty?</p> <p>Stamping passports has never been so gripping.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/239030/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></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/_QP5X6fcukM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hotline Miami (PC, Mac, PS Vita, PS3, PS4) </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>Describing <em>Hotline Miami</em> as a &ldquo;top-down shoot &lsquo;em up&rdquo; does it no justice whatsoever. It&rsquo;s a blood-drenched tour de force that mixes stealth and all-out carnage into a heady brew that&rsquo;ll have you coming back time and time again.</p> <p>The gameplay and controls are tuned to perfection, and even at its most maddeningly difficult it&rsquo;s always rewarding. If you die &ndash; and you will, a lot, in horrible ways &ndash; it&rsquo;s probably your own fault.</p> <p>A brain-mangling story, style in abundance and an evocative electro soundtrack are three cherries on top of an already irresistibly iced cake. Little wonder we&rsquo;re excited beyond words about this year&rsquo;s sequel &ndash; and also that <em>Hotline Miami</em> made our top 20 greatest games ever made.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/219150/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/best-games-ever-20-greatest-games-all-time/feature" target="_blank">Best Games Ever: the 20 greatest games of all time</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/DqpZMsZBdNQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Crusader Kings II (PC, Mac) </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>Where to start with <em>Crusader Kings II</em>? Well, it&rsquo;s an epic sandbox of a game that spans nigh-on 600 years of European medieval history and looks, on the outside, to be the very pinnacle of the &ldquo;grand strategy&rdquo; genre &ndash; but really it&rsquo;s all about family.</p> <p>Or rather, dynasty. See, rather than take control of a nation, in <em>Crusader Kings II</em> you&rsquo;re steering the fortunes of a dynasty. Pick a ruler, from a lowly count to an emperor, and you play as that person until they die, at which point you switch to their dynastic successor. That person, let&rsquo;s say your first-born son, might be a brave, inspiring paragon of virtue. But then he dies whilst on crusade to the Holy Land, leaving his moronic, venereal diseased, scheming and hunchbacked younger brother to inherit your lands and titles. Oh, joy.</p> <p>The aim of the game? It&rsquo;s really up to you to set your own goals. From the moment each game begins, it&rsquo;s procedurally generating a million different stories all over its map, which reaches from Iceland in the west to (with the new DLC) India in the east. Your own tale is just one. Cultures and religions clash, family disputes erupt into murderous feuds, empires and won and lost. It&rsquo;s truly, truly amazing stuff &ndash; once you get the hang of the rather complex mechanics that is.</p> <p>Oh, and there&rsquo;s an unofficial <a href="http://www.moddb.com/mods/crusader-kings-2-a-game-of-thrones-ck2agot" target="_blank">Game of Thrones mod</a> which is almost as enjoyable as the &ldquo;normal&rdquo; game. But really, there&rsquo;s no such thing as a normal game of <em>Crusader Kings II</em>.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/203770/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></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/qzkVTDfxIUI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> State of Decay (PC, Xbox 360) </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>My, there are a lot of zombie apocalypse games in our list, but <em>State of Decay</em> fully deserves its inclusion thanks to being, essentially, the <em>Skyrim</em> of indie games. A large open world is your oyster and, unlike <em>DayZ</em>, there&rsquo;s at least some semblance of a plot to provide narrative thrust and take the game beyond being a simple sandbox.</p> <p>Gather a group, hunt for supplies, trade with other survivors and attempt to keep your base safe from the shambling undead hordes. <em>State of Decay</em> is about everyday survival &ndash; and inevitable death. The world&rsquo;s supplies do not replenish, so at some point you&rsquo;re going to run out of food or medicine or ammunition and then it&rsquo;s curtains. Unless you trigger the endgame and escape.</p> <p>It may be a tad rough around the edges, but for a 2GB third-person open world game that costs less than &pound;15, it&rsquo;s a pretty sweet deal.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/state-decay/review" target="_blank">State of Decay review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="State of Decay (PC, Xbox 360)" alt="State of Decay (PC, Xbox 360)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/state-of-decay.jpg?1396432394" /> </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-12"><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"> Limbo (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, iOS) </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>Dark both in looks and mood, <em>Limbo</em> is a side-scrolling 2D platform game packed with puzzles &ndash; but it&rsquo;s that mood that lingers longest in the memory, rather than the gameplay itself. The mechanics are simple and the story minimal (you play a boy searching for his sister in a dangerous, hell-like world), but the grainy monochrome visuals and frequent gruesome deaths make playing <em>Limbo</em> a gloriously gloomy experience.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/48000/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></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/Y4HSyVXKYz8" 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-13"><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"> Fez (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita) </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>Famous for its lengthy development time under the outspoken, perfectionist French Canadian developer Phil Fish (much of which was detailed in the excellent feature length documentary <em>Indie Game: The Movie</em>), <em>Fez</em> is an incredibly smart game that blends 2D and 3D to create a series of increasingly challenging puzzle levels: while the game works on a 2D plane, each level is actually a cube which can be rotated 90 degrees to open up new possibilities.</p> <p>Its masterfully plotted learning curve and charm have bagged <em>Fez</em> an armful of awards, but sadly it may be Fish&rsquo;s last ever game: in July 2013 he announced he was quitting game development due to growing disillusionment with the industry.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/224760/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fez/review" target="_blank">Fez 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="500" height="375" title="Fez (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita)" alt="Fez (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fez_0.jpg?1396432394" /> </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-14"><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"> Prison Architect (PC, Mac) </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 how we all got a bit bored of all the <em>Theme Park</em>-style games? Well that was a long time ago and we now feel ready to love again, which is why <em>Prison Architect</em> has already made over $8million despite still being in bug-riddled Alpha. Build a prison and incarcerate crims, but treat them too badly and you&rsquo;ll have a riot on your hands.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/233450/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></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/KDDzSOS0vzc" 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-15"><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"> Don’t Starve (PC, Mac, PS4) </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 the name suggests, <em>Don&rsquo;t Starve</em> is a game concerned with survival: the aim is simply to stay alive in a dangerous wilderness for as long as possible by gathering useful items, camping by fires, finding food and avoiding both dangerous enemies and encroaching madness. Each day lasts around ten minutes of real-time, and surviving the pitch-black nights will be your biggest challenge.</p> <p>Difficult and unforgiving it may be (it features &ldquo;permadeath&rdquo;, so you&rsquo;ll have to start a new game every time you perish), but the game&rsquo;s charming graphical style, music and presentation keep things from being overbearingly grim &ndash; and the challenge holds plenty of thrills.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/219740/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></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/Fae9tlgS3w4" 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-16"><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"> Minecraft (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, iOS, Android) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Probably the most successful indie game of all time, <em>Minecraft</em> is barely a game at all. Sure, it has its roots in a challenging survival mode in which you build defences by day to ward off nocturnal attackers, but many players disregard this in order to indulge their creative urges by building huge, complex structures from blocks. From scale models of real life buildings like Notre Dame to imaginary cities like <em>Game of Thrones</em>&rsquo; King&rsquo;s Landing and even entire planets, <em>Minecraft</em> players have been responsible for some truly jaw-dropping creations.</p> <p><a href="https://minecraft.net/" target="_blank">Get it here</a></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/MmB9b5njVbA" 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-17"><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"> Journey (PS3) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite bagging several Game of the Year awards, it&rsquo;s debatable whether <em>Journey</em> is a game in the traditional sense or more closely a piece of interactive storytelling. Whatever the answer, it&rsquo;s a beautifully made and presented adventure which everyone who owns a PlayStation 3 should play through at least once. And given that an entire playthrough takes a mere two to three hours, there&rsquo;s really not much excuse.</p> <p>One of <em>Journey</em>&rsquo;s most endearing features is that your travels aren&rsquo;t undertaken alone. During each stage of the game you may find yourself accompanied and aided by another human player, with whom you won&rsquo;t be able to communicate beyond patterns of singing. You won&rsquo;t know their identity, but you&rsquo;ll be able to cooperate &ndash; how heart-warming is that?</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/8dkUjQezczs" 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-18"><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 Stanley Parable (PC, Mac) </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>A pioneering interactive story which we&rsquo;re reluctant to discuss in anything but broad stroke for fear of spoiling it for you, <em>The Stanley Parable</em> plays with the conventions of narrative and choice in a succession of clever ways. Originally produced as a mod for Valve&rsquo;s Source engine, it has now been rereleased as a standalone high-definition remake.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/221910/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></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/fBtX0S2J32Y" 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-19"><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"> Starbound (PC, Mac, PS3, PS4, PS Vita) </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;ve played <em>Terraria</em>, imagine that with a galaxy-spanning sci-fi scope and you&rsquo;ve got <em>Starbound</em>. If you&rsquo;ve not played <em>Terraria</em>, imagine a side-scrolling version of Minecraft. You mine, you build, and you survive, but here you also build tech to take you to distant planets and fight flying saucer-piloting penguins. Yes, really.</p> <p>At the time of writing, <em>Starbound</em> is still in beta and available only as pre-release version.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/211820/" target="_blank">Get it on Steam</a></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/isOipI0DEiE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Join in the indie gaming renaissance with these top titles </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Apps and Games Console games Gaming Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:48:36 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434510 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Shazam listens to vinyl, more Game of Thrones game details, and how to drink the perfect glass of Coke http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-shazam-listens-vinyl-more-game-thrones-video-game-details-and-perfect-glass-coke/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our daily news round-up is the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee </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="Shazam listens to vinyl" alt="Shazam listens to vinyl" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/shazam-app.jpg?1395819181" /> </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> <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"> Shazam graduates to vinyl recognition </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>Music recognition app Shazam is treading a well-worn path: moving from digital music to vinyl. But unlike purist music fans seeking a &ldquo;more authentic&rdquo; sound, Shazam is doing it to increase its effectiveness. The app will, for the first time, be able to recognise songs that are available only on vinyl, meaning you&rsquo;ll be able to identify (selected) new releases that you might hear in a club or bar.</p> <p>The new capability comes courtesy of a deal with electronic dance music retailer Juno, which also adds a further four million dance tracks to the existing Shazam database. Juno gets a buy link from within the Shazam app in return.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/shazam-goes-vinyl/#ftag=CAD590a51e">CNET</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"> The perfect glass for drinking Coca-Cola? </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>Austrian glassware maker Riedel has partnered with Coca-Cola in order to create a &ldquo;perfect&rdquo; vessel for glugging the sugary drink. Riedel claims the curve of the glass (which happens to echo the curve of a classic glass Coke bottle) enhances the drink&rsquo;s flavour, and that it was developed by a tasting panel of industry experts.</p> <p>The glass can hold a standard can of Coke and retails for US$19.90 (&pound;12), or US$29.50 (&pound;18) for a pair.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.riedelusa.net/coca-cola-riedel-glass.html">Riedel</a> via <a href="http://luxurylaunches.com/other_stuff/coca-cola-riedel-glass.php">Luxury Launches</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="The perfect glass for drinking Coca-Cola?" alt="The perfect glass for drinking Coca-Cola?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/coca-cola-glass.jpg?1395819181" /> </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"> Game of Thrones video game to run concurrently with the show </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Telltale Games&rsquo; video game adaptation of <em>Game of Thrones</em> won&rsquo;t be a prequel, but will be set in the same time period as the TV show. That&rsquo;s according to Telltale CEO Dan Connors, who sat down for an interview with Digital Trends at GDC 2014. Connors said that the game would tell a &ldquo;concurrent&rdquo; story to the show, but gave few clues as to what that might entail.</p> <p>He did say: &ldquo;There&rsquo;s so much going on [in the show] and it&rsquo;s so rich. Every decision that King Joffrey makes impacts so many people. Any microcosm in that world [looking at how] people are affected by the decisions that are made plays out across the whole thing.&rdquo; To us, that suggests that the game will concern either new or minor characters rather than the big players from the show.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/exploring-telltale-games-master-plan-evolve-modern-storytelling-ceo-dan-connors/#!BlHbQ">Digital Trends</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="Game of Thrones" alt="Game of Thrones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-jon-snow.jpg?1395819181" /> </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"> BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 is out now </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>Yesterday saw the release of the second part of <em>Burial at Sea</em>, what looks to be the final piece of single-player DLC for <em>BioShock Infinite</em>. Like the first part, it&rsquo;s set in the underwater city of Rapture (just before its collapse), but this time it seems you&rsquo;re playing not as Booker but Elizabeth. Check out the trailer above to get you in the mood.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/bioshock-infinite/review">BioShock Infinite</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/G0JAv8ija8U" 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> Apps and Games Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:52:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434293 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: Beyond The Screen http://www.stuff.tv/ipad/app-week-beyond-screen-review/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Zombies! Creepy villages! Apocalypse! DVD extras and commentaries come back from the dead with help from Edgar Wright and co </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="Beyond The Screen iPad app review " alt="Beyond The Screen iPad app review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/beyond-the-screen-review-bitey.png?1395710440" /> </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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I don&rsquo;t tweet when I&rsquo;m watching TV or movies - I look stuff up. So while no social second screen app has held down a spot on my iPad Mini couch companion, Beyond The Screen is staying put.</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">10 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"> Cast and Brew </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 selecting from the three Cornetto movies, trivia, soundtrack info and quizzes are all ready to go but the best way to use Beyond The Screen is Timeline.</p> <p>This cleverly uses the iPad&rsquo;s mic to pick up audio from the movie as it plays and sync the app&rsquo;s content. So new factoids, pics, weapons used and location maps pop up as the action happens on the big screen. It&rsquo;s almost perfectly timed - only once or twice did I skip back to a cameo or bit of prop trivia.&nbsp;</p> <p>As well as a &lsquo;stats&rsquo; screen, everything presented in the app can be saved to a freezer - nice - and as I collected different types of content, these were badged as Cornettos. (Collect ten from each of the three films and you can win some sort of media streaming box in a prize draw - might as well if you&rsquo;re watching all three).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: the 25 best free apps for iPhone and iPad&nbsp;</a></p> <p>The info itself is a cut above most cursory web searches too - compiled from film production notes, studio archives and cast and crew interviews it provides incredible smug-face fodder for outgeeking movie buff mates. Still, they&#39;re only snippets - I discovered Peter Jackson cameos as a Father Christmas stabbing Simon Pegg in Hot Fuzz but I had to Google to find out that Edgar Wright met Jackson on the set of King Kong.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not all trivia though. Fans of drinking along to boozy movies (Withnail and I again, anyone?) will enjoy the beer-o-meter which racks up measures even when Nick Frost slurps out of sight of the camera in Shaun of the Dead. Impressive.</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="Beyond The Screen review - Hot Fuzz stats " alt="Beyond The Screen review - Hot Fuzz stats " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beyond-the-screen-review-stats.png?1395710440" /> </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="Beyond The Screen review - Shaun&#039;s records" alt="Beyond The Screen review - Shaun&#039;s records" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beyond-the-screen-review-records.png?1395710440" /> </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="Beyond The Screen review - soundtrack" alt="Beyond The Screen review - soundtrack" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beyond-the-screen-review-soundtrack.png?1395710440" /> </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="Beyond The Screen review - trivia" alt="Beyond The Screen review - trivia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beyond-the-screen-review-bill-nighy.png?1395710440" /> </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"> Beyond The Screen 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>The sound recognition does of course work with Blu-rays but the real potential for Beyond The Screen will be if it scales up to provide that missing magic to movies on streaming and on demand services. Right now there&rsquo;s no extras, no commentaries and no alternate endings when you stream and the likes of Netflix execs don&rsquo;t see this as a problem.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ll be keeping an eye on this, ready for some more trivia Timelining the second a new film is added to this initial trio. Unless it&rsquo;s a painfully-unfunny-scene count for Movie 43, that is.</p> <p>For now, this is a must-download for fans of Frost and Pegg&rsquo;s faces - it&rsquo;s fun, it&rsquo;s free and it might just win you the next pub quiz. How&rsquo;s that for a slice of fried gold?</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/beyond-the-screen/id830552609?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Beyond The Screen here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-our-job-get-directors-cut-and-not-bother-all-rest-it/feature" target="_blank">Netflix: &#39;There really isn&#39;t a case for different versions of a film&#39;</a></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="Beyond The Screen iPad app review " alt="Beyond The Screen iPad app review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beyond-the-screen-review-home.png?1395710440" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Watch. Pause. IMDb. Repeat. No longer - a second screen app for movie obsessives is here&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ipad/app-week-beyond-screen-review/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ipad/app-week-beyond-screen-review/review#comments Apps and Games Film and TV iOS apps iPad Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:28:48 +0000 Sophie Charara 1434204 at http://www.stuff.tv GDC 2014: the biggest gaming news so far http://www.stuff.tv/gdc-best-gaming-news-and-highlights/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 21/03/14: Everything we&#039;ve got to look forward to from San Francisco&#039;s Game Developers Conference </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="1024" height="683" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gdc-main_0.jpg?1395657787" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Back in 1988, 27 designers crammed into a single living room for the first ever Computer Game Developers Conference.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fast forward 26 years and the yearly San Francisco Game Developers Conference is attended by tens of thousands of developers from around the world, and it&#39;s the biggest date in the gaming calendar next to E3.</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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Valve - Steam machines 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>Valve already showed off all 13 of its Steam Machines at CES earlier this year, and there&#39;s definitely plenty to be excited about.&nbsp;</p> <p>From its twin trackball-like controller to beastly machines packed with 4K pixel-pushing power, the Xbox One and PS4 have got plenty of reasons to be nervous.</p> <p>We expect to see more information on Valve&#39;s console-killing army at GDC, and we&#39;re hoping Valve will also show off its virtual reality headset, which received rave reviews behind closed doors at the Steam Dev Days conference earlier this year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machine-preview/review" target="_blank">Valve Steam Machine - price, specs, release date - everything you need to know</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/valve-s-vr-headset-even-better-oculus-rift/news" target="_blank">Valve&rsquo;s VR headset &ldquo;even better than Oculus Rift</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="975" height="731" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Valve-Steam-Machine_2.jpg?1395657787" /> </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="604" height="453" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-controller_0.jpg?1395657787" /> </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></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-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"> Sony - PS4 joins the VR party </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>Valve isn&#39;t the only company working on a VR headset. Sony is expected to reveal a VR headset of its very own at GDC, and although very little is known about it, developers who have already tried it have described it as being even better than the Oculus Rift.</p> <p>It&#39;s likely that the headset will only be compatible with the PS4, but we&#39;ll have to wait till next week to see what Sony brings to the virtual gaming table.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE 19/03/14:</strong> Sony has officially announced Project Morpheus, a VR headset with a 1080p screen, 90-degree field-of-view, and both 360-degree and positional head-tracking (via the PlayStation Camera). It has built-in stereo audio too. It&#39;s still in the prototype stage, although Sony says it&#39;s been working on it for three years already.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-s-vr-headset-project-morpheus-makes-its-debut/news" target="_blank">Sony&rsquo;s VR Project Morpheus headset makes its debut, and it looks amazing</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="567" height="425" title="Sony Project Morpheus headset" alt="Sony Project Morpheus headset" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-morpheus-630.jpg?1395411955" /> </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></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-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"> Oculus Rift - Price and release date. Pretty please? </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>A second developer edition of the Oculus Rift VR headset has made its debut at GDC. The Rift Development Kit 2 packs in all the good stuff from the Crystal Cove prototype we played with back in January: lower latency and positional head tracking, which cuts down motion blur, judder and the potential for motion sickness. Check the video above for more detail. It can be pre-ordered for US$350 (&pound;210) now, with orders shipping in July.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/gdc-2014/us350-oculus-rift-20-revealed-high-res-display-and-motion-tracking/news" target="_blank">Better than ever: Oculus Rift 2.0 revealed with high-res display and motion tracking</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-rift/review" target="_blank">Oculus Rift 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/OlXrjTh7vHc" 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="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculus-rift-crystal-cove-01_1.jpg?1395657787" /> </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></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-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"> Amazon - Wait, what? </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>Yep. Amazon. The online retail giant snapped up Killer Instinct Developer Double Helix earlier this year, which strongly suggests the company has the gaming market in its sights.</p> <p>Rumours of an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon-kindle-console-real-target-smart-tv/news" target="_blank">Android-based console </a>have also been flying around, and it&#39;s likely to provide users with a similar experience to the Kindle Fire series of tablets, bringing games, Amazon apps, music and movie streaming service to people&#39;s living rooms.</p> <p><strong>Update 15/03/14:&nbsp;</strong>A picture of a controller <a href="http://www.zatznotfunny.com/2014-03/amazon-streamer-feature-bluetooth-gaming-controller/" target="_blank">leaked</a> from an &#39;overseas regulatory agent&#39; (similar to the US&#39; FCC) shows of a console controller with clear Amazon branding.</p> <p>If real, it all-but-confirms Amazon&#39;s plans to invade our living rooms with a console of it&#39;s very own, bringing the fight straight to the doorstep of Apple TV and other streaming boxes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon-kindle-console-real-target-smart-tv/news" target="_blank">Amazon might be working on a Kindle console, but its real target is Apple TV</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-about-take-apple-tv-its-own-set-top-box/news" target="_blank">Is Amazon about to take on Apple TV with its own set-top box?</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="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-gaming_0.jpg?1395657787" /> </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="523" height="392" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-controller.jpg?1395411955" /> </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></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-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"> Microsoft </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 Microsoft is unlikely to show off any hardware, it is expected to reveal improvements to SmartGlass in addition to expanding on its plans for multi-screen gaming, which games like The Division make use of to great effect.</p> <p>Microsoft is also expected to reveal DirectX 12 - the newest version of its Graphics platform.</p> <p>What this means for Xbox One and PC gamers has yet to be seen, but it can only be good news.</p> <p>Finally, Xbox Live looks set to get some love with an expansion. Though specific details are thin on the ground, we wouldn&#39;t mind a clan system being introduced.</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="940" height="705" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02571_0.JPG?1395657787" /> </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></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-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"> DirectX 12 to bring console-like performance to PCs </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 has unveiled the latest edition of its DirectX API &ndash; and has promised that it&rsquo;ll deliver more efficient, console-like graphics performance on PCs. DirectX 12 offers far better support for multi-core processors, you see: while its predecessor would weight graphics processing unevenly (with a quad-core GPU, for instance, one core would perform the bulk of the work), it spreads the load evenly over all cores. That&rsquo;s similar to how a console does things, meaning developers should be able to wring better graphical performance out of PCs than was possible with DirectX 11.</p> <p>Sadly, DirectX 12 won&rsquo;t be dropping onto your PC anytime soon. Microsoft has pencilled in a full release date of late 2015, although there will be a preview version out later this year and possibly some form of early access program.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2110085/next-gen-directx-12-graphics-tech-revealed-hitting-microsoft-platforms-in-2015.html">PC World</a>]</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="DirectX 12 logo" alt="DirectX 12 logo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/directx-12-logo.jpg?1395411955" /> </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/gdc-best-gaming-news-and-highlights/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gdc-best-gaming-news-and-highlights/feature#comments Apps and Games Console games Games consoles Gaming GDC 2014 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:25:57 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433673 at http://www.stuff.tv The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-best-mobile-cricket-games-world/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup gets underway, we&#039;ve rounded up the best touchscreen takes on the connoisseur&#039;s bat&#039;n&#039;ball sport </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="Shot!" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-world-cricket-championship-001.jpg?1395365368" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Batsman against bowler. The thud of leather against willow. The clatter of yet another English wicket falling.</p> <p>Yes, the 2014 T20 cricket world cup in Bangladesh gets underway in earnest this week, so why not&nbsp;get in the mood for it by having a slogabout on one of the many cricket game apps. </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/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5) Cricket Unlimited </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 Play Store and App Store are stuffed with cricket games which look great but don&rsquo;t play very well, and Cricket Unlimited is one such example. Your batsman is fixed in place and although you can swipe in any direction to send the ball thataway, the lack of foot movement makes it feel a bit samey. It&rsquo;s also too easy: just press the Power Boost button before a shot and you&rsquo;re pretty much guaranteed a boundary. Bowling is similarly flawed - you choose the power, pitch and direction of a ball, but there&rsquo;s no distinction made between bowling type.</p> <p>Odd decisions abound too &ndash; CPU players attempt crazy runs, blatant LBWs are turned down and in one game, J.Ruahut (there are no real player names here. Presumably that&rsquo;s Joe Root) was given out stumped despite not having moved from the crease. Still, there are plenty of game options available and it&rsquo;s a decent enough way to pass 10 minutes. Just don&rsquo;t expect it to hold your attention for much longer than that.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;✭✭✭✩✩</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cricket-unlimited/id711398179?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Cricket Unlimited for iOS&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xtpl.cricketunlimited" target="_blank">Download Cricket Unlimited for Android&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">25 fantastic free Android 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-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="Cricket Unlimited" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world Cricket Unlimited" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-cricket-unlimited-001.jpg?1395365368" /> </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"> 4) IPL Cricket Fever 2013 </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>IPL Cricket Fever 2013 is one of about a dozen cricket sims made by IndiaGames, and frankly we can&#39;t see much difference between them all. Still, this is probably the pick of them, bringing the razzmatazz of India&#39;s IPL to your mobile in some style. So you get cheerleaders, a multitude of modern flamboyant shots such as the scoop and the helicopter and more ads than a Saturday night on ITV. Seriously, you have to skip two before the game even starts.</p> <p>Once it does begin, you get a fairly good game, with a reasonable amount of batting and bowling control, nice graphics, genuine player names and even rudimentary commentary at key moments. Unfortunately, a few key flaws cost it dearly. When batting, there seems little relationship between the shot you play and where the ball ends up - even Chris Gayle would struggle to hit some of the shots that are possible here - and when bowling the CPU runs itself out about once an over.&nbsp;And while you can earn power-ups to boost your speed and six-hitting ability, the constant demands for in-app purchases begin to grate quite quickly.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;✭✭✭✩✩</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ipl-cricket-fever-lite-2013/id623162506?mt=8" target="_blank">Download&nbsp;IPL Cricket Fever 2013&nbsp;for iOS (from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.indiagames.cricketfeverchallenge" target="_blank">Download IPL Cricket Fever 2013 for Android&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</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="IPL Cricket Fever 2013" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world IPL Cricket Fever 2013" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-ipl-cricket-fever-2013-001.jpg?1395365368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3) International Cricket Captain 2012 </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>ICC is the only game here that really nails the most important thing about cricket: stats. It&#39;s a management sim rather than an arcade smackabout &ndash; think Football Manager not FIFA - so you&rsquo;ll spend your time in it organising training, picking squads and setting tactics. And to do all that, you&#39;ll want to immerse yourself in the numbers. Lovely, lovely numbers.&nbsp;Within the game you&rsquo;ll find all-time averages for almost every professional player alive, meaning you could happily spend hours looking at it without actually starting a game. And what happy hours they&rsquo;d be.</p> <p>Once you drag yourself away from the stats and start playing, you have the option of skipping through matches or following them via text updates, with key moments presented as TV-style highlights. And although you&rsquo;re not technically controlling the players, you can have a major impact on the on-field action by setting batting and bowler aggression levels and positioning fielders. Alright, so &pound;4.99 is on the pricey side &ndash; especially given that all of the other games here are available for free, albeit most of them in Lite form &ndash; but what price many contended hours spent geeking out over averages? Just one question - can we have ICC 2014 now please?</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cricket-captain-2012/id554163563?mt=8" target="_blank">Download International Cricket Captain 2012 for iOS (&pound;4.99)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news">Threes! The most maddeningly addictive puzzle game 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="1200" height="900" title="International Cricket Captain 2012" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world International Cricket Captain 2012" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-international-cricket-captain-2012-001.jpg?1395365368" /> </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"> 2) World Cricket Championship </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>Looking for a realistic arcade cricket game? Then WCC is pretty much your only choice. You get full control over your batting, with footwork, shot selection and timing all coming together in the way they should - hitting and hoping is very much a last resort. A clever confidence meter that builds up the longer you&#39;re in also plays a major role; attempt an ambitious shot too early in the innings and you&#39;ll soon be trudging back to the pavilion.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bowling isn&#39;t quite so rewarding, but you still get plenty of control over the deliveries and there&#39;s a real thrill when you send down three dot balls then tempt the batsman into chasing a wide one. Or at least we got a thrill from it. Maybe we&#39;ve been playing a little too much app cricket lately.</p> <p>The graphics are slick and detailed, animation is excellent and the whole thing has a quality, well-produced feel, with commentary, replays and the ability to edit player names. But be warned - it&#39;s hard. Stupidly so at first. Persevere, though, and you&#39;ll be rewarded with an entertaining, playable cricket sim that gets almost every aspect of the game right.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/world-cricket-championship/id486287740?mt=8" target="_blank">Download&nbsp;World Cricket Championship&nbsp;for iOS (from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextwave.wcc_lt" target="_blank">Download World Cricket Championship for Android&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/world-cricket-championship-lite/3f7c288d-c9d7-4861-ab67-d704bcfc662c" target="_blank">Download World Cricket Championship for Windows Phone 8&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</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="World Cricket Championship" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world World Cricket Championship" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-world-cricket-championship-002.jpg?1395365368" /> </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"> 1) Stick Cricket </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 Twenty20 of the cricket apps world, Stick Cricket shows tradition and realism the door and welcomes in big-hitting fun for a thrill-a-second party. Gameplay is simple: you control an endearingly angular stick figure with the sole aim of chasing down the opposition&rsquo;s total. They fire down deliveries; you smack them towards the boundary. And that&rsquo;s it &ndash; no bowling, no fielding, no running, no appeals, no fancy replays. Nothing except the ball whizzing towards you and the bat sending it skywards. Well, if you can hit it &ndash; timing is everything here, and it&rsquo;s all too easy to miss the cherry altogether or whack it straight down a fielder&rsquo;s throat.</p> <p>A variety of game modes (including a really tough World Cup sim) keep it fresh, and there are in-app purchases to add more. You can also buy new bats to improve your timing &ndash; although we&rsquo;d steer clear of the slightly overpriced &pound;20.99 SC Elite Limited Edition. So essentially it&rsquo;s a one-trick pony &ndash; but a really exciting pony that you won&rsquo;t tire of riding.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/stick-cricket/id406781620?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Stick Cricket for iOS (&pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sticksports.stickcricket" target="_blank">Download&nbsp;Stick Cricket for Android&nbsp;(&pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate: 25 amazing free games for iPhone and iPad</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="Stick Cricket" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world Stick Cricket" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-stick-cricket-001.gif?1395365368" /> </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/android/5-best-mobile-cricket-games-world/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-best-mobile-cricket-games-world/feature#comments Android Android apps Android games Apps and Games iOS iOS apps iOS games Fri, 21 Mar 2014 01:20:24 +0000 Marc McLaren 1434064 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Flappy Bird's return confirmed, Google Search app gets new voice commands and Titanfall 2 coming to PS4? http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-flappy-bird-return-confirmed-google-search-app-gets-new-voice-commands-and-titanfall-2 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our daily news round-up will clue you in a fresh crop of tech goings-on </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="Fully Charged: Flappy Bird return confirmed, Google Search app gets new voice commands and Titanfall 2 coming to PS4?" alt="Fully Charged: Flappy Bird return confirmed, Google Search app gets new voice co" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/flappy-bird_0.jpg?1395365432" /> </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> <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"> It’s official: Flappy Bird will return to app stores </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;ve just gotten over your addiction to Flappy Bird, we have some bad, bad news for you: it&rsquo;s coming back to app stores. Creator Dong Nguyen, who pulled the maddeningly more-ish game earlier this year over fears for his own and players&rsquo; mental wellbeing, told a Twitter user that it&rsquo;d be back at some point &ldquo;but not soon&rdquo;.</p> <p>The implication is that Nguyen either wants to make some improvements to the game, or else get mentally prepared for the social media abuse he&rsquo;s sure to receive from a whole new generation of hopelessly addicted mobile gamers...</p> <p><a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/19/flappy-bird-will-return/"><strong>[Source: TechCrunch]</strong></a></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"> The Coen brothers’ Fargo TV series gets a real trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Coen brothers have hitherto made movies and stayed away from the small screen, but that&rsquo;s all set to change in mid-April when US TV channel FX starts broadcasting Fargo, a series produced by the Coens and loosely based on their Oscar-winning movie of the same name.</p> <p>The 10-part series boasts a stellar cast including Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Breaking Bad&rsquo;s Bob Odenkirk, and promises to maintain the pitch-black comedy and somewhat surreal feel of the film. Channel 4 has bought the rights to broadcast it in the UK, and says it will be on screens &ldquo;shortly after&rdquo; its American broadcast.</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/6jFU0r0xG_c" 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"> Rumour: Titanfall 2 is coming – and it won’t be a Microsoft exclusive </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>Electronic Arts has reportedly signed a deal to publish the next Titanfall instalment, and unlike the first game (which was released last week) it won&rsquo;t be exclusive to Microsoft platforms.</p> <p>Titanfall is available only for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows, but GameSpot claims the new deal will allow EA to release it on PlayStation 4 too. That jibes well with a tweet from Titanfall developer Respawn&rsquo;s Vince Zampella in October last year: he said that Respawn would eventually be making games for the PS4.</p> <p>EA declined to comment on the report.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.gamespot.com/articles/report-ea-secures-rights-to-titanfall-2/1100-6418404/">GameSpot</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review">Titanfall 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="Rumour: Titanfall 2 is coming – and it won’t be a Microsoft exclusive" alt="Rumour: Titanfall 2 is coming – and it won’t be a Microsoft exclusive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/titanfall_1.jpg?1395365432" /> </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"> Google Search for Android gets new voice commands </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 has updated the Search app for Android, and among the changes are a couple of new &ldquo;OK, Google&rdquo; voice commands: say &ldquo;take a video&rdquo; or &ldquo;take a photo&rdquo; and your phone or tablet&rsquo;s camera app will pop open straight away. The update is available now from the Google Play Store.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://thenextweb.com/google/2014/03/19/google-search-android-now-lets-say-ok-google-take-photo-take-video-launch-camera-app/">The Next Web</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="Google Search for Android gets new voice commands" alt="Google Search for Android gets new voice commands" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-google-search-commands.jpg?1395365432" /> </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> Apps and Games Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:15:06 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433994 at http://www.stuff.tv