Gaming http://www.stuff.tv/gaming/news en-GB Fully Charged: Michael Fassbender to play Steve Jobs, full Jurassic World trailer, and GTA5 leads UK all-time charts http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-michael-fassbender-play-steve-jobs-full-jurassic-world-trailer-and-gta5-leads-uk <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the latest tech news with our quick-hit morning primer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Michael Fassbender" alt="Michael Fassbender" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/michael-fassbender.jpg?1416997773" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fassbender to star in Universal’s Steve Jobs movie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last we heard, the Steve Jobs movie written by Aaron Sorkin from Walter Isaacson&rsquo;s biography <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-paul-mccartney-live-concert-google-cardboard-truly-amazing-kinect-tech-demo-and-">had been kicked to the curb by Sony</a>, but a new suitor was circling the remains. Now Universal Pictures has confirmed that it will make the movie instead, with Danny Boyle still slated to direct.</p> <p>Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio were both anticipated to play the iconic Apple founder at different points, but now it appears that Michael Fassbender (<em>X-Men: Days of Future Past</em>) will take the role. And yes, Seth Rogen is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-admits-fire-phone-was-overpriced-ee-s-4g-network-hits-london-and-seth-ro">still expected to play</a> co-founder Steve Wozniak. No word yet on when it&rsquo;s expected to begin shooting, but the budget is reportedly pegged in excess of US$30 million (&pound;19 million).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/universal-picks-up-steve-jobs-752149">The Hollywood Reporter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-7/review">Apple iPhone 7 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Full Jurassic World trailer released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Posted two days <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/fully-charged-first-jurassic-world-teaser-evolve-s-add-maps-are-free-and-google-s-internet-ba">earlier than teased</a>, the full&nbsp;<em>Jurassic World</em>&nbsp;trailer is now available online. We&rsquo;ll refrain from speaking too strongly about a trailer some six months before the theatrical release, but there are certainly things to like (the theme!) and things to be wary of (the acting! the effects!). Fingers crossed that it&rsquo;ll be much better than the last flick, at least.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFinNxS5KN4">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/fully-charged-first-jurassic-world-teaser-evolve-s-add-maps-are-free-and-google-s-internet-ba">Fully Charged: First Jurassic World teaser, Evolve&rsquo;s add-on maps will be free, and Google&rsquo;s Internet balloons can last for months</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SILeO8m7uvU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GTA5 is the UK’s all-time bestseller </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last week&rsquo;s new-gen launch of <em>Grand Theft Auto 5</em> not only brought the tremendous open-world action game to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it was also just enough to push <em>Call of Duty: Black Ops</em> out of the way as the UK&rsquo;s all-time bestselling video game.</p> <p>Chart-Track reported the news early this week, saying that <em>GTA5</em>&rsquo;s new record joins its previous one, which was for the highest-grossing single-week UK game sales (&pound;94m for last year&rsquo;s Xbox 360 and PS3 versions). No word on how many copies the game has sold to date here, but seeing as the game had shipped 34 million last-gen units worldwide as of August, we&rsquo;re guessing <em>a lot</em>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.chart-track.co.uk/?i=2002&amp;s=1111">Chart-Track</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-5/review">Grand Theft Auto 5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kFhkHFSytVU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony embraces “microtising” on 4K TVs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So clear is the picture on 4K televisions that Sony no longer feels the need to buy out big banners to promote its wares. Now, companies like it and others can simply put a small logo or bit of text into the image and expect that those with high-end sets will make out the advert.</p> <p>To pursue this unique endeavor, Sony has teamed up with Arsenal and France international player Olivier Giroud and adorned his boots with pint-sized references to its 4K televisions. Granted, if you have a 4K TV, you might not want another; and if you don&rsquo;t, it might just look blurry. But we&rsquo;re all for anything that makes ads a lot less obvious and obnoxious.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kd-55x8505b/sony-kd-55x8505b-4k-tv/review">Sony KD-55X8508B 4K TV review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Olivier Giroud for Sony" alt="Olivier Giroud for Sony" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-olivier-giroud-4k.jpg?1416997773" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-michael-fassbender-play-steve-jobs-full-jurassic-world-trailer-and-gta5-leads-uk#comments 4K Apple Console games Film and TV Gaming Grand Theft Auto 5 Sony Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453959 at http://www.stuff.tv LittleBigPlanet 3 http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sackboy opens up a new bag of tricks on PS4, but it&#039;s a bit messy inside </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LBP3-Gamescom-Screen02_1407756833.png?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Sack is back, and this time he&#39;s got the power of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> behind him in <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em>. That means more creation options, glossier graphics, and even new playable characters &ndash; but sadly, this sequel also brings more bugs and issues.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £47.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4. Also available on PS3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Still super charming </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expanded Creation tools </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Looks great on PS4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Major bugs at launch </div> <div class="field-item even"> Design frustrations </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Co-op underwhelms </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Odd Squad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Much of the experience will feel very familiar to series fans: you&#39;ll primarily take the role of Sackboy, a wildly customizable little burlap-covered hero who leaps and bounds through stages comprised of various odds and ends. His jumping feels a bit less &quot;floaty&quot; than before, but otherwise, you&#39;ll still spend most of your time dodging hazards and collecting little item bubbles.</p> <p>But Sackboy isn&#39;t alone out there. For the first time, the campaign introduces three additional playable characters, each with a very distinctive feel. OddSock runs around on all fours, and his levels are built for speed; Toggle can alternate between his hulking, heavy form and a tiny, light variation to solve environmental puzzles; and Swoop is a plush bird, so he spends his missions airborne.</p> <p>Each adds a fun twist to the formula, and OddSock&#39;s stages in particular are a blast. And even Sackboy has some new tricks to keep up with them, thanks to an array of power-up items. Now he can use an air gun to interact with the world, use rocket boots to get around, and glide along zip lines, among other additions. It makes for a less &quot;pure and simple&quot; platforming experience, but not in a bad way.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8MhLbLiMtLs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="900" height="1080" title="The cast of LittleBigPlanet 3" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3_Group_no_logo.png?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quick and dirty </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite all of those extra gameplay possibilities to explore, <em>LittleBigPlanet 3&#39;s</em> campaign is curiously very short and limited in scope. You&#39;ll zip through it in about five hours, and the vast majority of that time is still spent as Sackboy, with the other characters taking the spotlight only for brief interludes here and there.</p> <p>Even so, the levels are often mesmerising and beautifully designed &ndash; and particularly crisp on PlayStation 4 &ndash; and there are very fun moments. But the classic cinema-themed worlds aren&#39;t quite as memorable as those of past games, the story lacks the punch of the hilarious <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-2/review" target="_blank">LittleBigPlanet 2</a>, and it feels very narrow and straightforward. I wanted more content, but also breadth.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review" target="_blank">Sunset Overdrive&nbsp;review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Sackboy now has a zipline-compatible helmet" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3%202014-11-04%20%5B05%5D.jpg?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1920" height="1080" title="LittleBigPlanet 3&#039;s campaign is curiously very short and limited in scope" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3-Gamescom-Screen09_1407756840.png?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make it yourself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, a big part of <em>LittleBigPlanet&#39;s</em> appeal has been its creation tools, which are largely similar here but very much expanded: for example, you can place items on 16 different layers now, whereas the last game had three. Yes, that&#39;s an amazing leap. Getting into the in-depth, nitty-gritty stuff &ndash; like scripting characters and creating games outside the traditional 2D mold &ndash; requires a big chunk of time, but the tools are there if you want them.</p> <p>And if not, at least you can still reap the benefits. <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> supports all of the user-created levels designed for previous entries, so you immediately have access to more than 9 million stages. Crazy, right? Not all of those are winners, obviously, but there&#39;s a veritable lifetime of good, weird, wonderful stuff to sort through, and it&#39;s all totally free. And with the new tools, the levels to come will be even more fabulous.</p> <p>To its credit, new developer Sumo Digital included a series of Popit Academy levels that help impart Creation mode fundamentals. Those alone won&#39;t have you building complex, worthwhile experiences right away, but it&#39;s a welcome and appreciated nudge to help get you started.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review" target="_blank">Dragon Age: Inquisition review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="Building your own levels remains a big part of LittleBigPlanet&#039;s appeal" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3%202014-11-04%20%5B09%5D.jpg?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1920" height="1080" title="Customise your character as well as the world" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3%202014-11-04%20%5B04%5D.jpg?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1920" height="1080" title="The Popit Academy will help you make sense of the Creation Mode&#039;s fundamentals" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3-Gamescom-Screen03_1407756834.png?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The unraveling </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unfortunately, the better parts of <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> are soured by serious bugs. Despite doing the &#39;mandatory updates&#39; prescribed as part of the review process, on multiple occasions I&#39;ve found myself stuck behind an object in the world and unable to progress; I also fell through the world once and had a random full crash to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> dashboard &ndash; the first time I&#39;ve seen a PS4 game do that.</p> <p>Additionally, most of my attempts to connect to other users for online co-op were irritatingly thwarted by &quot;timed out&quot; issues. After <em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/driveclub/review" target="_blank">Driveclub&#39;s</a></em> bumbled launch, it&#39;s sad to see another big PS4 game debut with serious issues still intact.</p> <p>Those bugs may well be squashed before long, but there are also design frustrations &ndash; such as having to rewatch the cinematic from the end of the previous chapter if you pick back up on a saved game at the start of the next one. Or how lengthy, multi-character levels should&#39;ve been split into shorter, individual ones, since losing all your lives deep into an attempt means replaying the entire thing.</p> <p>Co-op play also comes up a little short, which is really surprising. <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> was advertised as offering a unique, distinctive co-op experience due to the four different characters, but most of the levels force all players to use the same hero. Not only is that underwhelming, considering the possibilities on tap, but it reveals other design flaws: such as in a level as Swoop, how the same button used for both swooping and grabbing objects meant a couple of us kept accidentally holding onto each other and dying during a frantic chase sequence. Very frustrating.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/driveclub/review" target="_blank">DriveClub review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="The cast of different characters should offer unique co-op experiences, but you&#039;re often forced to play as the same one" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3%202014-11-04%20%5B12%5D.jpg?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LittleBigPlanet 3 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s a lot to like about <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em>, and even a bit to love; series devotees will want to dive back into this imaginative world, especially on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a>.</p> <p>But its predecessors felt livelier, funnier, and more vital, not to mention better crafted &ndash; and the issues here are both on the surface and found deep within its DNA.</p> <p>That doesn&#39;t make it a must-skip by any stretch of the imagination, but it lacks the essential spark of its wondrous predecessors - and that&#39;s a great shame.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="LittleBigPlanet 3 verdict" alt="LittleBigPlanet 3 verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LBP3-Gamescom-Screen01_1407756832.png?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sackboy&#39;s new-gen debut is prettier and more expansive (in some ways), but also less refined and focused</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lbp3.jpg?1416922384" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review#comments Console games Gaming LittleBigPlanet 3 PlayStation 4 Sumo Digital Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:33:07 +0000 Tom Parsons 1439666 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: Gaming masterclass - become a car-racing god http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promoted-gaming-masterclass-become-car-racing-god/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to destroy your rivals on the virtual track? Our resident Gran Turismo champ Alex Ingram has all the ammo you’ll need… </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/Become-a-sim-racing-god.jpg?1416909341" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promoted-gaming-masterclass-become-car-racing-god/feature#comments Gaming LG Promotion Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:55:42 +0000 Marc McLaren 1453901 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: OK Go releasing album as DNA, Destiny’s first expansion exposed, and the Galaxy S5 fell well short of sales targets http://www.stuff.tv/destiny/fully-charged-ok-go-releasing-album-dna-destiny-s-first-expansion-exposed-and-galaxy-s5-fell <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news you need to start the day off right </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="OK Go" alt="OK Go" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ok-go.jpg?1416900781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OK Go’s new album coming as DNA </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Power pop band OK Go is best known for its elaborate, meme-ready music videos, which have at times <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-legendary-star-wars-games-being-re-released-office-365-subscribers-get-unlim">utilized new technology</a> to create amazing scenes. Now the band plans to innovate in another way, by releasing a very special edition of its new album - called <em>Hungry Ghosts</em> - as DNA.</p> <p>Yes, that DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). The band is working with Sri Kosuri, biochemist at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), whose previous conversion of a book into DNA got their attention. It&rsquo;s a matter of transferring one kind of code (digital) to another (genetic), and the result could merely look like a few drops of water in a vial. Except it&#39;ll have many thousands of copies of the album encoded within.</p> <p>Well, at least that&rsquo;s what it <em>might</em> look like, if they can sort out the logistics. &ldquo;Legally speaking, it&rsquo;s unclear whether we will be able to sell the DNA to anyone, or how we would physically get it to them,&rdquo; said singer Damian Kulash to the New Yorker. &ldquo;Obviously, it&rsquo;s an artistic gesture and a scientific project, not the most efficient way to actually buy our album.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/24/petri-dish-pop">The New Yorker</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-legendary-star-wars-games-being-re-released-office-365-subscribers-get-unlim">Fully Charged: Legendary Star Wars games being re-released, Office 365 users get unlimited OnDrive storage, and Elon Musk sees A.I. as a threat</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny’s first expansion exposed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re still hooked on Bungie&rsquo;s amazing online shooter, <em>Destiny</em> (like we are), then you&rsquo;re no doubt looking forward to digging into <em>The Dark Below</em>, the first big expansion pack. It&rsquo;s due out on 9 December, and above you&rsquo;ll find an official deep dive into what it entails, including new story content, multiplayer maps, and customization options.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6saWAcGizxU">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6saWAcGizxU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Galaxy S5 sales missed targets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report out of The Wall Street Journal this week, Samsung&rsquo;s current flagship smartphone - the Galaxy S5 - significantly underperformed compared to both the previous model and the company&rsquo;s own expectations.</p> <p>Samsung produced 20% more initial units of the S5 than it did for the S4, but sales were about 40% less than expected - about 12 millions units reached consumers in the first three months, while the S4 sold 16 million in the same span. Do the math, and it sounds like several million handsets were &ldquo;piling up in warehouses,&rdquo; says the report, forcing Samsung to amp up its marketing spend to get them moving.</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s recent third-quarter profits were down 60% on plummeting smartphone sales, and an executive recently admitted that Samsung would streamline its device portfolio next year. We found the Galaxy S5 to be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">another excellent phone</a>, but &ldquo;it doesn&rsquo;t quite go above and beyond&rdquo; compared to some more exciting competitors, says our review. Hopefully the S6 can make a bigger leap.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/samsung-considering-shake-up-in-management-1416783847">The Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/24/7273817/samsung-management-shakeup">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review">Samsung Galaxy S6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-official.jpg?1416900781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Batman: Arkham Knight trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Batman: Arkham Knight</em> is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2015, and thanks to this new clip, we have a litany of fresh reasons as to why. It&rsquo;s the first of three new trailers (the next is due in a week) spotlighting the Ace Chemicals Infiltration mission, and it serves up more than three minutes of trimmed gameplay and cinematic footage that focuses only on the awesome-looking stuff. So, pretty much all of it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPXtuCDp47s">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman: Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jPXtuCDp47s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/destiny/fully-charged-ok-go-releasing-album-dna-destiny-s-first-expansion-exposed-and-galaxy-s5-fell#comments Console games Destiny Galaxy S5 Gaming Music Samsung Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453887 at http://www.stuff.tv Dragon Age: Inquisition http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BioWare’s fantasy roleplaying series hits its stride in a truly epic third instalment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dragon Age: Inquisition" alt="Dragon Age: Inquisition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/dragon-age-inquisition-demon.jpg?1416855341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>BioWare is the king of roleplaying games. From <em>Baldur&rsquo;s Gate</em> and <em>Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic</em> to <em>Jade Empire</em> and the <em>Mass Effect</em> trilogy, the Canadian developer has honed its craft, delivering games that blend compelling interactive storytelling with tactical combat, exploration and character development.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £40.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4. Also available on PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let me tell you a story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em> is a giant game offering up around 80 hours of playing time, but at its heart is a single story: that of a hitherto unremarkable human/elf/dwarf/qunari (you) that becomes instrumental in shaping the world of Thedas. When a summit between warring factions ends in lots of death and destruction and the opening of rifts between the real world and the demon-infested Fade, your character finds out he/she has a newfound special gift that has the potential to avert true disaster.</p> <p>The game follows you as you come to terms with your growing power and responsibility and gather enough strength &ndash; through gaining allies and conquering new areas of the huge game world &ndash; to tackle the deadly threat. Along the way you&rsquo;ll take over and rebuild an enormous castle, travel to other dimensions, broker peace in a civil war, gain (and possibly lose) fully fleshed-out friends and, should you play your cards right, hop into bed with a hot elf or two. Your choices in quests and conversations matter &ndash; maybe not as much as they did in&nbsp;<em>Mass Effect</em>, but they do mean if you play through the game more than once (oh, to have the time) your story will be somewhat different each time.</p> <p>And that&rsquo;s just the main quest (we won&rsquo;t spoil things by going into specifics). There are dozens of side quests that can be taken on &ndash; or ignored entirely. Many of these are essentially fetch, collection or &ldquo;kill this guy&rdquo; quests, but the nature of the game means you can fulfil many of them while undertaking more important tasks &ndash; and all quests reward you with something, be it an increase in stats, a special weapon or piece of armour, or one of the game&rsquo;s special resources such as Power or Influence (used to open up new quests and locations or develop your abilities).</p> <p>If you haven&#39;t played the previous <em>Dragon Age</em> titles, it&#39;s no big deal &ndash; your protagonist here is a new character in a brand new story that just happens to be set in the same world. That said, there are callbacks and nods to the previous games, and the reappearance of some characters &ndash; something veterans of the series will likely appreciate.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review" target="_blank">Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="You&#039;ll face an existential threat – but also spend time picking grasses" alt="You&#039;ll face an existential threat – but also spend time picking grasses" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-corypheus.jpg?1416855341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="675" title="As with most BioWare games, romance is always on the cards" alt="As with most BioWare games, romance is always on the cards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-romance.jpg?1416855341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1920" height="1080" title="Conversations are well written and acted" alt="Conversations are well written and acted" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-varric.jpg?1416855341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="675" title="The character creation scope is huge. Recognise this Mother of Dragons we made?" alt="The character creation scope is huge. Recognise this Mother of Dragons we made?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-danaerys.jpg?1416855341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What a wonderful world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This isn&rsquo;t an open world game as such. Unlike, say, <em>Skyrim</em>, you can&rsquo;t wander from one side of <em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em>&rsquo;s map to the other without a loading screen. But it is larger than previous BioWare games, thanks to many of its locations being absolutely huge.</p> <p>The first wilderness area you visit, the Hinterlands, is itself bigger than many open world games &ndash; and there are several other areas of a similar size, as well as smaller, non-combat locations such as the Orlesian capital city of Val Royeux and Skyhold, the mountaintop fortress that becomes your base of operations. And by and large you can travel back and forth between these areas at will, making your movements during the game decidedly non-linear.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s a beautiful world to explore. The different locations &ndash; a creepy marshland here, a sweeping desert there &ndash; showcase BioWare&rsquo;s brilliant knack for creating places where it&rsquo;s tempting merely to walk around and look at the scenery. But then a monster will appear and you have to hit it with your sword, which brings us nicely to...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="The game offers a wide variety of environments and huge scope for exploration" alt="The game offers a wide variety of environments and huge scope for exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-party-2.jpg?1416855341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Action or tactical? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <em>Dragon Age</em> series was always billed as the spiritual successor to BioWare and Interplay&rsquo;s Infinity Engine games, which featured combat that sat somewhere between turn-based and real-time: you could pause the game, take your time checking out enemies&rsquo; strengths and weaknesses, issue orders to each of your party members and then un-pause to see them play out. PC gamers got a similar mode with <em>Dragon Age: Origins</em> (it wasn&rsquo;t included in the console editions), but in <em>Dragon Age II</em> it was real-time all the way. <em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em> has brought it back, across both PC and console editions.</p> <p>You can have up to four characters in your party, and at any time you can enter the Tactical Camera mode and issue orders to each, hold another button to advance time a bit, and release it to issue more orders when the first wave have been completed. The camera, which usually affords a standard third-person view, can be pulled back to view the battlefield in its entirety.</p> <p>Sounds great, doesn&rsquo;t it? Sadly it doesn&rsquo;t work all that well: you can&rsquo;t stack orders, and on PS4 at least the controls feel less than intuitive. It&rsquo;s all a bit wooly, which had me reverting to real-time combat. Here you control one member of your party while the others are AI controlled. Their behaviour (which powers they use most often etc.) can be tweaked in the menus, and in general I found that this worked well enough for most battles.</p> <p>It helps that the combat (at least on the normal difficulty setting, which I used) is incredibly easy. Unless you stray into an area full of enemies that are several levels higher than you, you&rsquo;ll rarely find a fight particularly challenging. Stick it on hard if you want to have to think a bit more about your battles, but even then don&rsquo;t expect every fight to push you to your tactical limits. My own character has reached a point where he can easily beat high dragons &ndash; ostensibly the game&rsquo;s toughest battles &ndash; on his own, even after the rest of his party are unconscious.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank">Far Cry 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="The combat is a bit of a free-for-all, and the tactical mode doesn&#039;t help much" alt="The combat is a bit of a free-for-all, and the tactical mode doesn&#039;t help much" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-combat-1.jpg?1416855341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="675" title="Dragon fights are pretty much optional, but yield powerful loot" alt="Dragon fights are pretty much optional, but yield powerful loot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-dragon-fight.jpg?1416855341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dragon Age: Inquisition verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While combat proves to be something of a disappointment, it&rsquo;s just one aspect of a game that will keep most players happily busy for hours on end.</p> <p>I haven&rsquo;t even touched on many of its other facets: the crafting system that lets you create special armour and weapons; the way in which you can recruit agents to perform special missions (not seen, usually, but described in text); the insane levels of well-written background lore available to you through the game&rsquo;s Codex; the above-average voice acting and the hours and hours of spoken dialogue from a wonderful cast of characters; the subtle way in which you gradually feel your character becoming more and more powerful as his or her organisation &ndash; the titular Inquisition &ndash; expands its power base.</p> <p>There&#39;s even a multiplayer mode in which you team up with up to three other players for special battles against computer-controlled foes.</p> <p><em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em>&nbsp;may not be the perfect RPG &ndash; it&rsquo;s merely a very, very good one &ndash; but for RPG fans so far starved through the PS4 and Xbox One generation it will be precisely the game to keep them company through these cold, dark winter months. And its vast scale and replayability mean its appeal may endure well beyond that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Your companions are a varied and well-fleshed out bunch" alt="Your companions are a varied and well-fleshed out bunch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dragon-age-inquisition-crew-2.jpg?1416855341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Adventure, exploration and storytelling on a truly epic scale. An RPG with mass appeal &ndash; and only a few disappointments</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review#comments Bioware Console games Dragon Age: Inquisition Gaming Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:55:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1453838 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: These are the 8 best mobile games of the year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steel your thumbs and fire up your touchscreens – the best gaming apps of the year will have you swiping and tapping like a maniac </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="604" height="453" title="The 8 best mobile games of the year" alt="The 8 best mobile games of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014_5.jpg?1416849073" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Although we love our console games, you can&rsquo;t take them with you on the bus.</p> <p>So we turn to our smartphone games to keep us company on our commutes, to kill time when you&rsquo;re queuing and to generally block out the cold grey world.&nbsp;</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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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"> Monument Valley </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many mobile games can leave you feeling slightly jaded. Not Monument Valley. This iOS and Android title immerses you in a world of delicate visual wonder, as you guide princess Ida around Escher-like architecture, shifting columns and creating impossible pathways. Each artful level is handcrafted, unique and a feast for your eyes. This is one to savour, particularly as the quest itself does not last long.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-monument-valley/review" target="_blank">Monument Valley 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/vUABzeh55hQ" 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"> BioShock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Everyone&rsquo;s favourite Libertarian underwater dystopia has been rebuilt for your iPhone this year, bringing gunplay, gorgeously decayed Art Deco settings and philosophical pondering to your commute. Yes, the touchscreen controls take a bit of getting used to (though you can always connect a gamepad), but the fact that they&#39;ve managed to cram a previous-gen console title into your pencil-thin iThing is frankly mind-boggling.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bioshock-ios/review" target="_blank">Bioshock iOS 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/7HAyShZw6mM" 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"> The Nightmare Cooperative </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With flesh-eating giant snails, pools of acid and many more ways to die, the Nightmare Cooperative is a scary place to spend your commute. A sliding puzzler similar to Threes! the aim is to raid dungeons without unlocking too many monsters. The gameplay, although uniquely brilliant, can be rather cruel and may involve sacrificing your teammates &lsquo;for the greater good&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review" target="_blank">The Nightmare Cooperative 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/Nv0T3tw-luk" 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"> Eliss Infinity </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 one&rsquo;s for you, organisational ogres and neat-freaks. Eliss Infinity puts you in charge of a small section of the universe to keep tidy, and then lobs planets, vortexes and space storms at you at an alarming rate. Your success relies on a gold medal-winning performance of finger gymnastics, plus sheer determination to keep going despite the deluge.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-eliss-infinity/review" target="_blank">Eliss Infinity 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/VuKGJyJZY7s" 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"> Hitman GO </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re after a bloodbath, look elsewhere. But if you&rsquo;re partial to a bit of strategy or Cluedo, this chin-stroking reworking of the Hitman series may be just the thing. To work your crafty way around the board game-like grid, sneak up on the bad guys or distract them by throwing rocks. There are no time limits, so there&rsquo;s no need to get flustered.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-hitman-go/review" target="_blank">Hitman GO 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/l9kJxrLSwHU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Threes! </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Stuff team is so addicted to Threes! that it&rsquo;s a wonder we get anything done at all. On the face of it, it&rsquo;s pretty simple: you merge number cards to get as higher total as possible; with new cards added each time you make a move. Add in some cute catchphrases and you&rsquo;ve got yourself a 4am mad swipe-fest.</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!</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/YonTc2jLXEA" 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 Room Two </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The most exciting game you&#39;ll ever play that involves opening a box, the much-anticipated sequel to The Room challenges you with more ambitious environments and multi-layered puzzles than its predecessor. Now there are multiple rooms with clues scattered throughout and each chapter is set in a particular location such as a ship or jungle. You can manipulate artefacts using swipes, pinches and double-taps, although it&rsquo;s easy to fumble &ndash; the oppressive atmosphere puts you on edge.</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/CbGaddIZzVs" 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 Walking Dead season 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike most zombie-infested games, in The Walking Dead you&#39;ll have to put down your gun and get out your tissues; things are about to get emotional. A brilliant extension of the Walking Dead universe, this episodic game focuses on the difficult decisions young Clementine has to make in order to find safety and survive, now that she&rsquo;s all alone. Sob. Or not&hellip;</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/3RkuY03QCVs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature#comments Android games Apps and Games Gadget Awards 2014 Gaming iOS games Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:08:16 +0000 Stephen Graves 1453849 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: First Jurassic World teaser, Evolve’s add-on maps will be free, and Google’s Internet balloons can last for months http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/fully-charged-first-jurassic-world-teaser-evolve-s-add-maps-are-free-and-google-s-internet-ba <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the news you missed over the weekend, now in easily digestible chunks </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="Jurassic World" alt="Jurassic World" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jurassic-world-teaser.jpg?1416875009" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jurassic World teaser released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The&nbsp;<em>Jurassic Park</em>&nbsp;franchise will return to cinemas after a 14-year breather - probably for the best following&nbsp;<em>Jurassic Park III</em>&nbsp;- next summer with&nbsp;<em>Jurassic World</em>, and over the weekend, Universal Pictures released the first teaser trailer for the film.</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t show a whole lot, but you&rsquo;ll catch a quick glimpse of the new park&rsquo;s updated tech, as well as Chris Pratt as the lead character, a staff member at Jurassic Park. While short, the teaser only really has to capture your attention for a few days: a full-sized trailer is expected to debut later this week.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvu-zlR5A8Q">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-best-movie-cgi-effects-ever/news">25 best movie CGI effects ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bvu-zlR5A8Q" 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"> Evolve’s add-on maps won’t cost anything </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We just posted&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/evolve-hands-preview/review">our hands-on preview of&nbsp;<em>Evolve</em></a>, and now there&rsquo;s even more reason to be excited about February&rsquo;s co-op hunters-vs-monsters shooter: all of the post-release downloadable maps will be released free to all players.</p> <p>In an era of pricey map packs and paid season passes, that&rsquo;s a welcome breath of fresh air. Turtle Rock Studios creative director Phil Robb confirmed the news to IGN, saying the development team decided, &ldquo;We can&#39;t break the community up, so all of our maps will be free. We never want anyone to get booted off of a server because they haven&#39;t bought something.&rdquo;</p> <p>Granted, not&nbsp;<em>everything</em>&nbsp;released for the game after the initial launch will be free: additional hunters and monsters will be sold to extend the experience beyond new locales. But even if you don&rsquo;t buy those pieces, you&rsquo;ll still be able to play alongside and against those characters - just not&nbsp;<em>as</em>&nbsp;them.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/11/21/all-dlc-maps-for-evolve-will-be-available-free-of-charge">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The 25 most anticipated games of 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Wu6W0v6wNf4" 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"> Google’s Internet balloons make strides </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 wants to bring Internet to the billions of people around the world who still live without it, and the company hopes to do through Project Loon, an ambitious project using access-providing balloons. But these are no ordinary balloons, and Google has apparently made strides over the last year of active development.</p> <p>According to Google, the current balloons can last 10 times longer in the stratosphere than last year&rsquo;s model, with many floating 100 days or more - the longest so far has been 130 days. Google has also refined the manufacturing side of things, and each balloon can be automatically filled in about five minutes, with the company able to launch up to 20 balloons per day.</p> <p>Thus far, Project Loon balloons have traveled more than 3 million kilometers, although it&rsquo;s unclear just when the project will become widely available for areas without more traditional Internet access options.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://plus.google.com/+ProjectLoon/posts/dqHoYWHjHxy">Google</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/21/google-project-loon-improvements/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-almost-built-jetpack/news">Google almost built a jetpack</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="Project Loon" alt="Project Loon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-project-loon.jpg?1416875009" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/evolve/fully-charged-first-jurassic-world-teaser-evolve-s-add-maps-are-free-and-google-s-internet-ba#comments Evolve Film and TV Gaming Google Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453787 at http://www.stuff.tv Evolve hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/evolve-hands-preview/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Left 4 Dead developer&#039;s new co-op shooter aims to advance the genre </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="Friday nights in Woking were never much fun" alt="Evolve review PlayStation 4 Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/evolve-playstation-xbox-review-01.jpg?1416751381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Evolve</em> may be the biggest 2015 release that nobody knows about.</p> <p>Alright, so that&#39;s not entirely true: tuned-in gamers are aware of it, and they certainly know the pedigree of the development team at Turtle Rock Studios, which created co-op classic <em>Left 4 Dead</em> several years ago.</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"> Choose a side </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Left 4 Dead</em> pit a team of four survivors against a seemingly endless horde of zombies. In <em>Evolve</em>, there&#39;s only one main enemy: a massive, hulking beast that can climb walls, fling rocks, breath fire, and inflict all sorts of other nastiness on you and your comparatively diminutive human crew.</p> <p>But here&#39;s the catch: there&#39;s actually someone controlling that monster. Indeed, <em>Evolve</em> blends the cooperative and competitive sides of multiplayer action, pitting one extremely powerful monster against four well-armed, but very small and smashable hunters that can work together to take it down.</p> <p>It&#39;s asymmetrical multiplayer: almost the kind of game that would&#39;ve worked perfectly in a local setting with the Wii U and its second screen. Or at least it would in an alternate universe in which people bought the Wii U and third-party developers didn&#39;t flee. Instead, <em>Evolve</em> serves up its thrills online for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC gamers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/got-playstation-tv-play-these-12-games-first/feature">The first 12 games you should play on PlayStation TV</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Big gun, bigger monster" alt="Evolve review PlayStation 4 Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evolve-playstation-xbox-review-05.jpg?1416751381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Be the beast </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Evolve</em> will offer a handful of different monsters to embody in the online battles, and in the Big Alpha test, I had a chance to try out the Goliath and Kraken. The goal in the couple of available stages &nbsp;was to level up in the match by eating smaller animals, and then take down the massive generator in each jungle-like environment while avoiding the wits and weapons of the humans.</p> <p>In terms of sheer power, the monsters have the upper hand by a wide margin. As Goliath, you can breathe fire, charge into humans, and leap into the air and crush them with a well-aimed smash. The Kraken, on the other hand, succeeds through agility, as it can fly through the world and more easily evade coordinated attacks &ndash; but it can still whip out crazy electrical assaults when needed.</p> <p>You get a short head start at the beginning of the match to devour wildlife and start leveling up, but it&#39;s best early on to avoid seeking out the four hunters and entering a showdown; you&#39;re better served staying in the shadows and powering up in preparation for a certain battle. These matches don&#39;t end quickly unless the monster makes itself seen right away.</p> <p>It&#39;s a terribly tense feeling being the monster. Disregarding the fact that you&#39;re controlling a super-powered monstrosity, the pressure is immense. Yes, there&#39;s a sense of elation to crushing the puny humans and destroying their generator, but on the flipside, losing the fight as a one-person team to four champions is downright embarrassing. Your emotional outcome is the surprising high-stakes gamble at the heart of <em>Evolve</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review">Far Cry 4 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/Wu6W0v6wNf4" 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"> Together as one </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 you don&#39;t stand much of a chance against the monster on your own, it&#39;s not so bad being a hunter in <em>Evolve</em>. You&#39;re assigned a player class &ndash; you can set your order of preference before starting up &ndash; and there will be three characters available in each, with distinctive weapons, abilities, and personalities setting them apart.</p> <p>The Assault class is all about heavy firepower: miniguns, flamethrowers, and the like, with the task of doing the most damage to the monster. The Medic has long-range weapons, but is mostly tasked with healing, while the Support class can shield allies while using a rocket launcher or laser gun.</p> <p>It&#39;s the Trapper that proves the most unique class on offer in Evolve, as it can set up an electronic holding cell of sorts to keep a monster confined to a certain area and initiate a brutal blastathon. But all four players must work together and utilise their special capabilities to have any real shot against the Kraken, Goliath, or any of the other beasts that&#39;ll appear in the final game.</p> <p>Staying close, reviving allies as quickly as possible, using your jetpack fuel wisely, and hoping at least one member of your team survives long enough to trigger the next airdrop &ndash; in which killed teammates are brought back into the fray &ndash; is key. But avoiding contact with the monster for too long gives it the opportunity to destroy the generator, so it&#39;s a constant tug-of-war of priorities. Naturally, that makes for extremely compelling action.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature">13 weird simulation games you won&#39;t believe actually exist</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="Each human class has different skills" alt="Evolve review PlayStation 4 Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evolve-playstation-xbox-review-02.jpg?1416751381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Pre-spring showdown </div> </div> </div> <div class="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>Evolve</em> probably wouldn&#39;t have had as much of a chance to shine in its original late 2014 release window, but 2K Games wisely opted to wait until after the new year to launch its property. And the Big Alpha definitely did the job of getting players hyped for its impending debut on 10 February 2015 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.</p> <p>For a long weekend with a small slice of the full game, <em>Evolve</em>&#39;s humans against monsters premise held its own &ndash; but I&#39;m particularly curious to see if the concept can retain players&#39; attention in a larger package and over a much longer span of time. At least the initial, concentrated dose proved very strong indeed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The most anticipated games of 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Evolve will be out in Feb 2015" alt="Evolve review PlayStation 4 Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evolve-playstation-xbox-review-04.jpg?1416751381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/evolve-hands-preview/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/evolve-hands-preview/review#comments Evolve Gaming PC PlayStation 4 Xbox One Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:02:48 +0000 Marc McLaren 1453673 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony PlayStation TV http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-tv/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s tiny box of game-streaming tricks shows potential, but does it do enough to justify its price? </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="Sony PlayStation TV" alt="Sony PlayStation TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/PSTV_main.jpg?1416583752" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When <em>Stuff</em> gave the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4 its five-star review</a> last October its Remote Play features stood out as a sign of a console with plans for the future. But unless you&rsquo;re a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review" target="_blank">Vita</a> owner (there are some out there, right?) it&rsquo;s a function that&rsquo;s so far gone largely unused.</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"> £85.00 </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">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Absolutely tiny </div> <div class="field-item even"> PS4 streaming works well </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Decent range of old games available </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"> Not enough streaming services </div> <div class="field-item even"> Too laggy for online multiplayer </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Vita games not fully optimised </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now we have PlayStation TV &ndash; a tiny box that allows you to replicate your PS4&rsquo;s screen on another TV in the house by streaming it over your home network. It&#39;ll play a truly massive selection of Vita, PSP and PSone games, too.</p> <p>So is it the PS4&rsquo;s first must-have accessory, or a missed opportunity?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/got-playstation-tv-play-these-12-games-first/feature" target="_blank">Got a PlayStation TV? Play these 12 games first</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"> Livin’ la Vita loca </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>PlayStation TV is essentially a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review" target="_blank">Vita</a> without the screen, onboard controls or battery, which means it&rsquo;s very small. You plug it into your telly using the supplied HDMI cable and use a PlayStation controller (DualShock 3 or 4 will work) to navigate its Vita-style menus.</p> <p>The anonymous black box isn&rsquo;t much to look at but it makes Sky&rsquo;s Now TV box or Apple TV look decidedly chunky, plus it weighs just enough that you won&rsquo;t think you&rsquo;ve spent &pound;85 on a box full of random wires and magic fluff.</p> <p>Sony recommends you use ethernet to hard wire it to your network. While we tried it like that (see box out) we figured most people don&rsquo;t have their router very close to their second TV and even fewer have ethernet pipes plumbed into the walls, so we&rsquo;ve done most of the testing unplugged and over Wi-Fi using a <a href="http://www.linksys.com/en-eu/products/gateways/x3000" target="_blank">Linksys X3000 Wireless-N router</a>. If PS TV is supposed to be a gadget of convenience it should be treated like one.</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="4912" height="3264" title="PlayStation TV" alt="PlayStation TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC04563.JPG?1416583752" /> </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="4912" height="3264" title="PlayStation TV" alt="PlayStation TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC04581.JPG?1416583752" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Laggy trousers? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the network doing minimal heavy lifting (some simultaneous web browsing, a FaceTime call, playing music from Spotify) it streams from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4</a> without much fuss, although it frequently takes more than one attempt to make the initial connection. There&rsquo;s a barely perceptible hint of latency but nothing that makes games unplayable. We were able to play <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/review" target="_blank"><em>FIFA 15</em></a> against the computer without it affecting our finely tuned one-touch passing game too much.</p> <p>Online we had more trouble. Playing <em>FIFA</em> against a friend it felt a bit like we&rsquo;d had a few pints, with reaction time of the players to our inputs noticeably slowed down. Then again perhaps it was our players that had been down the pub. It probably didn&rsquo;t help that a film was being streamed on Netflix elsewhere in the house but that&rsquo;s real-world testing for you.</p> <p>Switching to a game that relies on fewer inputs, we fired up <em>GTA V</em>&rsquo;s new first-person mode (above) and set about causing chaos in Los Santos. Aside from the downgrade to 720p graphics, the responsiveness is such that you&rsquo;d be forgiven for thinking the PS4 was connected directly to the TV, even with two videos streaming on another computer. Driving is twitchy (as it is when you play on a PS4) and when you come off a bike you can almost feel the warm asphalt connect with Franklin&rsquo;s face.</p> <p>Basically it&rsquo;s a no-go for competitive multiplayer but if someone interrupts your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank"><em>Far Cry 4</em></a> campaign and you really can&rsquo;t wait to keep playing, you can happily switch to PS TV without your saved game suffering - just try not to use too big a TV or you&rsquo;ll have to take a more noticeable graphical hit.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank">Far Cry 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1080" title="GTA V" alt="GTA V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_112.jpg?1416583752" /> </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="4912" height="3264" title="Connecting to PS4" alt="Connecting to PS4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC04564.JPG?1416583752" /> </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="4912" height="3264" title="Destiny" alt="Destiny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC04570.JPG?1416583752" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wiring up is hard to do (but worth it if you can) </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>I&#39;m lucky to have a flat with ethernet in every room, plus a fairly outrageously speedy internet connection, and that&#39;s obviously the way I tested out the PS TV when Mr. Wiggins allowed me a few days with it.</p> <p>In fact, I tried it fully wired, then through a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.netgear.co.uk/home/products/networking/powerline/" target="_blank">Netgear Powerline AV500</a>&nbsp;setup, and finally tried the Wi-Fi connection. And I&#39;m actually very impressed by how consistent the performance was.</p> <p>Like Tom W, I found the lag to be largely unnoticeable across all three connections. With Wi-Fi there seemed to be the odd flaw in the smoothness of the playback (as if occasionally a frame was dropped), but it&#39;s still a much more solid experience than you get with Remote Play on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact</a>&nbsp;and even the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review" target="_blank">Vita</a>&nbsp;itself.</p> <p>I&#39;d still recommend going for a wired or Powerline setup if you can, though. That extra smoothness and reliability can be a matter of (virtual) life and death.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out 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> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Console yourself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As a standalone micro console it does a decent enough job. There&rsquo;s a slot for any Vita games you might already own, a whole catalogue of old PlayStation games available to download and it comes with a voucher for three free games: <em>OlliOlli</em>, <em>Velocity Ultra</em> and <em>Worms Revolution Extreme</em>. Fun, but hardly the kind of games that make PlayStation TV a must-buy gadget.</p> <p>Without any work to port them to a device without a touchscreen the transition isn&rsquo;t entirely seamless either. We downloaded <em>Hotline Miami</em>, which we&rsquo;d previously bought for the Vita, and it made references to &lsquo;dragging the screen&rsquo; which didn&rsquo;t have much effect when we tried it on our seven-year-old 19in TV.</p> <p>You can&rsquo;t argue with <em>Fez</em>, <em>Spelunky</em> and the aforementioned top-down massacre &lsquo;em up but when installing just two of those games takes up over 600MB of the PS TV&rsquo;s 1GB onboard storage you&rsquo;re going to run out of room before you can say &ldquo;thankfully it&rsquo;s got a memory card slot for expandable storage&rdquo;.</p> <p>But when all of these games are often just as easily played on a PS3 you do have to wonder if it&rsquo;s worth buying a second-hand one instead, especially considering the Blu-ray skills and huge catalogue of still brilliant games available for 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="2400" height="1750" title="Any port in a storm" alt="PlayStation TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PSTV_Black_RearPers_1407763833.jpg?1416583752" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Sweet streams aren’t made of this </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 streamer it&rsquo;s also far too limited right now. There&rsquo;s no Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, iPlayer or any of the terrestrial catch-up services, meaning you&rsquo;re restricted to what&rsquo;s on the PlayStation Store. Oh, and it&rsquo;s standard-def only. Try to fire up Netflix or iPlayer from the PS4 and you&rsquo;ll get an error message telling you they&rsquo;re not supported. In order to stream in HD you&rsquo;d have to access the store via the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> and then stream it to the PS TV, and that just feels like a step too far for a few extra pixels.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not the end of the world but you can get far more choice and better value for money from much cheaper boxes, albeit ones that don&rsquo;t stream games from your PS4. Sony told us they were looking into making the existing PS4 versions of the apps compatible with Remote Play, or getting device-specific apps ported over for the new box.</p> <p>Either way it&rsquo;s impossible to shake the feeling that PlayStation TV has launched without really being quite ready. For something that&rsquo;s been available in Japan for a year already that&rsquo;s just not good enough.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 30 Best Things to Watch on Netflix 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="7087" height="3750" title="Vita menu" alt="Vita menu" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DS4_PSTV_TV%20PSV%20screen_1402366846.png?1416583752" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> PlayStation TV 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>Playstation TV&rsquo;s USP is second-screen gaming and on that front there really is nothing else out there like it.</p> <p>If your main TV is regularly contested territory and you have a sturdy network this is a much easier option than unplugging your PS4 and decamping to a different room whenever you don&rsquo;t win custody of the living room.</p> <p>Whether that&rsquo;s worth &pound;85, though, is a different matter entirely. The performance is impressive but there&#39;s just enough compromise for it to be avoided when playing multiplayer, and the drop in resolution is noticeable if you&#39;re on a second-room TV that isn&#39;t tiny.</p> <p>If it also had a load of video streaming services built-in we&#39;d be very tempted, but as it is this pony has too few tricks for a wholehearted recommendation.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/got-playstation-tv-play-these-12-games-first/feature" target="_blank">Got a PlayStation TV? Play these 12 games first</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="2400" height="1750" title="PS TV verdict" alt="PlayStation TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PSTV_Black_withDS4_1407763835.jpg?1416583752" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The potential is there but PlayStation TV doesn&rsquo;t yet do enough to justify its price tag</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> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-tv/review#comments Games Machines Gaming PlayStation 4 PlayStation Vita Sony Streaming Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:54:04 +0000 Tom Wiggins 1453670 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Paul McCartney concert for Google Cardboard, a truly amazing Kinect tech demo, and free Shadow of Mordor DLC adds female lead http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-paul-mccartney-live-concert-google-cardboard-truly-amazing-kinect-tech-demo-and- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t start the weekend without reading our latest collection of bite-sized news morsels </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="Paul McCartney concert for Google Cardboard" alt="Paul McCartney concert for Google Cardboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/paul-mccartney-cardboard.jpg?1416555181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paul McCartney concert VR footage released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve bothered to set up Google Cardboard - or obtained <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-volvo-s-google-cardboard-test-drive-sharp-s-736ppi-phone-display-and-all-wp8-lu">one from Volvo</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/google-io-2014/fully-charged-google-s-cardboard-vr-helmet-evolve-leads-e3-critic-awards-nomin">Google&rsquo;s I/O conference</a> this year - and have a compatible Android handset, then Jaunt has a rather cool treat for you on Google Play: VR-capable concert footage from Paul McCartney.</p> <p>You can watch Macca play &ldquo;Live and Let Die&rdquo; with a full 360-degree 3D perspective and &ldquo;immersive audio&rdquo; promised for the performance. It&rsquo;s just one song, but it&rsquo;s a free download, and phone-based VR users aren&rsquo;t exactly swimming in worthwhile content right now.</p> <p>Google Play user reviews are strongly positive thus far, so if you&rsquo;ve got the gear, don&rsquo;t miss it. And it&rsquo;s apparently coming to Oculus Rift on PC and Mac at some point, so there&rsquo;s something to look forward to on the horizon for those users, as well.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jauntvr.preview.mccartney">Google Play</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/free-google-cardboard-app-lets-you-stand-on-stage-with-1661047461">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</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"> Check out this amazing Kinect tech demo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="295" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/112193826?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;badge=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Microsoft more or less kicked the Kinect to the curb after <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-be-sold-without-kinect-june/news">unbundling it from the Xbox One</a> after the first several months of release. But while meaningful games are few and consumer enthusiasm has waned, at least some people out there are using the hardware to produce very cool sights.</p> <p>Like &ldquo;Momentum&rdquo; here, an art project from Schnellebuntebilder and Kling Klang Klong that turns the subject in view of the Kinect camera into many, many thousands of tiny cubes as he spins around. Stick through the video to catch another stunning lighting effect, but we can&rsquo;t shake how amazing the first one looks. We&rsquo;d pay a couple quid to download that on our Xbox One. Get on it, Microsoft!</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.schnellebuntebilder.de/#/fourxfour/momentum/">Schnellebuntebilder</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/20/kinect-particle-art/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/e3-2014/kinect-dead-long-live-kinect/feature">Kinect is dead? Long live Kinect!</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Free Shadow of Mordor DLC released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Whether you&rsquo;ve already played the best J.R.R. Tolkien game in recent memory or have been waiting for another good reason to do so, here&rsquo;s reason to celebrate: Warner Bros. and Monolith have just released the free <em>Power of Defiance</em> DLC pack for <em>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</em>, which adds a female playable character.</p> <p>You can take the role of Lithariel, Queen of Nurn and daughter of Lady Marwen, in both the campaign and the newly-added challenge mode created just for her. Commandeering her in the adventure apparently doesn&rsquo;t change the narrative or cut-scenes around her, as it&rsquo;s simply a new skin for the existing character, but at least you&rsquo;ll have her throughout the rest of the experience. It&#39;s available now for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC versions of the game.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/11/20/7254929/play-middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-as-a-woman">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review">Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 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="672" title="Power of Defiance DLC" alt="Power of Defiance DLC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shadowofmordor-defiance.JPG?1416555181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony drops Steve Jobs biopic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a surprising move, Sony has opted not to continue development on the Steve Jobs film based on a script by Aaron Sorkin, adapted from the Walter Isaacson biography. The project - not to be confused with the rough Ashton Kutcher flick from a couple years back - has cycled through multiple intended leads and directors in recent months.</p> <p>However, this isn&rsquo;t the end. Deadline reports that Universal is about to lock down a deal to pick up where Sony left off, and that such an agreement should be completed today. Danny Boyle is set to direct, while Michael Fassbender is reportedly the latest target to portray Jobs, after actors like Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio declined.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://deadline.com/2014/11/steve-jobs-sony-pictures-turnaround-universal-1201289686/">Deadline</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-christian-bale-probably-won-t-play-steve-jobs-wwe-network-launch-delayed-and-gra">Fully Charged: Christian Bale probably won&rsquo;t play Steve Jobs, WWE Network launch delayed, and Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack hitting vinyl</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="Steve Jobs" alt="Steve Jobs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stevejobs-upclose.jpg?1416555181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-paul-mccartney-live-concert-google-cardboard-truly-amazing-kinect-tech-demo-and-#comments Apple Film and TV Gaming Kinect Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453653 at http://www.stuff.tv Game of Thrones episodic game series features TV voice cast, five intertwined stories http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones-episodic-game-series-features-tv-voice-cast-five-intertwined-stories/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Based on the smash HBO series, Telltale’s first episode is expected out soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series" alt="Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/telltale-gameofthrones-screen.jpg?1416523113" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Telltale Games established itself as a master of episodic video game storytelling with <em>The Walking Dead</em>, and for its next trick, the studio is teaming with one of the best shows on television today.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;ll play as not one, but five different characters, all of whom are members of House Forrester either as family or someone in service of the House. The characters, who have yet to be named, will be found all around Westeros and Essos, and the game promises to spotlight both familiar show locations and new ones, as well.</p> <p>Best of all is the tease that decisions made across the five different perspectives will affect the others and the wider House Forrester - and Telltale has shown that it can brilliantly turn player choices into gripping narrative. (If you haven&rsquo;t played <a href="http://www.telltalegames.com/walkingdead/season1/"><em>The Walking Dead</em></a> or <a href="http://www.telltalegames.com/thewolfamongus/"><em>The Wolf Among Us</em></a>, seriously, now is the time.)</p> <p>Telltale hasn&rsquo;t issued a proper release date for the first episode, but it&rsquo;s expected out <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/raspberry-pi/fully-charged-raspberry-pi-board-gets-smaller-and-cheaper-game-thrones-game-series-laun">before the end of the year</a> on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and iOS, with additional platforms to be revealed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/free-8-bit-game-thrones-videogame-all-kinds-awesome/news">This free 8-bit Game of Thrones video game is all kinds of awesome</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6Q1vt9BX4Eg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones-episodic-game-series-features-tv-voice-cast-five-intertwined-stories/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones-episodic-game-series-features-tv-voice-cast-five-intertwined-stories/news#comments Console games Film and TV Gaming Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:38:35 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453629 at http://www.stuff.tv Destiny's free trial lets you sample the shooter and transfer your character into the full game http://www.stuff.tv/destiny/destinys-free-trial-lets-you-sample-shooter-and-transfer-your-character-full-game/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bungie’s smash hit now offers an easy way to get hooked - if you’re not already </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Destiny" alt="Destiny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/destiny-cover.jpg?1416426423" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;ve somehow resisted the urge to get lost inside Bungie and Activision&rsquo;s immensely popular online multiplayer shooter, <em>Destiny</em>, now you can get a taste without spending anything at all.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/destiny/destinys-free-trial-lets-you-sample-shooter-and-transfer-your-character-full-game/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/destiny/destinys-free-trial-lets-you-sample-shooter-and-transfer-your-character-full-game/news#comments Console games Destiny Gaming Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:44:26 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453538 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Samsung says fewer phones ahead, Nokia’s Z Launcher hits Google Play, and now you can search every tweet ever http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-samsung-says-fewer-phones-ahead-nokia-s-z-launcher-hits-google-play-and-now-yo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news you need to start your day off strong </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="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-edge.jpg?1416382381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fewer Samsung phones in 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung went a little crazy with its smartphone selection this year, with all manner of variants and spinoffs for its flagship devices, not to mention numerous mid-range and low-end options. Perhaps relatedly, Samsung also reported dramatically sinking profits after the Galaxy S-fueled surge.</p> <p>So it&rsquo;s time to pare down the release calendar, it seems. Robert Yi, Samsung&rsquo;s head of investor relations, tells The Wall Street Journal that the company will trim its selection down by about 25-30%, and that they&rsquo;ll seek to share more key components between models.</p> <p>No doubt, we&rsquo;ll see a Galaxy S6 before long, and surely new versions of other familiar Samsung handsets, but expect fewer slightly-tweaked variants that are probably more trouble than they&#39;re worth for the manufacturer.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/samsung-plans-to-cut-smartphone-models-by-up-to-30-in-2015-1416282267?tesla=y&amp;mg=reno64-wsj">The Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/18/samsung-will-make-less-phones-with-long-names-starting-with-galaxy/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review">Samsung Galaxy S6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Nokia’s Z Launcher out on 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>As we found out yesterday morning, Nokia has a brand new tablet called the N1, which looks a whole lot like an iPad mini - except it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. More specifically, it utilizes Nokia&rsquo;s own Z Launcher, which offers predictive suggestions of the apps you&rsquo;ll want to use at any given time, and lets you scribble with your finger to initiate searches.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a few months before the N1 actually launches, but you can grab the Z Launcher now on your Android 4.1+ device via Google Play. It <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-see-30-minutes-metal-gear-solid-v-phantom-pain-plus-blackberry-s-phablet-and-n">first became available</a> as an APK through Nokia&rsquo;s own beta program over the summer, but now anyone can snag the slick still-in-beta launcher and give it a shot.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nokia.z">Google Play</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news">Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L</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="Nokia N1 with Z Launcher" alt="Nokia N1 with Z Launcher" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-n1_0.jpg?1416382381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Search all of the tweets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>About half a trillion tweets have been sent out over Twitter since its debut in 2006, and now you can easily search the entire database thanks to substantial upgrades made by the service.</p> <p>You can track the trajectory of popular hashtags by finding tweets bearing them over a certain time span, or seek out certain terms sent out into the world by particular users. Twitter posted a mind-numbingly long and complex explanation of how they pulled it off, but the takeaway is this: whatever embarrassing scree you posted that one hazy night back when is now much easier to find. Take care.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://blog.twitter.com/2014/building-a-complete-tweet-index">Twitter</a> via <a href="http://time.com/3592734/twitter-search-every-tweet/">Time</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">35 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="725" title="Stuff on Twitter" alt="Stuff on Twitter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twitter-stuff.png?1416382381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Final Fantasy VII recreated in LittleBigPlanet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We honestly don&rsquo;t want to think about the amount of time and determination it took to bring this project to life, but someone has recreated the entirety of PSone role-playing classic <em>Final Fantasy VII</em> within <em>LittleBigPlanet 2</em>.</p> <p>What you see above is the first of 107 video clips than span the entire, freely playable experience, using the PlayStation 3 creation suite to recreate iconic locations, characters, and moments. And since all past shared series content is also available in <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> - launching soon on PS4 and PS3 alike - even new-gen console owners can get in on the nostalgia-glazed zaniness.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEOJu0vZ05Q">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/11/18/littlebigplanet-2-fan-meticulously-recreates-final-fantasy-7/">Joystiq</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet 3: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XEOJu0vZ05Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-samsung-says-fewer-phones-ahead-nokia-s-z-launcher-hits-google-play-and-now-yo#comments Android Gaming LittleBigPlanet 3 Nokia Samsung Smartphones Twitter Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453503 at http://www.stuff.tv 13 weird simulation games you won't believe actually exist http://www.stuff.tv/weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Updated: Goat Simulator gets an MMO. And you can play as a microwave. With legs </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="Best weird simulator games ever" alt="Best weird simulator games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/street-cleaning-simulator_0.jpg?1416311670" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&#39;ve come first place in every match, your kill/death ratio is 5:1 and you&#39;ve unlocked every achievement worth unlocking. Finally, you can take a break from gaming and conquer some real-world challenges.</p> <p>But wait, there&#39;s one genre you&#39;ve overlooked &ndash; the magical world of simulators. Carry out real-life actions from the safety and comfort of your own home. You can be a lowly legal assistant by day... but in your time off you&#39;re one of the finest virtual civil engineers in the land. Or, you know, a bear.</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"> Robot Vacuum Simulator 2013 (£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>Touted as &quot;the most realistic vaccum simulator ever&quot;, Robot Vaccum Simulator 2013 gives you the chance to experience the thrilling lifestyle of a Roomba-like robotic vacuum cleaner. Offering single and dual-player modes with a fully open world and promising &quot;the greatest moment in gaming history,&quot; there is simply (and literally) no competition if you want the very best videogame vacuuming experience.&nbsp;</p> <p>​<a href="http://www.stolidus-simulations.com/robotvacuumsimulator2013/" target="_blank">stolidus-simulations.com</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/XlN64_oB5Og" 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"> Farming Simulator 2013 (£12) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Available on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, 3DS, iOS, Android and Windows Phone, there is literally no one on Earth who has an excuse not to take Farming Simulator 2013 for a spin. Wipe some virtual sweat off your brow after an honest day&#39;s work by growing your farm in any way you see fit. From rearing cattle to growing crops, you&#39;ll experience the rush of expanding your agricultural empire. The 2013 update includes chicken and sheep, as well as potatoes, so there&#39;s never been a better time to jump into a combine harvester. We&#39;ll bring the brand new key.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/FOCUS-Farming-Simulator-2013-Download/dp/B00DEM58EY/ref=sr_1_4?s=videogames&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1395917626&amp;sr=1-4&amp;keywords=farming+simulator+2013" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</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/0uRdmXKzrvA" 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"> Goat Simulator </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 requires absolutely no explanation. You will simply buy it, and lose yourself in its sheer brain-blowing awesomeness.</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/dvWGLcdI8o8" 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"> Street Cleaning Simulator (£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>Police aren&#39;t the only force keeping the streets clean. Hop into the seat of a dirt-busting street cleaner and keep your turf free from litter. Avoid pedestrians, weave in and out of traffic and rack up adoration of the public with your mighty arsenal of three high powered brushes and powerful water jets. Street grime doesn&#39;t stand a chance in Street Cleaning Simulator 2013 (or Kehrmaschinen-Simulator to give it its delightful German name).&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.excalibur-publishing.com/streetcleaning.htm" target="_blank">excalibur-publishing.com</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/X6wpMcnVxZQ" 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"> European bus Simulator 2012 (US$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>If you&#39;re more of a people person you&#39;ll definitely want to get behind the large wheel of your very own meticulously recreated bus. Your domain is the fictional German town of Freyfurt where you&#39;re tasked with getting zombified members of the public from point A to B. With 450 stops over six town areas and challenges including hectic school runs, you&#39;ll be stretched to the upper limits of your vigorous training.</p> <p>​<a href="http://www.simulatorcentral.com/index.php/european-bus-simulator-2012.html" target="_blank">simulatorcentral.com</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/d3oM-1Z06MI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Surgeon Simulator 2013 (£7) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your dreams of becoming a doctor might have flatlined years ago but that shouldn&#39;t stop you from saving virtual lives. Enter Surgeon Simulator 2013. Quite possibly the hardest game we&#39;ve ever played, you&#39;ll be helplessly butchering patients and making their predicaments a whole lot worse in no time. Imagine trying to play Operation while under the influence of heavy sedatives and you&#39;ve barely scratched the surface. Good stuff.</p> <p>​<a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/233720" target="_blank">store.steampowered.com</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-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"> Woodcutter Simulator 2013 (£10) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 magnificent beard, red flannel shirt and primal urge to fell nature, one trunk at a time. If you&#39;re the owner of all three of these then you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of this wood cutting sim. Featuring all you need to chop down and transport a truckful of timber, it&#39;s the first and only tree cutting sim you&#39;ll ever need.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gamersgate.co.uk/DD-IMOK13/woodcutter-simulator-2013" target="_blank">gamersgate.co.uk</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/qOpNgGPPmNs" 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"> Bear Simulator (£15) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 rippling muscles and copious amount of body hair make Bear Simulator a redundant title for us, but for everyone else there&#39;s no better way to step into the huge paws of a salmon-eating, honey-swiping beast. Stroll around on two legs if you like, or run around on all four. Either way, you&#39;re king of the forest and ain&#39;t nobody gonna mess with you.</p> <p><a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1330754003/bear-simulator" target="_blank">kickstarter.com</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/A5rJk6tLRCw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cart Life (£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>If you&#39;ve ever wondered what it&#39;s like being a street vendor then this is the sim for you. With glorious 8-bit greyscale graphics and a funky soundtrack to boot, Cart Life will take you on a journey through the highs and lows of selling goods on the street. Tweak your prices, pimp out your stand and keep on top of your stock. Buying questionable hotdogs on street corners will never be the same.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Update:</strong> Cart Life creator Richard Hofmeier has pulled the game from the Steam Store and has instead made it open source and available to download for free from his own website. It&#39;s currently down (presumably due to high load) but will hopefully be up and running again soon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.richardhofmeier.com/cartlife/" target="_blank">richardhofmeier.com</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/lFxeU8swXUc" 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"> Ski Region Simulator 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>While Ski Region 2014 doesn&#39;t exist, we like to think it&#39;s because the 2012 version got it spot on. Show off your technical and managerial skills by maintaining and expanding your very own mountains and villages to ensure your ski resort is top of the pile. Keep on top of the snow with authentic snow groomers and expand your resort to keep those hard-earned skiers happy. Made by the creators of Farm Simulator 2013, as if you needed further recommendation.&nbsp;</p> <p>​<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005IWCDXC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=officfarmisim-21&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1634&amp;creative=19450&amp;creativeASIN=B005IWCDXC" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</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/qNeizc-58TE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Viscera Cleanup Detail (US$7) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 you leave an FPS level covered in blood, guts, bullet casings and brains, we bet you&#39;ve never once given a single thought to the poor sod with a bucket and mop who has to clean up the aftermath. Well now you can&nbsp;<em>be</em> that poor sod. Mediocrity awaits.</p> <p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/246900/" target="_blank">store.steampowered.com</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/Yq8Ghej--8A" 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"> Rock Simulator 2014 (£TBA) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sadly this game doesn&#39;t involve pumping iron at the gym for five hours before administering a People&#39;s Elbow to your long-time spandex-wearing rival.&nbsp;</p> <p>Instead, Rock Simulator has you staring at dozens of beautiful rocks in various environments from grass plains to salt flats.</p> <p>And that&#39;s it. You&#39;re not a rock. You&#39;re not a wolf, You&#39;re not a bear, or anything in between. You&#39;re just an ethereal, bodiless being, who stares at rocks.</p> <p>We&#39;re not quite sure what else to say, so we&#39;re going to stop now.</p> <p><a href="http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=274135797" target="_blank">steamcommunity.com</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="1778" height="1333" title="If you smeeeeeeeeeeeeell, what the rock.... is.... cooking." alt="12 weird simulation games you won&#039;t believe actually exist" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rock-simulator-2014.jpg?1416311670" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> I am Bread (£TBC) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just when you think things can&#39;t get any more ridiculous, there&#39;s this - a game in which you are a slice of bread, with the sole purpose of getting yourself toasted.</p> <p>We&#39;re not going to say any more. Just enjoy the preview, and keep an eye out for a release date. We know you can&#39;t wait.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bossastudios.com" target="_blank">bossastudios.com</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/GDE4rsLVB9A" 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"> Goat Simulator MMO </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ok, look. Just look at this. It&#39;s a fantasy goat MMO. You can be a magician goat, a warrior goat, a hunter goat, or a freaking microwave on legs. We don&#39;t even know what to write anymore. Words are failing us.</p> <p>(This will be added as a patch for existing owners of Goat Simulator).</p> <p>What the&hellip; there&#39;s a freaking dinosaur in there too? We can&#39;t even</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/WAm5yxQA_HY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sim games you won&#039;t believe exist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You won&#039;t believe these sim games really exist </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature#comments Gaming Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:52:18 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1424711 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Nokia announcement today, Tony Hawk rides the Hendo hoverboard, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection patch still days away http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-nokia-teases-announcement-today-tony-hawk-rides-hendo-hoverboard-and-halo-ma <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wake up, wipe the sleep from your eyes, and fill your brain with our morning news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia&#039;s mystery announcement" alt="Nokia&#039;s mystery announcement" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-mystery-unveil.jpg?1416295981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia announcing something today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We hate to be so vague, but that&rsquo;s the hand Nokia is playing in anticipation of some sort of announcement today. The Finnish company teased the above image on Twitter in advance of its &ldquo;What&rsquo;s next, Nokia?&rdquo; panel at the Slush conference in its native country this morning, along with the text, &ldquo;Guess what? We&rsquo;re up to something.&rdquo;</p> <p>And we&rsquo;re talking about the original Nokia here - the company that continued on after Microsoft acquired its smartphone hardware business and still used the brand name until recently. Now that the public association is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news">officially ending</a>, Nokia seems primed to reestablish itself with some sort of consumer product.</p> <p>At a glance, it looks like something in the vein of a set top box or home theater PC. Or maybe it&rsquo;s just a fancy box to hold something pocket-sized, like another Android handset to follow the Nokia X models. Truly, if Nokia really wants to push towards a new future, it won&rsquo;t be another familiar-looking smartphone or other consumer device that follows existing trends. Here&rsquo;s hoping it really is something to give the Nokia name fresh life in the post-Microsoft era.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/nokia/status/534345460333285377">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-phones-changed-world-and-few-crazy-ones-didnt/feature">11 Nokia phones that changed the world (and 9 crazy ones that entertained us along the way)</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"> Tony Hawk on a real hoverboard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk may be advancing in years, but it hasn&rsquo;t stopped him from riding, promoting his sport, and seemingly having a lot of fun with it. And his celebrity comes with some really cool perks - like being one of the first to ride Hendo&rsquo;s working prototype hoverboard.</p> <p>The Hendo hoverboard is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter (it&rsquo;s already surged well past the goal), and we can&rsquo;t imagine a much better marketing tool than this. Hawk does his best at first to simply stay on the board, which uses electromagnets to stay airborne, and then is able to do some basic trickery at the end. It&rsquo;s really quite neat, and whether or not you&rsquo;re personally enthused by such tech, it&rsquo;s worth a look.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/17/tony-hawk-rides-an-actual-hoverboard-to-make-up-for-that-last-time/">TechCrunch</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/finally-working-hoverboard-and-it-s-yours-just-10000/news">Finally, a working hoverboard - and it&rsquo;s yours for just $10,000</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/HSheVhmcYLA" 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"> Halo matchmaking fix delayed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last week&rsquo;s launch of <em>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</em> for Xbox One delivered a compilation of more than 100 beloved maps from across the first-person shooter franchise - and sadly, due to matchmaking bugs, few ways to actually play them. Many players have been unable to actually connect to others in the week since due to bugs in the matchmaking code.</p> <p>A patch was promised to launch tomorrow, 19 November, but now it sounds like the update will debut late this week instead. Developer 343 Industries blames testing and certification for the extra time, which will provide little solace to those who excitedly purchased the game last week, but at least the later launch will allow for more bug fixes to be bundled in.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/forums/85d779d52cfd46918b4f8b638f2e3c7b/topics/the-master-chief-collection-bug-investigation/e024f78f-6022-4a49-99ea-67562ec5b4ca/posts">Halo Waypoint</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/halo-5-guardians/halo-5-guardians-hands/review">Halo 5: Guardians hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Halo: The Master Chief Collection" alt="Halo: The Master Chief Collection" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/halo-masterchief.jpg?1416295981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-nokia-teases-announcement-today-tony-hawk-rides-hendo-hoverboard-and-halo-ma#comments Future tech Gaming Microsoft Nokia Xbox One Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453424 at http://www.stuff.tv