Gaming http://www.stuff.tv/taxonomy/term/57/0 en-GB Microsoft's Xbox VR headset is coming to a face near you in 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsofts-xbox-vr-headset-coming-face-near-you-2015/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The VR headset is currently in the hands of developers and could be unveiled at E3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="940" height="705" title="Microsoft&#039;s Xbox VR headset is coming to a face near you in 2015" alt="Microsoft&#039;s Xbox VR headset is coming to a face near you in 2015" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/XboxOne.JPG?1419011211" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/head-hands-and-eyes-sony-s-project-morpheus/feature">Project Morpheus</a>, Facebook has&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-rift/review">Oculus Rift</a>; and now it looks like Microsoft is set to join the virtual reality party.</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/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsofts-xbox-vr-headset-coming-face-near-you-2015/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsofts-xbox-vr-headset-coming-face-near-you-2015/news#comments Gaming Microsoft Oculus Virtual Reality Xbox One Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:46:52 +0000 Max Langridge 1455768 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Monument Valley is the Mobile Game 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"> The Escher-inspired puzzler is the finest phone or tablet-based diversion of the past 12 months </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="Monument Valley is the best mobile game of the year" alt="Monument Valley is the best mobile game of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-mobile-game-monument-valley_final.jpg?1418997305" /> </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 we&rsquo;re queuing and to generally block out the cold grey world. And what better way to escape quotidian mundanity than the mind-bending trip into a magical world you undertake in <em>Monument Valley</em>? It&#39;s our favourite mobile game of 2014.</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"> Winner: 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>If you like aimlessly moving coloured blobs around your screen it&rsquo;s unlikely the brief but brilliant experience of <em>Monument Valley</em> will interest you, but in a world that&rsquo;s normally about little more than tapping players for cash, this Escher-esque puzzler stands out like a perspective-warped thumb. Conquer its optical illusions and guide the princess to the end of each level for one of the most memorable mobile gaming experiences in years. It&rsquo;s not exactly difficult but sometimes it&rsquo;s the journey rather than the destination that makes a trip worthwhile.</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"> Runner-up: 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"> Runner-up: 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, <em>The Nightmare Cooperative</em> 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"> Runner-up: 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. <em>Eliss Infinity</em> 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"> Runner-up: 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 <em>Hitman</em> 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"> Runner-up: 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 <em>Threes!</em> 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"> Runner-up: 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 <em>The Room</em> 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"> Runner-up: 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 <em>The Walking Dead</em> 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 <em>Walking Dead</em> 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> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-22-best-gadgets-year/feature">See all the Stuff Gadget Awards 2014 winners</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/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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 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 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:55:06 +0000 Stephen Graves 1453849 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google Maps gets Cardboard VR mode, don’t miss Simogo’s free holiday game, and watch the amazing double modular prosthetic video http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-maps-gets-cardboard-vr-mode-don-t-miss-simogo-s-free-holiday-game-and-wa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> End the week strong with our morning roundup of the latest and greatest tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Maps VR" alt="Google Maps VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-maps-vr.jpg?1419045434" /> </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"> Google Maps gets VR mode </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ever wanted to see the world around you?&nbsp;Now you can with Google Cardboard strapped to your face! Kidding. Really, we love the idea of viewing Street View locations in Google Maps in virtual reality via Google&#39;s makeshift headset shell, and the company has made it super simple to see the wider world with ease.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a little bonus feature in the Maps app for Android. With Street View opened, simply double tap the &ldquo;look around&rdquo; icon and it&rsquo;ll give you a Cardboard-compatible way to look around. Just another example of how Google is starting to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-s-big-vr-push-cardboard-minecraft-hits-windows-phone-and-you-have-see-ne">see VR as a serious pursuit</a>&nbsp;in the wake of Cardboard&rsquo;s popularity. Don&rsquo;t be surprised if the company&rsquo;s other services start digging into VR functionality.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GoogleCardboard/posts/4q3E6kq4hPp">Google+</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="https://gigaom.com/2014/12/18/google-maps-for-android-has-a-vr-mode-thanks-to-google-cardboard/">GigaOM</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<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"> Download Simogo’s free PC/Mac game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Simogo makes some of the most distinctive and interesting games today, including&nbsp;<em>Year Walk</em>,&nbsp;<em>Device 6</em>, and&nbsp;<em>The Sailor&rsquo;s Dream</em>&nbsp;- so anytime the studio releases sometime, we take note. That&rsquo;s still true this week, although this is something a bit different.</p> <p><em>The Sensational December Machine</em>&nbsp;for PC and Mac isn&rsquo;t a full-fledged premium game, but rather a holiday gift to fans concocted over the last three weeks. It&rsquo;s billed as a brief interactive story, and knowing Simogo&rsquo;s pedigree, it&rsquo;s sure to be impeccably crafted and likely to stay with you for much longer than expected. Just&nbsp;<a href="http://simogo.com/2014/12/18/the-sensational-december-machine/">download it already</a>.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://simogo.com/2014/12/18/the-sensational-december-machine/">Simogo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-innovators-2014/stuff-innovators-2014-watch-listen-play/feature">Stuff Innovators 2014: Watch, Listen, Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sensational December Machine" alt="The Sensational December Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/simogo-december-game.jpg?1419045434" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Remember: science is amazing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&rsquo;s something equally heartwarming and technologically astounding. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Maryland, USA this summer successfully trained and outfitted a double shoulder-level amputee with modular prosthetic limbs, 40 years after losing his arms.</p> <p>The video digs into the details, but essentially Les Baugh here had to undergo surgery to reassign his nerves to new tasks, then train with a computer simulator before donning the specialized socket that housed the arms. The APL team says it hopes to send Baugh home with the prosthetics at some point to allow him to adjust back to having upper limb usage, and sees this as the start of even more fantastic advancements to come.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jhuapl.edu/newscenter/pressreleases/2014/141216.asp">Johns Hopkins APL</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/18/double-amputee-mind-controlled-robot-arms/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/robotic-deka-arm-prosthetic-approved-sale-fda/news">Robotic DEKA Arm prosthetic approved for sale by FDA</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/9NOncx2jU0Q" 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"> Enjoy Duck Hunt on Christmas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking for a riveting activity for the family to crowd around this Christmas? Why not shoot 8-bit fowl with a plastic remote? That&rsquo;s the opportunity offered by NES classic&nbsp;<em>Duck Hunt</em>, which is slated to hit the Wii U&rsquo;s Virtual Console digital store on 25 December. You can use the Wii Remote to blast virtual birds, but it&rsquo;ll never live up to the amazing NES Zapper light gun in sheer coolness.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/18/7415085/duck-hunt-wii-u-release-christmas">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nes-zapper-shoots-real-fire-causing-laser/news">NES Zapper shoots real fire-causing laser</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/xFEw5Xcq4uM" 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/google/fully-charged-google-maps-gets-cardboard-vr-mode-don-t-miss-simogo-s-free-holiday-game-and-wa#comments Gaming Google Health and fitness Maps Nintendo Virtual Reality Wii U Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455729 at http://www.stuff.tv Minecraft: Story Mode series coming from Mojang and Telltale Games http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft/minecraft-story-mode-series-coming-mojang-and-telltale-games/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Major collaboration brings narrative-driven content to the block-based universe </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="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-minecraft_0.jpg?1418963731" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well, this is huge: Mojang and Telltale Games have teamed up to create&nbsp;<em>Minecraft: Story Mode</em>, an episodic, narrative-focused game series that will debut in 2015 on various platforms.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And Telltale is apparently engaging top members of the&nbsp;<em>Minecraft</em>&nbsp;community to ensure that the series feels true to world - not only as Mojang envisioned it, but as players interpret it. Also, no word yet on what the gameplay will be like, although Telltale&rsquo;s games are all pretty similar in design: they&rsquo;re point-and-click, dialogue-heavy affairs with your story decisions affecting later events.</p> <p><em>Minecraft: Story Mode</em>&nbsp;is headed to PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and unspecified Xbox and PlayStation consoles at some point next year. And for a more entertaining way of getting this news again, be sure to play Mojang&rsquo;s brief web game on the matter,&nbsp;<a href="https://mojang.com/2014/12/play-info-quest-ii-you-might-learn-something/">Info Quest II</a>.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.telltalegames.com/blog/88513/telltale-and-mojang-developing-minecraft-story-mode-a-telltale-games-series-for-2015">Telltale</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://mojang.com/announcing-minecraft-story-mode/">Mojang</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft acquires Minecraft and creator Mojang for US$2.5 billion</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="522" title="Minecraft: Story Mode" alt="Minecraft: Story Mode" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/minecraft-story-mode.png?1418963731" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/minecraft/minecraft-story-mode-series-coming-mojang-and-telltale-games/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft/minecraft-story-mode-series-coming-mojang-and-telltale-games/news#comments Gaming Minecraft Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:38:46 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455684 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: LG’s quantum dot LCD TV revealed, Grand Theft Auto Online’s free heists coming soon, and Apple prevails in iTunes lawsuit http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-lg-s-quantum-dot-lcd-tv-revealed-grand-theft-auto-online-s-free-heists-detailed- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wake up, rub the sleep from your eyes, and load up on the morning’s top tech news </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="LG&#039;s Quantum Dot LCD TV" alt="LG&#039;s Quantum Dot LCD TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-tv-quantum-dot.jpg?1418865349" /> </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"> LG announces quantum dot LCD TV for CES </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What&rsquo;s the next big trend in televisions? According to LG (and Samsung), it&rsquo;s &ldquo;quantum dot&rdquo; technology. LG has announced its first quantum dot-enabled 4K LCD television, which will debut at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas next month. The company promises a wider color palette and enhanced saturation over traditional LCD displays, and this is the official why and how of it:</p> <p>&ldquo;The technology works by harnessing nano crystals that range in size from 2 to 10 nanometers. Each dot emits a different color depending on its size,&rdquo; reads the press release. &ldquo;By adding a film of quantum dots in front of the LCD backlight, picture color reproduction rate and overall brightness are significantly improved.&rdquo;</p> <p>No word yet on critical details like screen size or price, but we should know much more come CES. According to CNET, Samsung also plans to have its own quantum dot sets on display, so it&rsquo;s sure to be among the most tiring buzz-terms of the show.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/quantum-dot-technology-to-join-lgs-4k-ultra-hd-tv-lineup-in-2015-300010004.html">PR Newswire</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/lg-leaps-quantum-dot-rivals-with-new-tv/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-adds-4k-content-prime-instant-video-along-rentals-and-purchases/news">Amazon adds 4K content to Prime Instant Video, along with rentals and purchases</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"> GTA Online heists revealed (again) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cooperative heists were promised a long time ago for&nbsp;<em>Grand Theft Auto Online</em>, the multiplayer component of&nbsp;<em>Grand Theft Auto V</em>. However, more than a year has passed, the new-gen console version has launched, and still the online heists are MIA. But thanks to a new trailer and extensive interview with IGN, we know they&rsquo;re still on the horizon, and it sounds like a significant amount of free (and hopefully fantastic) gameplay.</p> <p>According to the interview, the heists will encompass upwards of 20 hours of content spread across five narrative strands, each with several missions. The four-player events might have you working together as a team, or split apart to accomplish different tasks. Check out the trailer above, and get ready for Heists to arrive sometime in early 2015 on all platforms.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/12/16/grand-theft-auto-5-online-heists-finally-revealed">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review">Grand Theft Auto V PS4 and Xbox One review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UDd3pTE8UsQ" 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"> Apple prevails in iTunes lawsuit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Over the last couple weeks, we&rsquo;ve heard bits and pieces about Apple&rsquo;s defense of iTunes in a class action lawsuit filed in the United States nine years ago. In fact, even Steve Jobs testified - via recorded testimony video from before his death. But the courtroom proceedings have concluded, and Apple was found not liable in the suit.</p> <p>The complaint arose from issues of incompatibility between iTunes and music released on some other services several years ago, but lawyers representing the group (of some 8 million people who bought particular iPods between 2006-2009) struggled to produce viable plaintiffs after all these years.</p> <p>Ultimately, the jury decided that iTunes 7.0&rsquo;s security upgrades represented a &ldquo;genuine product improvement&rdquo; back in 2006, and no damages were awarded. However, the plaintiff&rsquo;s group plans to file an appeal, so this could well drag on again for some time to come.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/16/7402695/jury-decision-in-iTunes-iPod-DRM-case">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6 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="iPod Classic" alt="iPod Classic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipod-classic.png?1418865349" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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"> Latest Assassin’s Creed Unity patch 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>It&rsquo;s a day later than expected, but the latest big patch for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review"><em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em></a>&nbsp;is now live on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and will hit PC later this week. The patch is another significant one, this time replacing and updating large chunks of the Paris city map where players experienced performance issues.</p> <p>That explains the 6.7GB patch size, but if you&rsquo;re on Xbox One, there&rsquo;s a chance that you&rsquo;ll see a 40GB download instead. Ubisoft says it&rsquo;s an error that sees the entire game being re-downloaded and installed, and although it requires a lot more bandwidth, the game still works fine when complete. Still, Ubisoft is working with Microsoft to address the issue.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://assassinscreed.ubi.com/en-US/community/liveupdates/live_updates_details.aspx?c=tcm:152-188856-16&amp;ct=tcm:148-76770-32">Ubisoft</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/free-dlc-offered-botched-assassin-s-creed-unity-launch-while-season-pass-buyer">Free DLC offered for botched Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity launch, while Season Pass buyers get a free game</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-01.jpg?1418865349" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-lg-s-quantum-dot-lcd-tv-revealed-grand-theft-auto-online-s-free-heists-detailed-#comments Apple Assassin's Creed Unity Gaming Grand Theft Auto 5 iTunes LG TVs Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455559 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Skype Translator preview begins, Devil May Cry coming to PS4 and Xbox One, and the VR fitness routine http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-skype-translator-preview-begins-devil-may-cry-coming-ps4-and-xbox-one-and-vr <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news tidbits you need to begin the day well informed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Skype Translator" alt="Skype Translator" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/skype-translator-kids.png?1418780019" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Skype Translator preview opens up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Skype has already helped the world feel smaller and more connected during its existence, but the Microsoft-owned service looks to take things several steps further with the launch of near real-time translation. And Skype Translator is already rolling out via a preview program that began yesterday.</p> <p>The preview version is only available to Windows 8.1 users at present, whether you&rsquo;re on PC, tablet, or phone, and as of now includes just English and Spanish spoken language conversion - but it has more than 40 written languages that can be converted on the fly during instant messaging.</p> <p>Microsoft showcased the tech by creating the above video - thanks to students at Stafford Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington USA and Peterson School in Mexico City, Mexico - but the potential audience here is obviously much broader than schoolchildren.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.skype.com/en/translator-preview/?intcmp=blogs-_-generic-click-_-skype-translator-preview-an-exciting-journey-to-a-new-chapter-in-communication">Sign up now</a>&nbsp;to give it a shot.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.skype.com/2014/12/15/skype-translator-preview-an-exciting-journey-to-a-new-chapter-in-communication/">Skype Big Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/skype-getting-real-time-translation-technology/news">Skype getting &ldquo;real-time&rdquo; translation technology</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/G87pHe6mP0I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DmC: Devil May Cry getting new-gen release </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of last year&rsquo;s top action games,&nbsp;<em>DmC: Devil May Cry</em>&nbsp;- the reboot of Capcom&rsquo;s frantic franchise - will be re-released in a remastered version for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 17 March 2015. The new&nbsp;<em>Definitive Edition</em>&nbsp;will run at 1080p and 60 frames per second, with a wealth of previous downloadable content bundled onto the disc, such as a bonus campaign, new modes, and various other tweaks.</p> <p>Additionally, Capcom says it will bring predecessor&nbsp;<em>Devil May Cry 4</em>&nbsp;to Xbox One and PS4 sometime next summer, we&rsquo;d hazard a guess that it&#39;ll be a less extravagant downloadable release. However, no real details were mentioned on that front, so we&#39;ll have to loop back after&nbsp;<em>DmC</em>&nbsp;makes its second debut.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.capcom-unity.com/gregaman/blog/2014/12/15/announcing-dmc-definitive-edition-plus-a-very-special-teaser">Capcom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dmc-devil-may-cry/review">DmC: Devil May Cry review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/owAUCZsDvBM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to work out in VR? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Virtual reality could be the next great medium for interactive experiences, and developers are busy dreaming up the possibilities. But do you really want to strap on a headset, close off your senses to the world, and start working out to fitness routines inside your home?</p> <p>Fitness app company Runtastic believes so, and has developed an Oculus Rift and Kinect-centric virtual reality fitness experience as a proof of concept, with a virtual trainer and look-based interactions with menus. We could see this being very nauseating, (extra) sweaty, and perhaps even dangerous, but we won&rsquo;t know until someone flails wildly into a lamp, right?</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBPxkPwk8pQ">YouTube</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/15/runtastic-vr-exercise/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/new-oculus-rift-crescent-bay-prototype-headset-revealed-built-audio/news">New Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype headset revealed with built-in audio</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NBPxkPwk8pQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hearthstone begins rolling out to Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft</em>, Blizzard&rsquo;s immensely popular free-to-play collectible card game, has started rolling out to Android tablets after strong debuts on iPad and computers. It&rsquo;s available now in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, but this soft launch window won&rsquo;t last for long: the publisher says a worldwide rollout via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore is happening in the &ldquo;days ahead.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/2ds/fully-charged-samsung-galaxy-note-4-suddenly-launching-week-korea-blizzard-cancels-its-next-mmo-">Blizzard cancels its next MMO project</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TQvtgCfvnN4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-skype-translator-preview-begins-devil-may-cry-coming-ps4-and-xbox-one-and-vr#comments Android games Console games Gaming Health and fitness Microsoft Virtual Reality Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455475 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google voice commands about to hit Nest thermostat, value of PlayStation Plus freebies examined, and first live Street Fighter V footage http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-voice-commands-about-hit-nest-thermostat-value-playstation-plus-freebies <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Before you get sucked into the workweek, read up on the latest tech news </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="Nest Learning Thermostat" alt="Nest Learning Thermostat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nest_0.jpg?1418631501" /> </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"> Google app will soon control Nest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ever wanted to speak to your phone to change the temperature inside your home? Well, if you have a Nest Learning Thermostat, you&rsquo;ll soon be able to do that via Google. Droid-Life discovered that if you tell Google to set the temperature via voice commands, it&rsquo;ll try to connect to your Nest - but currently fail.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s because you need to link your thermostat to your Google account and set permissions, and the pages needed to complete that process aren&rsquo;t all online quite yet. But at least part of the process is there, and there will be two options: one for manually setting the temperature, and another that sets the temperature based on your proximity to home (with a Now card to alert you).</p> <p>The feature was promised to debut this autumn, but hopefully we at least see it before the year&rsquo;s up. Nest thermostats are already very helpful devices, but being able to alter the temperature without even getting up off the sofa? Now that&rsquo;s some next-level comfort coming our way.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.droid-life.com/2014/12/12/google-app-now-one-step-from-being-able-to-control-nest">Droid-Life</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-tesla-s-model-x-delayed-another-classic-zelda-being-remade-3ds-and-nest-learning-t">The Nest Learning Thermostat gets even smarter</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"> PlayStation Plus is totally worth it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Push Square performed an analysis of all of the free games given to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/explore/playstation-plus/">PlayStation Plus</a>&nbsp;subscribers during 2014, and it looks like everything tallied up to a value of almost &pound;960 worth of downloads across PlayStation 4, PS3, and Vita. All for &pound;40 yearly. And the Metacritic review average of those freebies is quite strong at 78.</p> <p>In response, Polygon dug into what Microsoft&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.xbox.com/en-gb/live/games-with-gold">Games with Gold</a>&nbsp;promo offered Xbox Live Gold subscribers last year, and that total came out to US$584, or about &pound;372. Bit of a difference, sure, but note that Microsoft has one fewer active Xbox platform, and only began giving away Xbox One titles in June. The Metacritic ranking? Also a sterling 78.</p> <p>Whatever your platform, there&rsquo;s real value to being a subscriber if you regularly take advantage of the free games (and, of course, play them). And that&rsquo;s in addition to other discounts, plus access to online multiplayer on both platforms. But Sony&rsquo;s been doing this kind of loyalty program for longer, and so far, it&rsquo;s still delivering a lot more value in this arena.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pushsquare.com/news/2014/12/feature_did_playstation_plus_represent_value_for_money_in_2014">Push Square</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/12/13/7388089/xbox-live-games-with-gold-free-games-2014">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: Sony PS4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation 4" alt="PlayStation 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation4.jpg?1418631501" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New footage and details on Street Fighter V </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Over the weekend, the Capcom Cup 2014 tournament delivered thrilling showdowns - but also a first glimpse at the recently announced&nbsp;<em>Street Fighter V</em>&nbsp;being played live for a series of matches. Admittedly, if you&rsquo;re not a die-hard series fan, it probably looks a lot like the excellent&nbsp;<em>Street Fighter IV</em>, albeit more detailed.</p> <p>But there&rsquo;s surely more to it, as enthusiast site Shoryuken says Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono hinted at unique approaches for each character that&rsquo;ll better set them apart. And then series favorite Charlie, who only appeared in the&nbsp;<em>Street Fighter Alpha</em>&nbsp;games, is hinted as a playable character in the latest official trailer. So at least the roster looks to expand beyond what the last entry offered.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://shoryuken.com/2014/12/13/charlie-returns-in-street-fighter-v-sony-partnership-brings-500000-prize-pool-to-capcom-cup-2015/">Shoryuken</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/street-fighter-v-coming-playstation-4-and-pc-leaked-trailer/news">Street Fighter V coming to PlayStation 4 and PC, per leaked trailer</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/GIdnJQZ_lkg" 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"> GoPro captures hydroplane boat flip </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 of the best clips captured by GoPros and other action cameras are from scenarios that you wouldn&rsquo;t actually want to experience in person - close calls that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-nasa-aims-capture-asteroid-2019-nest-acquires-dropcam-and-watch-crazy-gopro-fil">thankfully worked out for the best</a>, but could have gone horribly wrong. So here&rsquo;s the latest: an official clip from GoPro&rsquo;s YouTube channel of an H1 Unlimited Hydroplane racing boat experiencing an untimely backflip. Enjoy, hug your loved ones, etc.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zujy5U2QqdY">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero4-black-guzzles-4k-video-30fps/news">GoPro Hero4 Black guzzles up 4K video at 30fps</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/zujy5U2QqdY" 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/google/fully-charged-google-voice-commands-about-hit-nest-thermostat-value-playstation-plus-freebies#comments Gaming Google GoPro Nest PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 PlayStation Vita Sony Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455383 at http://www.stuff.tv Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 great games for Microsoft Xbox One owners http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/microsoft-xbox-one-5-best-games-2013/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New console in the family this Christmas? These are the first 12 games you should buy for it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one-games-christmas.jpg?1418400675" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Roughly half of the nation&#39;s households will wake up to a new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a>&nbsp;on Christmas Day (with the other half unwrapping a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-4-5-best-games-2013/feature">Sony PlayStation 4</a>).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Titanfall (£25) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Every console needs an exclusive must-play game to set it apart from its rivals, and for the Xbox One that game is <em>Titanfall</em>.</p> <p>Why? Because you get to stomp around as a giant robot, smashing all that moves into tiny, very dead pieces. Or because you get to bring down the aforementioned megabots while in puny human form. Or because it&#39;s about as good as modern multiplayer gets.</p> <p>No, it&#39;s not exactly subtle, and no, it&#39;s not big on originality or story either - but hey! Giant robots!</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electronic-Arts-M1REFPELE11135-Titanfall-Xbox/dp/B00D781WO0?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Titanfall</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6gL5rDwhNvU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Titanfall" alt="Best Xbox One console games - Titanfall" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall_review_16_0.jpg?1418400675" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forza Horizon 2 (£45) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Forza Horizon 2</em> might just be the perfect driving game. It gives you a massive, fantastically detailed open-world setting in which to race, offers loads of different missions and objectives and captures the feeling of driving very fast better than any other game. What more could you want?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review" target="_blank">Forza Horizon 2 review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Forza-Horizon-2-Xbox-One/dp/B00I9WUZC4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418313932&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=forza+horizon+2&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Forza Horizon 2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YQFiWpp5Y5w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIFA 15 (£44) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>FIFA</em>&#39;s critics will harp on yet again about how the 2015 version is just another minor update designed to fleece money out of already stretched pockets, but we suggest you ignore them and just enjoy what is comfortably the best football game on the planet.</p> <p>The gameplay&#39;s undergone a substantial revision - it now plays faster and smoother than the sometimes a bit too realistic 2014 variant - while the animations and graphics have never looked better. Dozens of different modes, including the life-destroying Ultimate Team, ensure you&#39;ll keep playing until <em>FIFA 16</em> arrives.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/review" target="_blank">FIFA 15 review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electronic-Arts-M1RESSELE11238-FIFA-Xbox/dp/B00KHJLDRI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418316661&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=fifa+15&amp;tag=stuff09-21">FIFA 15</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Q21bznzy_HY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (£43) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The most exciting <em>CoD</em> game in years? You betcha! By jumping some 50 years into the future,&nbsp;<em>Advanced Warfare</em> opens up no end of new possibilities for a series which was beginning to feel a little stale. There&#39;s plenty of exciting new tech, with the <em>Titanfall</em>-style exoskeleton giving you a multitude of new abilities and with a load of futuristic weapons also adding to the feel of a franchise revitalised. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Call-Duty-Advanced-Warfare-Xbox/dp/B00MO6ZG3Y/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418316613&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=call+of+duty+advanced+warfare&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-14-gadgets-and-gifts-gamers/feature">14 gadget gifts for gamers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6XJy74bxT_s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Far Cry 4 (£44) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The open-world adventure series arrives in the Himalayas for its fourth instalment - and the change of location very much suits it. The scenery is stunning, the flora and fauna typically diverse and the main story thread thoroughly engaging. But <em>Far Cry 4</em>&#39;s biggest strength lies in the huge variety of side missions on offer and the way in which you could play for days (literally) without running out of things to do. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review">Far Cry 4 review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Far-Cry-4-Xbox-One/dp/B00I9WUXB2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317422&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=far+cry+4+xbox+onehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Far-Cry-4-Xbox-One/dp/B00I9WUXB2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317422&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=far+cry+4+xbox+one&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Far Cry 4</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/quIL25clEC0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sunset Overdrive (£32) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Xbox One exclusives aren&#39;t exactly thick on the ground, but who cares when the ones we do have are as much fun as <em>Sunset Overdrive</em>? Not us at any rate.</p> <p>A Day-glo blend of <em>Saints Row</em>, <em>Dead Rising</em> and <em>Mirror&#39;s Edge</em>, <em>Sunset Overdrive</em> gives you an array of fantastical weapons with which to shoot an abundance of dangerous crazies, then leaves you alone to get on with it. It&#39;s unhinged, adrenaline-fuelled and above all fantastic entertainment. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review">Sunset Overdrive review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Sunset-Overdrive-Xbox-One/dp/B00CM1KXTI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317541&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=sunset+overdrivehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Sunset-Overdrive-Xbox-One/dp/B00CM1KXTI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317541&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=sunset+overdrive&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Sunset Overdrive</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/W5ddpEO1CK4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alien: Isolation (£35) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Terrifying in the way that waking up to discover you&#39;re Piers Morgan would be, <em>Alien: Isolation </em>is a masterpiece of modern gaming horror. You find yourself alone on the Nostromo 15 years after the events of the first film, mercilessly stalked&nbsp;by the mother of all monsters. The feeling of&nbsp;claustrophobia is relentless, weapons are few and far between and it gets to the point where not&nbsp;meeting the xenomorph is almost scarier than meeting it. Almost. One to play with the lights on.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien: Isolation review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alien-Isolation-Nostromo-Xbox-One/dp/B00KL4PNWA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317672&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=alien+isolationhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Alien-Isolation-Nostromo-Xbox-One/dp/B00KL4PNWA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317672&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=alien+isolation&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Yl754phWuXw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny (£30) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Huge in scope and massively addictive, <em>Destiny</em> is the FPS/RPG mash-up fans of FPS/RPG mash-ups have been waiting for. The single-player story is engaging enough but the real draw is the legion of multiplayer modes which see you team up with mates (or randoms) to take down ridiculously tough foes and collect ever more valuable loot.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/ACTIVISION-M1REFPACT12423-Destiny-Xbox-One/dp/B00BM2LQTO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317769&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=destinyhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/ACTIVISION-M1REFPACT12423-Destiny-Xbox-One/dp/B00BM2LQTO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317769&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=destinyhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/ACTIVISION-M1REFPACT12423-Destiny-Xbox-One/dp/B00BM2LQTO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418317769&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=destiny&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Destiny</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-4-5-best-games-2013/feature" target="_blank">The 12 PlayStation 4 games we&#39;d buy for Christmas</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jv7vqCmt6wY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Halo: The Master Chief Collection (£40) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All four <em>Halo</em> games collected together and updated for next-gen consoles. Do you really need to know anything more? Really? Alright then. The first, third and fourth games run in glorious 1080p, all four titles skip along at 60fps and <em>Halo 2: Anniversary Edition</em> has been completely overhauled with new visuals and cut-scenes, plus the ability to switch between the original version and next-gen update at the press of a button. All of the various extras are present and correct, as are all of the original multiplayer maps. Basically, it&#39;s an extravaganza of gaming nostalgia.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature">Halo 2 Anniversary hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Halo-Master-Chief-Collection-Xbox/dp/B00I9WV4OM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418318139&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=halo+master+chief+collection&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Halo: The Master Chief Collection</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aPGPiSpTw4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (£28) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>JRR Tolkien&#39;s fantasy world hasn&#39;t generally fared too well in gaming terms, but <em>Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor</em> is a fine addition to the canon. The obvious gaming touchstones are the<em> Assassin&#39;s Creed</em> and <em>Batman Arkham</em> titles, but the beautiful surroundings, rich story and clever, complicated Nemisis system together give&nbsp;<em>Shadow Of Mordor </em>enough originality that it&#39;s far more than just a derivative sword-fest.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review">Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Middle-Earth-Shadow-Mordor-Xbox-One/dp/B00JB29YG4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418318286&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=middle+earth+shadow+of+mordor&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uHZGECBJzt8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Grand Theft Auto V (£43) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, we know, you already played <em>Grand Theft Auto V </em>on Xbox 360. Well don&#39;t let that put you off playing it again. Here are some reasons why you should give it a second twirl. 1) It&#39;s one of the greatest games of all time. 2) It looks even better than before (and it was already pretty damn good). 3) It has a new FPS mode - and it&#39;s genius. 4) It&#39;s one of the greatest games of all time.</p> <p>Thank you for reading.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review">Grand Theft Auto V review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grand-Theft-Auto-Xbox-One/dp/B00KL3W626/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418318370&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=grand+theft+auto+5&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Grand Theft Auto V</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MXsP2vbwOQ0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dragon Age: Inquisition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The latest RPG from specialists Bioware is a classic of the genre featuring elves, dwarfs, demons, hundreds of characters, a lengthy story arc, hours of side-quests and a complicated fighting system. In short, everything you&#39;d hope for and expect from an RPG. It&#39;s also very, very good. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review">Dragon Age: Inquisition review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dragon-Age-Inquisition-Xbox-One/dp/B00JXFXL4K/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418318695&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=dragon+age+inquisition&amp;tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Dragon Age: Inquisition</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-ideas/feature" target="_blank">All our awesome Christmas Gift Guides</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DJB2Y_yYtxQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 10 best Xbox One games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The essential titles for your next-gen console </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Titanfall-1.jpg?1418400675" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/microsoft-xbox-one-5-best-games-2013/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas 2014 Console games Gaming Gift Guides Xbox One Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:01:27 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1430364 at http://www.stuff.tv Oculus wants to see your hands in its virtual reality worlds http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-wants-see-your-hands-its-virtual-reality-worlds/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acquisition of hand-tracking and augmented reality companies suggests the future of VR will include your virtual meathooks </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="Oculus wants to see your hands in its virtual reality worlds" alt="Oculus wants to see your hands in its virtual reality worlds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nimble-vr.jpg?1418384339" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>VR headset maker Oculus looks set to put your hands &ndash; or at least accurate representations of them &ndash; into its virtual worlds.</p> <p>The Facebook-owned company has just announced the acquisition of two small tech firms: Nimble VR, a company that makes a hand-tracking camera attachment for the Oculus Rift headset; and 13th Lab, a company that works chiefly in the augmented reality field.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><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>13th Lab&rsquo;s most interesting piece of tech is a 1:1 3D scanner that instantly detects the dimensions of the room which you&rsquo;re in and recreates a 3D model of it for a video game. For Oculus Rift, that could mean walking around your real home and, in the virtual world, walking around in the exact same environment, albeit with lots of augmented reality stuff &ndash; such as enemies to shoot and objects to interact with &ndash; added in. Again, the possibilities are exciting.</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/v_U3BmDlmtc" 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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Oculus hasn&rsquo;t said precisely how it will use the new companies&rsquo; tech, but it&rsquo;s clear that it has seen a lot of potential in both.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/11/oculus-acquires-a-hand-tracking-company-and-an-augmented-reality-company/">TechCrunch</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/gamescom-2014/oculus-rift-dev-kit-2-eyes-preview-gamescom-2014/feature">Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2: eyes-on preview at Gamescom 2014</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rA2NI4NgsV0" 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/oculus/oculus-wants-see-your-hands-its-virtual-reality-worlds/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-wants-see-your-hands-its-virtual-reality-worlds/news#comments Gaming Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1455207 at http://www.stuff.tv Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 great games for Sony PlayStation 4 owners http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-4-5-best-games-2013/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bring a smile to any PS4 owner&#039;s face with one of these next-gen PlayStation titles this Christmas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Far Cry 4 will brighten up anyone&#039;s Christmas. Well, so long as they own a console" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas – the best PS4 games for Christmas 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ps4-games-xmas-list.jpg?1418224133" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> now firmly ensconced in our living rooms, many gamers will be looking forward to unwrapping a PS4 title on Christmas Day.</p> <p>But which are the best games to buy for owners of Sony&#39;s new-gen console? Read on, and we&#39;ll tell you just what you should be wrapping up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-ideas/feature" target="_blank">All our awesome Christmas Gift Guides</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIFA 15 (£35) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>EA Sports has cemented its dominance of digital footy with <em>FIFA 15</em>, adding a greater sense of weight and momentum to gameplay; and vastly improved goalkeepers. The tweaks make for much faster, more exciting gameplay; the king of football games is safe upon its throne for another year.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/review" target="_blank">FIFA 15 review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electronic-Arts-P4RESSELE11238-FIFA-PS4/dp/B00KHJLDPA?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">FIFA 15</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TWDDBx-mNzI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Last of Us Remastered (£40) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the absolute best games of the last generation is made better still on PS4, with enhanced graphics, a faster frame rate and tons of extra content.</p> <p>The tale of one man&#39;s journey across a mutant-infested United States with his child companion,&nbsp;<em>The Last Of Us</em>&nbsp;delivers&nbsp;a harrowing quest punctuated by intense action sequences. But it&#39;s also far more than a mere action game, instilling its story with incredible emotion and leaving you with deep connections to the characters. It&nbsp;really is the complete package.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;</strong><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naughty-dog/last-us-remastered/review">The Last Of Us Remastered review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Us-Remastered-PS4/dp/B00LWRSJB2?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">The Last Of Us Remastered</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ygVPHxkokAE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Assassin&#039;s Creed: Unity (£43) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ubisoft&#39;s stealth-em-up takes a trip to gay Paris, plunging you into the middle of the French Revolution. The first true new-gen game in the series, Unity features a breathtaking 1:1 map of revolutionary Paris, plus a new emphasis on co-op gameplay; you can team up with up to four chums to slink around assassinating ne&#39;er-do-wells.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review" target="_blank">Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</a> review here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/UBI-Soft-300066178-Assassins-Creed/dp/B00I9WW7HK?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/41Y8t1IBTlA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch_Dogs (£24) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ubisoft&#39;s big next-gen debut made some promises it couldn&#39;t keep, but that doesn&#39;t prevent&nbsp;<em>Watch_Dogs</em> from being the most interesting new open-world experience out on PlayStation 4 thus far.</p> <p>Taking place in a semi-realistic version of Chicago, you play a hacker with the power to change traffic lights, cause pipes to burst, and perform other tricks to help you not only survive, but also get a jump on the thugs hunting you.</p> <p>Sure, some of the missions aren&#39;t quite as open as we&#39;d have liked and the main character is distinctly unlikeable, but it&#39;s big, bold and offers plenty of entertainment.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review">Watch_Dogs review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/UBI-Soft-3307215732816-Watch-Dogs/dp/B00BF6D62W?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Watch_Dogs</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadget-gifts-kit-makers/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Ideas for Makers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/e_q-s3QdmU8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (£21) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Lara Croft&#39;s cocky, guns-blazing act got tired over the course of 17 console-dominating years, so Crystal Dynamics put that long-established template on the shelf and started afresh. </p> <p>What they came up with is an amazing rebirth for the series, telling young Croft&#39;s new origin story after she&#39;s shipwrecked on a peril-filled island. As with all the best <em>Tomb Raider</em>&nbsp;games there&#39;s plenty of intriguing exploration to be done here, but for once the story avoids cliche and it definitely fills the action-adventure void until <em>Uncharted 4</em> arrives. </p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomb-raider/review">Tomb Raider (PS3 version) review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tomb-Raider-Definitive-Edition-PS4/dp/B00H8IVL6O?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ibAlLz_vyE0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wolfenstein: The New Order (£20) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s a tall task to take a seminal (but rather dated) franchise and rebuild it for a new generation, and doubly so to inject it with narrative heft where before it relied on run-and-gun action. But <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wolfenstein-new-order/review"><em>Wolfenstein: The New Order</em></a> largely nails the task, setting up entertaining Nazi-blasting scenarios while delivering a storyline that&#39;s more than mere filler. Innovative? Nah. Invigorating? You bet. </p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wolfenstein-new-order/review">Wolfenstein: The New Order review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wolfenstein-The-New-Order-PS4/dp/B00BT9DTC2?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Wolfenstein: The New Order</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ENTC-mAQ0tI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Far Cry 4 (£42) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ubisoft&#39;s open-world adventure series takes a trip to the Himalayas in its latest instalment, plunging you into the midst of a protracted civil war.</p> <p>Despot Pagan Min makes for a memorable antagonist, but as with previous entries in the <em>Far Cry</em> series, the real draw here is the endless distractions of its picture-postcard setting. Kyrat&#39;s mountains and plains teem with life&nbsp;&ndash; most of it hostile&nbsp;&ndash; and there are innumerable side-quests and challenges to distract you.&nbsp;Once you&#39;ve taken out an enemy base with a rampaging elephant and a gyrocopter, you&#39;ll feel like a true action movie star.</p> <p>New to <em>Far Cry 4</em> are the massive Fortress strongholds, designed to encourage co-operative play; you can even pal up with a friend who doesn&#39;t own a copy of the game.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank">Far Cry 4 review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/UBI-Soft-300066908-Far-Cry/dp/B00I9WW5LS?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Far Cry 4</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dYdjb10JcxU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny (£43) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Seemingly the sole topic of conversation among half of the <em>Stuff</em> team, <em>Destiny</em>&#39;s raids and rewards mechanic has clearly got its hooks into players. And with good reason; combining the fast-paced FPS gameplay of <em>Halo</em> with the loot-hunting of<em> Diabolo</em>, it&#39;s easy to get into but very, very hard to leave alone.</p> <p>So be warned: buy this for your family members or significant others and you may never see them again.</p> <p><strong>Read our full <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny review</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/ACTIVISION-P4REFPACT12441-Destiny-PS4/dp/B00BF6D52S?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Destiny</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-14-gadgets-and-gifts-gamers/feature">Christmas Gift Ideas for Gamers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iMGE3B2wsS8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alien: Isolation (£26) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Shunning the space marines and pulse rifles of previous <em>Alien</em> games, this survival horror aims to recapture the ambience of Ridley Scott&#39;s 1979 chiller. That means you, with no weapons, cowering for your life as you&#39;re stalked by a pitiless acid-blooded killing machine. And thanks to next-gen AI, the xenomorph is unpredictable; don&#39;t think that hiding in a different cupboard will save you on your second playthrough. Sound like fun?</p> <p><strong>Read our full <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation review</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alien-Isolation-Nostromo-Edition-PS4/dp/B00KL4PNWU?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/62-IW_r3rrY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (£28) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Plunging you into an open-world version of JRR Tolkien&#39;s Middle-earth, this fluid action combat game makes the most of the PS4&#39;s next-gen underpinnings with its Nemesis System. Battle an orc captain and the game remembers the outcome of the combat&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;whether you killed or spared them, or were defeated&nbsp;&ndash; with consequences for the whole of Sauron&#39;s army. It&#39;s a neat twist on a persistent game world; and fits nicely with the exhaustive lore of Middle-earth, too.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review" target="_blank">Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor review</a>&nbsp;here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Middle-Earth-Shadow-of-Mordor-PS4/dp/B00JB29YKU?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/08_01gv2SRk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dragon Age: Inquisition (£40) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For RPG fans that hanker after something a little more deliberately-paced than the combat of <em>Skyrim</em>, <em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em> offers up a hybrid of turn-based and real-time gameplay. With an in-depth crafting system, reams of background lore and even text-based special missions, it&#39;s the true successor to the likes of pen-and-paper role-playing games. Also: dragons.</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dragon-age-inquisition/review" target="_blank">Dragon Age: Inquisition review</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electronic-Arts-P4RERPELE11135-Dragon-Inquisition/dp/B00JXFXL7W?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Dragon Age: Inquisition</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7SREM6E4Fvs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Grand Theft Auto V (£43) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;But I&#39;ve already played <em>Grand Theft Auto V</em>!&quot; you say. To which we reply: there&#39;s so much new content in this exhaustive update that it&#39;s practically a new game. Never mind the graphical overhaul&nbsp;&ndash; which leaves the mean streets of Los Santos looking better than they ever have &ndash; or the new weapons and missions and vehicles. The real change for the PS4 is the all-new first-person mode, which gives you a whole new perspective on <em>Grand Theft Auto</em>, turning it into an FPS to rival the likes of <em>Far Cry</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read our full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Grand Theft Auto V for PS4 and Xbox One review</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grand-Theft-Auto-V-PS4/dp/B00KL4AROO?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Grand Theft Auto V</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-ideas/feature" target="_blank">All our awesome Christmas Gift Guides</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kFhkHFSytVU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 5 best PlayStation 4 games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Did Santa bring you a PS4 this Christmas? Here&#039;s what to play on it </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Christmas 2014 Console games Gaming Gift Guides PlayStation 4 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:08:55 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1430362 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: FIDO standard paves way for password-less future, standalone HBO Go in April, and Apple TV gets a big update http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-fido-standard-paves-way-password-less-future-standalone-hbo-go-april-and-apple-t <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has all the tech news you need to start your day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Touch ID" alt="Touch ID" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-touchid.jpg?1418259969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIDO sees password-less future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The old username and password pairing isn&rsquo;t anywhere near as reliable as it used to be for protecting online accounts. Two-factor verification is a definite step up, but major tech players envision a future in which written passwords aren&rsquo;t even part of the equation. And yesterday&rsquo;s launch of FIDO 1.0 is the first big push in that direction.</p> <p>Remember when Google launched&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-google-offers-usb-verification-xbox-one-digital-tuner-allows-mobile-device-tv-">USB key verification</a>&nbsp;for accounts back in October? FIDO - Fast Identification Online - was part of that two-factor initiative, but it has released its first open standard for fully passwordless experiences via fingerprint scanning, and that&rsquo;ll allow manufacturers to tap into a system that works across all sorts of devices.</p> <p>Companies like Samsung, Google, Microsoft, and many more are behind the FIDO Alliance, whose president Michael Barrett tells The Verge, &ldquo;We now really are within range of seeing the world changing.&rdquo; For the future safety of our vital accounts and information, let&rsquo;s hope so.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/9/7359535/google-backed-password-killer-crosses-major-milestone">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-google-offers-usb-verification-xbox-one-digital-tuner-allows-mobile-device-tv-">Google adds USB verification support</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HBO Go planning standalone launch in April </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We heard&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne">back in October</a>&nbsp;that HBO was planning to finally offer a standalone version of its streaming service that doesn&rsquo;t require a cable or satellite service subscription, and now it sounds like that will happen in April. Fortune reports that HBO hopes to have the service ready to go for the season premiere of&nbsp;<em>Game of Thrones</em>.</p> <p>Getting there has apparently caused a bit of turmoil within the company, however. An internal team was building the tech needed to make the platform happen, but higher-ups decided instead to license streaming tech from Major League Baseball&rsquo;s MLB Advanced Media. As a result, HBO&rsquo;s chief technology officer has resigned.</p> <p>Anyway, long story short, standalone HBO Go&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;the new season of&nbsp;<em>Game of Thrones</em>&nbsp;are apparently only a few months away, so rejoice at our exciting future ahead of sitting around and watching things.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://fortune.com/2014/12/09/hbo-streaming/">Fortune</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne">HBO to launch streaming-only service in 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HBO Go" alt="HBO Go" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hbo-go.jpg?1418259969" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple TV update overhauls YouTube </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We just found out a little something about the potential&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-prepping-motion-control-apple-tv/news">motion-controlled future of Apple TV</a>, but what about now? Well, Apple has just updated the set top box with a brand new - and seemingly much improved - version of YouTube, which brings ads but also full access to the service&rsquo;s extensive library of clips. You&rsquo;ll also find new channels from UFC, Dailymotion, Fusion, and Conde Nast&rsquo;s The Scene.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://recode.net/2014/12/09/youtubes-apple-tv-gets-a-new-look-more-videos-and-ads/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-prepping-motion-control-apple-tv/news">Apple could be bringing motion control to Apple TV</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lB6gIroaizU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Sunset Overdrive story add-on out soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Sunset Overdrive</em>&nbsp;for Xbox One is an absolute blast, and it&rsquo;s about to get even bigger:&nbsp;<em>The Mystery of Mooil Rig</em>&nbsp;is the first campaign add-on for the game, and it brings a huge new area to play in, along with missions, weapons, and new water-centric maneuvers. It&rsquo;s priced at US$9.99 (about &pound;6) and due out on 23 December, although if you bought the Season Pass, you&rsquo;re already covered on the purchase.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8cHUxLhRq0&amp;">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review">Sunset Overdrive review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/z8cHUxLhRq0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-fido-standard-paves-way-password-less-future-standalone-hbo-go-april-and-apple-t#comments Apple Console games Film and TV Gaming Google Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455025 at http://www.stuff.tv Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones/review-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Telltale Games brings its compelling brand of interactive storytelling to Westeros </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice review" alt="Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/game-of-thrones-telltale-cersei-tyrion.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><em>SPOILER ALERT: If you haven&rsquo;t watched HBO&rsquo;s </em>Game of Thrones<em> TV show or read George R.R. Martin&rsquo;s </em>A Song of Ice and Fire<em> books, we recommend avoiding reading this review &ndash; and you probably shouldn&rsquo;t play the game either. Its events begin at the end of the TV show&rsquo;s third season.</em></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £2.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4. Also available on PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Mac, Windows and iOS </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Has the makings of a compelling story </div> <div class="field-item even"> Appearances by actual cast members </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A lot of it feels like scene-setting </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meet the Forresters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The game is focussed on House Forrester, a minor noble family of the North and for thousands of years, loyal bannermen to the Starks of Winterfell. The Forresters&rsquo; castle at Ironrath is surrounded by a forest of Ironwood trees: the source of the strongest wood in all of Westeros. The family&rsquo;s attempts to retain control of this forest are integral to the plot of the first instalment.</p> <p>The game kicks off during the events of the infamous Red Wedding, which fans of the books or show will know spells terrible, terrible things for loyal northerners like House Forrester. With the Starks all but destroyed and the North now under the rule of the treacherous and ruthless House Bolton, the Forresters are in a precarious position: do they defy their new liege and face extermination, or bend the knee and become lackeys?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="House Forrester has strong echoes of the show&#039;s House Stark" alt="House Forrester has strong echoes of the show&#039;s House Stark" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-telltale-council.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rather than control a single character, &quot;Iron from Ice&quot; puts you in the boots of three members of the Forrester household. There&rsquo;s young Ethan Forrester, thrust into a position for which he is ill-prepared; his eldest sister Mira, a handmaiden in the service of queen-to-be Margaery Tyrell in King&rsquo;s Landing; and lastly Gared Tuttle, son of a pig farmer and squire to Lord Gregor &ldquo;the Good&rdquo; Forrester, head of the house. Telltale says five characters will be controllable in all, so we&rsquo;re expecting other Forresters (and there are a fair few of them) to play a larger part in future instalments.</p> <p>Telltale&rsquo;s decision to focus on a minor house of Westeros (House Forrester is not mentioned in the show, and barely registers in the books) is a clever one: it means the player can live in the Game of Thrones TV show&rsquo;s world without interfering with or derailing the major timeline or affecting &ldquo;canon&rdquo; events.</p> <p>You do, however, interact with familiar characters from the show. In &quot;Iron From Ice&quot; there are appearances by Cersei and Tyrion Lannister, Margaery Tyrell and Ramsay Snow, all voiced by their TV show actors. The &ldquo;next time&rdquo; sequence at the end hints at other show favourites that will appear in the second episode.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones-world-gets-built-minecraft/news">Game of Thrones world gets built in Minecraft</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="The Codex fills you in on character backgrounds" alt="The Codex fills you in on character backgrounds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-telltale-codex.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You win or you die </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We won&rsquo;t delve into the game&rsquo;s story too much, lest we spoil any of it for you, but so far &ndash; and we reckon the first episode took two to three hours to complete &ndash; it&rsquo;s pretty much up to the standard we&rsquo;ve come to expect from Telltale.</p> <p>As the first episode in a six-episode &ldquo;season&rdquo;, Iron From Ice often has the feel of a prologue. There&rsquo;s a lot of scene-setting that needs to be done, and with three characters&rsquo; stories being told, no character gets as much development as, say, Lee in the first episode of <em>The Walking Dead</em>.</p> <p>That said, there&rsquo;s still a nice pacing to proceedings and room for a number of suitably <em>Game of Thrones</em>-esque shocks. Which, obviously, we can&rsquo;t tell you about. And it&rsquo;s left us eager to play episode two, where we feel the consequences of our actions will begin to make themselves clearer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Oh hello, it&#039;s the lovely Ramsay Snow being a nice guy as usual" alt="Oh hello, it&#039;s the lovely Ramsay Snow being a nice guy as usual" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-telltale-ramsay.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But is it a game? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Telltale&rsquo;s games are often the subject of debate over whether or not they are actually games. And it&rsquo;s true that there are few game-y elements here: barring a bit of simple quick time event button pressing to avoid gruesome deaths, your reflexes aren&rsquo;t hugely important. The game is mostly dialogue-based and driven by your decisions &ndash; tough decisions that need to be made quickly and have lasting consequences. How far these consequences reach won&rsquo;t be entirely clear until we&rsquo;ve all got more episodes under our belts, but if <em>Game of Thrones</em> is anything like <em>The Walking Dead </em>in this regard, the destination will be pretty much the same no matter the choices you take: what will be different &ndash; and feel like yours alone &ndash; is the journey you take to get there.</p> <p>In terms of puzzle solving and the like, Iron From Ice feels a little undercooked. We did pick up a few important-looking items here and there &ndash; then ended up never hearing about most of them again. Will they make an appearance in future episodes?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/free-8-bit-game-thrones-videogame-all-kinds-awesome/news">This free 8-bit Game of Thrones videogame is all kinds of awesome</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Action sequences are few and far between" alt="Action sequences are few and far between" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-telltale-ironrath.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iron From Ice: Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a sense, it doesn&rsquo;t really matter if it&rsquo;s a game or an interactive story. Whatever box you put it into, the real question is, &ldquo;Is it an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours?&rdquo; And the answer is yes, yes it is &ndash; although there&rsquo;s definitely room for more puzzles in future instalments.</p> <p>As it is, if you&rsquo;re a fan of Telltale&rsquo;s previous games, George R.R. Martin&rsquo;s novels or the HBO show, you&rsquo;re going to enjoy hanging out in this world and experiencing your own story within it. We did, and we&#39;re eager to see where Telltale takes it next.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten">The 10 best console games on sale now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="The action mostly takes place in the North, and at King&#039;s Landing" alt="The action mostly takes place in the North, and at King&#039;s Landing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-telltale-kings-landing.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Iron From Ice makes a fine appetiser for the series, and we&rsquo;re hungry for more</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game-of-thrones-caro.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones/review-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/game-thrones/review-0#comments Console games Gaming iOS games Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:11:21 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1454897 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: The Bionic Bra is a real wonder, you can 3D print the new Star Wars lightsaber, and Apple’s top apps and games of 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-bionic-bra-real-wonder-you-can-3d-print-new-star-wars-lightsaber-and-apple-s-top <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has all of the fun and fascinating news you need today </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="Bionic Bra research team" alt="Bionic Bra research team" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bionic-bra.jpg?1418173532" /> </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"> Researchers unveil Bionic Bra </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 here&rsquo;s a form of wearable tech that at least half the world can potentially agree on. Researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia have developed what they call the Bionic Bra, which uses smart components to react to changes in movement and provide immediate support for wearers.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s been in development for more than 15 years, but recent advancements in fabrication (including the rise of 3D printing) have finally made the Bionic Bra feasible via &ldquo;actuators and sensing technologies,&rdquo; says the university. However, there&rsquo;s still much work to be done before you can pick one of these off the shelf.</p> <p>&ldquo;Results indicate that our technologies can sense breast motion and provide additional breast support,&rdquo; said team member Dr. Sheridan Gho. &ldquo;The challenge now is to integrate these technologies into a functional, comfortable bra.&rdquo; Godspeed, we say.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://media.uow.edu.au/releases/UOW184372.html">University of Wollongong</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/08/bionic-bra/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft-lifts-moods-smart-bra/news">Microsoft lifts moods with smart bra</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"> 3D print the new lightsaber </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/113298946?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Surely we could settle all of the debate over the controversial crossguard lightsaber seen in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-will-premiere-friday/news">the&nbsp;<em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em>&nbsp;teaser</a>&nbsp;if we only had a physical replica. Oh, right: 3D printing, duh.</p> <p>Within mere days of the teaser&rsquo;s release, the 3D-printable fictional weapon hit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:572485">MakerBot&rsquo;s Thingiverse</a>, letting you download the plans and customize your own version of the new saber. Let&rsquo;s be honest: not even the movie itself (still a year away) will quell the message board battles, but at least you&rsquo;ll have a cool new toy to play around with.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.designboom.com/technology/3d-print-customizable-crossguard-lightsaber-star-wars-12-08-2014/">Designboom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-will-premiere-friday/news">First Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer goes live</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-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple picks best iOS apps of 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s always interesting to hear which apps and games Apple thinks are the best on its own platform each year, and for 2014, the top picks are very well deserved. On iPhone, Apple awarded best game honours to amazing puzzler&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/threes!/id779157948?mt=8"><em>Threes</em></a>, with slick platformer&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/leos-fortune/id830544402?mt=8"><em>Leo&rsquo;s Fortune</em></a>&nbsp;taking the runner-up spot. Brain training app&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/elevate-brain-training/id875063456?mt=8">Elevate</a>, meanwhile, took App of the Year on iPhone, while Instagram&rsquo;s own&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hyperlapse-from-instagram/id740146917?mt=8">Hyperlapse</a>&nbsp;was runner-up.</p> <p>On the tablet side of things, brainy platform-puzzle adventure&nbsp;<em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/monument-valley/id728293409?mt=8">Monument Valley</a></em>&nbsp;won out, with addictive card-battler&nbsp;<em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hearthstone-heroes-warcraft/id625257520?mt=8">Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft</a></em>&nbsp;in second place. And for iPad apps, robust image editor&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pixelmator/id924695435?mt=8">Pixelmator</a>&nbsp;was deemed the best of 2014, with visual storytelling app&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/storehouse-visual-storytelling/id791297521?mt=8">Storehouse</a>&nbsp;deemed next-best.</p> <p>Monument Valley was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature">our own pick</a>&nbsp;for the best mobile game of 2014 (as shown), with Threes appearing as a runner-up. Apple also named several runners-up in each category, so be sure to check our their full lists on the App Store, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature">then consult ours</a>. Oh, and load up your iOS devices with amazing recent games and apps, of course.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Monument Valley is the Mobile Game of the Year</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="Monument Valley" alt="Monument Valley" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monument-valley-stuff-awards.jpg?1418173532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div 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 Legend of Zelda gameplay 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>The Wii U is on a bit of an upswing, and games like&nbsp;<em>Mario Kart 8</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Super Smash Bros.</em>&nbsp;have been among the best in their respective series. Luckily, next year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>The Legend of Zelda</em>&nbsp;looks to continue that trend on an even grander scale.</p> <p>With a massive world and less linear gameplay than usual, it looks like the biggest advance since the role-playing favorite entered 3D. Check out the first real gameplay demo from this weekend&rsquo;s The Game Awards, and then be sure to pick your jaw up off the floor when you&rsquo;re done.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SECWlFInyFM">YouTube</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/SECWlFInyFM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-bionic-bra-real-wonder-you-can-3d-print-new-star-wars-lightsaber-and-apple-s-top#comments 3D Printing Apple Gaming iOS apps iOS games Nintendo Wearable tech Wii U Tue, 09 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454936 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung’s Gear VR Innovator Edition headset launches in U.S. http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-innovator-edition-headset-launches-us/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Strongly targeted at tech-savvy enthusiasts, it’s slated to expand worldwide in 2015 </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 Gear VR Innovator Edition" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-gearvr-final_0.jpg?1418087601" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s big foray into smartphone-based virtual reality, the Gear VR headset, was slated to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-out-december-plus-project-beyond-3d-camera-system-announced/news">debut in early December</a>&nbsp;- and that projection panned out with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/wearable-tech/SM-R320NPWSXAR">today&rsquo;s sudden launch</a>&nbsp;in the United States.</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>But Samsung doesn&rsquo;t see this as a play for the mainstream consumer, at least not yet. As Engadget points out, before you buy the headset, you have to affirm this statement: &ldquo;I understand the Gear VR is an Innovator Edition device targeted specifically to developers or early adopters of technology.&rdquo;</p> <p>In other words, if you&rsquo;re not keen on doing some tinkering and dealing with some initial headaches - figurative, but perhaps also literal - then hold off on this one. Ars Technica adds that the Innovator Edition won&rsquo;t even be sold in retail stores or widely advertised - it&rsquo;s strictly available from Samsung and AT&amp;T&rsquo;s respective websites for now.</p> <p>Ars adds that the Gear VR will start expanding into additional countries as soon as January, so hopefully a UK launch is just around the corner.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/wearable-tech/SM-R320NPWSXAR">Samsung</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/08/samsung-gear-vr-launch-faq/">Engadget</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/12/on-sale-today-gear-vr-innovator-edition-part-dev-kit-part-consumer-product/">Ars Technica</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Samsung Gear VR hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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 Gear VR Innovator Edition" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gearvr-inside.JPG?1418087601" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-innovator-edition-headset-launches-us/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-innovator-edition-headset-launches-us/news#comments Galaxy Note 4 Gaming Gear VR Samsung Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:53:43 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454915 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: First Uncharted 4 footage, Amazon’s getting into takeaway meals, and new God of War confirmed http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-first-uncharted-4-footage-amazon-s-getting-takeaway-meals-and-new-god-war-confi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has all the news you need to start the week with a jolt </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Uncharted 4: A Thief&#039;s End" alt="Uncharted 4: A Thief&#039;s End" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/uncharted4.jpg?1418081642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Uncharted 4 footage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Uncharted 4: A Thief&rsquo;s End</em>&nbsp;is arguably next year&rsquo;s biggest PlayStation 4 exclusive, so naturally, Sony used this weekend&rsquo;s PlayStation Experience convention to showcase the first gameplay footage from the action-adventure sequel. And expectedly, it looks pretty darn fabulous.</p> <p>Naughty Dog&rsquo;s next epic quest puts the PS4 hardware to impressive use with stunningly detailed characters and environments, but we&rsquo;re also struck by how the worlds feel more open and useful for devising your own strategies. In fact, there&rsquo;s a particular emphasis here on using climbing in combat and for stealth, which is intriguing. And there&rsquo;s a big narrative hint at the end, so watch the whole 15 minutes.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/12/06/uncharted-4-a-thiefs-end-first-gameplay/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The 25 most anticipated games of 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ow2cL-pp6p8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon getting into takeaway meals </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It increasingly seems like Amazon wants to have its fingers in just about anything, and the company certainly has the money and scale to make it happen. We recently heard that Amazon is readying a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-expected-launch-curated-hotel-booking-site/news">curated hotel booking site</a>, and now it seems the site is getting into takeaway and delivery meal ordering.</p> <p>In fact, Amazon already launched the service in its home base of Seattle, Washington last week, as an extension of its&nbsp;<a href="http://local.amazon.com">Amazon Local hub</a>, and you can order from local restaurants and charge the meal to the card on your existing account. You can bet that Amazon intends to do more than just help its neighbors check out the local cuisine, and this service may well be a real contender to GrubHub, Seamless, and other similar options before long.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/04/amazon-local-takeout-delivery/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-new-echo-speaker-basically-siri-can/news">Amazon&rsquo;s new Echo speaker is basically Siri in a can</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Local takeaway ordering" alt="Amazon Local takeaway ordering" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-takeaway.jpg?1418081642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New God of War game in development </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the bigger bits of news at the PlayStation Experience this weekend was tucked away in one of the panel discussions. And that&#39;s because Cory Barlog, creative director at Sony&rsquo;s Santa Monica Studio and director of&nbsp;<em>God of War II</em>, said that the studio is working on a new&nbsp;<em>God of War</em>&nbsp;game.</p> <p>According to IGN, Barlog said it&rsquo;s not a prequel and that more info will come within &ldquo;the next year or two,&rdquo; so it could be some time before first details come along. Last year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>God of War: Ascension</em>&nbsp;was a solid prequel, but less rapturously-received than the core trilogy. Hopefully a new proper sequel on PS4 can reignite enthusiasm in the franchise.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/12/06/next-god-of-war-officially-confirmed-to-be-in-development">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/god-war-ascension/review">God of War: Ascension review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="750" title="God of War" alt="God of War" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-god-of-war.jpg?1418081642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disney figured out CG eyes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The next frontier in nailing the look of digital humans? Believable eyes, apparently, and Disney&rsquo;s researchers are attempting to lead the charge on that front. Check out this new research footage, which shows how they&rsquo;re modeling each individual visible part of the human eye to mimic its real-life reactions with CG characters. How long before we&rsquo;re seeing this on the big screen?</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.disneyresearch.com/publication/high-quality-capture-of-eyes/">Disney Research</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/disney-animated-inside-story-most-ambitious-app-history/feature">Disney Animated: the inside story of the most ambitious app in history</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/v3X5OmHXa4c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-first-uncharted-4-footage-amazon-s-getting-takeaway-meals-and-new-god-war-confi#comments Amazon Console games Film and TV Gaming PlayStation 4 Sony Mon, 08 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454868 at http://www.stuff.tv